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Offline BCDC

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Advice on Next Steps – Learn How to Play Metal
« on: January 22, 2020, 03:31:25 pm »
After completing the Beginners Course and Intermediate Foundation course, I have been a little lost regarding my next steps. I started the Blues Lead and Blues Rhythm Intermediate modules, but they didn’t really excite me or motivate me (but I can see how some of this would be helpful for my new goal).

After 6 months of dabbling around, I finally figured out what I want to do next – Learn How to Play Metal! In particular, old-school Metallica songs from the 80s and 90s (e.g., One, Enter Sandman, Sad But True, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ride the Lightening, Seek and Destroy, etc) - but certainly not limited to this.

I have searched online for a single decent course (similar to Justin’s teaching format) but I cannot find anything. Does anyone have any recommendations?   

In the absence of a great course, I have taken bits and pieces from different websites and developed my own ‘course’ moving forward. In brief, I am currently learning how to (a) palm mute effectively, (b) alternate picking fast!, (c) galloping techniques, (d) hammer-ons/pull-offs, and (e) basic lead guitar.

I am doing this by either (1) using a metronome to develop speed (e.g., alternate picking, galloping) or by (2) learning songs that use these techniques (e.g., One [basic lead guitar], Enter Sandman [palm muting], Sad But True [hammer-ons/pull-offs], etc).

At present, I love what I am doing and am highly motivated. Does anyone have any advice on other *KEY* techniques I should be learning to help play Metal? I would also be interested to hear what approach other people on this forum might have taken to learn how to play metal (for the few that do).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Advice on Next Steps – Learn How to Play Metal
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2020, 04:59:19 pm »
I think you’ve got a pretty good plan there. Go for it!

I just want to add that often in metal, and ‘Tallica in particular, rhythm is played with downstrokes only.
Which also takes practice.

Other than that I agree with learning through songs (or just parts of songs)

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Re: Advice on Next Steps – Learn How to Play Metal
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2020, 10:40:59 pm »
I wouldnt give up on the blues lead, I found it quite good and it has helped me greatly with playing bends in a lick, switching between rhythm and licks and just generally helping me move around the fretboard better with the minor pentatonic and the different shapes.

Speed is the main issue holding me back with metal songs and that is going to take quite some time to fix.

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Re: Advice on Next Steps – Learn How to Play Metal
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2020, 11:30:56 pm »
I think you’ve got a pretty good plan there. Go for it!

I just want to add that often in metal, and ‘Tallica in particular, rhythm is played with downstrokes only.
Which also takes practice.

Other than that I agree with learning through songs (or just parts of songs)

Appreciate your reply Kasper and the endorsement of my next steps. Your recent rendition of Ride the Lightening made me jealous as hell!!!  Well done mate!! Impressive!


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Re: Advice on Next Steps – Learn How to Play Metal
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2020, 11:35:39 pm »
I wouldnt give up on the blues lead, I found it quite good and it has helped me greatly with playing bends in a lick, switching between rhythm and licks and just generally helping me move around the fretboard better with the minor pentatonic and the different shapes.

Speed is the main issue holding me back with metal songs and that is going to take quite some time to fix.

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Appreciate the reply Jono.  I agree.  I can definitely see how the blues lead is very relevant. I will do it, but am having so much fun with my approach right now. Speed!! Holy smokes!! Once you try learning this stuff, it really makes you appreciate how fast these guys play!


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Re: Advice on Next Steps – Learn How to Play Metal
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2020, 12:22:26 am »
Troy Stetina has some video/books on metal rhythm and lead.

http://www.stetina.com/lessons.html

Here is an example





Someone playing metal licks from Troy's lessons.



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Re: Advice on Next Steps – Learn How to Play Metal
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2020, 08:02:37 pm »
Hello friend. The obvious answer if you want to play metal is to listen to a lot of metal songs and try and replicate the sound. You can break a song in smaller exercise parts.

Some of the techniques Justin is showing like classic rock licks are good for the picking hand and the minimum movement exercise is good for building speed with the fretting hand.

Now if you want a full metal course, try Jamplay.com. They have a lot of courses about metal technique, sounds, scales, time signatures and some of the teachers are also amazing guitar players. Check out Andy James on youtube just for a taste.

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Re: Advice on Next Steps – Learn How to Play Metal
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2020, 02:39:13 am »
Yep, get on youtube and grab some lessons and start to dial in your metal tone. I think getting to know your power chords would be pretty important as well.

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Re: Advice on Next Steps – Learn How to Play Metal
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2020, 01:48:14 pm »
Troy Stetina has some video/books on metal rhythm and lead.

http://www.stetina.com/lessons.html

I bought two of his metal books a long time ago - they still came with demo cassette tapes back then  ;-)
I did put the books away after I had learned a few nice licks because at that time they were way beyond my level. This video really makes me want to dust them off and revisit them :-)

 

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