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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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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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Chordal Alchemy – Pure Suspended Progression

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Chordal Alchemy | Comments Off on Chordal Alchemy – Pure Suspended Progression

When playing with a clean sound and using effects such as chorus, delay and reverb, suspended voicings take on a lushness rarely matched in music. In this lesson, we transform a standard progression by replacing all the chords with sus2 voicings. The result is an atmospheric sound that works really well with arpeggiation sequences.

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Easy Atmospherics

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Gothic | Comments Off on Easy Atmospherics

Creating atmospheric riffs shouldn’t be a torturous affair. This lesson hones in on the 7th position using scale tones from the E Natural Minor Scale and combines that with the open 3rd, 2nd and 1st strings. The result is an idea generator of sorts, great for those wanting to write their own atmospheric music.

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