So usually I play indie-rock stuff but occasionally I'll play metal but I'd like to learn how to make my own metal songs and I can't really make any good metal-sounding riffs or anything. So if anyone has any scales, techniques or etc to recommend that'd be nice. I already know finger tapping and I'm trying to learn sweeps.

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum or anything.
Last edited by Joshua1207 at Jun 10, 2010,
E Minor Scale.

'nuff said
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E Minor Scale.

'nuff said

For some reason I just knew someone would say this
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lol what is this supposed to be?
Oh yeah.

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A minor is the saddest of all keys.

EDIT: D minor is the saddest of all keys.
lot's of chunky palmmuted riffs, tremolo picking depending on genre, etc.

Remember that metal is very much about rythm, so it will sound pretty crap without some drums backing you most of the time. Play around with a drummer or some beat creation software and see if it sounds any better
Sweeping and tapping has nothing to do with playing good metal, it's rather irrelevant actually.

Listen to it a lot like other people have said, and start slow
Tick tock and waiting for the meteor
This clock is opening another door
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Three steps to playing any genre:

1) Listen
2) Learn
3) Emulate

^ definitely this

All the superficial traits that people will suggest, will be apparent, and more meaningful to you if you experience them in the context of the music itself.
shred is gaudy music
Last edited by GuitarMunky at Jun 10, 2010,