Metal Mike http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/737/all en Metal for Life with Metal Mike: Build Up Your Chops with These Challenging, Molten-Hot Metal Riffs http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-build-your-chops-these-challenging-molten-hot-metal-riffs <!--paging_filter--><p>The title of this month’s Metal for Life column is a reference to the title of one of my favorite tracks from Cacophony’s 1987 debut release, <em>Speed Metal Symphony</em>. </p> <p> Similar to the playing of guitar greats Jason Becker and Marty Friedman on that trailblazing album, the riffs I present this month are challenging in that they are meant to be played fast while also covering a lot of fretboard territory. Mastering these riffs will get your chops razor sharp and stronger than ever. </p> <p> In terms of harmony, <strong>FIGURE</strong> 1 is not based on any particular scale or intervallic structure. It’s built from a steady, insistent open low-E pedal tone played in straight 16th notes. I begin by picking F# at the second fret with a downstroke, then pulling off to the open low E string. After playing two low E notes, I use an upstroke to sound an F note at the first fret, which is followed by another pull-off to the open string. </p> <p> A similar figure is played in bar 2. Across bars 3 and 4, I use alternate picking to perform challenging 16th-note-based phrases with string skips. A wide fret-hand stretch is required here. At the beginning of bar 3, I fret A (sixth string, fifth fret) with my middle finger and then use my index finger and pinkie to fret consecutive notes on the fourth string.</p> <p> To perform these lines properly, keep your pick hand as loose as possible at all times. Also, through the use of light palm muting (P.M.), I block every string from sounding except the one that is struck as the riff progresses. In <Strong>FIGURE 2</strong>, I expand on the string-skipping technique to play a series of repeating one-bar riffs in 5/4 meter. </p> <p> Again, light palm muting is used throughout to provide a percussive sound as well as add an element of precision to the sound of each note. This example is also a great workout for developing independence between the fret-hand ring finger and pinkie, which is always a very important thing to focus on. A twist here is that I do not use steady alternate picking throughout: after the initial downstroke, I pick four consecutive upstrokes, followed primarily by alternate picking for the rest of the lick. No matter the pick direction, attention is paid to economy of movement and precise pick placement.</p> <p> <Strong>FIGURE 3</strong> is another great drill for building up independence between the fret hand’s ring finger and pinkie. The phrases in bars 1–5 are constructed from two-note patterns wherein the first note is picked, followed by a pull-off. In bars 6 and 8, I alternately hammer-on from the index to the middle, the ring, or the pinkie in ascending and descending patterns.</p> <p><strong>PART ONE</strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2101484692001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2101484692001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --><script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script><!-- End of Brightcove Player --><!-- End of Brightcove Player --><p><br /><br /> <img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-08-05%20at%2010.55.10%20AM.png" width="620" height="487" alt="Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 10.55.10 AM.png" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Screen%20Shot%202014-08-05%20at%2010.55.23%20AM.png" width="620" height="441" alt="Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 10.55.23 AM.png" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-build-your-chops-these-challenging-molten-hot-metal-riffs#comments March 2013 Metal For Life Metal Mike Metal Mike Chlasciak News Lessons Magazine Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:58:33 +0000 Metal Mike Chlasciak http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17689 Guitar World DVD: Master Heavy Metal Guitar with Metal Mike http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-dvd-master-heavy-metal-guitar-metal-mike <!--paging_filter--><p>The <em>Metal For Life: Mastering Heavy Metal</em> DVD is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for only $14.95.</p> <p>Strap on your ax for an extreme-metal boot camp, as Metal Mike Chlasciak helps you hone your chops to perfection! You'll learn how to traverse the fretboard with ever-essential minor pentatonic scale, incorporate minor scales into riffs and rhythm parts, build power-chord variations for maximum sonic effect and much more. </p> <p>Plus, you'll get a first-hand tutorial in playing black and death metal and creating licks in the styles of:</p> <p> • Metallica<br /> • Testament<br /> • Pantera<br /> ... and more!</p> <p>Also, learn 10 essential metal licks every guitarist should know!