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Metal Mike Chlasciak

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Metal for Life: Examining Five Essential Minor Mode Scale Patterns — with Tab and Video

This month, we will continue our modal study by focusing on two essential minor modes, Dorian and Aeolian. Both of these modes can be looked at as “extensions” of the scale that is used most prominently for soloing in metal, minor pentatonic.

Metal for Life: How to Unlock the Secrets of the Seven Fundamental Modes Favored by Randy Rhoads — Tab and Video

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.

Metal for Life with Metal Mike: Infusing Dark Heavy Metal Riffs with a Touch of Blues — Video

To my mind, it’s impossible to become a great metal soloist without having an appreciation of the blues and some of the techniques associated with blues guitar. Learning to emulate the blues guitar techniques of B.B. King, Albert King and all the blues masters is of vital importance to metal as well as blues and rock guitarists, and that is what I would like to explore in this month’s column.

Metal for Life with Metal Mike: How to Reinvent a Modal Melody by Changing Only One Note — Video

The great majority of metal music is based on the Aeolian mode, and in this month’s column I’d like to show you a simple, effective way to take any Aeolian line and change and mutate its character, which entails altering only one note.

Metal for Life with Metal Mike: How to Reinvent the Penatonic Approach to Forge New Melodic Riffs — Video

By far the most prominently used scale and the most prevalent sound in rock, metal and blues is that of the minor pentatonic scale. The musical strength of the scale lies in its simplicity, making it a perfect formula from which to try to discover interesting and new musical paths.

Metal for Life with Metal Mike: A Practice Piece That Incorporates Useful, Challenging Techniques

In my quest to raise my guitar-playing game to the highest level, I find it essential to devise practice techniques that will push my pick- and fret-hand abilities as far as possible. A great way to go about this is to combine the focus on these technical issues with the creative endeavor of writing original riffs and patterns that will hopefully spark new song ideas.

Metal for Life with Metal Mike: Using Drop-D Tuning to Write Heavy Riffs — Video

Aside from the additional heaviness this tuning provides by extending the instrument’s range downward, having the bottom two strings tuned a fifth apart—D to A—enables one to play a root-fifth power chord simply by strumming the two strings open or barring a finger across them at any given fret.

Metal Mike: Dispelling the Myth of Being Self-Taught

There's a certain level of pride many musicians feel when they claim they are self-taught, and I can understand why. By considering themselves self-taught, some people enjoy the fact that, by not taking “lessons,” they discovered the ins and outs of playing an instrument on their own time, their own way, through their own skills.

Metal for Life with Metal Mike: How to Construct Classic Eighties-Style Metal Guitar Parts — Video

Back in the Eighties, during the heyday of metal, bands like Van Halen, Judas Priest and the Scorpions were releasing incredible, killer albums packed with amazing guitar playing.

Today, I feel that the majority of metal is more focused on rhythmic parts with less harmonic movement than what I think of as the approach representative of Eighties-style metal. It is from that perspective that I put together the three “classic” metal-style riffs featured in this month’s column.

Fresh Steel: How to Re-String a Floyd Rose-Equipped Guitar — and Stay in Tune

Many guitarists complain that they can't keep guitars with Floyd Rose (or Floyd Rose-style) tremolo systems in tune. Because of this, many players write off the Floyd Rose all together. So, with that in mind, I've prepared a few tips to help you with the three most common problems you might encounter.