Flffypndabr14
Registered User
Join date: May 2013
122 IQ
#1
I'm just starting to play guitar, and want heavy, distorted songs so it'll sound cool even though I suck. And are there any easy solos I can play?
fanapathy
B-Tuned
Join date: Jul 2010
1,983 IQ
#3
^What the heck is that guy doing! At the same time it's interesting in that, like you said, someone who's not a musician might think, of course that it doesn't sound nice, but that the guy is legitimately playing metal riffs.

Anyway OP, yeah sure there are plenty of easy heavy songs.
So it depends on what sort of bands you like. For sure, some of the easiest to play that still sounds heavy is songs by Slipknot if that's your thing, Disturbed and well pretty much tons of Nu Metal bands that play in Dropped tuning. But I don't recommend starting with dropped tuning because you won't learn proper (barre/power)chords. It's still fine if you just wanna learn some riffs that sound great. Fear Factory has some easy stuff too but the rhythm is often a bit tricky at first.
The first song I learned on electric guitar was "Before I Forget" by Slipknot and that was coming straight from Guitar Hero, the song is much easier on real guitar (and probably the only case of that )
Geldin
Registered User
Join date: Sep 2008
1,677 IQ
#4
For Whom the Bell Tolls is a good first metal song. It's really easy with some practice and the lead line sounds really impressive even if you're a beginner.
MaaZeus
Registered User
Join date: Sep 2012
409 IQ
#5
Entombed - Wolverine blues. First song I learned actually.

Jungle rot - virus. Actually anything by jungle rot is stupidly easy groovy stuff that relies on heavy downtuning.

Six Feet Under - Silent Violence. Another song i nailed fast


*edit* sorry, i misread. You said solos, not songs. Cant help there, im more rhythm guy.

ESP LTD F-50 + Tonezone
Cort EVL-Z4 + X2N
Cort EVL-K47B

Marshall Valvestate 8100
Randall RG1503
Bugera 333
Peavey Rockmaster preamp

Line6 Pod X3
Last edited by MaaZeus at May 14, 2013,
Cazman
Registered User
Join date: Jul 2010
1,305 IQ
#6
You might want to look into some Rammstein for heavy and (mostly) easy to play songs.
Phoenix V
Registered MUser
Join date: Mar 2011
715 IQ
#7
Quote by ch1ng_chung

non-guitarists can't see the difference between music and stuff like this

Anything with decent tempo will impress them, especially if you play fast and add lots of distortion


Thing is thats probably all he needs to be able to play to be able to pick up some chicks
'It takes 100 guitar players to change a light. One to change the light and 99 to stand around pointing, saying..."Yeah man, look...I can do that too"...'

My gear is in my Profile

Builds & Refurbs
Hondo 780 Deluxe
Gibson Studio
Epi LP100
socrfb
Registered User
Join date: Dec 2011
47 IQ
#8
The first song I learned was Monster by Skillet. In fact, it's easy enough that I could've told somebody how to play it before I got my first guitar just by watching Ben Kasica's tutorial for it a few times. There's no solo, though, it's just rhythm.
Last edited by socrfb at May 14, 2013,
Flffypndabr14
Registered User
Join date: May 2013
122 IQ
#9
Quote by MaaZeus
Entombed - Wolverine blues. First song I learned actually.

Jungle rot - virus. Actually anything by jungle rot is stupidly easy groovy stuff that relies on heavy downtuning.

Six Feet Under - Silent Violence. Another song i nailed fast


*edit* sorry, i misread. You said solos, not songs. Cant help there, im more rhythm guy.

Could you please recommend something other than death metal? I want to play a genre I can tolerate.
MaaZeus
Registered User
Join date: Sep 2012
409 IQ
#10
Quote by Flffypndabr14
Could you please recommend something other than death metal? I want to play a genre I can tolerate.



You should have elaborated more than just saying "heavy distortion" man.

From top of my head, Metallica - For Whom The Bell Tolls, Orion and Seek And Destroy. Typical songs for all rock and metal beginnners. Or anything by ACDC.

ESP LTD F-50 + Tonezone
Cort EVL-Z4 + X2N
Cort EVL-K47B

Marshall Valvestate 8100
Randall RG1503
Bugera 333
Peavey Rockmaster preamp

Line6 Pod X3
Last edited by MaaZeus at May 14, 2013,
Addonexus408
Bay Area Thrash
Join date: Nov 2011
77 IQ
#11
I started with Metallica's slower melodic solos such as Fade To Black and Master of Puppets. Fairly easy and once you get them down it is a good achievement as a beginner.
Quote by shredder3386
Yup, Addonexus nailed it...
My band
Addonexus
Flffypndabr14
Registered User
Join date: May 2013
122 IQ
#12
Quote by MaaZeus
You should have elaborated more than just saying "heavy distortion" man.

From top of my head, Metallica - For Whom The Bell Tolls, Orion and Seek And Destroy. Typical songs for all rock and metal beginnners. Or anything by ACDC.


I'm learning Metallica songs, anything else other than AC/DC?
vayne92
UG's Fedora Enthusiast
Join date: Jan 2011
2,974 IQ
#13
Rammstein for sure. Really fun music aswell.
MaaZeus
Registered User
Join date: Sep 2012
409 IQ
#14
Quote by Flffypndabr14
I'm learning Metallica songs, anything else other than AC/DC?



