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Essential Techniques: Dampening/Muting, Drop D Power Chord Pull Offs

Muting and dampening are essential techniques that need to be mastered. This short riff etude takes a look at both left and right hand dampening/muting techniques, plus, we also explore the nifty power chord pull off technique in Drop D tuning.

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Metal Techniques – Celtic Metal Picking

In this lesson, we take a look at an Iron Maiden style E harmonic riff with some challenging picking and rhythms.

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The Art of Doom – Haunting Harmonies – The Tritone

Of all the flavours used in metal, the diminished scale ranks as one of the most elusive and strange. Somewhere between mystical and demonic, it fits in perfectly with the sound of Doom.

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Technique Focus: Muting Skills, Syncopated Riffing

To syncopate simply means to emphasize the off beat. This two part riff sequence rocks out with plenty of space and silence in between articulations, helping to improve one’s muting skills.

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3 Essential Rhythms for Beginner Metal Guitarists

This first lesson in my Beginner Metal series looks at 3 essential riffs/rhythms focusing on techniques such as: dampening, palm-muting and shifting power chords.

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Incorporating Thirds Into Folk Metal Riffing

Although two separate guitars can create some awesome sounds by harmonizing in thirds, a single guitarist also has the option, too. This lesson explores a blackened sort of riff using thirds played simultaneously on one guitar along to a beat from It Might Get Loud’s Black Metal Essentials midi pack  powered by KVLT Drums.

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