Guitarist Marcus Bertilsson of Swedish death metal band Inevitable End just sent us this informative (and hilarious) video demonstrating how to play the songs "Zen" and "Memento." Both tracks come from the band's latest album, The Oculus, which came out last month via Relapse Records.
The pentatonic scale most definitely has a place in the lead arsenal of any guitar player, but does it have a role in rhythm work? Clearly, as heard from players like Jimi Hendrix, Billy Gibbons, John Frusciante, and Tom Morello, among others, it does. In fact, regardless of your style, there’s a wealth of single-note riffs, double-stop moves, and chordal embellishments lurking within the scale. Squeeze these sounds between the cracks of basic chord shapes and you’re instantly a more interesting rhythm player.