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Part 18 - Playing Metal Style
Lyle: Hi class!
what's up Lyle
Lyle: Been rockin' out here, making some riffs for
you to try out.
Lyle: Here's the lesson
Metal style of music is loud, most of the time fast, and
loud. Very loud. Power chords and single note scale riffs
are used. Palm muting is used.
Here's the rhythm riff for the lesson sample:
Palm mutes are executed by placing the side of the right (picking) hand below
the little finger across all of the strings very close to the bridge and then
plucking the strings with the fingers while the damping is in effect. This
produces a muted sound. The name is a slight misnomer, as the muting is usually
performed by the side or heel of the hand. Here's a video clip of the rhythm
Regarding the rhythm riff above, only palm mute the single notes, lift up for
the power chord so it can ring.
Barry: that's kind of a difficult rhythm to keep up
with, would it be 4/4 time?
Lyle: Yes, this is in 4/4
Lyle: Here's a looping jam
Barry: ok :), I
didn't really know what I was talking about anyway
Lyle: 4/4 time means 4 beats to a measure.
This rhythm riff is in F#m. The last chord of the rhythm riff is a G power chord.
This could mean that the F# is a minor chord. Try playing the F# minor
pentatonic over the jam track and you'll hear how well it blends with
you picking that down up?
Lyle: The scale?
yes... well both
Lyle: The scale is 2 notes per string and I pick
it down up down up... The rhythm riff uses alternate picking as
can't get the sound you get.
Lyle: Here's a solo riff made from the F#
cort: you need
the right effects pedal or amp
Lyle: The metal guitar tone is a high gain amp
setting, bass and treble controls turned up, mids turned down, and the bridge
pickup is used wide open.
Lyle: Here's a video of riff
Lyle: Another cool scale to use when you have a
chord progression like this is the F# Phrygian minor:
Here's a riff I made using this scale. I just used the half step
Here's a trick I like to use. I'll play a diminished arpeggio starting a half
step higher than the minor chord:
Using that scale pattern I'll sometimes play a riff like
Once you learn that riff, move it up 3 frets and play it again, then up another
3 frets, like this:
Try playing all three riffs back to back like this:
Lyle: That should keep you busy for
awhile! See you at the next session!
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