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How to Create Crushing Thrash Metal Rhythm Guitar Parts — Video

One of my favorite things about heavy metal music is the brutal rhythm guitar parts that have been devised by the genre's greatest bands, such as Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer and others. In this month's column, I'd like to show you some of the effective techniques for developing cool-sounding and very metal rhythm guitar parts.

Discovering New Ways to Use the Minor Pentatonic Scale — Video

A great way to discover new minor pentatonic sounds on the fretboard is to expand common “box” patterns. As shown in FIGURE 1, E minor pentatonic (E G A B D) is played in two connecting positions: when ascending, I play the scale in seventh position; when descending, I play it in 10th position.

Killer Runs to Sharpen Your Pick-Hand and Fret-Hand Skills — Video

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. 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.

How Guitarists Can Build Super-Human Legato Chops

An essential element in soloing for all guitarists—especially metal players—is the use of legato techniques. The term legato is defined as “smooth and connected,” and a legato sound is generally achieved on the guitar through the incorporation of hammer-ons, pull-offs and finger slides.

Metal For Life with Metal Mike: Mega-Metal Licks in the Style of Metallica, Testament and Pantera

I’d like to focus on riffs and rhythm ideas that represent what I think of as “the real deal” metal. I’ve designed these riffs to help you build up both your pick-and fret-hand technique in regard to executing pure metal ideas like these with power and precision.

Metal for Life with Metal Mike: High-Pitched Natural Harmonics — Video

In this month's edition of "Metal For Life," Metal Mike Chlasciak shows you how to get the most out of high-pitched natural harmonics.

Metal For Life with Metal Mike: How to Fortify Power-Chord Ideas with Single-Note Lines and Diads

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.

Metal for Life with Metal Mike: Incorporating Minor Scales Into Riffs and Rhythm Parts

The minor scale is the most commonly used scale in metal. This month, I’d like to detail the most prevalent minor scales in metal: natural minor (also known as the Aeolian mode), the Dorian mode, the Phrygian mode and the harmonic minor scale.

Metal Mike's 10 Tips to Boost Your Practice Session

Many guitar players often struggle to find time -- or simply feel the need to be inspired in order to practice their instrument. Sure, there are days when we are all inspired to pick up our guitars and play. Bur what about the other days? Welcome to 10 Ways To Boost Your Practice Session.

Metal for Life: Incorporating Different Picking Techniques for Specific Metal Riffs

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.