Heavy Metal - Motorhead
Motorhead Lesson Sample
Teacher: The lesson
is on the 'Loudest Band in the World' - Motorhead, one of the most influential
of all Metal groups. Started in the mid 70's by bassist Lemmy Kilmister, between
1978 and 1983 , Motorhead produced landmark metal records like 'Ace of Spades'
and 'No Sleep til Harmmersmith'. These years featured the guitar work of 'Fast
Eddie' Clarke. Their sound combines elements of Heavy Metal and Punk Rock. Their
influence was huge over the early 80's American Metal bands emerging
Teacher: Our opening riff tonight. The riff is in
E. Uses a low E pedal on the sixth string and then a descending chord move at
the 7th position
Teacher: Here is a loop for
Riff A Looping Track
Teacher: The tempo is pretty quick so alternate
picking is the way to make the pedal E note 'groove'. Watch the video to
Teacher: This same riff is changed slightly in
the lesson sample 'verse' sections.
This 'riff development' keeps things familiar but leaves more room for the
vocals, solo sections etc.
Teacher: Over this riff a lead lick fills up some
of that space.
Teacher: Our next rhythm
part moves to A.
The hammer-on to the note an octave above the A pedal gives a familiar metal
Teacher: A lead lick that Clarke uses alot, here
in the key of A.
Riff B Looping
Teacher: And a loop of the rhythm for practice.
Most of our leads tonight are over this
Teacher: One more section in the sample serves as
And a matching lead lick.
Unison octave bends that follow the chords. The chords and notes are out of the
E minor scale.
Teacher: This leads to a run in the E minor
The run ends with a bend on the root note E up a step. The resulting note is out
of the pentatonic scale but still in the minor key. Clarke uses this move often.
It might help to slow that one down to learn it!
Teacher: More unison bends in that run too. Just
picking the notes seperately rather than together.
Teacher: The rest of the licks tonight are all
over 'Riff B' in the key of A. Like this one in A minor
Teacher: Our next lick
Teacher: This lick
uses an 'oblique bend'. Holding one note while bending
stacatto picking gives it character. Mute the strings with the pick or palm of
your right hand between each pick stroke. Watch the video for more help.
And a rapid fire pulloff lick next
Teacher: A couple more
Mossimo: So all of this is pretty much just A minor
Mostly minor pentatonic, blues scale and some minor scale. These are the
building blocks for most metal leads.
Teacher: The last lick is
straight punk rock. Just a supersonic
Teacher: And our last lead
Teacher: I hope you have enjoyed
our Motorhead Lesson. Have fun and keep practicing.