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Most Recent Metal Tutorials
Beyond Power Chords
In these lessons I will leave standard power chords behind and show you four types of chords that are just as useful, that you may not have seen before. In the first two examples,...
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Metal Lead: Get Started
In the following 12 lessons, I will show you an example solo, packed with useful ideas that you can adapt and use in your own playing.
Metal Rhythm Workout III
In these 15 lessons, we will further build on what we learned in the two previous tutorials. Be aware, this tutorial features riffs that require a lot more from your fretting hand!
Metal Rhythm Workout II
In this tutorial, just like the one before, I will start with the simplest examples, gradually increasing the difficulty level. At the end, let's mix it up and create some real...
Metal Rhythm Workout
A solid rhythm guitar is key to any song, and this tutorial will give you 9 very good exercises to develop your metal rhythm playing. We will play four 8th note rhythms, and then...
Essential Shred Licks II
Just like the first tutorial in this series, this one is packed with really good examples of patterns and techniques used by some of the fastest players in the world. We will...
Metal for Beginners II
In this ten lesson tutorial, we'll expand on what we learned in Metal for Beginners I. Here I will recap the first tutorial in this series, then I'll talk about alternate picking...
Essential Shred Licks
In the following seven lessons I will show you some of the most common patterns used in the shred guitar style. There's the diatonic scalar approach, a few pentatonic patterns and...
First I will explain to you what CAD tuning is, and why it can be useful. After that I will teach you a short little metal song I wrote just for this tutorial. At the end of the...
An Introduction to Drop C Tuning
In this tutorial, we'll introduce you to drop C tuning. This tuning is used by many metal artists, as it is a full two whole steps down from the standard tuning and gives a...
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Iron Maiden Style
This tutorial will teach you some of the elements of the Iron Maiden style. Instructor Mike Olekshy examines their use of rhythms, their single note lines, their "two guitar...
Megadeth Style Artist Study
This Megadeth artist study takes a look at some of the elements in the style of Marty Friedman, the band's guitar player from 1990-2000. We'll look at some of the dark modes, the...
Metal for Beginners I
If you haven't been playing the guitar for very long, the thought of getting into metal might seem overwhelming. But you can come a long way by learning the basics, which is what...
Randy Rhoads Style Artist Study
In this artist study, we take a tour through some of the elements of the late, great Randy Rhoads style of lead playing. Some of the tricks we'll look at are using the on/off...
George Lynch Style Artist Study
George Lynch has been called one of the most influential guitarists of his time. In this artist study we're going to look at some of the elements of his style: solo motifs, slide...
The Evolution of Metal Rhythm Guitar
This style tutorial takes a look at seven styles of metal, and how the rhythm guitar approaches those styles using example riffs: Sabbath, Thrash, Drop-D tuning ala Pantera, Hair,...
Mondo E-String Death Chunk
We will be using some of the rhythms from a tune that I wrote for my old band back in the late 80's. The rhythm parts were pretty heavily modeled after some of my favorite tunes...
Playing Rhythm Like The Masters: Metal
In The Style of Zakk Wylde
Over the years, Zakk Wylde's style established him as one of metal's pre-eminent guitarists. He's mainly a blues-based pentatonic shredder, and in these six lessons we'll show...
Three Note Per String Shred Licks
This tutorial was essentially inspired by many of the great shredders over the years, who have employed these licks so effectively. The overall purpose of it will be to learn how...
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Metal/Rock Tapping: Beginner to Advanced
This tutorial will hopefully serve as a basic tapping primer course, that will take the player through a wide range of tapping techniques, ranging from the most basic building...
Melodic Ideas To Use Over Metal Progressions
In this tutorial you'll find some examples of melodic metal soloing played over simple metal/rock progressions to give you ideas for your own solo compositions!
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