#1
i been having a hard time trying make some hard rock riffs but heavy, what are some ideas and what what are some bands that has heavy hard rock riffs
#4
The coolest hard rock riffs have well-placed chromaticism, and pedal tones work well too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDihldbw1Gc 0.40
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZrxVng6YBc 1.00

I like to use mostly the pentatonic scale with chromatic bits joining everything up. Muse has some great riffs that they play at the ends of songs live. Check out Citizen Erased and Showbiz. Rage Against The Machine is another band for great riffs.

A relentless rhythm is usually neccesary.
Last edited by Declan87 at Sep 9, 2009,
#5
Quote by stonEagle0000
i been having a hard time trying make some hard rock riffs but heavy, what are some ideas and what what are some bands that has heavy hard rock riffs


The more you listen to that type of music, the more it flows. Try down-tuning your guitar to C (CGCFAD) or Drop D (DADGBe).

Make use of triplets, etc. See below.


D|------------------------------------------3-5-
A|-3-2--------------------------------3-5------
D|------3-2-000-0-0-000-0-0-000-0-0-----------


Experiment. Definitely recommend down-tuning.
#6
There really is no magic trick to making the riff more "metal" or "heavy", however there are things to keep in mind. I'm in a metalcore band (Stuff like Killswitch and Parkway Drive), but I've never always played that style, so when i became new to it, I simply noticed some things about the style.

-I tune to C because i like how it resonates with an open C chord.
-It's extremely important to remember the drums will help make it heavy. Even simple riffs can sound great with some good drums.
-Palm muting is always cool. One thing i think is cool in a heavy style is having a simple little riff that end with an open chord at the end and having it end tight one time, and then having it end in loose palm muting so its still lightly sounding. Its kinda hard to explain.

Hope that can help ya out! But always listening and playing along to tracks is the best exercise to finding out how to get heavier. Good Luck!
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I go to college with mattrsg1; for what it's worth he is the best guitarist I have heard in person, and in particular stands out from others in my age group. You will not be disappointed, honestly.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJpCZpysf94