Metal Primer

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!

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.