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.
This month I'd like to talk about the art of combining different, complementary rhythm guitar parts to create powerful metal rhythm tracks. The sound of two guitars is the bedrock of heavy metal music.
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.
While doing my metal guitar workshops one of the topics that I hear a lot about is the art of tackling the ability to play lead guitar. I often hear guitarists tell me that they want to know how they can begin to play a bit more lead in their band. They are interested in sharpening their skills, but they seem afraid and un-sure of how to dive in. Often they feel that there is an invisible wall stopping them. They just don’t know.
As much as I love guitar parts built from fast and hyper-syncopated power-chord figures, some of the heaviest riffs I’ve ever heard are built from single-note patterns alone. Legendary metal bands such as Metallica and Megadeth, as well as relatively newer groups like Children of Bodom, At the Gates and In Flames, have used crushing single-note riffs as the centerpieces of their most powerful songs. In this month’s column, I’d like to focus on how to construct interesting, heavy and deceptively complex single-note riffs.
For guitar players, quality cables are sometimes an overlooked item. We are always looking to buy the best guitar, the best amp and the best-sounding pedals we can afford. Then, once we got $3K invested in our gear, we go out and connect everything with cheap guitar cables. The truth is, guitar and speaker cables matter -- a lot.