</p> <p>With over two hours of lessons, this DVD is perfect for any skill-level in the heavy metal genre. </p> <p><strong>Your instructor</strong></p> <p>A longtime contributor to <em>Guitar World</em> magazine with his "Metal for Life" instructional column, Metal Mike Chlasciak plays guitar for Halford and with his own band. His latest releases are <em>The Metalworker</em> and <em>This is War</em>, available from <a href="http://metalmike.net/">metalmike.net</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/dvds/products/metal-for-life/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=MetalMikeDVD">For more information or to order, head to the Guitar World Online Store.</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-dvd-master-heavy-metal-guitar-metal-mike#comments Metal For Life Metal Mike Metal Mike Chlasciak News Features Mon, 12 May 2014 12:55:13 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18288 Metal Mike Brings the Heat with First-Ever Metal Heroes Summer Camp http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-mike-brings-heat-first-ever-metal-heroes-summer-camp <!--paging_filter--><p>In association with Music Masters Camps, shredder — and <em>Guitar World</em> columnist — “Metal” Mike Chlasciak will host his “Metal Heroes Summer Camp” August 25 to 29 at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York.</p> <p>Developed for metal-heads ages 12 to 18, Metal Heroes Summer Camp is designed to teach, motivate and inspire through intense but fun instruction in heavy metal.</p> <p>The highlight of this vacation experience will take place on the last day, when the students will have a chance to perform with Mike in front of their family and friends during a live concert staged at the camp’s playground.</p> <p>“I am beyond excited to kick off and welcome you to the Metal Heroes Summer Camp," Metal Mike says. "Doing an event like this is something that has been on my mind for a very, very long time. I’m psyched. All rock band instruments are welcome focusing on guitar, bass, drums and vocals. I hope you will join me on this 100 percent full-on metal journey.</p> <p>“I've always wanted to share my tour and music experiences with younger metal-heads and I’m really looking forward to open up the metal vault with you on so many levels in order to help you sharpen your skills to metal ninja perfection. </p> <p>"While helping you with individual tasks, we’ll also learn to make amazing progress when rehearsing with a band to talking about any musical challenges that you might face. I can guarantee this will be incredibly fun and you will learn a lot, too. </p> <p>“You also will get some great inside tips on how the music business works, how to work well with others, all the while you fully immerse yourself in the music of the metal gods. We’ll be jamming together, hanging out together, studying what makes a song or a performance great - while everyone will get a chance to ask their questions and get plenty of one-on-one playing tips."</p> <p>Tickets for Metal Heroes Summer Camp are on sale now at <a href="http://www.musicmasterscamps.com/metal-heroes-summer-camp">musicmasterscamps.com.</a></p> <p>All camp packages are $1,299 and and include lodging, gourmet meals, housekeeping and access to all workshops, seminars, performances and camp activities. Full Moon Resort features an eclectic array of comfortable country-inn accommodations. There is a $595 non-participant option where you can watch your child’s progress at Metal Heroes Summer Camp while you absorb the beauty of the Catskill Mountains.</p> <p>All accommodations are just steps away from daily camp activities. Guests can enjoy the spring-fed swimming pool and explore the splendors of the Catskills. Dedicated to the celebration of nature, music and the arts, this one hundred-acre wonderland of mountains, fields and streams is a world of its own. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.musicmasterscamps.com/metal-heroes-summer-camp">musicmasterscamps.com</a>, <a href="http://www.metalmike.net/">metalmike.net</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/metalheroessummercamp">facebook.com/metalheroessummercamp</a>.</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Summer_Camp_FM_Header.jpg" width="620" height="230" alt="Summer_Camp_FM_Header.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-mike-brings-heat-first-ever-metal-heroes-summer-camp#comments Metal Mike Metal Mike Chlasciak News Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:51:45 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20848 Metal Mike: If You're Not Getting Better, You're Getting Worse http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-mike-if-youre-not-getting-better-youre-getting-worse <!--paging_filter--><p>I want to briefly touch upon a subject many guitar players (and musicians in general) seem to have a difficult time understanding.