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The Faceless Style

by Chowy Fernandez

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  • Hi GMC friends!

    I hope you're practising because some very sick exercises for the right hand are coming soon!
    These riffs will get your hands on fire!

    This lesson is a tune in the style of the death/progressive metal band called "The faceless". The riff in this lesson is divided into 3 main parts.

    Part A
    This is the main riff, composed on the E minor and G diminished scales. You'll need to use your
    memory to remember the phrasings and a lot ot left-hand opening for a correct fingering.
    It will let you increase your scale visualization level. Regarding the tempo, it's just the good
    old 4/4.

    Part B
    A long bridge which is in time signature (4/4, 5/4, 4/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4). This part is purely
    rhythmical. If you're playing with other musicians, it's basic to maintain a tight coordination
    with them in this part.

    Part C
    This could work as a chorus. It has a dark feeling and the tempo is 6/4.

    Practise this at a really slow speed, especially Part B. You must keep concentrated and avoid
    losing your way, that's why i recommend to play it so slow at first. As it always happens, the
    secret is to get used to the movements very gradually while you increasingly learn how to feel
    the tempo, which is very important in this style as it highlights the whole thing all the way.
    If you interrupt the flow of your playing everything collapses. So work hard and and you'll
    nail it, folks!

    This riff is great for those interested in progressive-death sounds, where a riff from the first
    round goes down to earth and then soars to the sky. Without changing the tempo, you can turn
    everything upside down by just elliminating or adding notes.

    In this lesson we're also combining rhythmical elements which are very useful to practise
    right-hand control in time signatures with dark harmonies generated, in this case, by the flat 9 and the G diminished
    scales.

    Please DO ask me anything you need to know about this and any other of my lessons!

    I hope you rock to death with this and the rest of my lessons and that my explanations are useful ,

    Enjoy it!

    C-ya next time!



    Tuning :

    guitar tuned one step down

    from 6th string to 1st these are the notes:

    D G C F A D

    It´s a lower tuning, for heavier sounds, special for this kind of music with heavy riffs.


    KEY:

    E MINOR


    Chords:

    E MINOR
    G DIMINISHED

    Techniques:

    RIFFING
    STRING SKIPPING
    PALM MUTE
    PICKING
    LEGATO
    NATURAL HARMONICS
    STRETCH NOTES
    TIME SIGNATURE

    Scales:

    E MINOR SCALE


    G DIMINISHED SCALE WITH THE E MINOR BLUE NOTE

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