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.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.