#1
Id just like to know the basics of playing heavy metal guitar... Such as, do I have to pick very hard on the strings when playing? Or it has to be fast or slow, etc.

Thanks
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#2
ummm distortion. I dunno you could sit here all day listening to people arguing what is 'metal' and what isn't... and specific bands you want to sound like?
#3
You don't have to do anything. As long as you have a guitar, and amp, and some distortion, you can play metal. Develop your own style. Figure out what style that is by playing other songs and messing around on your own.
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#4
Power chord and single note riffing are key.

The most commonly used scales in metal are the Chromatic and Minor Pentatonic, which are both extremely easy to use, and fun to experiment with.

You don't have to pick harder, but when doing powerchords and riffing on the low E, downpicking sounds cool, but when doing lead work, focus on a clean alternate picking style. I recommend three note per string ideas, but, it's metal, so feel free to experiment as you see fit.
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Anger, Aggression, and tenacity. You can play a riff calmly and smoothly, but it sounds cooler if you hit it hard.
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thanks for the info guys, its just that my girlfriend says that i pick the strings so hard, it makes my playing sounds so harsh... and im not sure if im "playing metal" or just plain smacking the guitar around like a retard.. lol
Heres something i played, i cant tell if my picking is harsh or what, any ideas would be great -

http://media.putfile.com/Chec

thanks again~
#9
Sounds awesome! If you don't mind me asking, for how long have you been playing. And do you take lessons or are you self-taught?
#10
alot of metal is played in drop d...its where u drop the top E to a D....play an e power chord and see how smooth it is then tune the E string (the biggest string) down until the top 3 strings sound as smooth...then u can do power chords by jus holding down the top three on the same fret....its pretty cool...SOAD uses it alot...palm muting is always good to use to...like E chugga chugga G chugga chugga....then jus screw around with the pentatonic...to throw in little riffs here and there...jus a few suggestions
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Id just like to know the basics of playing heavy metal guitar... Such as, do I have to pick very hard on the strings when playing? Or it has to be fast or slow, etc.

Thanks


Picking hard will give you a lot of attack, but will cut your sustain down a lot. This makes it good for metal rhythm when combined with palm muting.

Learning to do both, (play softly and hard) is important.

Learn theory to. Minor tonality is used most often in metal, with occasional use of diminished and chromatic.
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Sounds awesome! If you don't mind me asking, for how long have you been playing. And do you take lessons or are you self-taught?


2 years, self taught, never received any critizisim(however u spell lol) except my girlfriend saying my picking sounds so harsh, so i thought i was doing something wrong


and thanks for the tips guys! very appreciated! ive always loved to play metal and was missing the most common ideas
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The fundamentals to alot of metal are just speed and stamina. Metal songs are typically very fast and quite long so these are essential.
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2 years, self taught, never received any critizisim(however u spell lol) except my girlfriend saying my picking sounds so harsh, so i thought i was doing something wrong


and thanks for the tips guys! very appreciated! ive always loved to play metal and was missing the most common ideas

does yur girlfriend have any experience at all
if no then tell her to mind her own buisness so you can be metal
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Minor scales, power chords, and pedal tone riffs are pretty much the basics of a lot of metal songs.
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I feel stupid for asking, but what exactly is single-note riffing or single-note soloing?

I've heard both terms, but not sure what it actually means.
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I feel stupid for asking, but what exactly is single-note riffing or single-note soloing?

I've heard both terms, but not sure what it actually means.


Soloing and riffing using single notes as opposed to chordal riffing and soloing (using chords).
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Quote by YellowKing
thanks for the info guys, its just that my girlfriend says that i pick the strings so hard, it makes my playing sounds so harsh... and im not sure if im "playing metal" or just plain smacking the guitar around like a retard.. lol
Heres something i played, i cant tell if my picking is harsh or what, any ideas would be great -

http://media.putfile.com/Chec

thanks again~


Playing sounds alright, but the tone coming from your amp is harsh. What amp is that?
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alot of metal is played in drop d...its where u drop the top E to a D....play an e power chord and see how smooth it is then tune the E string (the biggest string) down until the top 3 strings sound as smooth...then u can do power chords by jus holding down the top three on the same fret....its pretty cool...SOAD uses it alot...palm muting is always good to use to...like E chugga chugga G chugga chugga....then jus screw around with the pentatonic...to throw in little riffs here and there...jus a few suggestions



SOAD uses Dropped C, and lately Drop C#

but not drop D
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SOAD uses Dropped C, and lately Drop C#

but not drop D

lol well ariels is done in drop D....and i dont think there gettin back together so there s not gonna be a lately lol...not the point though...it sounds very metalish...and its aot easier to move around the power chords on the low strings
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Playing sounds alright, but the tone coming from your amp is harsh. What amp is that?


Marshall 15dfx, Im playing straight to my computer though. I have a Metal Zone 2 pedal too. most of my recording are all harsh and fuzzy, any suggestions?
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#26
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Soloing and riffing using single notes as opposed to chordal riffing and soloing (using chords).


Ok, I think I understand what you mean.

