How To Write Your Own Metal Songs

Ever wanted to create your very own Metal song, but weren't sure where to start? Well here's how...

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Before I start I'd like to inform you that none of my examples are played by actual bands. I hope you enjoy my article! The first step towards creating a Metal song of your own is to figure out what kind of tuning you want to put it in. Metal is mostly placed in one of 4 different tunings; Drop D, Drop C, Drop B, or Drop A. Here's a few bands that play each of these to give you an idea of what tuning may attach to you the most (Remember that usually the lower you tune your guitar down, the heavier the song you create will be): Drop D: - Lamb Of God - Avenged Sevenfold - Disturbed - The Devil Wears Prada - Bullet For My Valentine - Trivium - Three Days Grace Drop C: - As Blood Runs Black - As I Lay Dying - Job For A Cowboy - Killswitch Engage - Miss May I - All That Remains - Godsmack Drop B: - Unearth - Veil Of Maya - I Killed The Prom Queen - All Shall Perish Drop A: - SlipKnoT (Some are also in Drop B) - Suicide Silence - Whitechapel Sorry, I'm not familiar with some of the lower tuning bands, although I love the ones that are. Once you have decided what tuning you like the most, it's time to move on to the style you choose to play it. The style you play in depends on your abilities and skill. Here is one of the easiest methods I know that is common in the metal world. You can play this riff in any dropped tuning you want, but I'm goint to set it up for Drop C. Basically, mute your C string and play it inbetween each new note you come up with on the G string (Remember that what I just said was as if we were tuned to a Drop C) Try this riff if you do not understand what I meant:
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
F|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
C|-----------------------------------------------------------------------
G|-3-----5-----6-----5-----3---5---3-----5-----6-----5------3-3-3-3------
C|---0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0---0---0---0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0--3-3-3-3------
     - -   - -   - -   - -   -   -   - -   - -   - -   - -
You can make much more out of this method of metal, depending on your skills. But you may also be someone who enjoys fast metal! Well there's a few things that almost all fast metal bands use. One thing is the triple palm-muted picking. Many songs have this. It's not necessarily all you'd need in a song, but it's good for bridges. It is usually for the more heavier section of your song. In between playing this section about 2 times, i would suggest making a muted scale of some sort. Here's a quick example to give you and idea:
  |--Triple PM---| |-| <- Inbetween Chords                     |-Inbetween--
 
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
F|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
C|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|-----------------3-1-----------------4-1-----------------3-1--------------
C|-000-000-000-000-3-1-000-000-000-000-4-1-000-000-000-000-3-1--0-1-3-4-3-1-
 
  -Scale--------------|
 
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
F|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
C|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|-------0------------------------------------------------------------------
C|-0-1-3---3-1-0-1-3-1------------------------------------------------------
Remember to be creative on this part of your song. This usually has the most affect on your metal song. If you're wanting to be the heaviest possible, I would suggest that you teach yourself to play powerchords and Palm muted chords upwards instead of the standard downwards. This leaves the chord playing the top string the longest, which leaves the deepest sound. Small things like this can affect your song alot. Tapping (As in Hammer-on, Pull-offs) is also a great skill that should be added to your song, along with Tremelo Picking (Speed Picking). These skills will trap your listener into the music. They definetely should NOT be used alot in the song, but the rare time you do having these sections will enhance your song by alot. Some examples of this type of playing are: Tapping (A bit diffucult, but you can do it!)
