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Creative Drop D – Whole Tone RIffing

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Metal | Comments Off on Creative Drop D – Whole Tone RIffing

The whole tone scale can be quite a creative medium when used in conjunction with drop d tuning. This lesson presents an overlapping idea using three chord fragments and features a cool power chord hammering technique that gives the left hand a workout.

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Folk Melody Etude

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Acoustic | Comments Off on Folk Melody Etude

In this lesson we construct a melodic theme and use a few variations to create an etude in the Folk style.

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Chords of Darkness, Part 3 – DADFAD Phrygian Dominant

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Gothic | Comments Off on Chords of Darkness, Part 3 – DADFAD Phrygian Dominant

In this lesson we tune to open D minor and explore a haunting voicing which uses the first 4 scale tones of the A phrygian dominant scale.

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Creative Stoner Rock – Pentatonic Riffing Across 12 Frets

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Stoner Rock | Comments Off on Creative Stoner Rock – Pentatonic Riffing Across 12 Frets

Today we return to some groovy pentatonic riffing in a Stoner Rock sorta vein, utilizing just the low E string. Although the riff is simple, it showcases how much we can extract from 5 notes with some creative use of rhythm and spacing.

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Melodic Metal – Sequencing Over VI-IV Progression

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Lead Guitar | Comments Off on Melodic Metal – Sequencing Over VI-IV Progression

In today’s lesson, we get upbeat and melodic using modes to construct sequences over a VI-IV progression.

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Metal Techniques – Downpicking With Accents

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Metal | Comments Off on Metal Techniques – Downpicking With Accents

Downpicking is not one of my strengths as a guitarist, but it is something I strive to improve. This is a very cool idea I’ve been using lately to sharpen my chops and uses the E Phrygian as well as the flattened fifth interval.

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