Killer Heavy Metal Method For Beginners To Intermediate

author: Throneofhecate date: 12/15/2003 category: music styles
rating: 7 / votes: 45 
I am writing this article assuming you already know how to tune your guitar and at least have the key (tuning) you are in memorized (ex: EADGBE). Well then, this is pretty much how I learned how to adopt this particular style of playing. If you are starting out, I suggest you tune from half-step down (EADGBE) to no lower than DGCFAD. It is great to be experimental, but a horrible idea when your first starting out. Your gonna want to get familiar with a stiffer action as opposed to the sloppy mess that alotta Nu-metal bands are into. 1) Daily Exercises for you fingers. Trills: A repeated hammer on/pull off, but the trick here that ppl get wrong is to strike the string only once and let the fingers do the work. Work each finger interchangably like:
E-1h2p1h2p1h2p1--1h3p1h3p1h3--1h4p1h4p1h4p1---
A---------------------------------------------
D---------------------------------------------
G---------------------------------------------
B---------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------
1st: index&middle finger 2nd: index and ring and so on. Then you want to work well on any particular chromatic scale, this way your working out all of your fingers and skipping not a single note in this particular scale. Try this example (using all four fingers):
E----------------------------------------1-2-3-4-
A--------------------------------1-2-3-4---------
D------------------------1-2-3-4-----------------
G----------------1-2-3-4-------------------------
B--------1-2-3-4---------------------------------
E1-2-3-4-----------------------------------------

E4-3-2-1-----------------------------------------
A--------4-3-2-1---------------------------------
D----------------4-3-2-1-------------------------
G------------------------4-3-2-1-----------------
B--------------------------------4-3-2-1---------
E----------------------------------------4-3-2-1-
Remember to work on those for awhile daily to help you become more nimble and dextrous. Make sure each note is executed cleanly, play slow then play faster as soon as it doesnt sound muddy. Then for an advanced exercise, you should play that semi-chromatic scale using all hammer ons or pull offs only striking each string once. 2)Pinch Harmonics. Pinch harmonics are those crazy sqeals you hear your favorite musicians incorporate into their metal songs. Kirk hammet/Dave Mustaine/Malmsteen. It is a bit like an artificial harmonic, but you will be using your right hand to get that same sound around the bridge area. Try this on your open G string at 0. Once you get that chime like sound that means you are nailing it. Now, get your finger on the 3rd fret of the G string, and this time and really crazy/thick vibrato on the note while you try to get the harmonic with your right hand. Hopefully with time, you will master this technique. One more note: This technique is most easily achieved on your bridge pickup and overdrive or distortion is almost mandatory to be able to pick up your squeal with clarity. Some frets are more succeptable to harmonics than others. 3)Scales And Modes. If you are a Megadeth/metallica/yngwie fan, then you will want to learn the E phrygian mode and all twelve positions of it. This scale is by far Metallica's favorite. Try to pick up on the E phrygian dominant as well. If you are more Iommi or Randy Rhoads style, then you will definately want to touch up on your blues/major scales. Here is an example for you to practice of the 12 position of the E phrygian mode:
E-------------------------------------------12-13-15-
A----------------------------------12-13-15----------
D----------------------------12-14-------------------
G-------------------12-14-15-------------------------
B----------12-14-15----------------------------------
E-12-13-15-------------------------------------------
That is a great metal mode to jam to metallica with. Now you can throw in some techniques I listed earlier as well, using the E phrygian.. something like this:
E-13-12~--12h13p12-12~----12-15----------------------
A----------------------15------15-13-12--------------
D---------------------------------------12~-14-15-14~
G----------------------------------------------------
B----------------------------------------------------
E----------------------------------------------------
You can even throw any random note in there that sounds good, until you become skilled in soloing in differant keys and octaves. Now for my personal Favorite the Phrygian Dominants. Here is the E Phrygian Dominant:
E-------------------------------------------12-13-16-
A----------------------------------12-13-15----------
D----------------------------13-14-------------------
G-------------------12-14-15-------------------------
B-------11-12-14-15----------------------------------
E-12-13----------------------------------------------
Now another example of a solo you can come up with using this particular mode:
E------------------------------------------------------
A----------------------------------------------------PH
D-------------------------------------------------14-13
G-----------------------------------12-14-15-14-12-----
B--------------12-11-12-14-12-14-15--------------------
E/12~-13-12-13-----------------------------------------
You should learn all 12 positions of the e phyrgian and phrygian dominant. Try them in differ keys as well. This is all for now, but you can anticipate another tutorial that will cover more advanced techniques (sweep picking, drill picking, arpeggios, finger taps and tapping techniques).
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