</p> <p>I often hear guitarists tell me they want to attend one of my workshops because they've reached a certain "plateau" they can't seem to get past. It sounds logical, right? Unfortunately, this is incorrect.</p> <p>In guitar playing, there are no plateaus. We never arrive and stay at some flat, secure place. Not for long, and certainly not over a period of 24 hours.</p> <p>This means that if you're not getting better, you're getting worse. </p> <p>It's true. For example, if you get pretty good at playing a particular scale and take two weeks off, your ability will slide back from where you left off when you put the guitar down.</p> <p>Even song writing must be practiced. Sure, there are people who write only one song and it becomes a hit, but this is an exception to the rule, kind of like winning the lottery. If you want to be wealthy, you have to constantly work at it. Becoming better at your instrument is very much like this.</p> <p>This thought process has always been a source of motivation for me. It's very simple: If I'm not getting better, I'm getting worse. It stuck and has kept me practicing throughout the years. Hope this helps you as well!</p> <p><em>Polish-born Metal Mike Chlasciak has recorded or performed with heavy metal greats Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach, Bruce Dickinson and Axl Rose. Mike is the long-time guitarist for Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford's solo endeavor, Halford. Mike's new album, </em>The Metalworker<em>, is available at <a href="http://www.metalmike.net/">metalmike.net</a>. For more info, check out <a href="http://www.metalmike.net/">his official website</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/MetalMikeC">visit him on Twitter.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-mike-if-youre-not-getting-better-youre-getting-worse#comments Metal Mike Metal Mike Chlasciak Blogs Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:17:31 +0000 Metal Mike Chlasciak http://www.guitarworld.com/article/20532 Metal For Life with Metal Mike: Sweet Darkness — Exploring the Phrygian Mode’s Evil Sister Scale, Phrygian Dominant http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-metal-mike-sweet-darkness-exploring-phrygian-mode-s-evil-sister-scale-phrygian-dominant <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following content is related to the November 2013 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-november-13-dream-theater/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=NovemberVideosPage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>Last month we investigated the dark sound of the Phrygian mode, which is spelled intervallically 1 f2 f3 4 5 f6 f7. In the key of E, the notes would be E F G A B C D. Four of the Phrygian mode’s seven scale degrees—the second, third, sixth and seventh—are minor, or “flatted,” intervals, which is what gives Phrygian such a foreboding, “evil” sound, one that is perfectly suited to heavy metal music.</p> <p>Once you are well familiarized with the Phrygian mode, it’s fairly easy to learn its “evil sister,” the Phrygian-dominant mode. To morph from Phrygian to Phrygian-dominant, only one note needs to change: the minor, or flatted, third (G in the key of E) is raised one half step to a major third (Gs in this case), resulting in the intervallic spelling 1 f2 3 4 5 f6 f7. </p> <p>In the key of E, this translates to E F Gs A B C D. FIGURE 1 illustrates E Phrygian-dominant played in first position, with open strings used wherever possible.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2652124308001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2652124308001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Fans can buy an exclusive pre-sale package including a signed CD and postcard, plus a guitar pick, at <a href="http://www.metalmike.net/">metalmike.net</a>.</p> <p>“I am excited to finally release <em>The Metalworker</em>," said Chlasciak, who also has worked with Testament and Sebastian Bach. "I am very proud of it. I must confess it is everything I wanted it to be not only as a musician, but also as a fan of heavy metal. It was an ambitious undertaking because I wanted to make the absolute best album that I could make with no compromises or filler. </p> <p>"I also did it old-school, meaning nothing is pro-tooled to death or auto tuned, no direct guitar sounds, no re-amps or studio ninjas making a song out of a 20 second guitar riff. What you hear is Marshalls cranking and me striving to make the best release that I can.</p> <p>"Ultimately, I believe I was able to paint a great picture of who I am as a metal player and songwriter in a context of what I hope others will find to be a great, beginning to end, very likeable and great sounding record.”</p> <p><em>The Metalworker</em> features a guest appearance by former Outworld vocal siren Carlos Zema, plus a superb rhythm section — Kevin Talley (Daath, Hate Eternal, Six Feet Under) on drums and Mike LePond (Symphony X) on bass.