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Old 04-02-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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Galloping

Hello,

Wondering if there are any good exercises for galloping? Like the type in Battery by Metallica. Or should I just practice the main riff (slowly) until I get it. My issue is, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be doing a picking motion with the pick, or more of a "scratching" motion. If that makes sense.

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Old 04-02-2013, 11:08 PM   #2
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I don't really understand what you mean with the picking motion thing but yes the best way to get the hang of it is indeed play songs that contain the technique at a pace you can handle easily.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:29 AM   #3
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Always practice slowly until you get it. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS. Otherwise it will sound like complete shit when you up the tempo. Nothing special like scratching, just play the riff at a bpm that works for you and don't dare raise it until you can play it clean.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:34 AM   #4
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The trooper, run to the hills, a bunch of iron maiden songs have gallops.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:55 AM   #5
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Practice practice practice!

I have always started with a downstroke on my gallops. Always meant to learn to start on upstrokes as well for the fastest possible gallops. However, I don't do that yet.
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:06 AM   #6
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For gallops you're actually picking. I actually remember Mark Tremonti saying that when he was in school he would just sit there and draw an "n" (not sure if he meant capitalized) as fast as he could to work on his gallops at school (if that helps you picture the motion a bit better). Not sure how much that helps.
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:07 AM   #7
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For gallops you're actually picking. I actually remember Mark Tremonti saying that when he was in school he would just sit there and draw an "n" (not sure if he meant capitalized) as fast as he could to work on his gallops at school (if that helps you picture the motion a bit better). Not sure how much that helps.


Wow, that's pretty interesting!
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:39 AM   #8
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I practice the gallops on Raining Blood by Slayer. (They're just palm muted 0's, on the E string.), then moved on to harder ones, and gallops on different strings and kept working from there
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:24 AM   #9
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Try playing alternating between on the beat gallops (think Raining Blood) and off the beat gallops, (think Battery), 1 bar of each. Go at slow non-thrash tempos initially, then build it up with a metronome
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:01 AM   #10
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Since everyone else has already covered proper practice I'll just give you some riffs to practice slowly on. I got my gallops up to snuff by playing the main riffs to "Rain" & "Suffocating Sight" by Trivium. Another good one is the opening to "Into the Pit" by Testament. That one will also help practice your string skipping.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:01 AM   #11
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Yeah, play the shit out of your favorite gallop riffs. I think it's good to play riffs which has more than just gallops so that you learn to control to play for example exactly 5,6,7 etc notes as well - such as lots of Fear Factory stuff or the pre-solo riffs in One (Metallica).
When you accurately learn to play these more varied fast PM stretches, then regular gallops such as in Raining Blood will be super easy.

Oh and of course, like mentioned, Trivium is just amazing for your riffing skills as well

This guy explains some stuff that might be relevant to OP
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:56 PM   #12
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Thanks again everyone for all the information.

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Old 04-03-2013, 08:58 PM   #13
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Wow, that's pretty interesting!

Ya, thinking about it again I'm pretty sure he meant "N" because if you take that exact motion and pick it, it'd be DUD, but an "n" would be UDU. I guess it wouldn't be a bad idea to practice both ways though, maybe galloping with economy picking would result in you sometimes starting with an upstroke.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:53 PM   #14
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I just watched that video. Its wild, in general i dont listen to any metal, i just prefer other music to it, but after watching that video, i kind of want to be able to play it anyway lol....


i saw the posters topic ofc, and i think at least on acoustic guitar if i try to play something like that, between what people would refer to economy picking, and with the palm muting, at that kind of speed its sort of difficult to think of that in any other way than scratching. When i do it, my pick never gets far enough away from the string for me to think of it as plucking the string
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:57 PM   #15
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Everyone is giving good examples of songs with chugging, but I encourage you to make your own riffs!
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:12 PM   #16
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Everyone is giving good examples of songs with chugging, but I encourage you to make your own riffs!


When I was learning palm muting, I would sit there crunching open E in as many ways as I could come up with. It really helped my metal riffing in the long run.
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