Thrash Within

You learn yo' thrash here. Thrash isn't just shit put together. It is a very complex thing to learn. I can only teach you the basics to get there. Learn yo' octaves first They are not that hard.

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Ok, noobs. Good bands to start listening to is Megadeth, Bathory, Venom, Kreator, Testament, Sadus, Slayer, Metallica, Coroner, and Possessed. Most commonly used Scales: Blues(Any key works) Phrygian Dominant Chromatic Scale We'll start with different chords. Ok this is a simple "Power Chord"
E---|
B---|
G---|
D-2-|
A-2-|
E-0-|
This is a "Inverted Chord"
E---|    |E---|
B---|    |B---|
G---|    |G---|
D---| or |D---|
A-3-|    |A-2-|
E-5-|    |E-3-|
Most commonly used with "Black Metal Bands" Such as Immortal and Gorgoroth. This is a simple chord I don't know the name of.
      | It also sounds cool here. 
E---| |E---------------|
B---| |B---------------|
G---| |G-5---2---7---5~| < I made a
D-2-| |D-5---2---7---5~| < Simple Riff
A-2-| |A--0-0-0-0-0-0--|
E---| |E---------------|
Here are some cool techniques to throw into a riff. 1 A pick slide (Take your pick then slide down the strings from the "Bridge" 2 Pinch Harmonic ( I can't really explain) 3 Tremolo Picking 4 Hammer-Ons Pull-Offs (To make a fast riff faster) 5 Slide 6 Bend 7 Drop with the whammy bar if you have one (I don't.) 8 Vibrato 9 Palm Muting After you noobs learned at least 7 out of 9 of those come back and move on. Here are some thrash riffs using some of those techniques. For All Those Who Died (Bathory) Pull-Offs
E----------------------------|
B----------------------------|
G----------------------------|
D-2-2-2---2-2-5-2-2-2---2-2-3|
A-2-2-2---2-2-3-2-2-2---2-2-1|
E-0-0-3p0-0-0---0-0-3p0-0-0--|
Crushing The Scepter(Regaining A Lost Dominion) Tremolo Picking
E------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D-999910101010999977779999999999997777777777-----------------------------------------|
A-77777777777777777777777710101010999997777777779999101010109999977779999101010109999|
E-------------------------------------------88888888888888888888888888888888888888888|
The Four Horsemen (Metallica) Sliding and Pick slided
E----------------------------------|
B----------------------------------|
G--9--99/7--77/5--55/4---pick slide|
D--9--99/7--77/5--55/4---pick slide|
A--7--77/5--55/3--33/2---pick slide|
E----------------------------------|
Two Minutes To Midnight (Iron Maiden) Bend, Vibrato and palm muting
E-----------------------------------|
B---------------7b-7~---------------|
G---5--7--5--7--7b-7~---5--7--5---2-|
D---5--7--5--7----------5--7--5---2-|
A-00-00-00-00---------00-00-00-00-0-|
E-----------------------------------|
Pm-- -- -- --         -- -- -- --
I hope you learned something from that. Like common "power chords" and where those chords just above sound cool. See what chords are used most. And experiment with it and think fast, but don't base all your riffs up there. Then your just getting too repetitive. Here you'll learn some basic riff making structure
 A
E---------|
B---------|
G---------|Fool around such as putting in some bends and tremolo picking.
D-2-5-7-8-|As you get better with this try to learn all those power chords
A-2-5-7-8-|to 12.
E-0-3-5-6-|
 B
E---------|
B---------|
G---------|Do the same with this as you did to the top.
D-2-4-5-7-|
A-2-4-5-7-|
E-0-2-3-5-|
 C The most grim of the 3.
E---------|
B---------|
G---------|
D-2-3-5-6-|
A-2-3-5-6-|
E-0-1-3-4-|
Now Do you have all of that down? Do you have at least one riff you are happy with? If not just keep on trying you will get. Don't be afraid to fuse them. Here is some cool soloing techniques if you already know the blues scale. Every cool kid uses these. Listen for them when listening to Music. Remember you want a f--king raspy sound.
E-12-----|
B-15(b16)|
G--------|
D--------|
A--------|
E--------|

E--------|
B-15-----|
G-14(b16)|
D--------|
A--------|
E--------|

E----------15|
B--------15--|
G-14(b16)----|
D------------|
A------------|
E------------|

E-12-------12-------12-------|
B---15(b16)--15(b16)--15(b16)|
G----------------------------|
D----------------------------|
A----------------------------|
E----------------------------|

E-12------------|
B---15p12-------|
G--------14(b15)|
D---------------|
A---------------|
E---------------|
Did those sound cool? I bet they did. I hope this was well done. If you have any questions contact me.

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    xXxA7X~Fan07xXx
    Nice thrash lesson. This will help me alot with my riffs because I mostly use fast palm mutes and power chords because I'm more of a rhtyhm kinda guy. Make some example thrash riffs whenever you get the chance to. That will help even more.
    flyboyC17
    Sooo you call people noobs but you don't even know how to explain pinch harmonics? Wow
    link no1
    Leonio-man wrote: you shoulda taught othera about Drop D if you were gonna teach the basic's for riffing... but still, its was good
    Can't tell what you were meant to say but if it was about teaching how to use drop D then their would be listtle point, most thrash bands play in standard tunings.
    flyboyC17 wrote: Sooo you call people noobs but you don't even know how to explain pinch harmonics? Wow
    Lulz. Not a great thrash guide and most of it could be copy and pasted into most other guides. Also missed off a few common scales used in Thrash and the 3 you used are common in alot of music. Should of labled this guide "Cool shit to do with your guitar" or something.
    piggy0145
    great ass lesson...i just need more practice on my soloing...but i play rhythm so ehh....still great sh*t man...
    kianoosh.naghav
    you don't know anything and with the lots of mistake and u call others noob?! ))) that was a funny article tnx
    ROPforlife
    i wanted to learn something guess i am better than being a noob so that's good hahahha
    poopnate
    poopnate wrote: The third chord is called a double stop. Technically, any two note chord is a double stop, but I always learned them as just the fourths (what you have) since just about every other interval has a special name or is not very practical with just two notes, such as a second or seventh. Sorry if I am wrong ab
    about anything
    Blas3
    Not bad stuff at all, but you should revise it before posting, because you made some errors, e.g. in tabs there (e.g. Regaining A Lost Dominion).
    Raistincarnate
    Direct and to the point-I like it. Ever consider being a little more detailed and turning this into a series?
    poopnate
    The third chord is called a double stop. Technically, any two note chord is a double stop, but I always learned them as just the fourths (what you have) since just about every other interval has a special name or is not very practical with just two notes, such as a second or seventh. Sorry if I am wrong ab