Metal Course

Soundgarden style Drop D riff

November 25, 2012 1 Comment

Learn a super heavy chunking Soundgarden style Drop D power chord riff. Good times!

Evil Diminished Shred Lick

November 18, 2012 1 Comment

Our study of legato shred continues with this evil diminished shred lick that utilizes open strings and symmetrical patterns. Enjoy!

Creating Metal Ballads With Open Strings

November 14, 2012 1 Comment

Even metal music has a soft side, and today we’ll be looking at how to use open strings to create a Metallica style ballad.

Adding the Blue Note for Extra Carnage

August 26, 2011 No Comments

We’re going to continue our basic metal study by adding in the blue note to our E pentatonic scale. This simple note adds a whole new level of heaviness in our playing!

One String Pentatonic Brutality

August 26, 2011 1 Comment

Today we’ll be studying a metal essential – pentatonic riffs built off the low E string. By using chugging and accents we’ll have a solid foundation for much of the metal out there!

Old School Metal Double Stops

August 26, 2011 No Comments

Today we’re checking old school metal techniques – specifically the use of double stops to add some attitude and bite to your playing.

Coheed Style Riff Writing

August 26, 2011 1 Comment

Today we’re looking at one of the riff writing strategies of Coheed and Cambria. Specifically, we’ll be looking at droning the E string coupled with 5th string melodies.

Making Legit Riffs by Trading Off

August 25, 2011 No Comments

Today we’ll show you how to create metal riffs by working in tradeoffs between chugging and scale tones. This technique helps bring riffs to life and really captures the listener’s ear.

In The Zone And Ready To Rock

August 18, 2011 No Comments

Welcome to the metal zone, a pattern used to create thousands of the heaviest riffs of all time. If you want to play Drop tuned metal… you NEED to know this.

Basic Sweep Picking

August 18, 2011 1 Comment

Today we begin our journey into the world of sweep picking, one of the most popular techniques for ridiculous shredding. Today, we’ll learn the most popular pattern ever!

“I’ve Created A Monster!” – Using Hybrid Scales

August 18, 2011 1 Comment

Today we’ll be using multiple scales and modes to create exotic, advanced metal sounds.

Built For Speed… Not For Comfort

August 18, 2011 No Comments

Today we’ll be looking at simple 3 note scales that will help you move quickly, horizontally across the fretboard. You’ll be shredding in no time!

Economically Make The Most Of Your Picking

August 18, 2011 No Comments

Learn to take your sweep picking to a whole new level using a popular, super fun progression.