System of a Down Style Locrian Riff

By Darren DeFranco


Hey guys,

While the Locrian scale isn’t one of our more common modes, you will see it occasionally in certain styles of metal. In today’s lesson, we’re going to learn a riff in the style of System of a Down. The Locrian scale can be used to achieve a chaotic feeling, which fits very well with System of a Down.

We really hope you guys enjoy the riff!


Master this riff and you’ll be ready to move on.


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