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Sick Riffs: Learn 2 monstrous heavy-hitters from The Browning's latest album, Geist

Sick Riffs #4: In today's episode, we have a lesson from Jonny McBee of American electronicore act The Browning, in which he shows you how to play riffs from Beyond Stone and Noctis - two hard-hitting tracks both from the band's latest album, Geist.

The gain-laden riffs - both in drop-B tuning - are relatively simple, making them easy to learn quickly while you're stuck at home.

To deliver the riffs, McBee uses a Carvin 7-string electric guitar and a Line 6 Pod Farm amp modeling unit.

"The tour that was canceled was an absolute wrecking ball on my life and current situation. I have a baby due in a month, and I have spent the past six months, and all of my money, on building a tiny house for my wife, my baby and me to live in when she is born," says McBee.

"We didn't renew our lease where we were living because when I got home, our new house would be done. Now, with losing all my money on the upfront costs, and now not making the profit needed from the tour, the house will not be finished before the baby is born, and I'll now have to figure out where we can live in this rough time."

"I am personally selling our merch out of my house currently because I don't even have money to ship the merch back to my merch company," he added. 

If you're interested in purchasing The Browning merch, email Jonny at (opens in new tab).

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Sick Riffs is a Guitar World video series designed to help guitarists affected by the coronavirus. Self-isolating players around the world have each filmed a lesson where they teach you one of their own guitar riffs, up close and personal. If you dig the lesson, we encourage you to buy music and merch from the artist or stream their music.

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Sam is a Staff Writer at Guitar World, also creating 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 (opens in new tab).