Black Metal Lesson. Part 1

author: Fluoxetine date: 04/04/2011 category: music styles
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Hi guys, I thought I would also do a lesson on Black metal for all you beginners who love the music and would like future guidance. Hope this will be of some help to some. What I will do is do a number of black metal lessons starting with the absolute basics. Then I will progress to the more advanced type stuff some time. OK, we will start on the picking hand first as it's well known that tremolo picking is a fundamental imperative in this style of music. So it as to be mastered with out delay. In a nutshell, tremolo picking is playing a string or strings up and down in succession. With black metal this is very fast indeed in a large number of cases so again a very important skill to master.You must also remember to choke the pick up so there is little of the pick hitting the strings as possible. Also importantly, do not hold the pick too tight as the pick might get stuck in the strings a bit and will sound very amateurish. We don't want that do we? Holding the pick too tight consequently will not sound very fluent or smooth. And that's what we are looking for, a smooth attack with precision just like a cruise missile if you like.Keep your arm relaxed to while picking. A basic tremolo picking exercise to start, and start this very slowly at first. Keeping on a note as long as you want to, it don't matter. Remember practice makes perfect! So keep doing these and other tremolo picking exercises and you will be thundering along before you know it. Then try this;
1-2-3-4-3-2-1---1-2-1-3-1-4--
1-2-3-4-3-2-1---1-2-1-3-1-4--
1-2-3-4-3-2-1---1-2-1-3-1-4-- Repeat
1-2-3-4-3-2-1---1-2-1-3-1-4--
1-2-3-4-3-2-1---1-2-1-3-1-4--
1-2-3-4-3-2-1---1-2-1-3-1-4--
Now try this;
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1---then this string down and up!
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1---then this string down and up!
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1---then this string down and up!
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1---then this string down and up!
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1---then this string down and up!
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1---first this string down and up!
Starting on the top E bass string going up to the tenth and coming back down while tremolo picking. I will let you decide how many times you want to stay on a note for, but practice slowly at first then speed up only when you can do it smoothly at a given tempo. Remember; when playing these exercises it's imperative you use the correct fingering. First fret, index finger. Second fret, middle finger. Third fret, ring finger. And fourth fret, pinky. When doing the exercise and going up to the tenth fret... When you come to the 5th fret you must revert to position one i.e. first finger on fifth fret. Middle finger sixth fret etc. You don't want to be playing all the notes with just your index finger, as that is not very professional lol and so way uncool. Because also, you will not be giving your other fingers any exercise and they will in turn not become, lissome, coordinated and responsive. Power From Hell! A bit of music theory will help with explaining Power Chords and how to make them. C scale {scale is Latin for ladder} as 7 notes i.e. C D E F G A B {C octave} Power Chords basically uses two notes {called a interval} played together.if you are playing a C power chord you will play the C note as root. Then you count up five notes of the C scale; C* D E F G*, yes the fifth is G that is called the perfect fifth and so this is the other note that makes up the C power chord. The same principal works with all scales. Say we want a G power chord. Well that's easy as we just count up from the root note G,A B C D yes D is the prefect fifth of the G Scale. So a G power chord is this; root G and the fifth note of the scale, and that, as we know is, D.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
G A B C D E F G  So 1 and 5 = Power Chord.
G5 power chord shape.
    1         2         3         4       5
E--------|---------|---------|--------|-------|
B--------|---------|---------|--------|-------|
G--------|---------|---------|--------|-------|
D--------|---------|---------|--------|-------| 
A--------|---------|---------|--------|---3---|
E--------|---------|----1----|--------|-------|
index finger that's on top will give the name of the power chord. You can also add another note to the power chord to give it a thicker fuller sound. This note is the octave i.e. if we play a G power chord again we count up like this, root G* A B C D*E F G* yep we play the octave {8 th note} G With the root. G and 5th D and G octave;. G D G. it looks like this; G5 power chord in full effect
   1         2         3         4       5
E--------|---------|---------|--------|-------|
B--------|---------|---------|--------|-------|
G--------|---------|---------|--------|-------|
D--------|---------|---------|--------|---3---|
A--------|---------|---------|--------|---3---|
E--------|---------|----1----|--------|-------|
You can move this same shape around and whatever note your index finger is on is the Name of the Power chord you are playing.If your index finger is on F, this is an F power chord. If it's on a D, it's then a D power chord... I would certainly advise you to learn all the notes on the 3 top stings {E A D} then finding power chords will be easy as hell for you. Also this will help when finding barre chords to...
 1         2      3       4      5        6      7       8       9       10
E------|-------|--------|------|-------|------|-------|------|-------|-------
B------|-------|--------|------|-------|------|-------|------|-------|-------
G------|-------|--------|------|-------|------|-------|------|-------|-------
D------|----E--|----F---|------|---G---|------|---A---|------|---B---|----C--
A------|----B--|----C---|------|---D---|------|---E---|---F--|-------|----G--
E---F--|-------|----G---|------|---A---|------|---B---|---C--|-------|----D--
To recap: 1} Practice tremolo picking all over the neck and regularly do this as a warm up. 2} Learn how to make a power chord by counting up a scale from its root note to the 5th note { prefect 5th} 3} Remember how to make a three note power chord by adding the octave i.e. the 8th note counting up from the root note. Or put another way, doubling the root note. C* d e f G* a b C* 4} Remembering and getting the power chord shape under your fingers and playing them up and down the neck is very fundamental. 5}learn the notes on the top 6th 5th and 4th strings.Again this is very important when we get on to barre chords and 2 chords in the near future lessons. Anyway, good luck with that for now and keep at it. Take care guys.
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