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
F|-------8p7p5h7p5--------5-------------------------------------------------
C|-0-0-0----------8-0-0-0--8p7h8h7p5-0-0-0-3h5p3p0--------------------------
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
C|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Tremelo Picking
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
F|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
C|-------------------------------------------------------5------------------
G|-----10101010-8888-----8888-7777-----7777-5555-----5-6---8-5-6------------
C|-000---------------000-----------000-----------000------------------------
 
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The last thing I'm going to share with you is the affectiveness of having two guitars. Having two guitars playing a riff in different octaves, (When you have the same note playing in different pitches, such as playing on the G string, fret 6, and playing the F string, fret 8.) is very popular and sounds great in metal. An Example being: Guitar in Higher Octave:
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
F|-3h5-----5h6-----6p5-----5p3-----3h5-----5h6-----6p5---------------------
C|-----0-0-----0-0-----0-0-----0-0-----0-0-----0-0-----0-0-6-5-3-0---------
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
C|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Guitar in Lower Octave:
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
F|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
C|-------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|-3h5-----5h6-----6p5-----5p3-----3h5-----5h6-----6p5---------------------
C|-----0-0-----0-0-----0-0-----0-0-----0-0-----0-0-----0-0-6-5-3-0---------
Be sure to include a second guitar part in your song for if you ever decide to use it in your band. And those are my pointers on how to create a great metal song. I hope that this has helped you enhance your knowledge on how to create METAL. If you have any Questions on anything in my Article, please send me a message or leave a Comment. Thank you all for reading it! - Jordan House

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    stunt_metal
    Meh. Better title would be "How to write your own generic metalcore riffs." It's clear that the author knows a thing or two about metal, but if he knows enough to actually write a "great metal song" he hasn't shown it. There are plenty of metal bands, especially classic metal bands, that use some form of standard tuning. Maiden, Priest, Metallica and Megadeth all used standard tuning for most of their classic albums. Slayer often uses Eb Standard, Sabbath used E, Eb, and D Standard, and everyone from Pantera to Arch Enemy has used C Standard. And where's the love for Drop C#? He doesn't really get into anything relevant to songwriting, such as arrangement, song structure, or what scales and chord progressions to use. Also, the last two-guitar riff is harmonized in minor 7ths. I can't think of any band that does this regularly, probably because it would just sound like the lead guitar was in the wrong key. Finally, the writing style is just sloppy and unprofessional, but I'll forgive this because I'm not sure English is this guy's first language.
    joeythedrummer
    Dude, Unearth plays 7-string guitars... they're in standard tuning, not drop-b.
    theoryo
    actually, your both right, if you were to tune a 6 string to drop b your tuning would be exactly the same
    BFMV1995
    ffs, he was just trying to help, and everyone is just being *****. How is metalcore and everything is a sub genre of metal, which means it IS metal.
    mh1986
    DeathCoreKing wrote: This is my first article and it was from the top of my head. I really didnt expect people to care if i missed a few things or if the bands i listed werent entirely of one tuning. NO BAND only uses one tuning unless it is always in E. I understand that alot of metal bands use all kinds of different tunings, but if u look at the majority, it's drop tuning. i can list 100's of metalcore bands (which by the way is NO DIFFERENT than metal) that uses drop tunings. idc if u think standard D is better than Drop D tuning. It really doesnt matter, cuz my lesson/column was based off of Drop tuning. If u dont like Drop tuning, maybe u should go read a different article. This wasnt exactly a "how to write an entire metal song" article. it was more of a tips and tricks to creating a metal song. i taught myself to play guitar so all i know are tabs and the stuff i figured out myself. if u wanted a big lecture on music theory and shit like that, theres a section called "music theory" for ya on this website. Everyone who wrote something to say i didnt know what i was doing, you have no life and need to **** off. If you wanna leave a helpful comment for the future articles i plan to write then thank you. This column was to start people off, not give them a step by step detailed how to write the perfect metal song.
    No offense but you really don't have the musical knowledge to be giving anyone advice on anything related to songwriting. I think you've misunderstood what metal is, most of the bands you mention are not what most would consider metal, but metalcore and that =crap. Three Days Grace and bands of that ilk are no more than alternative groups. Wanna talk metal, lets talk some Sabbath. You know the band that created the genre, you've heard of them yes? You realized that they are just about the heaviest band of all time, and guess what Tony Iommi used Standard E tuning on their first 2 records, songs like Iron Man and War Pigs for instance where in standard. Drop tuning does not = Heavier, thats one of the biggest misnomers out there. Metal isn't just riffs, btw. And power chords do not, I mean, do not sound good picking them upwards. Kinda goes against everything great Metal guitarists like Tony Iommi and James Hetfield do. And you titled your "article" if you can call it that "How To Write Your Own Metal Song" not how to come up with generic riffs in drop tuning. Please don't bother writing future articles until you put in some work on understanding how music works. Thanks for the effort but you just need to do some homework. Your attitude via responses on here kind of make you look like a major douchebag btw. Bone up on your pentatonic scales, your blues scales, and basic harmony and intervals. I taught myself how to play the guitar too, but I decided to take classes on music theory to take it to the next level. Look into it, trust me you'll see what everyone is talking about. Just trying to help. Ignorance is no excuse.
    OXL
    Many modern metal bands, mostly metalcore, use drop (..) tuning. Unlike classic thrash and death metal bands who still whipe the floor with MOST metalcore and/or deathcore bands Lighten up and stop offending your readers just because they say something you don't agree with. You will see that some of the metal lessons here on UG actually get very positive response and ratings so, just maybe, this wasn't such a good lesson afterall.
    metalhead747
    people like you are why metal is dying today. just because you play in a drop tuning does not make you metal.
    whatbox!!!