And I apologize for this, but can anyone give me an example of each just to make sure?
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lol well ariels is done in drop D....and i dont think there gettin back together so there s not gonna be a lately lol...not the point though...it sounds very metalish...and its aot easier to move around the power chords on the low strings


Not it wasn't; aerials, just like everything before mesmerize/hypnotize, was drop C.

Delanoir: Well it's difficult to give examples, most riffs are neither exclusively...but things like most Dream Theater instrumental breaks, a lot of death metal riffs and the spider riff in Master of Puppets by Metallica (the second one in the intro after the chromatic bit) are all single note ideas whereas nearly all punk riffs, blues riffs, jazz vamps and things like that are chordal riffs.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that single note lines are more technical though, most really good riffs are a combination of the two.
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Marshall 15dfx, Im playing straight to my computer though. I have a Metal Zone 2 pedal too. most of my recording are all harsh and fuzzy, any suggestions?
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Yeah, ditch the MG. But seriously I had the CDR version and it sounded just as bad at high distortion, and worse with pedals. Unfortunately there aren't many good practice or gigging amps below $500. I've not had experience with the Metal Zone, but I haven't heard anything good.

Personally, I use the Digitech RP250 Multi-FX pedal, and it works good with a lot of tweaking.

How are you running straight to computer, is it "Guitar -> Amp -> Mic -> Computer" *OR* "Guitar -> Digital interface -> Computer" *OR* the dreaded "Guitar -> Amp -> Lineout -> Computer" ?

I'll have to post another clip on my profile with the distortion settings in my RP250, but you can listen to the one clip I have there already.

And having listened to the clip in your profile, number one problem is that everything in it is being driven into clipping. Whatever software you are using, you need to adjust all your levels so that your recording level never reaches the red. Keep the peaks of your recordings in the yellow range. Do you hear the buzzing that accompanies the louder sections of the bass intro and gets worse with the guitar? That's your harsh culprit.

Edit: Also, some pickups, (like the ones in my RG7321), have a tendency to sound bad when they are right up against the strings. Lowering them might help as well.
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#29
You sound like you need a tube amp. That will definately bring
out the dynamics in your picking.
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Yeah, ditch the MG. But seriously I had the CDR version and it sounded just as bad at high distortion, and worse with pedals. Unfortunately there aren't many good practice or gigging amps below $500. I've not had experience with the Metal Zone, but I haven't heard anything good.

Personally, I use the Digitech RP250 Multi-FX pedal, and it works good with a lot of tweaking.

How are you running straight to computer, is it "Guitar -> Amp -> Mic -> Computer" *OR* "Guitar -> Digital interface -> Computer" *OR* the dreaded "Guitar -> Amp -> Lineout -> Computer" ?

I'll have to post another clip on my profile with the distortion settings in my RP250, but you can listen to the one clip I have there already.

And having listened to the clip in your profile, number one problem is that everything in it is being driven into clipping. Whatever software you are using, you need to adjust all your levels so that your recording level never reaches the red. Keep the peaks of your recordings in the yellow range. Do you hear the buzzing that accompanies the louder sections of the bass intro and gets worse with the guitar? That's your harsh culprit.

Edit: Also, some pickups, (like the ones in my RG7321), have a tendency to sound bad when they are right up against the strings. Lowering them might help as well.


Ya, Im planning on ditching the Metal Zone, no idea what to get though. As for the amp, I JUST got this amp, so this is the best I can do until I get some serious cash lol.
The thing though, I think sounds/tones pretty rad when not on recording

Actually the intro was just clean guitar, Lol. I know it sounds so fuzzy! I use Audacity. I connect through my amp-->soundcard

Oo Oo and how do I know what is and what is not a Tube Amp? Would it really be better? What other amp should I try for serious crunchy tones?
#31
You need to know things like power chords, tapping, some pentatonic scales for basic soloing, pinch harmonics, harmonics in general, alternate picking, string skipping, tremolo picking, and definitely palm muting.
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Ya, Im planning on ditching the Metal Zone, no idea what to get though. As for the amp, I JUST got this amp, so this is the best I can do until I get some serious cash lol.
The thing though, I think sounds/tones pretty rad when not on recording

Actually the intro was just clean guitar, Lol. I know it sounds so fuzzy! I use Audacity. I connect through my amp-->soundcard

Oo Oo and how do I know what is and what is not a Tube Amp? Would it really be better? What other amp should I try for serious crunchy tones?



The amp is probably not giving a good signal out to the computer.

I honestly thought the intro was a double-bass myself.

It's usually a pretty obvious difference between SS amps and tube amps. Even if their not marked, a quick peek in the back usually confirms which is which. Tube amps have a variety of glass tubes in them, SS amps do not.

It would be hard to find a good metal amp for anywhere near what you paid for the MG. But if you wanna talk about price is no object try a Bogner Uberschall. That most certainly plays heavy metal.
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Any suggested pedals to crank up my tone?

What do you think is the best metal gear out there?

I think theres also a lot of people*(at least I do ) who would like to hear *your*metal tone/playing examples.
So if you got some cool stuff to share, it would be great.
Last edited by YellowKing at Mar 5, 2008,