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Quote by Rory_harwood
What chords should I use say if I was to write a riff in E minor?
Are there any particular rules I should follow?

Thanks


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#6
Tremelo pick a palm muted Open E it sounds pretty cool even if it is overdone.
#7
most important chord other than e (at least most often used) would be the 5th, so for e this would be b. you might also throw in some b5 (in our case bB) for a more wicked sound.
in general i'd suggest learning some theory (not so important for riffs, but once you start soling you'll need it anyway) and also look at the notes from your favourite songs. this will help you understand what they are playing and why it sounds the way it does.

and then just try out lots of things and actually play.

for some classical metal riffs, metallica might be good to start out, as they have some cool and typical riffs.

btw, troy stetina has written two books about metal rhythm guitar which are quite good in my opinion and teach you all the basics (called "heavy metal rhythm guitar" I & II)
#8
Quote by Rory_harwood
What chords should I use say if I was to write a riff in E minor?
Are there any particular rules I should follow?

Thanks


E minor would be a good one to start with...after that any chords from the Em progression would be good, but a lot of it depends on the riff.
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