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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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Triplets, Gallop & Reverse Gallop Rhythms

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Metal | Comments Off on Triplets, Gallop & Reverse Gallop Rhythms

Students sometimes get triplets confused with gallop and reverse gallop rhythms. This lesson aims to clarify and demonstrate each rhythm so that an understanding can be reached in a practical context.

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Metal Techniques – Tremolo Strumming

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Metal | Comments Off on Metal Techniques – Tremolo Strumming

Prepare to give that strumming hand a good workout with this cool little riff that hones in and explores the tremolo style of riffing.

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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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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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