</p> <p>For more about Chlasciak, check out <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-mike">his columns on GuitarWorld.com</a> and visit <a href="http://www.metalmike.net/">metalmike.net</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89603351"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89603807"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89604203"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89605144"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89604855"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89604487"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89605572"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89605776"></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F89605922"></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/album-premiere-metal-mike-chlasciak-metalworker#comments Metal Mike Metal Mike Chlasciak News Mon, 20 May 2013 15:41:58 +0000 Guitar World Staff http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18401 Metal for Life: Modes to Success — Mastering the Fundamental Modes Across the Entire Fretboard http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-modes-success-mastering-fundamental-modes-across-entire-fretboard <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following content is related to the June 2013 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-june-13-megadeth/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=videospage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>Over the course of the past two columns, I have detailed the basics of a series of scales derived from the major scale, known as the seven fundamental modes. To me, a complete understanding of these seven modes is essential study for all serious guitarists, no matter what style of music they play. </p> <p>As a metal player, I have found the study, understanding and incorporation of the modes to be invaluable in regard to all aspects of my playing and, most importantly, in terms of my overall grasp of the manner by which musical structures are formulated across the guitar’s fretboard. I visualize each of the modes on the fretboard in five different, distinct patterns. Each is fretted in a specific way, and in my experience, this simplifies one’s ability to understand and envision each modal shape on the fretboard quickly and easily. </p> <p><strong>PART ONE</strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2294142531001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2294142531001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-may-13-brad-paisley/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=videospage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>In last month’s column, I set out to demonstrate a clear and effective way to memorize the series of scales that are known collectively as the seven fundamental modes. </p> <p>For many of us, our awareness of these modes arrived via the guitar playing of the great Randy Rhoads, who based many of his classic solos heard on <em>Blizzard of Ozz</em> and <em>Diary of a Madman</em> on one or two specific modes from this group. Randy was an avid student of the guitar and spent countless hours mastering the modes all over the fretboard. As a teacher, he advised his students to dedicate a great amount of study time to achieving a complete understanding of the modes. </p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2243130269001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2243130269001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --><script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script><!-- End of Brightcove Player --><!-- End of Brightcove Player --> http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-unlocking-seven-fundamental-modes-favored-randy-rhoads-part-2#comments May 2013 Metal For Life Metal Mike Metal Mike Chlasciak Randy Rhoads Videos Lessons Magazine Thu, 04 Apr 2013 20:09:52 +0000 Metal Mike http://www.guitarworld.com/article/18090 Metal For Life: Killer Runs to Sharpen Your Pick-Hand and Fret-Hand Skills http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-killer-runs-sharpen-your-pick-hand-and-fret-hand-skills <!--paging_filter--><p>In this month’s column, I’d like to present a few single-note patterns that are designed to fortify fret-hand/pick-hand coordination while they strengthen your overall chops and ability to play fast and clean.</p> <p>In my own experience, I have found that drilling on one or two very specific melodic fretboard shapes works wonders in uncovering technical areas of weakness in both hands. Doing this over a long period of time will deliver solid results and make a marked improvement in your playing.