Evil Metal Licks Lesson

author: JD Close date: 04/01/2011 category: soloing
rating: 8.8 / votes: 35 
Since I joined my first metal band, I have always been looking for ways to make my lead guitar playing stand out from the average. Since then I have been told continuously that my leads were unlike any other and made the music sound much heavier. The way I developed this is by making my solos sound evil by using these scales: Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor, added diminished fifth and Hungarian (Egyptian) minor. Since this can get confusing, all scales and licks will be shown in D minor, since most metal bands tune to drop D or C# or C etc. Combining this with legato playing, sweep picking, and tapping can cause the music to sound demonic D Minor(2 octaves)
E|--------------------------------------18-20-22--|
B|-----------------------------18-20-22-----------|
G|--------------------17-19-21--------------------|
D|-----------17-19-20-----------------------------|
A|-17--19-20--------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------|
D Minor Harmonic
E|--------------------------------------18-21-22--|
B|-----------------------------18-20-22-----------|
G|--------------------18-19-21--------------------|
D|-----------17-19-20-----------------------------|
A|-17--19-20--------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------|
D Minor Melodic
E|--------------------------------------19-21-22--|
B|-----------------------------18-20-22-----------|
G|--------------------18-19-21--------------------|
D|-----------17-19-21-----------------------------|
A|-17--19-20--------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------|
D Minor Hungarian (also known as Egyptian)
E|-----------------------------------17-18-21-22--|
B|-----------------------------19-20--------------|
G|--------------------18-19-20--------------------|
D|-----------17-19-20-----------------------------|
A|-17--18-21--------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------|
D Minor with diminished 5th
E|--------------------------------------18-20-22--|
B|-----------------------------18-20-21-----------|
G|--------------------17-19-21--------------------|
D|-----------17-18-20-----------------------------|
A|-17--19-20--------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------|
The Unlucky 7 I developed my idea to use these scales in metal from listening and learning jazz. Jazz is full of running notes and exotic scales, but most players never landed on them. Victor Wooten once said "If you land on a wrong note, you are always one semi tone up or down from a right note". This is the exact phrase that turned my playing demonic. I asked myself "What if I landed on it?". I had heard players like Yngwie Malmsteen stop on a augmented 7th note, but never anything extremely obscure. Using this idea, here are some licks to introduce you to evil metal guitar playing. Lick 1 (8th notes, approx 120 bpm)
E|-17-16-13-16-13s12----12-16-13-12-13-12s9--9-14-11-10-11-10s9----9-10~|
B|-------------------14--------------------10-------------------10------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
This is a good introductory lick because it uses all of the exotic scales and is not very fast Lick 2 (8th notes, approx 140 bpm
E|-------------13s11----------------------|
B|-----------15-----12--------------------|
G|---------14---------13-----------11-8-7~|
D|-------15-------------12-------10-------|
A|-12h17------------------11s8h11---------|
D|----------------------------------------|
This lick is good because it is a bit faster, uses sweep picking, and teaches you unnatural muscle memory. Lick 3 (8th notes, approx 160 bpm
E|-------------13----13-16-17-16-13-------------------|
B|-15-14-15-17----17----------------17-15-14s13-------|
G|----------------------------------------------14-13~|
D|----------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------|
This is a pretty evil sounding lick, but it is simple in that it only uses 2 notes out of the Dm scale: G# and C# Lick 4 (8th notes, appox 180 bpm)
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------11-14-15-14-11-------------------------------14-17-16~|
G|-------10-12-14----------------14-12-10----------------14-15----------|
D|-12-14----------------------------------14-11s14-16-17----------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
This lick begins in Dm Harmonic, but transitions into Em Melodic w/ added Diminished 5th. This works best the a chord progression of Dm C#m6 Lick 5 (16th notes, approx 100 bpm)
E|-21-18-17-18-17s16----15----------------------------|
B|-------------------18----19-16-15-16-15s14----14-15~|
G|-------------------------------------------16-------|
D|----------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------|
Even though this lick doesn't sound as demented as some of the others, it does use Harmonic Minor, Hungarian (Egyptian) Minor, and Melodic Minor, as well as a diminished 5th note immediately followed by a tricky slide to the natural fourth Lick 6 (16th notes, approx 120 bpm)
E|-17p13----------------15-18s21-17-----------|
B|-------15-----------17-----------19---------|
G|----------14------15---------------18-------|
D|-------------15s17-------------------19--18~|
A|---------------------------------------20---|
D|--------------------------------------------|
This Lick sounds evil because of its chord pattern: Dm Em-Diminished F#m Dm-Diminished Lick 7 (16th notes, approx 140 bpm)
                        T           T                       T
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------15s18-15h18-22p18p15h16-21p16p15s14------------------------------|
G|-------14------------------------------------15p14s13h16-19p16p13s12------|
D|-----15-------------------------------------------------------------13p12~|
A|12h17---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
This is probably the hardest of them all because of its speed, chromatic lines and switches between sweeping, tapping, and legato. Now you have learned the methods needed to become Metal Gods. Glad I could help, good luck, and good metal \m/
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