    DeathCoreKing wrote: This is my first article and it was from the top of my head. I really didnt expect people to care if i missed a few things or if the bands i listed werent entirely of one tuning. NO BAND only uses one tuning unless it is always in E. I understand that alot of metal bands use all kinds of different tunings, but if u look at the majority, it's drop tuning. i can list 100's of metalcore bands (which by the way is NO DIFFERENT than metal) that uses drop tunings. idc if u think standard D is better than Drop D tuning. It really doesnt matter, cuz my lesson/column was based off of Drop tuning. If u dont like Drop tuning, maybe u should go read a different article. This wasnt exactly a "how to write an entire metal song" article. it was more of a tips and tricks to creating a metal song. i taught myself to play guitar so all i know are tabs and the stuff i figured out myself. if u wanted a big lecture on music theory and shit like that, theres a section called "music theory" for ya on this website. Everyone who wrote something to say i didnt know what i was doing, you have no life and need to **** off. If you wanna leave a helpful comment for the future articles i plan to write then thank you. This column was to start people off, not give them a step by step detailed how to write the perfect metal song.
    1. don't write and article "off the top of your head" research look in to things proof read it just because this is your first article is no excuse 2. you COMPLETLY mislabeled tuning for instance Unearth has NEVER used Drop B they only use 7 string guitars 3. also Metal is a broad genre when labeling this lesson you should have specified metal core because you don't even touch on any techniques used in other styles 4. on that note you never even talked about what seperates metalcore from other metal genres the BREAKDOWN 5.this article is more on techniques then songwriting you never touch on song sturucture, theory ect.
    Pettah
    DeathCoreKing wrote: okay everyone... most metal is in drop tuning. DUH some arent!
    Excuse me but how is MOST metal in a dropped tuning? LOL most metal isnt in a dropped tuning, just pretty new metal and i think ur just talking about metalcore not metal
    Sabscope
    You're getting a lot of hate for this... and I have absolutly no sympathy. If you are going to write an article, and your article has not been researched, or is 'off the top of your head', you had better hope you know everythin there is to know about what you are writing. -There IS a difference between metal and metalcore; the riff you wrote was metalcore. -Tabbing out a (albeit generic) riff is not helping people write songs. Unless you're talking about a generic genre where every riff is the same anyway... -Speed picking, tremelo picking, hammer ons, pull offs and which direction to strike your powerchords are not song writing tips, they are playing tips (or they would be if you'de done anything other than mention them); a song writing tip would be where to play them, how often, with what sort of rhythm and backing - unless you're playing in a genre where it's all style and no substance, and it doesn't matter where you add these arbitrary techniques... Are we sensing a pattern here?
    OXL
    "Metal is mostly placed in one of 4 different tunings; Drop D, Drop C, Drop B, or Drop A. " I sincerely disaggree with this statement. Most metal is played in standard tuning. Of course, when I say most metal, I mean MOST METAL if you know what I mean...
    theogonia777
    there are quite a few thing that are wrong here
    Metal is mostly placed in one of 4 different tunings; Drop D, Drop C, Drop B, or Drop A.
    no, i don't think so, most metal bands don't drop the low string a step, this is more metalcore, actually most of the bands listed are metalcore
    Drop D: - Disturbed - Bullet For My Valentine
    neither of these play in drop d, disturbed plays drop D flat i believe, and bfmv plays in d standard or drop c, plus unearth plays in standard on 7 strings as mentioned by joeythedrummer this lesson is clearly a metalcore/deathcore lesson, not metal. the the tapping part is not actually tapping, and in the part about playing riffs apart an octave, the notes on the g and f string are not an octave apart, and the tremolo picking section has no explanation.
    metalcore123
    WOW. this is EXACTLY why metal(core) today SUCKS ASS. All of the new stuff is written in this awful style. Every riff is a pedal note riff or a trem-picked riff.. You don't need to down-tune or drop-tune to write metal. Most of the best metal is in standard or Eb.
    HiromiBodom
    DeathCoreKing wrote: metal is riffs idiots
    And how do we combine riffs together to form a song? As stunt_metal said, in this article there is nothing relevant to songwriting, such as arrangement, song structure, or what scales and chord progressions to use, despite the title implies this. Showing us some riffs that use different techniques won't tell us 'How To Write Our Own Metal Song'. Misleading title.
    dementiacaptain
    i think that the writer based the tunings on how "heavy" the songs sounded. btw metalcore so is metal. i have held my tongue long enough, but if you listen to as i lay dying and trivium, you hear it. i hate whoever came up with idea of sub genreing all this music in the first place...
    cortes239
    Why is everyone on this site a dick? Fuckin idiots these days. If you don't like it quit bitching. That's the problem wit the world these days. BITCHING.