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/metalforlife0612_1.jpg" /></p> <p>FIGURE 1 is a 16th-note run that begins with two bars of a melodic pattern based on the G major scale (G A B C D E Fs), which I then transpose, in bars 3 and 4, up a fourth, to C major (C D E F G A B), via a quick position shift. For both of these shapes, I use my fret-hand’s first, second and fourth fingers (index, middle and pinkie) throughout. Playing a shape like this over and over will uncover any shortcomings in your fret-hand dexterity. Be sure to fret using only your fingertips, with the thumb placed squarely on the back of the guitar neck in order for the fret-hand fingers to be positioned with a nice, high arch. Additionally, I use alternate (down-up) picking throughout and strive for absolute smoothness and even execution as the patterns are played over and over across the top two strings.</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/metalforlife0612_2.jpg" /></p> <p>Now let’s add a slight twist to the melodic shape in order to work the fret hand a little more. In FIGURE 2, the melody played across beats one and two is identical to that of FIGURE 1, but I play different shapes across the last two beats of the bar, beginning with a pull-off on the high E string, followed by more alternate picking. Here, the initial melodic shape is played four times in G before I transpose it up to C. Notice, however, that I do change the very end of the initial phrase, in bar 3, to accommodate the abrupt shift up to 12th position on the last 16th note. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/metalforlife0612_3.jpg" /></p> <p>In FIGURE 3, I use the previous melodic sequence as the basis for a new exercise run that ascends the fretboard through three different fingering patterns of the G major scale. Here, I play the patterns as 16th-note triplets, ascending and then descending on each successive eighth note. Again, I rely on strict alternate picking and strive for absolute clean, even execution. As a whole, this pattern is much simpler than the previous ones, as it simply ascends and descends, but as you will find, getting it up to “shred speed” will require real work and diligence. </p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience1573989017001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="1573989017001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Let me explain.</p> <p>Since I was 16, I've been on an interesting, but not very unique musical journey. Starting in my early days, I strongly believed playing metal was my ultimate passion in life and that I wanted to pursue it as a profession.</p> <p>On the other side of the coin, although my parents were supportive, I remember them asking me to consider some other, "safer," professional choices, be it computer programming, obtaining some sort of an executive job, etc.</p> <p>I always believed that if you give something your all, there's a chance you'll be successful. I never had fear that I wouldn't be what I considered successful at playing guitar. But something was still nagging at me. Subconsciously, I still had layers of guilt about not making my parents feel secure about I was doing. This is partly because when we left Poland in 1984, my parents sold everything they had in order to move to the US for a better life for me and my sister. And then their son decides to be a metal guitar player. Writing it down makes it sound kind of insane.</p> <p>There was a stretch for about five years after I graduated from Berklee that I started teaching full time. I did not play out, I just taught, a lot! Many of my private guitar students were business professionals, lawyers and dentists ... and so my interviewing began. I would drill them on why they became who they are professionally and if they would trade it for becoming an artist, guitar player, etc., if they could make a living at it. You would not believe how many thought being a musician was the ultimate way to lead a life. </p> <p>Now, I’m all for anyone becoming whatever they want, but at the time, it made me feel great that even the people with what we call "respected" and "admired" professions thought playing guitar was the coolest thing in the world.</p> <p>About that time, a shift happened in my life. In my mind and probably out loud, I said to myself, "I give you permission to be a musician!" That’s it. That’s all it took. I stopped eyeing local publications for jobs that might give me relief from teaching, and I said to myself, "If you are a musician, concentrate on using your talents as a musician from this point on. And, while you're at it, refuse to be broke because of it." </p> <p>Even though I made an album and taught music, when asked what I did for a living, there was some hesitation. After the shift, I simply told people I'm a musician. This translated to the clothes I bought, and well, the list goes on.</p> <p>When you allow yourself to do something, sometimes another world of possibilities opens up. Things appear in front of you that were always there, but your eyes weren't open enough to see them. Think about this.