Prashant: Metal Artist Studies

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Prashant Aswani
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 vibrato, resolving licks, pick tapping, and tone.

Published: 04/15/2010 Upgrade
Prashant Aswani
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 rhythms and riffs, the "Marty Friedman bend", and some solo ideas. We'll top it all off with a play along to a custom backing track, so you can experiment with these concepts!

Published: 08/17/2010 Upgrade
Prashant Aswani
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 toggle switch, neck-bending, trills, diatonic triplets, and pentatonic licks. Jam along with the backing track in the final lesson!

Published: 05/17/2010 Upgrade

Ben: Metal Rhythm and Riffs

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Ben Lindholm
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 this tutorial is all about! I'll get you started on power chords and palm muting, scales, and getting an evil sound, all with examples.

Published: 07/08/2010 Upgrade
Ben Lindholm
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 and give examples, quick switching between palm muting and not muting, look at hammer-ons and pull-offs (it's hammertime!), metal with a clean sound, and an epic intro!

Published: 02/21/2011 Upgrade
Ben Lindholm
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 move up in difficulty as we switch to 16th note rhythms at the same tempo. Your picking hand will have to work hard here!

Published: 04/29/2011 Upgrade
Ben Lindholm
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 life music.

Published: 06/23/2011 Upgrade
Ben Lindholm
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!

Published: 09/28/2011 Upgrade
Ben Lindholm
CAD Tuning

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 tutorial, as a bonus, I will also show you how you can take this tuning one step further, and tune to CADGCEb.

Published: 11/08/2010 Upgrade

Ben: Lick Collections

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Ben Lindholm
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 the classically inspired pedal notes.

Published: 02/10/2011 Upgrade
Ben Lindholm
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 cover tapping, legato, and alternate picking.

Published: 04/20/2011 Upgrade

Ben: Focus on Lead Playing

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Ben Lindholm
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.

Published: 10/20/2011 Upgrade
Ben Lindholm
GT Channel: Metal with Ben

The lessons in this tutorial are mostly geared towards hard rock, metal and shredding. But I'm sure novice players can pick up a thing or two too.

Published: 12/23/2011 Upgrade
Ben Lindholm
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!

Published: 06/23/2008 Upgrade

Dave: Artist Studies

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Dave Celentano
Megadeth Artist Study

Megadeth's legendary sound is built on the foundation of Dave Mustaine's rhythm riffing and various lead guitar players that have worked with the band. Combined they were the completely over the top metal sound of Megadeth tunes! These playing styles were firmly grounding in the early hard rock of the late 60s & 70s like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath & the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Megadeth brought those heavy riffing traditions to the present and expanded on them into the future!

Published: 12/29/2018 Upgrade
Dave Celentano
Randy Rhoads Artist Study

Rhoads was most famous for his role as guitarist with Ozzy Osbourne after Ozzy left Black Sabbath to start a solo career. Ozzy's first two solo albums were immediately metal classics largely due to the larger than life playing and sound of the young guitarist trying to make a name for himself. Rhoads's playing was influenced by earlier hard rock and metal players of the 60s and 70s, but he added a layer of complexity and neo-classical influence that was totally his own and very innovative.

Published: 10/15/2018 Upgrade

Metal Topics

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Andrew Szucs
Playing Rhythm Like The Masters: Metal

A look at the rhythm stylings of three metal masters.

Published: 03/19/2009 Upgrade
Hanspeter Kruesi

Here you learn some essentials off metal guitar. Such as playing with phrygian and phrygian nat. 3 scales, tremolo picking, sound motion with wah wah and some cool licks in these exotic scales.

Published: 01/17/2012 Upgrade
Mike Olekshy
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 attack", some of the types of progressions they use, and how they achieve their tone. You can play along with a Maiden-esque backing track to top it all off!

Published: 09/27/2010 Upgrade
Don Madison
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 to cover the entire range of the neck of the guitar using 3 note per string-Shred/Speed style licks. All the licks in this set of lessons will be based in the A Aeolian Mode (A Natural Minor scale). The tutorial is labeled as an "Advanced" level group of lessons...But honestly if you slow them down and take your time & practice them carefully, they should work well for building the technique of nearly any level player. Much like my "Basic Tapping" tutorial...I will be constantly working to add new lessons to this group.

Published: 10/26/2008 Upgrade
Lee Wanner
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, Death, the "Gallop", and 7-string.

Published: 04/15/2010 Upgrade
Billy Connally
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 powerful, deep sound to your guitar. We'll look at how to tune this way, some chords and shapes you can use, and play an example progression.

Published: 10/06/2010 Upgrade
Ry Kihn
Metallica Style Artist Study

In these nine guitar lessons, Ry Kihn will tune you in to some of the elements of the Metallica style. Ry will give an overview to the metal band's approach, then get into the gear and tones. Next up is using palm muting and power chords in a riff, then some galloping rhythm examples. You'll then learn some scales and patterns to apply to your "Metallica" style soloing.

Published: 12/08/2011 Upgrade
Ben Lindholm
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, I will take you through inversions. After that we'll take a look at using thirds, and last but not least, the progressive metal power chord.

Published: 11/04/2011 Upgrade
Neal Walter
GT Channel: Metal with Neal

Guitar Tricks Channel host Neal Walter loves metal guitar and the sonic intersection point between metal and classic rock. In these lessons Neal will teach you some of his favorite topics from 80s metal to more modern drop D sounds.

Published: 03/20/2014 Upgrade
Anders Mouridsen
Heavy Metal

This style of music was pioneered by bands like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and many others and became known as "heavy metal". Today this legacy is carried on by bands like Pantera, Metallica, and many more. In this tutorial we're going to break down and play through a practice tune that incorporates some of the many signature elements of this sound, so let's get started!

Published: 12/04/2013 Upgrade