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Sabbath Style Pentatonic Riffing

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Metal | Comments Off on Sabbath Style Pentatonic Riffing

In this lesson, we take a look at some pentatonic riffing in the vein of Black Sabbath. The idea demonstrates the effectiveness of the pentatonic scale for creating riffs over a wider range of the fingerboard and is great for practising one’s position shifting skills.

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Using 7th Voicings to Enhance the Progression

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Chordal Alchemy | Comments Off on Using 7th Voicings to Enhance the Progression

This lesson takes a nice melancholy progression and adds some flavour using 7th voicings.

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Embellishing a Melancholy Progression

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Post-Rock | Comments Off on Embellishing a Melancholy Progression

This idea is what I’d describe as Hendrix gone Dream Pop, but it really doesn’t matter in the end. In this lesson we learn some ways of embellishing a pretty sad-sounding progression of chords, ironically having fun in the process!

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Thrashy Reverse Gallop Chop Building

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Metal | Comments Off on Thrashy Reverse Gallop Chop Building

What better way to tantalize the ears and work those digits than a riff that uses all four fretting hand fingers and draws from the chromatic scale. Prepare to gallop in reverse and build those rhythm chops!

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Blues Metal – Filling In the Gap

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Metal | Comments Off on Blues Metal – Filling In the Gap

In this lesson, we take a look at some tasty pentatonic fills to add between an open E power chord. There’s some nice techniques on display with slide ins, slurs, hammer-on/pull-offs and we get to use one of my favorite intervals, the flattened fifth.

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Phrygian Riffing

Posted by on Aug 4, 2016 in Metal | Comments Off on Phrygian Riffing

In this this lesson we return to the metal domain, exploring a cool 16th-note riff that uses key tones from the E Phrygian scale with pull-offs and some double picking fills.

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