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Using Fast Down-Picking to Execute Powerful Riffs and Signature Parts

An essential technique aspiring thrash metal guitarists must master is the ability to perform fast single-note riffs and power-chord figures using only downstrokes.Two classic examples immediately come to mind: Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” and Megadeth’s “Hanger 18,” and there are, of course, many more great examples of relentless downpicked fury to be found in the world of metal.This month,... …

Using Syncopation to Disguise the Meter

One of the signature elements of Revocation’s music is our embrace of unexpected rhythmic shifts and syncopations that obscure, or disguise, the meter and de-emphasize the downbeat of the bar (where “one” falls). ... …

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