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Heavy Metal Rhythm Guitar Techniques

				

This lesson is focused on 2 of the most important
guitar techniques used for playing heavy metal
rhythm guitar. Common technique #1 is identified
as the "palm mute' technique. To perform this
technique, beging by laying the palm of the pick-
hand on the large E string so that it "deadens" the
sound of the string as you play. This will add a more
"controlled" sound. Distortion may be applied to
obtain the best overall sound. A good warm up exercise
is to begin with all downstrokes as shown in example
#1 below.

Symbols: d=downstroke / u=upstroke

  Example #1
   mute................................    etc...
    d d d d  d d d d   d d d     d d d d
e :-------------------------------------------------|
B :-------------------------------------------------|
G :-------------------------------------------------|
D :-------------------------------------------------|
A :-------------------------------------------------|
E :-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-----------|

Example #2
Aside from the "muting" technique, the next most
common technique to be added is alternate picking,
which means alternating from downstrokes to upstrokes.
It's best to "choke up" on the guitar pick, meaning
that it's best to try to use the tip of the pick
to avoid sloppy and uncontrollable picking motions.
When applying these techniques, it will provide
what many players identify as the classic "machine
gun" sound effect that is common among bands like
Metallica, Megadeth, Sepultura and others alike.

  Example #2
   mute............................................
    d u d u d u d u d u d u d u d u d u d u d u d...
e :-------------------------------------------------|
B :-------------------------------------------------|
G :-------------------------------------------------|
D :-------------------------------------------------|
A :-------------------------------------------------|
E :-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|

  Example #3
  This example has a "broken" intro, meaning that
  the beginning note begins with a downstroke, which
  is followed by the "alternate picking" method. 
  This will provide what may identify as the classic
  "locomotive" sound.

   Example #3
   muted...................................
   d    d u d u    d   d u d u   d  d u d u
e :-------------------------------------------------|
B :-------------------------------------------------|
G :-------------------------------------------------|
D :-------------------------------------------------|
A :-------------------------------------------------|
E :-0----0-0-0-0----0---0-0-0-0---0--0-0-0-0--------|

    d  d u d u
e :-------------------------------------------------|
B :-------------------------------------------------|
G :-------------------------------------------------|
D :-------------------------------------------------|
A :-------------------------------------------------|
E :-0---0-0-0-0-------------------------------------|



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