Black Sabbath. Paranoid, Electric Funeral, Iron Man. All good songs to practice. Solos are not insanely hard either.

ESP LTD F-50 + Tonezone
Cort EVL-Z4 + X2N
Cort EVL-K47B

Marshall Valvestate 8100
Randall RG1503
Bugera 333
Peavey Rockmaster preamp

Line6 Pod X3
Syndromed
French guy
Join date: Jul 2011
297 IQ
#15
Walk by Pantera is cool as well. Try it.
"Sans la musique, la vie serait une erreur" Nietzsche
KingOfTheRotten
Registered User
Join date: May 2012
125 IQ
#16
Sad But True by Metallica is super heavy and easy to learn. My bands drummer is learning some Lamb Of God as well. You could look into that. Redneck is fairly easy. You could also buy the game Rocksmith, it's actually quite funny to play with a real guitar, and it does help
sweetdude3000
Registered User
Join date: Mar 2012
1,172 IQ
#19
lol it's always Metallica, ACDC and Black Sabbath, it's always recommended and they are great but it does get old after hearing it 1000x times. you know it's sad but true..yea yea.. Tonny Iommi solos are kind of rhythmically tricky and there are some fast blues bends if you want to play them by the book but nothing terribly difficult but I would never say they are easy like most people do

I would like to add System of a Down and Rage Against the Machine and Sepultura
FlammenMeer
Registered User
Join date: Mar 2013
110 IQ
#20
rammstein is not all that easy you know? try copy their tonr and tempo (mein teil) but it's not hard either. Or you could try Misfists! The Graves era has some insane distortion efects, fast and fairly easy punk riffs (so you pretty much constantley hit same chord/note as fast as you can) sounds cool
But really, metallica would be your best bet. It's heavy, it's metal, sounds uberCool and relativeley easy (unless you want to play it up to speed )) that's where it gets tricky!
CelestialGuitar
Celestial Wish Guitarist
Join date: Nov 2011
518 IQ
#21
I'd say try some Candlemass, songs like Solitude and Bewitched are easy and heavy with a lot of distortion. Then you can have a go at songs like Chemical Wedding by Bruce Dickinson, Violent Revolution by Kreator, Going Under by Evanescence, that sort of thing.

Though, I've got to say it, why not actually get better instead of finding songs that make you sound better than you are? Even still, you can really tell the difference between someone who's been playing for three months playing Metallica and someone who's been playing for three years playing Metallica, in the end, you aren't fooling anyone. I think this site often underestimates non-musicians, they can recognise good and bad players, and they recognise it based on what sounds good. What sounds good will always be a talented musician and unless the people you want to impress are 13, your sloppy rendition of a Metallica song will always be met with an unenthusiastic "Uh, cool.". If you start covering your faults as a player now, you'll carry that attitude for the next few years until you have an eye-opening moment where you think "Wow, I can't play guitar", and have to near enough relearn the instrument. I'd never recommend piling on the distortion to sound 'cool' at any stage of your playing.
Gear

Mesa Dual Rectifier
TC Electronic Polytune
T Rex MAB Overdrive
Boss NS-2
ESP Horizon NT See Thru Black (D Standard)

Celestial Wish on Youtube
bronicadude
Registered User
Join date: May 2013
10 IQ
#22
Black Sabbath - Sweat leaf, Heavan and Hell, NIB
Tom

Gibson 50's tribute LP
Epiphone Dot
Breedlove acoustics
sw4l
Registered User
Join date: Aug 2012
400 IQ
#23
Quote by CelestialGuitar
I'd say try some Candlemass, songs like Solitude and Bewitched are easy and heavy with a lot of distortion. Then you can have a go at songs like Chemical Wedding by Bruce Dickinson, Violent Revolution by Kreator, Going Under by Evanescence, that sort of thing.

Though, I've got to say it, why not actually get better instead of finding songs that make you sound better than you are? Even still, you can really tell the difference between someone who's been playing for three months playing Metallica and someone who's been playing for three years playing Metallica, in the end, you aren't fooling anyone. I think this site often underestimates non-musicians, they can recognise good and bad players, and they recognise it based on what sounds good. What sounds good will always be a talented musician and unless the people you want to impress are 13, your sloppy rendition of a Metallica song will always be met with an unenthusiastic "Uh, cool.". If you start covering your faults as a player now, you'll carry that attitude for the next few years until you have an eye-opening moment where you think "Wow, I can't play guitar", and have to near enough relearn the instrument. I'd never recommend piling on the distortion to sound 'cool' at any stage of your playing.


I agree with this but don't we all go through the lots of distortion phase when we first start? I know I did until I read an article interview Kirk hammit saying basically what you pointed out he said lots of distortion will let you get away with murder. When I play metal I like to just get a good palm muted chugg and that's far enough for my taste.

Trying monster by skillet pretty decent amount of distortion and its all drop tuned cords.
baytall79
Registered User
Join date: Jun 2012
24 IQ
#24
I have to say as far ease goes and distortion, songs by The Misfits are about as simple as you can get... even for punk lol. I mean, someone posted the tab for the whole Static Age album right here on UG and it's pretty much spot on!