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How to Sound like Young Guns

The British rock band Young Guns play under the genres of post-hardcore and alternative rock. The band formed in 2003 but didn’t release their first debut album until July 12, 2010. Their first album was entitled All Our Kings Are Dead and the second album was Bones, which they released in February 2012. Both of their albums have been released under the band’s own label, Live Forever. The lyrics to most of Young Guns songs are considered to be cryptic and open to interpretation but carry the theme of self-motivation and determination. The title track from the album Bones uses delay guitar pattern ticks throughout the song.   Since 2003 Gustav Wood has been providing the lead vocals for the band while Fraser Taylor plays the lead guitar and rhythm guitar. Wood’s stellar vocal range is often described as being caught between a natural youthfulness and a gritted angst. In 2007, John Taylor joined the band also providing the rhythm guitar and lead guitar sounds to their songs. Simon Mitchell has been playing the bass guitar with the band since 2008. Former band members include Joseph Winter, Tom Ford, Alex Greenhill, and Pete Little.   To sound like Young Guns you need to play with a melodic edge with tunes that make you want to hum along with them. The lead guitar is often the focal point in the band’s songs. New guitar players as well as experienced players can replicate the band’s sound with effect-soaked guitar runs.   Keep Rockin'!!!
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How To Sound Like Mumford & Sons

The British rock band Mumford & Sons was formed in 2007. The band performs under the genres of folk rock, Indie folk, bluegrass, and folk punk. Each of the band members are multi-instrumentalists, playing instruments such as the banjo, mandolin, and resonator guitar. In 2010, the band received nominations at the Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Rock Song.   Marcus Mumford is the lead singer for the band. In fact, the band's name originated because Mumford was the most visible member of the band. In addition to providing vocals for the band, Mumford also plays the ukulele, melodica, tambourine, triangle, guitar, drums, and mandolin. For his achievements with Mumford & Sons, Marcus was included in Forbes 30 Under 30 list of music stars (December 2012).   Ben Lovett is a British producer and musician. He provides vocals as well as plays the keyboards, accordion, drums, and electric guitar for the band. His primary instrument is the keyboard and piano. Lovett is the co-founder of Communion, a record label and live music promotion team that aims to create a "platform for an unsigned music scene in the main cities.”   Winston Marshall plays the banjo, dobro, and electric guitar for Mumford & Sons. Ted Dwane rounds out the band and plays the double bass, bass guitar, drums, and guitar.   To sound like Mumford & Son you would need to learn how to keep beat with your right food. Marcus Mumford uses his foot to keep time with a kick drum. This kick drum pulse is what sets the band apart from other bands that are there today. The beginner and experienced guitar player can easily play the chords that are needed to reproduce the sound of Mumford & Sons.   Keep Rockin’!!!
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How to Sound Like Train

The sound of Train includes pop rock, roots rock, soft rock, adult alternative, and blues rock. Their unique sound is a blend of all the members harmonizing together. All three of the current band members, Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford, and Scott Underwood, have been performing together since 1994.   Pat Monaho is the lead man for Train. He provides the leading vocals as well as playing percussion instruments, harmonica, trumpet, saxophone, vibraphone, megaphone, and acoustic guitar. In 2007, when Train was on hiatus, Pat released his first solo album, Last of Seven. After the release of his solo album, he went on a small, intimate acoustic tour.   Jimmy Stafford plays not only the guitar but also the mandolin, ukulele, and slide guitar. He is also known to provide backing vocals for the band. Stafford began playing the guitar when he was only 12 years old. The Valvetronix AD120VT is an important element in the sound that Jimmy produces. It helps him find the ideal sound for the song he is performing.   Scott Underwood plays the drums, percussion, keyboard, and piano for Train. Once Underwood picked up his first pair of drumsticks at the age of 11, he hasn’t put them down. Scott has been quoted as saying the hiatus the band took made them better. He says that once they got back together, the music they were making was even better than what it was before.   To sound like Train you need to use a variety of instruments. Their current sound is more upbeat than it once was. The beginner and the experienced guitar player can easily reproduce the music on the bands last album.   Keep Rockin’!!!
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How to sound like Tim McGraw

