#1
i was wondering if, within the realm of metal, there are certain things a guitarist is expected to know. what does a metal guitar player need to know in order to be a good jammer and be able to click with other musicians the first time they meet? are there certain "classics" they ought to know, whether they're entire songs, or riffs, or anything?

i understand that jazz players have a certain set of motifs, riffs, and whatnot that they always use as a starting point to jamming (or at least i think so). what about for metal?
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#2
Not really. But if you don't have a clue about Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest or Metallica, most of the time, you will look like a fool.
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#3
What kind of metal are we talking?

Maiden, Sabbath, Preist, etc, is one thing...however,

Origin, Necrophagist, Psycroptic, Braindrill etc is an entirely different matter...
#4
Same as any other genre? Know scales and how to apply them to the chord structure etc.
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#5
well i guess the best way to answer would be: when you jam with someone for the first time (and it's kinda unplanned), what do you play? how do you decide on what to play?

*i'd also be curious as to what sort of jams an Origin, Necrophagist, etc. fan would crank out, hahah. personally though, i like melodic death/black stuff.
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#6
how big of a douche you are about metallica
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#7
I doubt there is any standard repertoire, but obviously it would help if you knew some Metallica/Sabbath/Maiden/ etc. as most metal guitarists learn at least one song from one of those bands. e.g. just about everyone has played master of puppets
#8
I'd say just learn everything you can! Never bad to be brilliant at everything.
#9
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i was wondering if, within the realm of metal, there are certain things a guitarist is expected to know. what does a metal guitar player need to know in order to be a good jammer and be able to click with other musicians the first time they meet? are there certain "classics" they ought to know, whether they're entire songs, or riffs, or anything?

i understand that jazz players have a certain set of motifs, riffs, and whatnot that they always use as a starting point to jamming (or at least i think so). what about for metal?


I would start by learning the metal songs that inspire you.
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i was wondering if, within the realm of metal, there are certain things a guitarist is expected to know. what does a metal guitar player need to know in order to be a good jammer and be able to click with other musicians the first time they meet? are there certain "classics" they ought to know, whether they're entire songs, or riffs, or anything?

i understand that jazz players have a certain set of motifs, riffs, and whatnot that they always use as a starting point to jamming (or at least i think so). what about for metal?


I know alot of the jamming I do with my bands and friends is improvised, and we'll usually make a motif on the spot and jam it out. as long as everyones in the same key, tempo and time signature, you can make some pretty cool improv. But other than that, for songs, it really depends on what kind of metal your jam-mates are into, although I find Master of Puppets is pretty much in everyones arsenal.

Basically, know your pentatonic scale, diatonic scales, and know something about writing metal lines over whatever the other guys are playing. I know I base my opinion of whether I would play with a person in a band with how well they can play along with me when we're jamming.
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you hit the nail on the head, having a broad knowledge of music in general will help you jam with any guitarist successfully.
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