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10 Essential Metal Rhythm Guitar Techniques in One Song

In the clip below, TDOVmusic, the crew that brought you "10 Essential Whammy Bar Techniques in One Song," presents "10 Essential Metal Rhythm Guitar Techniques in One Song."

These techniques show up pretty regularly in every sub-genre of metal. Of particular use, however, is the demonstrated difference between a gallop and a reverse-gallop rhythm. Take note!

By the way, the guitarist is playing the "very metal" Schecter KM-6, Keith Merrow's signature-model guitar.

Let us know what other essential rhythm techniques should be considered—and feel free to subscribe to TDOVmusic's YouTube channel.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.