#1
I really want to learn how to play death metal. I am not exactly sure what I should be practicing and learning.

Anyone have any suggestings on what I should learn/practice?
#2
try something heavy but easy.

go learn entombment of a machine from job for a cowboy.
then get into some more difficult stuff till you can play an autopsy from the faceless =P
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#4
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learn to chug.
a lot
and learn to drop your guitar to drop C
haha


also drop B if you want a lower sound.
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#5
get your head out of your ass and learn how to play guitar, not rock guitar, not blues guitar, not metal guitar, just guitar. Then learn how to play metal.

Please, oh please, don't be another casualty of the chug chug chug tritone repeat mentality.
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#6
1. get used to dropped tuning.
2. Pinch harmonix.
3. Backflips.
4. sweeping
5. shredding.
6. using pinky.
7. Find out cool stuff to burn.
8. Become a pyro.
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#7
Start with the basics first and then move on to death metal. Some people would say death metal is easy but it depends. Plus, if you know a little of the basics and have practiced other styles as well it'll be easier and less frustrating when you want to try death metal.

It's not just chugga chuga chug all the time, theres more to it. Besides, what kind of death metal are you after?
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#8
ok first of all i am not new to playing guitar i have been playing 2 or 3 years. What i was asking for was guidance on what to learn. I was to play stuff like through the eyes of the dead and from graves of valor.
#9
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get your head out of your ass and learn how to play guitar, not rock guitar, not blues guitar, not metal guitar, just guitar. Then learn how to play metal.

Please, oh please, don't be another casualty of the chug chug chug tritone repeat mentality.

Quoted for truth, and for just generally being a very sensible bit of advice.
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#11
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ok thanks i know how to play death metal now.

sorted then...

seriously, if you have to ask how to learn something then you might as well jack it in...the guitar is a musical instrument and requires a certain degree of commitment and self-motivation. If you want to learn a specific genre you listen to it, a lot and analyze it to work out what they're doing. If you've been playing 2-3 years then you should have all the basic techniques required at your disposal...if not then wtf have you been doing?

That being the case it's simply a matter of listening, understanding, learning and doing...nobody can tell you how to do that, you need to do it for yourself otherwise you'll never actually learn. I never had to ask somebody how to learn to play in that way, obviously I had to learn specific techniques...how to palm muute, how to bend etc. But as far as learning how to "play" I just did it, I learned the stuff I liked listening to no matter what it was - the worst thing you can do is approach guitar with tunnel vision.
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#12
Learn stuff like Old MacDonald Had a Farm and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
#13
I honestly don't play that much death metal but I'd get some tabs for songs from black metal bands you like and have a look at where they're similar, where they vary, and watch videos on YouTube and whatnot to see if you can get an idea of their techniques. Sorry I'm not much help.
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I honestly don't play that much death metal but I'd get some tabs for songs from black metal bands you like and have a look at where they're similar, where they vary, and watch videos on YouTube and whatnot to see if you can get an idea of their techniques. Sorry I'm not much help.

This is the best advice you'll get (except the black metal part, since you wanted death metal). If you want to learn to play a particular genre of music, you must study it and learn the techniques.
#15
Tune down to C if you really wanna get heavy.
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#16
Tuning in my opinion doesn't make you heavy....Metallica and Megadeth are heavy as **** in Standard so I say find a tuning you feel comfortable in to write death metal....You'll probably want to learn a few darker scales, probably some minor scales etc...Work on tremello picking....
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#18
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Tune down to C if you really wanna get heavy.


Real men play in E.

Learn the diminished scale.
#20
learn come six feet under, that will teach you the basic kind of rythem things for death metal, then you should learn some cannibal corpse which can be a fair bit harder, then try some iron maiden and cradle of filth and try to incorperate them into your death metal playing
#21
Dawn of the Angry by Morbid Angel isnt overy hard, its just fast. That was a stepping stone for me to play some harder stuff but it took a while to get it down.
#22
1. Get tabs for your favorite bands.
2. Play them.
3. Repeat step 2 as you wish.
4. Repeat. with different songs
5. Use these influences to write your own songs.
#23
Death - Crystal Mountain.
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#26
Being the death metal expert I am I shall answer your question swiftly and effectively.

There's 80's death metal and 90's death metal... then it kind of all went to hell with
the dawn of the new millenium. 80's death metal is considerably easier than thrash so
it can certainly be considered a progressive route.
The things you'll need to improve are: speed and tremelo picking (not every song makes use of these) but it will help.

From 80's death metal I suggest you move on to Thrash and then onto your
Cannibal Corpse & Malevolent Creation & Nile & such and you'll be a pretty wicked player.

Try learning and listening to the following classic death metal albums:

Sepultura - Bestial Devastation, Morbid Visions
Death - Scream Bloody Gore
Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness, Blessed Are The Sick
Possessed - Seven Churches

All of this lot is very easy stuff considering the 'sick' reputation you need to play
death metal.

If you can't afford the albums search for the album titles on you tube or some song
titles from thoose albums. They should be easy to find and you can listen and learn
from there.
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#27
trem picking
pinch harmonics
minor scales
playing fast
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This is the best advice you'll get (except the black metal part, since you wanted death metal). If you want to learn to play a particular genre of music, you must study it and learn the techniques.


Damn it, my proof reading skills failed me :P
#29
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Learn some death, then the fermented offal discharge solo and your set


YES YES! Fermented solo FTW!

Diminished runs are great for death metal. You can just throw in simple or complex diminished bits anywhere.
#30
Wow this threads posts can get bad at times....


Anyways threadstarter, you dont have to tune lower than E standard, you dont have to learn any covers (for now at least)

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ok thanks i know how to play death metal now.


...What. You learned how to play death metal in... *checks post times* about 5 hours?! Take on fusion next then .

No but seriously. Just play alot of power chords, use distortion, alot of heavy palm muting here and there, tremolo picking, MAYBE sweeps if you can do it. Use frets 0 1 4 5 7 8 11 and 12 on any string, and youre good to go. Try that for now.