Beginner Metal Techniques

author: AsTheWorldDies date: 03/24/2011 category: for beginners
rating: 6.6 / votes: 8 
Okay, so first off, there's tuning to think about. Most of your heavy metal is played in tunings like drop D. I keep my guitar in C# standard (C#F#BEG#C#). It makes it more heavy then you'd typically get with standard tuning (EADGBe). You might need to learn a little about tuning to understand this bit. Anyways, onto the lesson. A bunch of metal uses palm mutes. A palm mute is when you put the palm of your hand on the strings and play. If you're plugged up to an amp, you'll hear the difference between an unmuted and a palm muted note. On this site they're typically marked with a period below or above the tab. Example:
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|-0-0-0-0-1-1-2-2-3-3-0-0-1|
  . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Another thing a bunch of metal players use are like bar chords. Example:
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|-2-5-4-6-7-6|
|-0-3-2-8-5-4|
Combining these two techniques sounds great, and it's extremely simple. Example:
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|---------6---------4-5---------8---------7---|
|---------4---------2-3---------6---------5-7-|
|-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0---5-|
  . . . .   . . . .     . . . .   . . . .
As this is a beginner lesson, you might not know about hammer ons and pull offs. Hammer ons are when you put your finger on a fret and hit the string, then slam your finger down on a lower fret without hitting the string again. Pull off's are when you hit the string while your finger is on the fret, and pull it to a higher one. Hammer ons: |-2h3h4h5-| Pull offs: |-5p4p3p0-| These are just the simplest techniques I could really think of to explain. Now, I'm just going to give you some fun examples to play. As mine is in C# standard, if you have your guitar tuned to something else, it might not sound quite heavy. But, if you tune it down some, it should sound better. Easy
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|-------2-------4-------0-------6-|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
  . . .   . . .   . . .   . . .
Slightly Harder
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|-------------------------------------4-5-|
|-0-0-0-2h4p2-0-0-0-6h8p6-0-0-0-4h6p4-4-5-|
  . . .       . . .       . . .
This one here will be a bit too hard for you, as a beginner, but I'd like to give it to you just to show you how you'll be when you get good at this stuff.
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|-----------------9h10p9-----------------------------|
|-9-------11-12-7-9h10p9-------------------------5-7-|
|-7-------9--10-5--------------------------------3-5-|
|---0-0-0----------------0-0-5h8h9p5-0-0-4h5h7p4-----|
    . . .                . .         . .

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|-----------------9h10p9-----------------------------|
|-9-------11-12-7-9h10p9-------------------------5-4-|
|-7-------9--10-5--------------------------------3-2-|
|---0-0-0----------------0-0-5h8h9p5-0-0-4h5h7p4-----|
    . . .                . .         . .

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|-5-------7-5---------|
|-3-------5-3-7-5-7-2-|
|---0-0-0-----5-3-5-0-|
    . . .
Well that is all. I'm sure I made this simple enough to understand...If not, just ask questions. I might be able to help. If it seems a bit dull and boring, remember, it's intended for beginners. Hope it helps. Rate, comment. Add me if you want. Thanks.
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