The world will forever be happy that Tim McGraw did not follow in his father’s (Tug McGraw) footsteps and become a baseball player. Instead, McGraw found his own niche in the world by becoming a country singer. In addition to being a fabulous singer, songwriter, and actor, Tim can play a mean guitar.   Tim’s first studio album was released in 1993. He released 11 more studio albums between 1994 and 2013. On his latest album, Two Lanes of Freedom, McGraw pushes the boundaries on what is considered country music. He combines new contemporary sounds with his traditional country sounds. He also includes some piano pop, bluegrass, and hip hop to the album.   His guitar of choice is a Taylor, but he is also known to play a Rickenbacker and a Gibson. McGraw likes to incorporate guitar sounds to enhance his songs. He doesn’t play the guitar much when he is touring because he moves around the stage so much that it’s difficult to hold a guitar and run from one side of the stage to another. The easiest way to sound like Tim McGraw is to strum the chords more than once, meaning in a downstroke and an up stroke.   Darren Smith has been joining McGraw on the road for 20 plus years. He likes to play Gibson, PRS, and Gretsch guitars. Smith has been using the pedalboard for years. If you want to sound like Smith or McGraw when you play, you need to listen to their style of play. The chords often used are easily reproduced.   Keep Rockin’!!!
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How to Sound Like Queen

The band Queen formed in 1970 by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor. Their sound started out as progressive rock, heavy metal, and hard rock, but gradually the sound turned more conventional and radio-friendly. As of 2013, current band members include May and Taylor.   Brian May is considered to be the one responsible for the guitars in Queen. Since he started in the 70s, he has remained true to his own sound. He has chosen to stick with a Vox amp for years and often is associated with the custom-built “Red Special.” He has also been known to play a Gibson acoustic guitar, Gibson Les Paul guitar, and a Fly V guitar. May typically relies on his amp and guitar to shape his tone but occasionally will use special effects. In addition to playing the guitar for Queen, May is also plays the keyboards, piano, and provides vocals.   Roger Taylor plays the drums, rhythm guitar, percussion, and tambourine. He also adds to the vocals when needed. Taylor is considered to be one of the most influential rock drummers of the 70s and 80s due to his big, unique sound when he plays. He has been quoted as saying his main rock drummer influence was that of the late John Bonham who played with Led Zeppelin.   To sound like Queen, you will need to hook your guitar up to a Vox amp. Adjust the screamer to a low setting and use a treble booster to get the higher gain tone that you hear in Queen's music. The music found on any of the fifteen studio albums released by Queen can easily be reproduced by the beginner and the experienced guitar player.   Keep Rockin'!!!
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How To Sound Like Muse

The English rock band Muse was formed in 1994. They are best known for their extravagant and energetic live performances. Muse fuses many music genres together including progressive rock, classical music, heavy metal, and electronica. The band has released a total of six studio albums, the last being The 2nd Law in 2012.   Matthew Bellamy provides the lead vocal for the band. In addition to being known as the lead vocalist for Muse, he is also the lead guitarist, pianist for the band. He also writes most of the songs that Muse records. His eccentric stage persona and wide vocal range of 3.5 octaves is what makes fans love Bellamy.   Christopher Wolstenholme's biggest influence on the band's style of music is his love for heavy rock music. The other members of the band have been quoted as saying Wolstenholme is the only member that brings rock into the band. Christopher plays the bass guitar, kitara, and harmonica. On the album The 2nd Law, he sang and wrote two of the songs, "Save Me" and "Liquid State."   Dominic Howard plays the drums, percussion, and synthesisers for Muse. He is an endorser of DW Drums and uses a custom finished kit by the brand when he plays with the band. However, in the Stockholm Syndrome music video, he used a set of orange and red Ludwig Vistalites.   To sound like Muse you need to use a Japanese Distortion box. Wolstenholme's favors the Ampeg SVT amps with his electric double bass. The piano playing utilizes the broken chords technique. Muse songs use both the bass and guitar in unison to achieve their sound. The electric sound is achieved by using arpeggiator and pitch-shift effects.   Keep Rockin'!!!
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How to Sound like Counting Crows

