#1
So I'm trying to learn how to play Holy Wars ... The Punishment Due by Megadeth, but I am having trouble picking the following part cleanly. How would you pick this particular riff?


e|--------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|-5h7-----10p7----------5h7-----5h7---------7-8-|
E|-----000------00000000-----000-----0000-5-6-|

The open E notes are all palm muted
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#3
Quote by Graveworm
Alternate pick it.

Wrong.

e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------|
A|-5h7-----10p7----------5h7-----5h7------7-8-|
E|-----000------00000000-----000-----0000-5-6-|
...^...^v^.^....^v^v^v^v.^...^v^.^...^v^v.^.^
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Last edited by Firewind Raging at May 18, 2008,
#4
Alternate between down and up strokes every 16th note. Some of it is hammered and pulled; assign the slurred note a pickstroke and then don't play it.

You should play a downstroke on "1 and 2 and..." and upstrokes on "e a" ALWAYS (assume standard "1 e and a" counting technique).
#5
i never thought this riff could be made more confusing.

how about just practicing it slowly in a way comfortable for you? that usually works in most circumstances.
#6
Quote by Firewind Raging
Wrong.

e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------|
A|-5h7-----10p7----------5h7-----5h7------7-8-|
E|-----000------00000000-----000-----0000-5-6-|
...^...^v^.^....^v^v^v^v.^...^v^.^...^v^v.^.^


I like how you said he's wrong and then graphically explained why he's exactly right
#8
when i play riffs like this i usually start with an upstroke on the A string and then start on the E string witha downstroke and alternate pick everything (other than the legato notes). Musically this is bad advice and you should listen to what bangoodcharlote said, but that way of playing feels more comfortable to me, and when im playing metal that doesn't make much musical sense anyway (which megadeth usually doesn't since dave mustaine doesn't know anything about music theory) i pick stuff however feels natural.
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#9
I'd slow the **** down first and make sure I know the notes by heart. Then alt. pick the sixteenths and down pick the eighths. Remember the first part; slow the **** down.