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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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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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