    Carl_Berg
    usually the lower you tune your guitar down, the heavier the song you create will be
    Epic Fail. Also, your list of metal bands is almost only comprised of metalcore bands, which, as we all know, is not metal. There is no such thing as a triple palm mute.
    I hope that this has helped you enhance your knowledge on how to create METAL.
    Not at all, this is everything but a guide on metal. Dio must be turning in his grave...
    KoGg3
    You pillock this is just core and nu. Don't just say "metal", as it infers that it actually be about good music. Also, plenty of bands play in standard tuning. E standard: Opeth, Cynic, Megadeth. Bb Standard: Slayer, Metallica, Judas Priest, old Dark Tranquility. D Standard: Death, Mastodon. Cb Standard: At The Gates, In Flames (old stuff at least).
    GPlayer1001
    the people on here need to get a life if u dont like the article thats fine, just tell the author what needs to be fixed and he will probly correct what he can. but cursing someone and getting all hateful about it wont solve anything
    Rckin2fame56
    mh1986 wrote: DeathCoreKing wrote: This is my first article and it was from the top of my head. I really didnt expect people to care if i missed a few things or if the bands i listed werent entirely of one tuning. NO BAND only uses one tuning unless it is always in E. I understand that alot of metal bands use all kinds of different tunings, but if u look at the majority, it's drop tuning. i can list 100's of metalcore bands (which by the way is NO DIFFERENT than metal) that uses drop tunings. idc if u think standard D is better than Drop D tuning. It really doesnt matter, cuz my lesson/column was based off of Drop tuning. If u dont like Drop tuning, maybe u should go read a different article. This wasnt exactly a "how to write an entire metal song" article. it was more of a tips and tricks to creating a metal song. i taught myself to play guitar so all i know are tabs and the stuff i figured out myself. if u wanted a big lecture on music theory and shit like that, theres a section called "music theory" for ya on this website. Everyone who wrote something to say i didnt know what i was doing, you have no life and need to **** off. If you wanna leave a helpful comment for the future articles i plan to write then thank you. This column was to start people off, not give them a step by step detailed how to write the perfect metal song. No offense but you really don't have the musical knowledge to be giving anyone advice on anything related to songwriting. I think you've misunderstood what metal is, most of the bands you mention are not what most would consider metal, but metalcore and that =crap. Three Days Grace and bands of that ilk are no more than alternative groups. Wanna talk metal, lets talk some Sabbath. You know the band that created the genre, you've heard of them yes? You realized that they are just about the heaviest band of all time, and guess what Tony Iommi used Standard E tuning on their first 2 records, songs like Iron Man and War Pigs for instance where in standard. Drop tuning does not = Heavier, thats one of the biggest misnomers out there. Metal isn't just riffs, btw. And power chords do not, I mean, do not sound good picking them upwards. Kinda goes against everything great Metal guitarists like Tony Iommi and James Hetfield do. And you titled your "article" if you can call it that "How To Write Your Own Metal Song" not how to come up with generic riffs in drop tuning. Please don't bother writing future articles until you put in some work on understanding how music works. Thanks for the effort but you just need to do some homework. Your attitude via responses on here kind of make you look like a major douchebag btw. Bone up on your pentatonic scales, your blues scales, and basic harmony and intervals. I taught myself how to play the guitar too, but I decided to take classes on music theory to take it to the next level. Look into it, trust me you'll see what everyone is talking about. Just trying to help. Ignorance is no excuse.
    Sabbath is not the heaviest band in history... i would say anthrax or stryper is plus sabbath sucks.. i dont care if they "created" metal or not in my opinion the first band to create REAL metal would be pantera
    Rckin2fame56
    guitarocker100 wrote: Dude, Unearth plays 7-string guitars... they're in standard tuning, not drop-b. Same with Trivium.
