The Ultimate Metal Guide

Metal guide to writing sweet music! Correction of Metalcore and Hardcore Music.

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In counteraccordance to the metalcore lesson, I am writing this lesson to cover everything not covered by that guy. I am an all around player, playing anything from blues/bluegrass to metal to classical. Whichever genre I decide to play, I will find the best guitar players in that particular genre and chase his dream until I have mastered his style. In the following text I will be examining the techniques of guitar players such as John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Adam Dutkiewitz (Killswitch Engage), Willie Adler and Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), and various others. This is nothing other but a piece together puzzle for you to use to make your own jams. Ðave fun with it. To me, the coolest part of metal music is the intensive use of pinch harmonics, but in this lesson I will use examples fit for the occasion. Take this piece from Lamb Of God's "Laid To Rest" for example. *= pinch |-------------------------------------------------------| |-------------------------------------------------------| |-------------------------------------------------------| |-------------------------------------------------------| |-2-2-2-2------2-2-2-2--------2-2--2--------------------| |-2-2-2-2-3b*--2-2-2-2-3b*----2-2--2-2-3-2-5-4-3--------| PM------- ------- ------ Unlike most uneducated guitar players who first learn this type of harmonic, these dramatic interludes are perfect for riffs with integral drum and bass lines to make them stand out from the rest of the music (as if they dont already). It doesn't take a lot of planning to hit the right note with these, but the wrong bending or finger vibration may throw off the pitch, so be careful when adding a measure with pinch harmonics. As the metalhead stated in the metalcore lesson, another great, and widely used, part of metal is hammer on/pull off methods. Yeah yeah, I'm sure you advanced guys are whining about how you already know this. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you didnt know, the variation of these fissures that you use directly influences the mood you observe while writing/listening to this music. I have a couple of examples of different variations of hammer on/pull offs that might just make the one riff you cant quite get right, a little more appeasing to the ears. The first example is taken from "In The Name Of God" by Dream Theater. Dream Theater may not be considered metal, but John Petrucci's riffs have got badass metal influence period so STFU! Fig. 1 Fig. 2 |-----------------------|-----------------------|------------------| |-----------------------|-----------------------|------------------| |-----------------------|-----------------------|------------------| |-----------------------|-----------------------|------------------| |---7-(7)---7b8r(7)-5-8-|-7---------2h3h5p3p2---|-7----5h7h8p7p5-8-| |-0-------0-------------|---0-(0)-0-----------0-|----0-------------| That is the best example of original, conventional hammer/pulls I can imagine. But there is, however, another variation that appeals to me, in which you must pause after the first note, then hammer and pull quickly afterwards. This variation is seen in alot of melodic, rhythmic solos, such as this which, in fact, is in the same song. |--------------------13h16h17p16p13----16h17h19p17p16-----| |-15p13-----13h15h17---------------h17----------------h18-| |--------h16----------------------------------------------| |---------------------------------------------------------| |---------------------------------------------------------| |---------------------------------------------------------| |-17h19h20p19p17---| |--------------h21-| |------------------| |------------------| |------------------| |------------------| Lets see. The metalhead said something along the lines of "In every metal song there is a 'breakdown' in which there is a long progression of palm muted notes." Hmm, other than the fact that it is usually not a "breakdown," but rather a toned down part of the song to set a certain mood, that is somewhat true. On the other hand, nowadays, atleast with the good bands, these pieces arent really used that much. There is just alot of thrashing, really active guitar. Also, all these notes are usually not muted. Alot of the time there is multiple open E muting or if it's dropped down, then some open D or C# muting, and then some various other notes which must be picked very cautiously. Sometimes these parts of the song are not concentrated on the guitar so much as other instruments in the band. The metalheads example was rather dull, considering that the bands he used arent so strong in guitar abilities. Lets see. I will use this example from "Vida Infra" by Killswitch Engage. |---------------------------------|----------------| |---------------------------------|----------------| |---------------------------------|----------------| |---------------------------------|-5--3-1-0-1-3-1-| |-5---------------5-------6-------|-5--3-1-0-1-3-1-| |---0-000-0-000-0---000-0---000-0-|-5--3-1-0-1-3-1-| PM... The metalhead, not surprisingly, didnt have much soloing capabilities. I will just give a few examples of some techniques and you can pick and choose. The first thing I would like to cover is trills. Trills are the s--t! Tapping is the s--t! If you have ever listened to Metallica before they became s--t, you would know that. One of the most worthy and infamous examples of trills and tapping is in the third solo from "One" by Metallica. T = Tap using edge of pick p = pull off finger or pick E-19p15p12--19p15p12-19p15p12-19p15p12-19p15p12-19p15p12-19p15p12-| B-----------------------------------------------------------------| G-----------------------------------------------------------------| D-----------------------------------------------------------------| A-----------------------------------------------------------------| E-----------------------------------------------------------------| T