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Metallica Style Exercises|
|What you learn:
Palm-Muting & Rhythms|
|Teacher: Michael Johnson|
Michael: There are many basics you can learn
to recreate the sound Metallica. One key technique used is called "palm muting" which can be used for
both rhythm and leads. Here's an example of the exercises you'll be using in this lesson:
Lesson Sample Video
Here's an example of the difference in sounds you can
create using palm-muting:
You basically rest your picking hand upon the strings while you strum the
chords, notice the hand position in this picture:
Michael: Notice the base of the palm resting on
the strings. You might need to adjust the amount of pressure on the strings to
get the desired sound you're trying to achieve.
Mute - Example
Michael: Now let's try a few exercises to help
develop your palm- muting technique. In exercise 1 we'll play 4th intervals in a
Here's another exercise for palm muting:
Now try adding licks between the palm-muted rhythm
Now try playing a rhythm pattern where you mute the single notes licks as well.
You need to adjust your palm to cover the single strings as you play
Now let's get down to the real meat of the Metallica speed sound. Try playing
the muted E5 chord using muted alternate picking, we'll build on the speed
Palm Mute - Exercise 5
Try to rest the palm on the strings and use the wrist as your pivot point for
moving your hand. Also angle your pick slightly to get a better attack on the
strings. Slowly build up your speed, it takes time, but believe me it's well
worth the time you practice! It'll make all the difference in you playing. Here's
a few jam track you can practice over. I'll give you 3 speed variation so you
can build up over time.
looping exercise - slow
Now remember, be patient! It takes time, try practicing as much as possible and
at various speeds. I use to watch TV or listen to the stereo and practice with
my guitar unplugged all the time. Try to focus on other things outside of what
your hand is doing, this will help your hands develop muscle memory and your
picking will become more automatic where you can focus on what your fret hand is
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