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Melancholy Punk Riffing

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Punk | Comments Off on Melancholy Punk Riffing

Simple alterations with some augmented goodness is the order of the day in this short melancholic punk etude that brings to mind the upbeat darkness of Alkaline Trio.

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Chordal Alchemy – Melancholy Minimalism

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Chordal Alchemy | Comments Off on Chordal Alchemy – Melancholy Minimalism

‘Tis the season to be melancholy, at least here in Australia, anyway. This lesson takes a look at a very simple, yet evocative idea based around a IV-VI progression derived from the key of G Major.

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Fuzzy Pentatonic Groove Riffing

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Stoner Rock | Comments Off on Fuzzy Pentatonic Groove Riffing

Let’s get the fuzz on and rock out a bit, shall we? This riff feature focuses on an idea using the E minor pentatonic scale with a liberal dose of legato to create a fluid, groovy sound.

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Down Picking Workout

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Metal | Comments Off on Down Picking Workout

Down picking is an essential technique for the metal guitarist. This etude focuses on building stamina in the picking hand, as well as the ability to switch between muting with the right hand and lifting off for certain notes; something I refer to as ‘on/off’ technique.

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Three Octave Groove Riffing

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Metal | Comments Off on Three Octave Groove Riffing

In this lesson we explore an idea that repeats itself in three different octaves. I find this to be very effective for building tension and variety that make simple riffs go a lot further.

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