T T T T T T T E-19p15p12-20p15p12--20p15p12-20p15p12-20p15p12-20p15p12-20p15p12-| B-----------------------------------------------------------------| G-----------------------------------------------------------------| D-----------------------------------------------------------------| A-----------------------------------------------------------------| E-----------------------------------------------------------------| T T T T T T T T E-20p15p12-20p15p12-----------------------------------------------| B-------------------19p15p12--19p15p12-19p15p12-19p15p12-19p15p12-| G-----------------------------------------------------------------| D-----------------------------------------------------------------| A-----------------------------------------------------------------| E-----------------------------------------------------------------| T T T T T T T T E-----------------------------------------------------------------| B-19p15p12-19p15p12-19p15p12-20p15p12--20p15p12-20p15p12-20p15p12-| G-----------------------------------------------------------------| D-----------------------------------------------------------------| A-----------------------------------------------------------------| E-----------------------------------------------------------------| T T T T T T T T E-----------------------------------------------------------------| B-20p15p12-20p15p12-20p15p12-20p15p12-17p13p10--17p13p10-17p13p10-| G-----------------------------------------------------------------| D-----------------------------------------------------------------| A-----------------------------------------------------------------| E-----------------------------------------------------------------| T T T T T T T T E-----------------------------------------------------------------| B-17p13p10-17p13p10-17p13p10-17p13p10-17p13p10-18p13p10--18p13p10-| G-----------------------------------------------------------------| D-----------------------------------------------------------------| A-----------------------------------------------------------------| E-----------------------------------------------------------------| T T T T T T T T E-------------------------------------------------------| B-18p13p10-18p13p10-18p13p10-18p13p10-18p13p10-18p13p10-| G-------------------------------------------------------| D-------------------------------------------------------| A-------------------------------------------------------| E-------------------------------------------------------| T T T T T T T T T T T T E---------------------------------------| B-17p12h14-17p12-17p10-17p12-17p10-17p8-| G---------------------------------------| D---------------------------------------| A---------------------------------------| E---------------------------------------| T T T T T T T T T T T T E----------------------------------| B-17p10-17p8-17p7-17p8-17p7-17p5---| G----------------------------------| D----------------------------------| A----------------------------------| E----------------------------------| E------------------------------14-14-14-| B-/12-12-12--12-12-12--12--12-----------| G---------------------------------------| D---------------------------------------| A---------------------------------------| E---------------------------------------| E-15-15-15--17-17-17------------17-17-17-17-| B---------------------15-15-15--------------| G-------------------------------------------| D-------------------------------------------| A-------------------------------------------| E-------------------------------------------| E-22^24-------22^24----22^24~|~\---------------15-----| B----------------------------|--------------/17--------------| G----------------------------|-------------------------------| D----------------------------|-------------------------------| A----------------------------|-------------------------------| E----------------------------|-------------------------------| E-17p15---------------15h17p15-------------| B--------17-15-17-19-----------17-15-17-19-| G------------------------------------------| D------------------------------------------| A------------------------------------------| E------------------------------------------| E-15h17p15-------------15h17p15-------------15-| B----------17-15-17-19------------17-17-19-----| G----------------------------------------------| D----------------------------------------------| A----------------------------------------------| E----------------------------------------------| E-17p15------------15-17p15---------15h17----| B--------15-17-19------------17--15----------| G--------------------------------------------| D--------------------------------------------| A--------------------------------------------| E--------------------------------------------| E-19p17p15-----19p17p15-----19p17p15------19p17p15----------| B----------15-----------15------------15------------15------| G-----------------------------------------------------------| D-----------------------------------------------------------| A-----------------------------------------------------------| E-----------------------------------------------------------| E-19p17--------19p17--------19p17---------19p17p15----------| B----------15-----------15------------15--------------------| G-----------------------------------------------------------| D-----------------------------------------------------------| A-----------------------------------------------------------| E-----------------------------------------------------------| E-------15-------15-------15-------15-| B-18^20----18^20----18^20----18^20----| G-------------------------------------| D-------------------------------------| A-------------------------------------| E-------------------------------------| E-18^19-15-------15-18^19-15-------15-| B----------18^20-------