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B Standard Fluid Groove

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Metal | Comments Off on B Standard Fluid Groove

I recently had my Epiphone SG Pro set up and serviced, choosing to go all the way down to B standard tuning. My style is predominantly riff-based, so this is perfect for the sorts of stuff I write and explore in my lessons.

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Blues Metal – Heavy Groove Riffing

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Metal | Comments Off on Blues Metal – Heavy Groove Riffing

In this lesson, we take a look at some groovy blues-based metal riffing in the vein of Black Sabbath and the bands influenced by them.

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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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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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