Monday, 3 August 2015

Heavy Metal Rhythm Guitars with Standard Tuning

Well it's an old lesson written in 2006 for a friend.  Its for all the guitar players beginning to learn heavy metal:



Power chord Heavy Metal Style of playing guitar requires both left hand and right hand synchronization. Combination of lower E string open note with palm muting and power chords produce interesting sounds.

Heavy Metal Rhythm Guitars with standard tuning:

Standard guitar tuning is shown below:

E (Upper or Higher E String)
B
G
D
A
E (Lower E String, Thickest String)

Practice one:

Guitar Tab:

PM = Palm Mute

This riff has total 9 patterns. Number of patterns are written in red below the tablature.

E---------------------------------
B---------------------------------
G---------------------------------
D---------------------------------
A--------2-----------7-----------3
E--0--0--0-----0--0--0-----0--0--1
  PM PM       PM PM       PM PM
   1  2  3     4  5  6     7  8  9

Before playing anything place your left hand index finger on the second fret of the second string. Make sure your index finger tip is not touching lower E string. Now start playing this pattern slowly. Play two open patterns of your lower E string i.e. 1, 2 with down stroke and palm muting. After playing first two notes play third pattern i.e. a power chord. A power chord is a combination of different notes. For playing this pattern strike the lower E and A strings simultaneously with a down stroke. Remember don’t mute strings with your palm. Raise your palm when playing this 3rd pattern.

Before playing 4, 5 and 6 patterns move your index finger to the seventh fret of the 2nd string. Follow same procedure for playing 4, 5 and 6 patterns as described for 1, 2 and 3.

Pattern 6 is not exactly a power chord, but it produces a raw sound as power chord.


Before playing 7, 8 and 9 number patterns, shift your left hand to the first fret of the guitar. Play two open notes 7 and 8. For playing 9th pattern place your left hand index finger on the first fret of the lower E string and ring finger on third fret of the 2nd string as shown below.




Strike 9th pattern simultaneously. 

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