This month, I'd like to address an essential point of focus for every good metal player: how to best strengthen the pick-hand technique. The examples I'm going to show you cover a wide variety of pick-hand techniques, from using all downstrokes the alternate picking to economy picking and more, offering a systematic approach to building up these different techniques that will allow you to play with more expression, control and power.
Over the years, I’ve noticed that guitar playing is like a winter sport. During the summer, guitarists, like everyone else, divide their time between recreation, work and practice, but when the cold months arrive, they start playing guitar again in earnest. Unfortunately, after a long break, we often find that our skills aren’t quite where they need to be.
I call this month’s column “The Riff Welder” because in it I demonstrate a variety of ways you can bring more melodic content to your power-chord-driven ideas through the use of single-note lines and small two-note chord voicings, often referred to as “diads.” I will take a few fairly “stock” chord progressions and, by moving a few notes and voicings around, show you how to devise much more interesting and effective rhythm parts.
I spent some time speaking with the guitar tech to then-GN’R guitar player Robin Finck. In one of our conversations, I asked him how often he changes strings on Robin’s guitars. Since Robin then traveled with about 10 guitars, I thought to myself that this is quite a lot of string changing. Chris said something I've thought about ever since then.
Just a few days ago, I spent a week with 42 metalheads aged 10 to 19 at a destination Metal Camp at Camp Lakota in Wurtsboro, New York. It was a fantastic, positive experience on several levels, fueled by young energy, enthusiasm and "go get ‘em" attitude from the young rockers. Many of them wanted to make metal music their life. While I was there, I started to collect my thoughts the definitiuon of "success," and what it could mean to them as metal musicians.
Most power chord forms in rock and metal and comprised of either two or three notes, usually with the root note placed as the lowest note in the chord, joined with a note a fifth higher to create the two-note form, or with an additional root note on top to create a three-note-form. Equally effective are power chord forms built from fourths.
In photography, the term depth of field is often used to describe what object retains the focus and what is blurred out. In a long depth of field, everything is sharp and ready for examination while in short dept of field you will see the sharpness emphasizing the main subject, while the remainder of the picture is blurred out.
Halford guitarist and Guitar World columnist Metal Mike Chlasciak will release his new single — "Hell No! — next Tuesday, May 22. However, he's streaming the song on his website and is sharing it with GuitarWorld.com readers. You can check it out below.