------18^20----| G-------------------------------------| D-------------------------------------| A-------------------------------------| E-------------------------------------| E-19p17p15-17----17p15----15----------| B----------------------19-------------| G-------------------------------------| D-------------------------------------| A-------------------------------------| E-------------------------------------| E-------------------------------------| B-19p17p15-17-----15h17p15\13--15-----| G-------------------------------------| D-------------------------------------| A-------------------------------------| E-------------------------------------| E------------------------------------------|| B-13h15p13\12--13-----12h13p12----12-------|| G------------------------------14----14p12-|| D------------------------------------------|| A------------------------------------------|| E------------------------------------------|| E------------------------------------------------------------| B------------------------------------------------------------| G-14p12----12----12--14^-14^-14^--14^16-14^16-----v14p12-----| D-------14----14------------------------------------------14-| A------------------------------------------------------------| E------------------------------------------------------------| E---------------------|--------------|---------------------------| B---------------------|--------------|---------15^----------15^--| G-12-----12-----------|--------------|---------15^----------15^--| D----14------14-13-12-|--------------|-17--17--------17--17------| A---------------------|-14-13-12-10~|---------------------------| E---------------------|--------------|---------------------------| E---------------------------|-------------------| B---------15^----------15^--|-17^-v-^-v-^-17^v^-| G---------15^----------15^--|-17^-v---v-^-17^v^-| D-17--17--------17--17------|-------------------| A---------------------------|-------------------| E---------------------------|-------------------| Lots of tapping and trills, but most metal music doesnýt have all that. Mostly metal, if you get really hardcore metal like old Slayer and all those old style metal bands, they just do alot of shredding. Thatýs where metalhead's theory comes into play. A lot of scales and bends and all that. The only thing he forgot to mention was the strategic placement of bends in order to keep them in tune with the song. Random bending is a no! Random piecing of scales together is a big no! Think this shit out you dumb shits! It's not that hard. Figure out where the scales piece together, and where the bends sound good, and where to drop down an octave. If you can drop an octave in your scales in a metal song, you have got it made. If you dont like this lesson I don't give a f--k! How about that? Good luck to all who this may help. To all that would like to thrash this lesson b/c of a typo or something, go fuck yourself, b/c you have nothing else to do but thrash someone elses work to make yourself feel better. Take a lesson from me. I didn't thrash metalcore guy who wrote that other lesson. I skillfully corrected his mistakes.

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    keywork2389
    Considering one of LOG slogans is "True American Metal", i would say they are metal.
    STABxYOU
    LoG is metal, KSE is metalcore, both are crap. Also, this is more of an angry guy flaming someone else's lesson then a lesson.
    eraoftragedy
    Wow, I just stumbled on this lesson and the chat afterwards is way more entertaining. However, I'm 31, been into metal since roughly just before Slayer released South Of Heaven. I like to think that I'm just old enough to remember "metal" and just young enough to appreciate (and play) "modern metal"... and... I've been listening to LOG for years and I must be existing in another world from you guys b/c I have never, in all these years, heard so many people, so emphatically state that LOG is "not metal". That's like me saying Run DMC is not "rap". WTF!?
    Silvertone_man1
    Is there any way anybody can translate this into a bass lesson or somethin plz i would really apreciate it just email me to let me know. silvertone_man1@hotmail.com
    nathan.price
    WTF if you hate it so much just log iff your computer and start playing your guitar, you're all supposed tpo be guitarists, then why are you always in front of your compouters?
    pagan_bloodlust
    u should of had more on stuff like tremelo picking, vibrato, whammy bar vibrato, triplets, 16th note triplets mabey a bit on octave chords as some deathmetal uses those(napalm death uses them shitloads)and probaly something on rests, i forget who said this but i think it was dime less noise = more heavyness
    theguitarist
    Woah, lol @ all of these old articles being bumped to the top.... And Lamb of God & KSE =/= not 'metal', despite what some people/ the bands may think. Seriously, listen to the stereotypical sound of each kind of 'metal' out there and say LOG & KSE fit in with that. Lamb of God & KSE = Metalcore. This is coming from a KSE fan. And if anything LOG are perhaps more like a metal band who have watered down there stuff rather than the usual metalcore band. Checked/Deleted.
    zObiPhiOn
    lesson content: saying that the metalhead's article was crap, then tabbing a big solo
    Dude...
    Wow were you drunk when you wrote this??? I just started and i think i could ahve done better. At least by sitting here not writing lessons i've p**sed off less people and they learned the same amount from me.
    esti
    Im sorry but ur lesson really sucked big time Mr. Metalhead !!!!!
    Mustaine365
    dude, this is way lame. like something a strung out teenager would write to impress some girl who isn't going to pay attention to it anyway but he still trys to get her to notice him but every time he fails..... EVERY TIME..... not that I would know anything about that or anything....