</p> <p>After that moment, I put a metal instrumental band together and started opening shows for Yngwie, Steve Morse and Ronnie Montrose on the East Coast. After three years of being caught captive via digital 0's and 1's, the music from my self-financed CD, <em>Isolation Chamber: Grind Textural Abstractions</em>, eventually ended up living again. </p> <p>Eventually, a tape of one of those shows landed in the hands of The Metal God, Rob Halford, and my dreams started to be become reality. </p> <p>Of course, once you are showing serious results for your work, it becomes easier convincing relatives and friends about your life path. But here’s the deal: It doesn’t matter. Give yourself permission to do what you believe in, and silence the limiting beliefs. Things seem to align themselves when you are ready, including relatives.</p> <p>Thanks for listening, everyone. Horns up!</p> <p><em>Polish-born Metal Mike Chlasciak has recorded or performed with heavy metal greats Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach, Bruce Dickinson and Axl Rose. Mike is the long-time guitarist for Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford's solo endeavor, Halford. Mike's new album, </em>The Metalworker<em>, is due in spring. For more info, check out <a href="http://www.metalmike.net/">his official website</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/MetalMikeC">visit him on Twitter.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-mike-give-yourself-permission-be-musician#comments Metal Mike Metal Mike Chlasciak Blogs Fri, 08 Mar 2013 20:14:56 +0000 Metal Mike Chlasciak http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17965 Metal For Life: Unlocking the Secrets of the Seven Fundamental Modes Favored by Randy Rhoads http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-unlocking-secrets-seven-fundamental-modes-favored-randy-rhoads <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following content is related to the April 2013 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-apr-13-orianthi/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=videospage">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>This month, I’d like to illustrate a very clear and effective way to memorize the series of scales that are collectively known as the seven fundamental modes. I consider these modes to be essential learning for any aspiring metal soloist. The majority of them are also equally useful for soloing in other styles, such as blues, rock, jazz and country.</p> <p>When I think about the modes, the first guitarist that comes to mind is Randy Rhoads, because he put a spotlight on the modes within the context of metal guitar. In this lesson, I’ll demonstrate an easy-to-understand system for learning and memorizing the modes all over the fretboard. Once you have a firm handle on the modes, I’ll show you how chords and chord progressions can be built from each mode.</p> <p><strong>PART ONE</strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2160722612001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2160722612001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --><script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script><!-- End of Brightcove Player --><!-- End of Brightcove Player --><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/randy-rhoads">Randy Rhoads</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-unlocking-secrets-seven-fundamental-modes-favored-randy-rhoads#comments April 2013 Metal For Life Metal Mike Randy Rhoads Videos News Lessons Magazine Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:41:10 +0000 Metal Mike http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17879 Metal Mike: The Jedi Trick of Using a Camera or iPhone in the Studio http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-mike-jedi-trick-using-camera-or-iphone-studio <!--paging_filter--><p>I want to share a quick tip with guitar players that will make things easier in your search for the perfect guitar sound when recording.</p> <p>Most of you will probably agree that you often start with an amp setting, tweak as you go through a few other options and then tell yourself that some of the initial settings sounded the best. However, you realize you have a hard time pinpointing exact previous locations of the control knobs. You can get it close, but not exact. Once you start adding pedals and studio gear, things can run away from you pretty quickly.</p> <p>Here’s what you do. </p> <p>You use a small digital camera or an iPhone to take pics and document your favorite settings or useful sounds on amps, pre-amps or whatever you choose to recall in the studio. Taking a look at a pic of your prior settings makes recalling things super easy. </p> <p>I keep a small camera handy and scroll through it if I'm looking for a particular sound I might've gotten in the past or if I want a solid starting point to build on. You can focus in on your pics and get the exact location of your previous moves.</p> <p>This becomes especially helpful if I try to recall settings I've used to record different instruments such as bass, guitars or vocals through a single-channel pre-amp that I love to use. Instead of starting from scratch to set up a sound, I can quickly get into the ballpark and build from that point.