Kevin Rule on Melody in Metal

By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | November 16, 2016

Melody in Metal

Melody is more than just a linear succession of notes in music. It is what speaks to us. It is the soul and emotion of a song. Without melody, music would be empty and meaningless!

Join us Paul Bothner Music in Plumstead, at 11am, on 19 November 2016 for this FREE Melody in Metal Workshop. Presented by Kevin Rule of WithDawn.

Every genre has its own rules for writing a good melody, but they all have one thing in common. Melody, is the voice of the song. It is (for the most part), the thing we sing along to. When was the last time you got a drum line stuck in your head? Now, when was the last time you got a melody line stuck in your head? Even if you are a drummer, the latter is more likely to happen.

Kevin will be exploring a variety of voicings and techniques during this Melody in Metal workshop.

Starting with the Basics

“Let’s start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start”. During this journey of melodic discovery, Kevin will start on the acoustic guitar.


On the acoustic guitar Kevin will demonstrate some simple chord structures. From there he will show you how to manipulate those structures in order to play chords which are more accommodating to melody.

Creating Interesting Feels

From there, Kevin will demonstrate how you can create and alter the feeling of your music. He will show you how changing something as simple as the time signature can change the feel and overall tone of your piece.

Transitioning to the Electric Guitar

After you’ve got the basics, it’s time to move onto the electric guitar. Some songs and pieces don’t always transition well. During this portion of the workshop Kevin will show you his process for transitioning an acoustic piece to electric guitar.

To conclude the workshop, Kevin will give you a practical demonstration; using the With Dawn song, The Calm.

About Kevin

Kevin is more than just a metal frontman and stand up guy. He has been an active part of the Cape Town music scene since 1998. He has played in some of the most loved metal bands in South Africa, ranging from VOL and Dismantling the Architects to now being the frontman for With Dawn.

With Dawn won first prize at the Gandalf’s Bursary and played at the prestigious Krank’d Up Festival. In 2016 they embarked on a tour to Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Pretoria and started work on their follow-up release.

Kevin is, therefore one of the most qualified people to teach you about the importance and application of Melody in Metal


Where: Paul Bothner Music Plumstead
Shop G7 Richmond Centre, Main Road, Plumstead
For more info call 021-761-4828 or drop us an email



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