Dimebag Darrel Guitar Methods

author: tool_fan_trav date: 03/09/2005 category: guitar gurus
rating: 6.4 / votes: 72 
Dime is so great and you can learn some tricks he used in writing and soloing. In this you will learn: Solo tricks, Blues tricks, Heavy riffs. 1. Heavy riffing. To be able to emulate Dime and even sound like him first you must already have a great knowledge of your guitar. You have gotta be able to get your fingers flying on these riffs. Most people know the blues scale but if you don't here it is, Dime almost always used this or a modifed version of this:
|-5------8-|
|-5------8-|
|-5---7-8--|
|-5---7----|
|-5-6-7----|
|-5------8-|
Now why would we need to know the blues scale for riffing! Because Dime used the blues scale in riffs too.
Cowboys From Hell:
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------0-|
|-------------------0----------1--------0h1h2---------|
|0---3---0---3----------3--------3--------------------|
You also gotta be able to hit harmonics on command, for those of you who don't know how to hit pinch harmonics, have your thumb sticking out a tiny bit over the side of the pick so that it hits the string a milli second after the pick.
Revolution Is My Name:
 Harm. 
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|-----------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------5-------|
|----------------------------7p5-----------7p5--|
|0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0---------7----------------|
And of course the beginners technique palm muting.
Mouth For War
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|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|
|-----------4--------------------4-4-4--|
|-0/1/2-2-2-2-2-----0/1/2-2-2-2-2-------|
|---------------------------------------|
PM....................................
2. Solo Tricks A common trick not jsut used by dime but by Zakk Wylde and Eddie Van Halen is using one lick and just moving it up the fretboard.
Cowboys From Hell Ascending Lick:
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|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------11-12-15---11-12-15-|
|------------------------11-12-15---11-12-15--------------------------|
|-11-12-15---11-12-15-------------------------------------------------|


|-------------------------------------------------11-12-15---11-12-15-|
|------------------------11-12-15---11-12-15--------------------------|
|-11-12-15---11-12-15-------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
Also you cotta use lots of pinch harmonics as well as natural harmonics for solo's. If you have got a floating bridge you can use this trick. To make the huge squeals that dime does at the end of cemetary gates. You dip the bar as low as it goes then take your thumb and mute the EAD strings and with your pinky mute the BE strings while the bar is dipped hit a natural harmonic by picking the string with your ring finger and barely touching the string with your middle finger and then bring the bar up to the note you want to hit. Another great part of Dime's playing was his bends, if you wanna play like Dime you gotta bend those little strings till they scream.
5 Minutes Alone Solo:
 2.0 slowly release. 5
|--19-------------------19-------19-18-17------17---------------|
|------------------------------------------------20-----20--17--|
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Well you should be well on your way to makin your guitar scream and remember you gotta play all of these riffs with tons of distortion.
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