ALTER BRIDGE's MARK TREMONTI And MYLES KENNEDY Reveal Their Eight Essential Tips For Guitarists
November 26, 2019, 18 days ago
Speaking with Music Radar, Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti and frontman Myles Kennedy discussed how they worked on songwriting for their new album, Walk The Sky, revealing their eight essential tips to become a better guitarist. Following is an excerpt from the rundown.
Try To Surprise Yourself
Myles: “Unpredictability is incredibly important. 'Wouldn’t You Rather' has me trying to mimic quarter tones to create this whole different vibe droning away on the D-string and getting real modal on the G. Those sounds can be quite dissonant for those of us who grew up only knowing 12 notes. When you hear those micro tones being used in Eastern music, they can twist your ear. Luckily it can work in a rock context...”
Mark: “It’s almost a bit Orient Express! Some of these ideas felt like the best we’d written in a long time. As it turns out, Myles told me he’d been watching Stranger Things and was inspired those original synth sounds. The early ones had the coolest tones, I think the more they developed them the less I liked them. Listen to the soundtrack to The Warriors or any John Carpenter movie... that’s the vibe we wanted to add to this record. Even just one note or chord can really throw you, like in the chorus of 'Indoctrination'. All it takes is one little ear-twister to keep people on their toes. None of us want to keep writing the same thing, it gets boring and redundant.
"On the song 'Native Son' I had this idea I showed to Myles, who already had a lot of the song worked out but no bridge, and together we flipped the time signature round. You’re bobbing your head to the song and then suddenly it all warps. There are a lot of those types of surprises on this album.”
Read the complete interview here.
On the heels of wrapping up the successful Victorious Sky Tour alongside Skillet and Dirty Honey, Alter Bridge achieved another milestone in their 15-year career. The latest album Walk The Sky (Napalm Records) has brought the band comprised of Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars, Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips their first ever #1 on Top Current Albums chart.
The band’s newest release found a home at #1 on over a dozen charts around the globe including: Top Current Albums (US), Billboard Top Albums (US), Current Hard Music Albums (US), Current Rock Albums (US), Current Alternative Albums (US), Record Label Independent Current Albums (US), Record Label Independent Current Album Consumption (US), Internet Albums (US), Top Albums – Market Share – ADA (US), Top Albums with TEA (US), Hard Music (Canada), Top Hard Music Albums (Canada), 100 Independent Albums (UK), Rock & Metal Chart (UK), Top 100 Swiss Albums (Switzerland).
Walk The Sky entered the official album Charts at #3 in Austria, Scotland and the Swedish Hard Rock Charts, at #4 in the UK and Canada at #5 in Germany, at #7 in Australia and #16 in the US Billboard 200.
“15 years into our career as Alter Bridge and we finally have a #1 for album sales in America! We are over the moon to say the least. More important, we are forever grateful to the fans for making it happen,” explains Myles Kennedy.
“We are so honored and excited about the response to the new album. It is a testament to how incredible our fans are and the support they always give us. Thanks to everyone who picked the album up and helped us achieve another career first for Alter Bridge,” adds Mark Tremonti.
Order Walk The Sky here.
"Wouldn’t You Rather"
"In The Deep"
"Take The Crown"
"The Bitter End"
"Pay No Mind"
"Walking On The Sky"
"Tear Us Apart"
“Dying Light” visualizer:
"Wouldn't You Rather" video:
“Take The Crown” lyric video:
"Pay No Mind":
"In The Deep" lyric video:
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