    Trivium uses 6 string and is in drop D
    DeathCoreKing
    or maybe i dont want someone saying im retarded for saying that alot of metal bands use drop tuning when they have no clue wtf they're talking about because they listen to fricken iron maiden and ozzy in which is totally irrevelant to the type of music discussed in this lesson. metal is the most complex type of music around with all kinds of different opinions and types. if you show me ONE good metal lesson that hasnt been disagreed with, ill take all this back.
    spelham23
    "Metal is mostly placed in one of 4 different tunings; Drop D, Drop C, Drop B, or Drop A." What a ****ing idiot. I'm sorry this is the stupidest thing I've ever read. There are a lot of bands that use Standard tuning and a lot of bands that use 1 step down and 2 steps down. If it sounds choppy it's most likely drop tuning. If it doesn't sound choppy then it's most likely Standard, 1 step down, or 2 steps down. Infernal War is 100 times better and more brutal then the band examples you gave. And guess what? Infernal War uses Standard tuning. You should do more research of better bands before you decide to write a "How to"
    AllShallPerish.
    Also, your list of metal bands is almost only comprised of metalcore bands, which, as we all know, is not metal
    Fuck you man, those bands are hardcore
    OXL
    DeathCoreKing wrote: okay everyone... most metal is in drop tuning. DUH some arent!
    Well, that's just not true, I'm not trying to be a dick here but I think if one says something that isn't true, it is only logical to point that out. If you look at metal from the late seventies untill now, you will find that most bands use regular tuning most of the time. A lot of bands tune down their guitars but not nessaceraly in a dropped tuning. I'm sure if I was to say that most Metalcore is played in standard tuning, you would correct me too.
    ahigs
    I thought most BFMV songs were in Open D tuning (down one step) or Drop C, not Drop D?
    Stuntaxe
    I love Drop D and Standard however... Generalizing metal as all Drop ( Insert ) is a very bad start I think. Standard tuning does produce very heavy sounds as well and just requires more amp fiddling etc. Tuning is not going to make a song but just using it for the sake of heavyness for the "Metal" label is a pretty serious mistake in creative pursuit. This artical is not about song writing so much as a picking lesson. Did ya get the title right? Lastly picking and alternate picking metal riffage takes massive massive MASSIVE amounts of time to truly master, anyone can alternate pick or crunch heavy riff's and get a good grip of it but truly there is alot more to it than most people think. Finding the tempo, getting a double in on a fill getting the pull off at the right moment. Lining up the math to the temp to the downstrokes and upstrokes... and SO on for infinite. I dunno, I have spent literally days at a time finding different crunch riff's. I will try and add a little tip: I try not to practice with a metronome ( I think metronomes are horrrrible ) but use a 4 or 8 count drum loop w/ snare, tom, kicker instead which helped me unlock a few secrets about where the pick should be moving at certain points of the beat in 8 or 16 counts. No artical is going to really push someone to become a master at it. It starts from within. Make no mistake. Lastly maybe re0title this tutorial to something like Metal Picking, its not got a thing about bridges, fill's chorus or any kind of structural reccomendations.
    BloodReverence
    Honestly, most of the metal bands I listen to now either play seven strings (Dream Theater, Nevermore, Trivium, Scar Symmetry, Divine Heresy etc.) or dropped STANDARD tunings (Arch Enemy, Pantera, Between the Buried and Me, Protest the Hero, etc). Not to mention, one of the heaviest riffs I've ever heard is from Opeth's "The Leper Affinity". The first riff that pops out onto the song is heavier than 90% of metal I hear these days and it's in E Standard.
    DeathCoreKing
    im obviously not into ur bands. i never listen to sabbath. and whoever said theyre the heaviest band needs to **** off, cuz they know nothing. drop tuning is most metalcore. u guys r probably just listening to different bands. so unless u know every song's tuning, stfu
    DethEagle666
    I don't get what the hell the problem is, this is a good, albeit simple, explanation for a fledgling metal band or artist. Sure, others have done it better, but hell Van Halen played guitar better than most. Also, most metal bands are in Drop "X" if their using 6 string guitars. I don't know to much about 7 string guitar tunning, mostly because my band uses 6 strings.
    radiovideo
    cortes239 wrote: Why is everyone on this site a dick? Fuckin idiots these days. If you don't like it quit bitching. That's the problem wit the world these days. BITCHING.
    This
    sheluvs
    wow i was dissopointed on this article i thought this was gonna be real metal i agree with stunt_metal T__T an three days grace are alternative rock no where near metal i think the only good band on that list was lamb of god well ur name was death core king i should of known that oviously this wasnt metal plz change ur title cuz ur gonna dissopoint and upset alot of ppl (please don't take this offensive i'm sure you play guitar well an i'm glad you enjoy your taste in music but the title has to change.)
    jmb_0
    Good tips man. Keep up the good work. Just because people's parents pay for some guitar lessons doesn't mean they're an expert or will ever be one. Self-taught is the way to be. Metal isn't about structure or scales.
