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Sick Riffs: Reyka Osburn teaches you the low-string-heaviness of Death Valley High's Black Friday

Sick Riffs #101: We're now into the triple figures, so we expect your playing chops to have come along leaps and bounds since we started this column! In today's episode, Death Valley High guitarist Reyka Osburn - who has collaborated with Deftones among others - teaches you how to play Black Friday, from the band's 2011 album, Doom, In Full Bloom.

Along with their distinctive visual style, Death Valley High are known for their genre-crossing writing tendencies - namely using distorted guitar riffs over electronic dance-punk beats.

In this lesson video, Reyka plays Black Friday's gain-drenched riffs using a Hagstrom electric guitar through a Focusrite Scarlett Solo audio interface and Logic Pro X. You'll need to tune your guitar to drop D in order to play along with this one (D-A-D-G-B-E).

"The pandemic locked us down in San Francisco fairly early with the infamous Grand Princess cruise ship right off our shore," the guitarist says. "We also saw the swell of a quarantine coming as our city's venues were quickly being wrung out of their audiences. 

"It continues to be a challenge for us individually, and as a whole; each member has had a major uprooting of responsibilities for income. However, we are constantly in contact, going over ideas to bring new content to our viewers and how to monetize those ideas. Rent in this town is a virus all on its own!"

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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).