The American rock band Counting Crows has been making music since the early 1990s. The band’s main musical influences include R.E.M., Mike and The Mechanics, Nirvana, Bob Dylan, and Van Morrison. They play under the genre of alternative rock and pop rock. Adam Duritz is the lead singer and one of the founding members of Counting Crows. He is the co-writer of the vast majority of their songs including, Round Here, A Long December & “Accidentally in Love” which aired in the movie Shrek 2. His lyrics are often described as tortured, morose, and wordy introspection, while his vocals are described as expressive.   Charlie Gillingham is known for his performances on the Hammond B-3 organ, accordion, keyboards, and piano. During live shows, he will play the bass guitar for the band. He played the keyboards on the 1998 debut album for Train. As the co-composer of “Accidentally in Love”, he was nominated for an Oscar.   David Immergluck is a versatile musician and has a voice that harmonizes nicely with backing vocals for the band. His list of notable instruments includes pedal steel guitar, electric sitar, keyboards, and mandolin. He often performs songs as a slide guitarist, which means he uses a slide to vary the vibrating length and pitch of a string.   Millard Powers joined Counting Crows in 2005 and he plays the bass guitar, piano, and upright double bass. He also sings live vocals for the band. In addition to the above instruments, he also plays the banjo, mandolin, drums, and guitar.   To play like Counting Crows you need to use a variety of instruments with simple chords that can easily be replicated by the beginner and the experienced guitar player. They are well known for their acoustic performances.   Keep Rockin’!!!
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How To Sound Like Coldplay

The British rock band Coldplay was formed in 1996 by Jonny Buckland and Chris Martin. They became a worldwide name in 2000 with the release of their single “Yellow.” Coldplay released their last studio album, Mylo Xyloto in October 2011. The style of the last album is a thematic rock opera because it tells the story of a war against color and sound by an absolute government.   Chris Martin provides the lead vocals for the band as well as piano, rhythm guitar, and keyboards. Although Coldplay performs under the alternative rock genre, Martin has a fascination with hip hop. In 2006 he collaborated with Jay-Z on the rapper’s comeback album Kingdom Come.   Guy Berryman provides bass, harmonica, mandolin, acoustic guitar, and backing vocals for Coldplay. Berryman is a leftie who plays the bass guitar right-handed. He is known as one of the top Fender Jazz Bass players. Another of his favorite guitars to play is the Fender Precision Bass.   Jonny Buckland brings provides not only backing vocals and percussion, but is also the lead guitar player for the band. His most notable instruments include Fender Thinline Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster, Fender Jaguar, Gibson ES-335, and Gibson Les Paul. Most of his playing is done on the electric guitar. His style of play is based on U2’s sound, which consists of conservative notation, various amps and distorters, and musical rawness.   Will Champion is the drummer but he also provides backing vocals, rhythm guitar, and piano when needed. Champion has been musical inclined since he was a boy, playing the piano and violin at the age of 8. He didn’t learn the guitar until he was 12. When he first joined Coldplay, he had no prior experience as a drummer.   Coldplay combines lyrics, harmony, and melody to entertain their fans. The amazing sound that Coldplay pulls off in each of their songs is easily replicated by both the amateur and the experienced guitar player.   Keep Rockin’!!!
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How to Sound like Fall Out Boy

Pete Wentz and Joe Trohman formed Fall Out Boy in 2001. They were inspired by bands like The Smiths, Descendents, and Green Day. During the band’s first two concerts, they had no formal name, so they let the audience shout out name ideas for the band.   Patrick Stump performs the lead vocals for the band and also plays guitar. Originally, he auditioned as the drummer but his impressive voice led to him becoming the lead singer. Although he sings with a punk rock band, he is known for his soulful sound that is suitable for R&B music. He has a vocal range of a tenor and baritone plus falsetto which spans over two octaves.   Peter Wentz plays the bass guitar has well as provides backing vocals for the band. Wentz started his musical career by playing the piano in high school. Most of Fall Out Boy songs are written by Wentz. He is known to play the Squier Pete Wentz Signature P Bass guitar at concerts.   Joe Trohman also provides backing vocals as well as guitars for the band. He has his own Signature guitar, the Joe Trohman Telecaster, which was made by Squier Guitars by Fender.  Trohman plays a variety of guitars including bass when the song calls for it.   Andy Hurley is the only, non-original member of the band. He replaced drummer Mike Pareskuwicz in 2003. He bases his sound on bands like The Like, Slayer, and Metallica and is endorsed by Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, and C&C Custom drums. Although his style of percussion playing is what he is best known for, his first instrument was the saxophone in the high school band.   To sound like Fall Out Boy, you need to combine both pop punk and punk rock sounds. The band also uses a wide range of instrumentation and styles to deliver hit songs. The sound of Fall Out Boy can easily be reproduced by both the amateur and the experienced guitar player.   Keep Rockin'!!!
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