#1
Yeah, every improv I play sounds "bluesy". How do I make it sound like harsh, raw metal?
WWhat are the good scales associated with metal?
#3
look up classical music. i can give u beginner one now its like 12-13h-14h-15h with a little bend on the last note.its played on the high e string but you canit to different strings or, take that up and down and all around the fret board. pretty simple but awesome. mess around w/ it.
#4
tremolo pick pentatonics always work
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#6
Natural Minor (aka Aeolian), Harmonic Minor, and Phrygian are good "metal" scales.

Also use some tapping. Tapping is a huge part of my technique. Look at some Randy Rhoads stuff.
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Aw I understand, I guess it was the scales I was using that made it "bluesy"

How do I do a low tuning?

Like drop D tuning?
#8
I use Eb standard, plenty low enogh for me, but if you want to drop D go for it, there are some benefits other thanjust quick power chords, such as using the low d as a pedal tone.
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#9
I'll try that out. Deinately looking to tweak and stuf.

By arpeggios, you mean minor right?

I've never actually been "introduced" to tapping before, only thing I've heard of tapping is Van Halen.
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Aw I understand, I guess it was the scales I was using that made it "bluesy"



if it was called the blues scale then.....yes.
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#11
One more question

What is the difference in scales and arpeggio on playing the guitar?
#12
Arpeggio = playing the notes of a chord separately. Scale = something different.
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Aw I understand, I guess it was the scales I was using that made it "bluesy"

How do I do a low tuning?

Like drop D tuning?

Drop D isn't low lol. Low would be something like a standard or something.
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#15
Tuning can be anything as some guy who's name I fprgot said "YOu don't need to tune low to be heavy" Hell Paul gilbert sounded HEAVY on an acoustic doing scarified.

All you need is the right scales and playing techniques, it depends what metal you're in for really.
Learn your modes and you'll get a lot more versatile.
#16
If you wanna sound really heavy, defiantly down tune to Dropped D or Dropped C, loads of distortion, power chords, pinch harmonics always work well too.
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#17
just so you know TS.

drop d = tuning of the 6th string to a whole step down (D)
all of the strings tuned down a whole step is called D standard.

just so you dont go changing all of your strings to a diff tuning.
especially if you have a guitar with a locking trem

but yeah, to whoever mentioned sweep picking, low tunings, and stuff, +1
also...it depends on the metal you're looking for.
Protest the Hero metal?
Metallica metal?
Cradle OF FUCKING FILTH metal?
Devildriver metal?
older Trivium metal?
Job For A Cowboy metal?

and so on and so forth.
depends on the kind of metal you're wanting.
some metal is played using very bright notes and a scream.
some is played using deep, low notes and gutteral vocals.

its all in the style of metal dude.
this isn't a one styled genre
#18
If you want to sound really heavy but want to keep the clarity, then standard B is the way to go. I find that anything below that is to muddy for me.
And for the scale, try the minor scale works fine for my metal improvs.
#19
The first thing you need to do is play more aggressively, overbend strings, use a firmer pick attack, stuff like that. Legato runs help too, that can be as simple as doing a few hammerons through the minor pentatonic initially.
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#21
Learn all trivium solos, and you will automatically play metal.

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