    Dumpster510
    For the record, the ITNOG riff is wrong. None of it is hammered on or pulled off, its all picked with the exception of the bent E to F on the A string.
    Sixx_shredder
    Dude, this is sad... you are so full of yourself, and the guide is shit... I dunno if mine are gonne be much better, but at least I know I was a little more indepth... Mine are in review BTW, to anyone reading this.
    les_paul_01
    a word of advice for the future. embrace all different guitar styles, and don't immerse yourself in a petty debate about what styles of metal are better than others. you haven't come close to comprehensively explaining all different aspects of metal guitar, which you would hope an "ultimate" guide would.
    blkbassplyr
    im so so disappointed ..... most of you know the meaning of metal... and yet you fight for someone else's fame and glory like little preschoolers in a play ground..so first Metal in music means the substance one is made of not a style of music or lifestyle for that matter...so so sad....the term
    METAL
    in music means to show one's
    METAL
    meaning:Knowledge,Ability ,Skill's,Chop' s...As a Musitian....today however the younger generation not knowing this tends to lable it as such for lack of knowledge, and in the tradition of the popularity syndrome for those who don't know or understand ... that metals roots are not from what's popular...It's a mind set , a form of Expresion, (ie.i must get my point across,in youre face,kick you in the nuts..(Hardcore)..or youre (Awesome melodicly talented ability,fast tempoed,Classical Esence)Metal...im not saying Hardcore isn't tallent nor am i favoring one for the other...i understand and Expres myself in the Genere of Metal. as i play Bass in my form of expession. in showing my Metal..... so for all you Wise and knowledgeable
    Teachers
    out there dont forget to teach the history's of youre lessons aswell and let's put the bring the man down attitude cuse noone's ball's are bigger than the other mans cuse it take's a real man/woman to addmit theyre wrong...and the real wimp's are the bad asses behind the monitor.....and for you Jazz players who think theyre the shit..Jazz is just another way of saying i don't know what im doing....or these people don't know anything about music so i can play anything out of key...or these fool's my music is cool... so you see it's just a matter of prefferance. not oppinion..like everyone's got oppinion's and *****'s and they both stink...petty
    Spongerob47
    Lamb Of God is currently on tour with SLAYER....anyone want to say that SLAYER is not metal? Hmm....?
    Fedex44
    Aguante el METAL..!!!! MetallicA Rules!! and dream theater its consider as a progressive metal...
    TheNthDimension
    Genres aside, is there much more to this lesson than the solo from One and a couple of riffs? Spot the explanation. 3/10 for the hating.
    Equatorguitar#1
    WOW. Jesus christ. Why do you think subgenres exist? Because not everyone wants to be the same. I know (as stated) this is SUPPOSED to be about the lesson but you people are stupid. Some. Not all. And... Backstreet Boys and Green Gay metal!? WTF. Anyway.. They call DEATH metal, BLACK metal, NU metal all DIFFERENT metal DIFFERENT because they are generally metal but its done a different way. As in, death metal has more poetry in their lyrics and Nu metal doesnt. For you that dont believe in subgenres, BANDS THEMSELVES make sub/genres.... not the people. And lastly, if you cannot tell the difference between Dark Tranquillity and Cradle of Filth, you dont listen to much metal.
    wangmaster
    what the hell is the difference between numetal, metal, metalcore etc. It all sounds the same to me
    LPIndin
    charlie26 wrote: NSYNC,LAMB OF GOD, BACKSTREET BOYS,CRADLE OF FILTH,GREEN DAY GWAR, DISTURBED ECT. =ALL M E T A L
    no, nsync and backstreet are straight up hardcore.
    fingersofflame
    fingersofflame wrote: something like buddha for mary
    i meant to say 30 seconds to mars...buddha for mary is a song by them...and just to add to my other post, who cares what genre or subgenre or subsubgenre a band is? sure it's nice to know, but in the end, does it really matter at all?
    fingersofflame
    big_d_ibanez wrote: if killswitch engage and lamb of god aren't metal, what are they? (please real answer, not just "ur a dumbass"
    ] they are metalcore...there is a difference...it combines the elements of metal(usually heavy metal...sorta like metallica) and the elements of hardcore(sorta like...buddha for mary)..an example of a metalcore band, besides lamb of god and killswitch engage, is atreyu...an example of metal would be metallica, and possibly iron maiden...hardcore would be something like buddha for mary...or possibly god forbid...i am not so sure on that though...anyway, killswitch engage and lamb of god are METALCORE!!!!!