</p> <p>Of course, this doesn't have to stop at the recording studio. Live amp settings, pedal board setup all the way to a correct way to pack an equipment trailer can be easily be recalled with a digital camera.</p> <p>So, there you go! It’s a simple solution to a big problem.</p> <p>I must give credit to Judas Priest producer and my Halford bandmate Roy Z, from whom I picked up this idea,</p> <p>Horns and talk soon,<br /> Metal Mike</p> <p><em>Polish-born Metal Mike Chlasciak has recorded or performed with heavy metal greats Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach, Bruce Dickinson and Axl Rose. Mike is the long-time guitarist for Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford's solo endeavor, Halford. Mike's new album, </em>The Metalworker<em>, is due in spring. For more info, check out <a href="http://www.metalmike.net/">his official website</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/MetalMikeC">visit him on Twitter.</a></em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-mike-jedi-trick-using-camera-or-iphone-studio#comments Metal Mike Metal Mike Chlasciak Blogs Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:14:47 +0000 Metal Mike Chlasciak http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17670 Metal For Life: How to Devise Melodic Metal Licks for Rhythm Parts http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-how-devise-melodic-metal-licks-rhythm-parts <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following content is related to the February 13 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-feb-13-the-who/?&amp;utm_source=guitarworld.com&amp;utm_medium=article&amp;utm_campaign=metalforlife">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>When writing riffs, one of the greatest challenges is to create parts that are not just melodically and rhythmically effective but also memorable and powerful. The best metal riffs—like “Crazy Train,” for example—contain all of the qualities necessary for a great riff: hard-driving power, strong melody and, most importantly, a “star quality” that makes the riff instantly recognizable. This is true for both fast and slow riffs, because a really great riff doesn’t have to be impressive exclusively in a technical sense. This month, I’d like to present a couple of riffs that I believe exemplify these qualities.</p> <p><strong>Part 1</strong></p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2047986023001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2047986023001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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However, I can tell you without any trepidation that the single greatest way to improve your tone is practicing.</p> <p>It might seem simple, but on the other hand, it can take years for us to truly understand it.</p> <p>A couple of years into playing guitar, I realized practice is the greatest tone improver. Today, whenever I put in some serious practice time, I start gaining major tonal benefits as a result.</p> <p>01. I notice I need less gain to execute what I'm playing, which lessens saturation. The result is a more dynamic, punchier sound. Your chords and notes get better definition and retain their character. If you play in a band, trust me, your sound man will love you.</p> <p>02. I can easily play guitar with higher action, which allows the strings to breathe more, making notes sound fuller. It also can provide more room for a better, more controlled vibrato.</p> <p>03. The strength in my left hand allows for a better touch on the guitar, which provides warmer chords, better intonation and less fuzz.</p> <p>04. The strength in my picking hand allows for more controlled and confident pick attack, resulting in a tighter sound.</p> <p>Practicing regularly will bring you the same results. You can take the above to a whole new level if you have the chance to play live for a few weeks on the road. Playing regularly in a live setting can do incredible things for your guitar’s tone and control. I call this “road chops,” and it’s basically a symphony your body goes through to prepare you for a tonal killing machine. </p> <p>You’ll learn how to hit a chord so it jumps out of the speaker. And you might also find out that fuzzy, no-middle guitar sound will mean no one will ever hear you. And that’s just the beginning.</p> <p>So, let’s also say this: For killer tone, aspire to practice with a band or play out live. I promise that you will learn things you can not do while practicing alone.</p> <p>For the most part, I have little need to improve my guitar sound with outside equipment. If I hear that things aren't sounding quite right, I practice more. This usually takes care of 90 percent of the improvement I might be looking for.</p> <p>Till next time, horns up!