#1
hey ive been wanting to play thrash metal (early metallica type stuff) any ideas about what techniques or songs to start working on?
#2
Palm muting and power chords are a must.

Also, if you wanna try making up your own little licks learn the patterns for the minor pentatonic scale, presuming you don't already know it.

Also, learning the notes for E minor on the low E and A strings will help you in making your own power chord riffs, that's because most Metallica songs are in the key of E minor.

Enjoy!
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#3
Practice your triplets. Make sure you can get them fast, clean, and especially in time. As cliche as it is, practice the famous Raining Blood riff by Slayer
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#4
Eighth note down picking and pedal tones off the low E and A are quite popular in thrash also.
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#6
For songs to work on, check out "Holier Than Thou" by Metallica. Simple for thrash, but really helps your techniques











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Practice your triplets. Make sure you can get them fast, clean, and especially in time. As cliche as it is, practice the famous Raining Blood riff by Slayer

oK is there like a trick to doing fast pm's without ur wrist geting tired?
#9
practice... a lot
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#10
not really. the wrist muscle just has to get strong. practice a lot, let it get well tired (if it hurts instead of burns, stop). be sure to use the wrist and not the elbow.
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#11
just practice really slow at first and start building up your speed, make sure you keep your movements small and efficient and stay relaxed as you practice.
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#12
Don't just learn and listen to metallica, also check out Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, Kreator and any other bands you can find; metallica are good but I personally find their definition of "thrash" a bit bland sometimes, especially in the solos.
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Don't just learn and listen to metallica, also check out Megadeth, Testament, Exodus, Kreator and any other bands you can find; metallica are good but I personally find their definition of "thrash" a bit bland sometimes, especially in the solos.


This. Spice it up a bit with some early Blind Guardian as well, their first few albums are pretty thrashy, but the lead guitars are pretty unique (check out "Follow the Blind" and "Tales from the Twilight World"
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This. Spice it up a bit with some early Blind Guardian as well, their first few albums are pretty thrashy, but the lead guitars are pretty unique (check out "Follow the Blind" and "Tales from the Twilight World"


Everyone should listen to Blind Guardian anyway... because Hansi is unbelievably awesome.

While we're on the subject of the more power-metal-y side of things... listen to Iced Earth and Demons & Wizards, both of them have Jon Schaffer who is, as far as I'm concerned, the absolute epitome of everything a 'rhythm' guitarist should be.
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#17
Slayer-Raining blood, Black Magic, South of Heaven
Metallica-Master of Puppets, Am I Evil, Disposible Heros
All of them have some good thrash techniques in them.
Use your wrist, not your elbow, its faster and more accurate.
If your wrist/arm starts to hurt, take a break, listen to some metallica, slayer, or megadeth and realize how much you still need to learn so that you won't suck. This should give you some motivation.
Good luck with the thrash!

Edit: and For Whom the Bell Tolls- Metallica for rythm. Its just really fun to do James' part on it for some reason.
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#18
tbh, I think Master of Puppets, Raining Blood, etc. are a bit difficult for a starting guitarist, especially if you try to downpick it all.

Metallica - Seek and Destroy is an excellent, fairly easy song to learn, minus the double time part.
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#19
i actually started learning guitar by playing master of puppets..it ****ed me up though because now i downpick everything
#20
Many Thrash Metal bands cite Venom in their influences. They were probably the most extreme band at that time and I think that they played a big part in starting Thrash. Before them there was NWOBHM and some punk that also contributed a lot.
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#21
Lots of power chords. Palm muting. Alternating between palm mutes in between riffs. Good luck, thrash rocks.
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