    SGdude452
    um, you call that a lesson? I'm pretty sure this thing made me f***in stupider. All you did was say "use tapping, use hammer ons, here's a tab" You can't even tab right. Please, make the world a better place and never become a teacher
    Infernus ov Kul
    Lamb of God and Killswitch Engage are metalcore, sherlock. Not metal. Metal is In Flames, At The Gates, and outstanding bands such as them. How about all of you who are saying Killswitch Engage and Lamb of God are metal listen to some real metal instead of crappy false metalcore crap.
    monobrow7
    Bilzzard_of_Ozz wrote: Dumb loser. Niether LoG nor KSE are metal! And besides the tabs are ****ed up and the examples of this "metal" are bad. One star.
    if lamb of god is not metal black sabbath was never metal either or iron maiden for that matter, saying lamb of god isn't metal is like you calling yourself a asswipe
    fumb duck
    did he say dream theater isn't metal and killswitch engage is? :haha: my favourite part is the bit where he says "every metal song has a breakdown" XD
    Deadly Zedly
    Hey, all of you dissing lamboGod and Killswitch, you all frogot what metal is really about, sure lamb and killswitch and cradle of filth and slipknot may not be musically talented and may suck balls, but metal is "hard rock" son't forget it.
    dude, f*** you man. I'm almost 100% sure you posted this JUST to piss people off
    DropC09
    Gee... I dont know what is worse, the guy who wrote this talking trash then having a dozen people tell him "what's up" or Staying up till 2:something reading comments saying the same damn thing from four years ago... Yess we get it! It's bad to talk crap, give crappy lessons, Title a bands genre, have an opinion (apparently), and Especialy calling people half-childish names...no matter how funny. If there is someone reading this in 2012 just stop now and move on with your life or you will DIE of a mixture of bordom and old age!!! Really! The Aurthor atleast took the time to make the lesson, even if it's for a foul reason and he at least gave his opinion instead of "copy and Paste"-ing everything, and if someone doesn't understand what a "tap solo" is then UG Probably has a Badass lesson on it (because Ug is awesome like that)!!! Im pretty sure everything has been said about the lesson... I'm giving it a 4 out of 10 partly because of this whole episode. lol
    Chaz22
    haha the name Kerry King should never be associated with any sort of musical prowess. Ever. I'm not saying that he's not good, but is slayer really that creative? REALLY? Yea i listen to them sometimes because they are ok. Kirk Hammett is not erm evil like KK so comparing him in such a way is not fair. And yes i would also like to see Hetfield kick Kerry King in the face and then have a riff off.
    bmth13
    i would like to see james hetfield kick kerry king in the face
    siliconavatar0 wrote: Not gonna lie, you just made today's metal seem even more generic than it already sounds. 2 thumbs WAY DOWN. metal is SO MUCH MORE than just fancy tapping and pinch harmonics, and the solo from "one"? Really now? Kerry King holds more ABSOLUTE F*CKING EVIL GUITAR PROWESS in one pinky than Kirk Hammett has in his entire body. Oh yeah. I just went there. But off topic, bad article overall, didn't cover much, and I really get the sense that whoever's teaching it hates me before they even sit at their computer and start typing.
    bmth13
    i mean like superfish123 said
    bmth13 wrote: this really didnt help me but you tried. and guys...give him a break ok? like chasious d said, LISTEN TO YOURSELVES!
    bmth13
    this really didnt help me but you tried. and guys...give him a break ok? like chasious d said, LISTEN TO YOURSELVES!
    chasious d
    superfish123 wrote: i'm really worried about the music scenes today. you all mock certain bands for being -core or whatever but you shouldn't judge them on the genre they've been labelled in if you like their riffs LISTEN TO THEM if you don't then don't people have their own opinions and people who try and force them on others just get ignored and jsut seem like twats. okay this was a pretty mediocre lesson and he shouldn't have mocked that other guy but this is why lessons on UG stay shit no-one tells people where they can improve or how they improve they just shout "thats wrong so and so are somethingcore" or whatever that kid who's been playing 7months well done my friend, you've learn that the guitar community shouldnt be so critical but more advisory dear sweet moses people.. listen to yourselves
    Amen!
    superfish123
    i'm really worried about the music scenes today. you all mock certain bands for being -core or whatever but you shouldn't judge them on the genre they've been labelled in if you like their riffs LISTEN TO THEM if you don't then don't people have their own opinions and people who try and force them on others just get ignored and jsut seem like twats. okay this was a pretty mediocre lesson and he shouldn't have mocked that other guy but this is why lessons on UG stay shit no-one tells people where they can improve or how they improve they just shout "thats wrong so and so are somethingcore" or whatever that kid who's been playing 7months well done my friend, you've learn that the guitar community shouldnt be so critical but more advisory dear sweet moses people.. listen to yourselves