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Technique Focus: Muting Skills, Syncopated Riffing

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Metal | Comments Off on 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

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Metal | Comments Off on 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

Posted by on Nov 22, 2017 in Metal | Comments Off on 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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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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