It's a good idea to listen to bands that might not fit into the particular genre you might be into. I dug the uber-heavy down-tuned sludge of Carcass but also could appreciate the looser Aerosmith-inspired riffing of Tom Keiffer of Cinderella and took note of Dimebag Darrell’s surgical precision when it came to riffing. It's about being open to learn from others while you shape your sound.
In the Holiday 2014 and January 2015 installments of Metal for Life, I talked about the advantages of using drop-D tuning (low to high, D A D G B E) and demonstrated some cool things you can do with it.
This month I’d like to revisit this topic and show you some additional metal-style riffs played in this tuning, with an emphasis on unusual melodic intervals.
Last month, we investigated the great advantages of using drop-D tuning in the development of metal-style riffs and licks. This month, I’d like to continue with this topic and show you some additional advantages that this tuning offers.
In association with Music Masters Camps, shredder—and Guitar World columnist—Metal Mike Chlasciak will host his second Metal Heroes Summer Camp August 24 to 28, 2015, at the Slide Forest House/Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York.
One important area for musicians is the world of written agreements and how one’s services relate to the industry they work in. Let’s get the first thing out of the way: Most musicians hate talking about business and money. Or, should I say, they hate talking about it publicly, because when you get a couple of musicians together in private, one subject that usually pops up is business.
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the December 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.
In the feature-filled 20 Essential Metal Licks Lick Pack DVD, you'll learn the essentials of metal guitar playing, such as two-note harmonies and power chords, alternate-picking and hammer-on accents, pentatonic wide-stretch leads, string-skipping arpeggios, fast alternate picking, legato arpeggios and more!
Today I want to talk about one of the biggest self-sabotaging mistakes many students make. This silent assassin applies even to some of my most committed students. It goes something like this: I show my student an example. Before I am done with it, he or she student starts to try to play it immediately. This happens more often than not while I’m in the middle of showing them "how to play it." Get it?
These videos and audio files are bonus content related to the November 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.