    ZzyzxLuke
    Dude what the hell!? Slipknot songs are almost all drop B not drop A. Yes they have some in drop A but more than half are drop B.
    NextDimebagDarr
    DeathCoreKing wrote: Haha,shut up i dont care, i was just bored so i wrote this. and ive been playing for 4 years like 3 hours a day, im good skill-wise but know nothing about my instrument cuz i taught myself.
    You're still a moron. Skill means nothing without theory to back it up. I'm self taught as well and I researched theory. Your ignorance is pathetic. This is a very poorly written article and anyone who knows anything about music should not like this at all.
    krypticguitar87 wrote: DeathCoreKing : or maybe i dont want someone saying im retarded for saying that alot of metal bands use drop tuning when they have no clue wtf they're talking about because they listen to fricken iron maiden and ozzy in which is totally irrevelant to the type of music discussed in this lesson. metal is the most complex type of music around with all kinds of different opinions and types. if you show me ONE good metal lesson that hasnt been disagreed with, ill take all this back. Wow... I never thought I would hear anyone say that Maiden or Ozzy are irrelevent to Metal.... You know two of the bands that started it all...
    This makes your arguments invalid. Ozzy and Iron Maiden started metal along with Black Sabbath. Are you kidding me? You should have your membership to this site revoked.
    DeathCoreKing wrote: i can list 100's of metalcore bands (which by the way is NO DIFFERENT than metal).
    kid... metalcore is so easy to play. there are few metalcore bands i listen to. ABR is one. TDWP is the second. That's it. You're not a musician if you say that metalcore is no different from other forms of metal. You're awful at trolling if that was your intent.
    Ultraussie
    Nice try, but you've just given us some riffs and yeah. And saying metal can be divided into those tunings is wrong. Metal bands use both Drop and Standard base tunings, more alternate tunings are becoming common as well. Lower tunings don't make songs heavier. Okay. Earlier Metallica was in standard, PRETTY HEAVY. More heavy than a band like Atreyu for example who's in Drop C, they're sissie's compared to Metallica. Pyscroptic and Lamb of God in Drop D SO HEAVY YOU'LL FALL TO THE GROUND AND COLLAPSE. You don't need to be in Drop Zb to be Ultra-Brootal.
    ne14t
    If anything I would call this a "how-to" on writing music, not songs. There is nothing that even point to lyrics which is the fundamental of a song not the music otherwise it would just be a composition, see instrumental. I wouldnt agree too much with the people bitching about tuning, yeah older bands used standard tuning but it was also a new thing for them back then so I would imagine lower tuning wasnt even considered too much. Though tuning will not make your song "heavier" or more "brutal" just like distortion pedals its designed to hide flaws in playing. Which face it EVERYONE makes. I will contribute the creation of Heavy Metal to three bands, in the order of there contribution to the scene (this is my opinion) Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple. And yes it very much does break down into different sub-genre's and not all of them are that great. Like seriously glam metal...anyone that wears eyeliner and mascara is NOT metal. Grunge is classified as a sub-genre of metal and well I dont think bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam are really metal. So all metal is not the same, nor is all rock or blues. I am always happy to see someone pickup a guitar and learn to play, but it's really tragic when you don't take the time to dabble in all types of music. I myself play metal, rock and blues, I thrive on metal and rock but what most people dont understand is the original metal artist were influenced by blues musicians who were some of the first to make a guitar cry. My vote: Look into some music theory branch out try more styles and then come back and post more.
    krypticguitar87
    DeathCoreKing : or maybe i dont want someone saying im retarded for saying that alot of metal bands use drop tuning when they have no clue wtf they're talking about because they listen to fricken iron maiden and ozzy in which is totally irrevelant to the type of music discussed in this lesson. metal is the most complex type of music around with all kinds of different opinions and types. if you show me ONE good metal lesson that hasnt been disagreed with, ill take all this back.
    Wow... I never thought I would hear anyone say that Maiden or Ozzy are irrelevent to Metal.... You know two of the bands that started it all...
    DeathCoreKing
    and if u dont like my article then u shouldnt have read it, read the one that i just sent in and tell me if its better. it hasnt been accepted yet
    DeathCoreKing
    Haha,shut up i dont care, i was just bored so i wrote this. and ive been playing for 4 years like 3 hours a day, im good skill-wise but know nothing about my instrument cuz i taught myself.