Good Metalcore Lesson

author: Unregistered date: 08/16/2010 category: music styles

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Intro: okay, so just about everyone and their mom can play generic hardcore and metalcore but incorporating other styles is what sets you apart from the throng of shitty guitarists playing stale d-minor riffs. first off, you will probably want to learn the minor and harmonic minor scales respectively.
e------------------------------0-1-3- D-Minor
b--------------------------1-3-------
g--------------------0-2-3-----------
d--------------0-2-3-----------------
a-------0-1-3------------------------
D-0-2-3------------------------------

e------------------------------0-2-3- D-Harmonic Minor
b--------------------------1-3-------
g--------------------0-2-3-----------
d--------------0-2-3-----------------
a-------0-1-4------------------------
D-0-2-3------------------------------
I believe these are right. if not studybass.com has an amazing scale finder tool. RIFFAGE: Okay so this is the meat and potatos of this genre. usually performed with palm muted pedal notes on the low D string. Mostly open but throwing in other notes from the scale breaks the monotany. EX 1. EXTREMELY generic riff
e----------------------------------- 
b-----------------------------------
g-----------------------------------
d-----------------------------------
a-----8---7-----10---8-----7--------
D-0-0---0---0-0----0---0-0---0-8-10h p.s. alternate pick for speed.
  . .   .   . .    .   . .   .
EX 2. Lets build on that riff and make it more unique. while still extremely generic it has more character due to different pedal notes and rapid hammer on pull offs.
e----------------------------------- 
b-----------------------------------
g-----------------------------------
d---------------10------------------
a-----8---7----------8-----7-3h5p3p0
D-000---0---0-0----0---0-0----------
  ...   .   . .    .   . .
e----------------------------------- 
b-----------------------------------
g-----------------------------------
d---------------10------------------
a-----8---7----------8-----7-7h8p7p0
D-888---8---8-8----7---7-7---------- 
  ...   .   . .    .   . .
EX 3. Lets throw some harmonic minor variations in as well.
e----------------------------------- 
b-----------------------------------
g-----------------------------------
d---------------11------------------
a-----8---7----------8-----7-3h5p3p0
D-000---0---0-0----0---0-0----------
  ...   .   . .    .   . .
e----------------------------------- 
b-----------------------------------
g-----------------------------------
d---------------11------------------
a-----8---7----------8-----7-7h8p7p0
D-888---8---8-8----7---7-7---------- 
  ...   .   . .    .   . .
e----------------------------------- 
b-----------------------------------
g-----------------------------------
d---------------11------------------
a-----8---7----------8-----7-5h8p5p0
D-000---0---0-0----0---0-0----------
  ...   .   . .    .   . .
e----------------------------------- 
b-----------------------------------
g-----------------------------------
d---------------11------------------
a-----8---7----------8-----7-4h7p4p0
D-888---8---8-8----7---7-7---------- 
  ...   .   . .    .   . .
You should now have the tools to start creating your own riffs now. CHORUS: Arguably the easiest in this stagnant genre. They usually feature dropped power chords with a second guitarist playing octave chords over them. EX 4.
e------------------------------------------- Rhythm part
b-------------------------------------------
g-------------------------------------------
d-0000000000000000-88888888-1010101010101010
a-0000000000000000-88888888-1010101010101010
D-0000000000000000-88888888-1010101010101010 

e----------------------------------------------- Lead part
b-----------------------------------------------
g-----------------------------------------------
d-77777777999910101010-1212121212121212-55557777
a-XXXXXXXXXXXXX-X-X-X---X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-XXXXXXXX
D-5555555577778-8-8-8--1010101010101010-33335555
BREAKDOWN: the staple and also most cliche'. these are open palm muted notes played in a complex pattern and should be used sparingly and usually only for the height of energy in the song. EX 5. Typical breakdown
e--------------------------------------- 
b---------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------
d---------------------------------------
a-00--00--0000-00---------00-00-00-00-00
D-00--00--0000-00---------00-00-00-00-00
  ..  ..  .... ..         .. .. .. .. ..
  B         S         B         S
  1    2    3    4    1    2    3    4
ps. the last 2 chugs run right into the first two making a quad and not two doubles. B-1st beat in the measure S-3rd beat. snare accent. CHORDS: there are a lot of chords that can be pulled from these scales that aren't powerchords. alot of which will increase dynamics in your riffs or choruses. EX 6. imperfect consonant/consonant chords
e-0--0--5--0---X--X
b-3--3--6--10--X--X
g-2--3--7--10--10-5 Just some basics
d-0--0--0--0---8--2
a-0--0--X--X---8--3
D-0--0--X--X---8--2
EX 7. dissonant chords
e-X--X--X------
b-X--6--10-----
g-X--9--9------
d-6--X--8------
a-5--X--7---0-4
D-4--X--7---1-0 these last two are often used in breakdowns.
            . .
HARMONY: the two most common harmonies in this genre are the perfect fifth (basic power chord) and the minor third. Sounds better when played with a friend. The third is basically the next third note from the note you are playing whether it be up the scale or down it so if you're playing 5 (d) on the 5th string the harmony would be 1 or 8 on the same string. So if you play
e----------------
b----------------
g----------------
d----------------
a-----5---7-----8
D-0-0---0---0-0-- 
  - -   -   - -
the harmony would be:
e-----------------
b-----------------
g-----------------
d-----------------
a-----8---10----12
D-0-0---0---0-0---
  - -   -   - -
I hope you found this useful.
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