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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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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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