For these licks, I employ fretboard tapping in conjunction with string skipping to achieve a very smooth and even sound throughout. I know many guitarists prefer to use sweep picking when playing arpeggios, but to me, the sound of dragging the pick up and down across the strings is a little too abrasive and percussive.
“Fuck it, Hitchcock,” drawled Dime, downing the dregs of his beer. “We’ve been hammering this for hours and we’re out of booze. Interview and lesson over…we’re hitting a bar, goddammit! Put the camera and tape machine away, I’ll film me playing the riffs we went over when I get home and Fed Ex a tape to ya.”
In this classic entry from his "Riffer Madness" column, Dimebag Darrell talks about more ways to pump up your riffs: Hey, Dad! What's shaking? This month we're gonna rap about a few ways you can pump maximum heaviness into a riff. Read on!
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Practice tips from John Petrucci: Say to yourself, “During this hour I’m going to master this passage.” There’s nothing wrong with noodling—it can actually produce some of the best ideas—but you’ll get a lot more out of your practice time if you have an agenda.
Yes, Dream Theater are less than a week away from releasing their new album, Dream Theater, on September 24. However, we thought we'd share a Guitar World lesson video pertaining to Dream Theater's 2009 album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings.
In the video below, Janus guitarist Mike Tyranski shows you how to play “In Flames,” a song off Janus' upcoming album, Nox Aeris, which will be released March 27 on REALID Records. Nox Aeriscan be pre-ordered from iTunes here.