Sick Riffs: Alex Wilson teaches you the odd-time swagger of sleepmakeswaves' pyramids

Sick Riffs #81: Today, we bring you Aussie instrumental post-rockers sleepmakeswaves, who are currently in the process of releasing an EP trilogy, these are not your dreams, which lands on Friday July 17.

Guitarist Alex Wilson joins us to show you how to play the outro riff of pyramids, the first track from Out of Hours. This one's a prime chance for you to practice playing in unusual time signatures and familiarize yourself with altered tunings.

Wilson plays an Epiphone Dot electric guitar tuned to C-G-D-G-B-E, running through a Brainworx digital amp modeler.

"We're on board with coronavirus restrictions in Australia but would be lying if we said it's not been a big issue for us as a band," Wilson says. "We've had to reschedule our national headline tour until 2021.

"The strict social distancing measures have also meant we can't meet up to write material together. So this has forced us to make some creative choices for our forthcoming EP, deciding to chase sounds and atmospheres that are easier to write and create while we work remotely. 

"Personally, a great deal of my income came from working live shows for other artists and this kind of work is off the table indefinitely. Anyway - thanks for watching, hope you enjoy!"

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.