</p> <p><em>Polish-born Metal Mike Chlasciak has recorded or performed with heavy metal greats Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach, Bruce Dickinson and Axl Rose. Mike is the long-time guitarist for Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford's solo endeavor, Halford. Mike's new album, </em>The Metalworker<em>, is due in spring. For more info, check out <a href="http://www.metalmike.net/">his official website</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/MetalMikeC">visit him on Twitter.</a> Mike has a new EP — </em>This Is War,<em> and it's <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/this-is-war-ep/id546375063">available digitally</a>.</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-mike-one-way-ticket-sick-guitar-tone#comments Metal Mike Metal Mike Chlasciak Blogs Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:13:18 +0000 Metal Mike Chlasciak http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17447 Metal For Life: How to Use an Open-String Pedal Tone to Build Heavy Single-Note Riffs http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-how-use-open-string-pedal-tone-build-heavy-single-note-riffs <!--paging_filter--><p>For this lesson, I’ve put together a series of melodic riffs that could be used for a song’s intro, verse, chorus, bridge or solo section, and that utilize an open low E-string pedal tone. A pedal tone is defined as a long held or rearticulated note around which other parts move. As applied to the guitar, a pedal tone usually represents the tonic, or root note, and is played on the lower, often open, strings. </p> <p>For each example in this column, the open low E string is used as a pedal tone throughout the riff. In FIGURE 1, I play a melodic line on the A string against the open low E pedal. The line is derived primarily from the E Phrygian scale (E F G A B C D) and is played in steady 16th notes, four notes per beat. I begin by striking the open low E along with a D note, fifth string/fifth fret, fretted with the index finger, followed by a hammer-on with the ring finger up to E, seventh fret. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/metalforlife0411_1.jpg" /></p> <p>This hammer-on idea is carried through the riff as I move either higher or lower on the fifth string. The lower note is always fretted with the index finger: if the higher note is two frets above, I hammer-on with the ring finger; if it’s one fret above, I hammer with the middle finger. When the open low E string is played by itself, I use pick-hand palm muting for a more percussive attack.</p> <p>On beat four of bar 2, I move the fretted notes over to the low E string, fretting A, sixth string/fifth fret, followed by a hammer-on up to Bf at the sixth fret. The use of this “flatted fifth,” or tritone, interval lends the riff a bluesy quality, as it is part of the E blues scale (E G A Bf B D). Found three whole steps above (or below) the root note, the tritone was once called, in Latin, <em>Diabolus in musica</em> (the devil in music). It is an interval often employed in metal for its dark, dissonant quality. To me, this riff recalls the sound of Megadeth’s <em>Rust in Peace album</em>, specifically the track “Holy Wars.”</p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/metalforlife0411_2.jpg" /></p> <p>The phrasing of this line is also interesting in that the hammered notes are always followed by four consecutive open low E pedal notes, with the exception of bar 4, where I switch to two consecutive open E notes between hammered notes. Another way to play this riff is with a clear separation between the fretted notes and the open E pedal, à la FIGURE 2. Try both approaches and notice the difference in sound. </p> <p><img src="http://dl.guitarworld.com/tabs/metalforlife0411_3.jpg" /></p> <p>Now let’s look at a different riff using the same concept and phrasing, as shown in FIGURE 3. Here, the fretted notes are all played on the low E string and are based essentially on the E blues scale, but I add the second, Fs, as well as the “flatted” second, F natural, to the line, which serves to lend it an overall atonal quality. This harmonically “free” approach—creating a riff that is not based entirely on one specific scale—is very common in metal, exemplified on such albums as Metallica’s <em>Master of Puppets</em>.</p> <p>Let’s try one more permutation of this, shifting to 12/8 meter, as shown in FIGURE 4. Like FIGURE 1, this riff is based on E Phrygian, and the melody is played primarily on the A string and against the open low E pedal. To make the riff more dramatic, I switch back and forth between palm-muting the open low E notes and allowing the notes on the A string to ring clearly. This riff ends with sliding two-note power chords, fretted on the fifth and fourth strings.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/metal-life-how-use-open-string-pedal-tone-build-heavy-single-note-riffs#comments April 2011 Metal For Life Metal Mike Blogs Lessons Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:22:02 +0000 Metal Mike Chlasciak http://www.guitarworld.com/article/17331