#1
So my friend and I have been talking about doing some music together, and I'm wanting to get more serious about metal. I was wondering where to start. I know that I need to work on Penatonic and Minor scales, but other than that I have no idea where to start. So any advice would be very appreciated. Also, what should I look into as far as learning theory.
#2
Well depending on what metal youre talking about, the harmonic minor and diminished scales are good to look into as well.
#3
learn to play metal songs while mashing scales, power chords.... then practice all of the above while head banging and defocating onstage - booyah
#4
Well technique-wise you should at least start learning:

Alternative Picking- pretty much essential NUMBER ONE PRIORITY

Tapping- pretty cool, not too hard, learn if you want to

Palm Mute- essential for most rhythm playing, not too hard, probably number 2 priority

after these you can look into things like Pinch Harmonix and Sweeping but thats wayyyyyyy in the future.

EDIT: dunno how the hell i forgot about the legato techniques so thats:
Hammer-on and Pull-off, probably your number 3 priority, takes a while to build muscle strength but not too hard
Last edited by SomeUser at May 31, 2010,
#5
Ok thanks guy. I can Alternate pick and palm mute fine. With tapping would it be better to use a pick or to finger tap?

EDIT: I have been working on my legato for a while. So I guess I'm working on the right things. Thanks guys.
Last edited by DavidBuchanan at May 31, 2010,
#6
I guess it´s up to how you wanna sound. Id imagine that with a pick you get a bit more shrill sound so to speak.
#7
And alternate picking as in regular alternate picking and tremolo picking (listen to a black metal song, you'll know what I'm talking about. 'Cause the latter is really heavy on the wrist, especially when playing standing up.
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