Metalcore - The Basics. Part 2

author: TDG Tabs date: 06/02/2009 category: for beginners
rating: 8.9 / votes: 31 
Introduction Hey, I'm back again with another Metalcore Lesson. Now, I'm guessing that if your reading this then you must have read my first lesson. I know that some of you wanted to know how to do some things I mentioned in that lesson, so I'm going to go through some of the basics you need to play Metalcore. Palm Muting Palm muting is a signature technique in Metal. In order to palm mute, you need to place the fleshy part of your strumming palm on the strings near the bridge. Doing so will create a massive "chug" sound. You can palm mute on every string, but the low E string is most ideal. ** Most of the examples are in Dropped D **
Example 1 (Palm Muted)
 Try this little riff comfortably and speed up when you're ready.
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|-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0-|
Remember to take everything slowly. Trust me, I have no patience but when i actually took things slowly first it actually paid off. Let's try switching back and forth between strings now. If you're not comfortable yet, just practice the first example.
Example 2 (Palm Muted)
Take things slowly
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|-----------------0-0-0-0-------------------------0-0-0-0-----------------|
|---------0-0-0-0---------0-0-0-0---------0-0-0-0---------0-0-0-0---------|
|-0-0-0-0-------------------------0-0-0-0-------------------------0-0-0-0-|
Alternate Picking Alternate picking is a form of picking. Instead of doing all down picking, you do down and up picking motion which saves some energy in your strumming hand. This technique is very useful for cool and fast riffs that you might make up on your guitar. Here are some exercises that contain Alternate Picking.
Example 3 (Alternate Picked)

v - down stroke
^ - up stroke

  v ^ v ^  v ^ v ^  v ^ v ^  v ^ v ^  v ^ v ^  v ^ v ^
|-0-0-0-0--1-1-1-1--2-2-2-2--3-3-3-3--4-4-4-4--5-5-5-5---------|
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Example 4 (Alternate Picked)
This one is a little bit harder, so take things slowly.
 
 v ^ v ^  v ^ v ^  v ^ v ^  v ^ v ^ v ^ v ^   v ^ v ^  v ^ v ^  v ^ v ^  
|-0-0-0-0----------------------------0-0-0-0-----------------------------|
|----------1-1-1-1-----------3-3-3-3----------1-1-1-1--------------------|
|-------------------2-2-2-2----------------------------2-2-2-2-----------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------3-3-3-3--|
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Play These Slowly! I know that I keep on saying this, but I need to get this stuck in your head. Slides Slides are basically self-explanatory. In order to slide, just fret a note and slide your finger to another one while keeping your finger on the fret board. Here's an example of a metalcore riff I made up that has slides in it.
Example 5 (Sliding)

\ - Slide

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|------5--7/9------------------------------------------------------|
|-5/7--------------5-----7------8/10-----5-5-5-5/7-7-7-7--0-0-0-0--|
|--------------0-0---0-0----0-0-------0-------------------0-0-0-0--|
pm             . .   . .    . .       .                   . . . . 
Here is another example that is from Slipknot's "Psychosocial"
Example 6 (Sliding)
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|-6--0-0--5--0-0--5/6--5--0-0--6--0-0--5/6--|
|-6--0-0--5--0-0--5/6--5--0-0--6--0-0--5/6--|
|-6--0-0--5--0-0--5/6--5--0-0--6--0-0--5/6--|
pm   . .     . .          . .     . .
Hammer-Ons Hammer-ons are very common in Mainstream music now and days, but this technique is one of the easiest to get. A Hammer-on is when a note is plucked and then you quickly press down on a fret that is probably on the same string. Here's an example:
Example 7 (Hammer-ons)

h - Hammer-on

|-0h1--0h1--0h1--0h3--0h3--0h3--2h3--2h3--2h3--|
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Example 8 (Hammer-ons)
This is a bit harder than the previous. Remember that each Hammer-on is clearly heard.

|---------------------1h2----------------------|
|-----------------1h2-----2h3------------------|
|-------------1h2-------------2h3--------------|
|---------1h2---------------------2h3----------|
|-----1h2-----------------------------2h3------|
|-1h2-------------------------------------2h3--|
Pull-Offs Pull-offs are basically the opposite of a Hammer-on. Instead of pressing down a fret after you plucked a fret, you pull off of it instead.
Example 9 (Pull-offs)
Bless The Fall - To Hell And Back

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|-7p0-7p0-7p0-7p0---8p0-8p0-8p0---5p0-5p0-5p0-5p0-5p0--|
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Great work! Just keep practicing! Moving On Ok, so I basically covered the basic stuff you need to know now. I'm going to give some examples that show you how to make songs and how I make my Metalcore songs. Creating songs, the building blocks When I start making a metalcore song, I usually make the Chorus riff first. After I have made the chorus riff, I just build on from there and that's where my song comes together. So say if I make something like this as the Chorus riff:
Example 10 (Creating Songs)

* - Natural Harmonics
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|------------7*---------------------------7*----------------|
|-7-7-7----7*---3-3-3--5-5-5~--7-3-7----7*-----0-0-0-1-1-1--|
|-7-7-7--7*-----3-3-3--5-5-5~--7-3-7--7*-------0-0-0-1-1-1--|
|-7-7-7---------3-3-3--5-5-5~--7-3-7-----------0-0-0-1-1-1--|
pm                                             . . . . . .
From that Chorus riff, I would make a Metalcore riff that's around the same frets so the song doesn't sound weird (but it's really your choice on how to make a song, I just felt on telling you what I do so maybe it'll help you). Exercises To Try Here are some exercises that I recommend.
Exercise 1
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|-------------------------1-2-3-4------------------| and back down
|-----------------1-2-3-4--------------------------|
|---------1-2-3-4----------------------------------|
|-1-2-3-4------------------------------------------|

Exercise 2
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|-----1-2------2-3------3-4------4-5------5-6--| etc...
|-1-2------2-3------3-4------4-5------5-6------|

Exercise 3
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|-----------------------------------1-2-3-4--5-6-7-8--| and so on
|------------------1-2-3-4--5-6-7-8-------------------|
|-1-2-3-4--5-6-7-8------------------------------------|
Conclusion Thanks for reading this lesson; I hope you understand a little more on some techniques and how to play Metalcore a little better. Thank you.
More TDG Tabs lessons:
+ Metalcore - The Basics. Part 3 Music Styles 10/12/2009
+ Metalcore - The Basics. Part 1 For Beginners 05/18/2009
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