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GMC Forum _ Student Instructor Lessons _ Zen Metal Riffing 101 - Techniques, Theory, Habits And Execution

Posted by: zen Mar 27 2010, 09:26 AM

Hey Guys !!

Welcome to my First Student Instructor Lesson Series. This is a complete bundle of a series I planned .. all packed in 1 huge lesson.

Name - Zen
Location - Melbourne, Australia
Playing Style - Metal
Playing Since - It's complicated.
Fav Guitarists - Too many to name but Marty Friedman never left my top 5 list.
Likes - MMA (Mixed martial arts) UFC PrideFC (rip), Staying quiet, Reading, hitting punching bags n mitts, Singing, Watching Space doco's, Food, Coffee, Standup Comedy.

Lesson Details

Name - Zen Metal Riffing 101
Difficulty Level - 4 or 5
This is primarily a right hand workout so learning the notes will be easy but playing clealy and at speed will be the key.
I've packed a lot of information, so hopefully everyone can take somethin out of it.
Most importantly, have fun with it and play it LOUD smile.gif
Standard E Tuning is used.

Overview of Vids

- Want to learn just the lesson riffs? - Refer to video 1 - 4
- Want to study technique? - Videos 5 - 8 (spoken)
- Want to know the approach to learn? - Video 9 (spoken)
- Theory freak? - Video 10 (spoken)

For the ease of navigation and cleanliness, I dont want to fill up this page with tabs, so please refer to the attached guitar pro file & txt file at the bottom of this post.
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Video 1 - Main Video

Video 2 - Breakdown Slow - Intro Section

Video 3 - Breakdown Slow - Middle Section

Video 4 - Breakdown Slow - End Section

Video 5 - Picking Analysis (Spoken)

Video 6 - Picking Hand Pressure (Spoken)

Video 7 - Picking & Developing Speed (Spoken)

Video 8 - Phrasing (Spoken)

Video 9 - How to Practice (Spoken)

Video 10 - Theory (Spoken)

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PLease visit my youtube channel (in my signature) to watch these vids in HD. I've added the playlist in it too.

Backing Tracks

 Zen_metal_riffing_170.mp3 ( 3.5MB ) : 305

 Zen_metal_riffing_150.mp3 ( 3.94MB ) : 259

 Zen_metal_riffing_120.mp3 ( 4.91MB ) : 261


 Zen_Metal_Riffing.gp5 ( 8.67K ) : 224

 zen_metal_riffing.txt ( 14.02K ) : 229

Final Thoughts

Considering the global nature of this outstanding community, I've tried to speak as slowly and clearly as possible.
I hope that doesnt put a lot of people to sleep laugh.gif
I have bluntly disclosed my bad playing habits along the way, so those starting out new can keep an eye out for them.

This was an excellent learning curve for me and I learned a lot along the way.
I respect the instructors more now since I have experienced what goes on behind the scenes in making a lesson.
I just wanted to show that you dont have to be at an advanced level to teach and share information with others.
The more you share, the more you learn. It's that simple. And the more you share unconditionally, the better person you become.

Please let me know if you find any of the info in this lesson incorrect, so I can correct it immediately.

Please also give me feedback on my teaching style and how to improve it further as this is my first attempt at this smile.gif

MANY Thanks to Pedja Simovic, Oystein Sollesnes, Daniel Realpe, Ramiro Delforte, Ben, Jafo, Chris Evans who have all been more than helpful and supported me in this little project of mine by answering all my queries and doubts. And a big shout out to the CHATROOM GANG !! biggrin.gif

Dont hesitate to message me either here or on youtube if you need any help.

AND PLEASE POST YOUR TAKES !! All this effort will goto waste if noone learns it .. So, SHOW ME THE METALHEAD IN YOU !! \m/

Posted by: Bogdan Radovic Mar 27 2010, 11:15 PM

Wow this is very well done lesson Zen! smile.gif Great job! smile.gif

Posted by: Fran Mar 27 2010, 11:31 PM

Wow Zen, I can tell you've put a lot of effort into this one, amazing smile.gif

I'm adding this to our knowledge base SI portal tomorrow! cool.gif

Edit: added!

Posted by: Caelumamittendum Mar 27 2010, 11:47 PM

Great lesson, Zen. Lots of work put into this, I know from speaking to you on the chat.

I liked it, though this music doesn't really speak to me in the same way any more, but I'm sure it's appreciated by a lot of people smile.gif

Keep up the good work, Zen, keep doing these lessons and I'm sure it'll be rewarded some time.

Posted by: jstcrsn Mar 27 2010, 11:56 PM

very nice
I really like your distortion
Quick question about your guitar ?How do you like it
this is one of the few guitars i can get left handed , but i have to order and never get to play it off the shelf

Posted by: Daniel Realpe Mar 28 2010, 12:18 AM

This is really great! thanks for taking the time and effort to put this together

Posted by: Sollesnes Mar 28 2010, 12:36 AM

Amazing lesson, great work! I know worked like a horse on this one smile.gif

Posted by: coffeeman Mar 28 2010, 01:46 AM

What an amazing lesson, thanks for sharing man!

Posted by: Pedja Simovic Mar 28 2010, 01:47 AM

Fantastic work my friend, I am very proud to have you as my student smile.gif Really well done, perfectly explained and lay out is simply awesome. Keep up the good work Zen!

Posted by: Alexiaden93 Mar 28 2010, 01:49 AM

Very complete lesson, Zen ! Videos are perfectly made and very instructional. I especially loved the theory video ! wink.gif I must also compliment your awesome composition and great playing smile.gif

I look forward to watching your other lessons, if you want to keep sharing your knowledge and metal spirit wink.gif

Posted by: NoSkill Mar 28 2010, 02:37 AM

\m/ Way to go Chetan! \m/

Posted by: maharzan Mar 28 2010, 03:20 AM

This is a killer lesson zen. You are a real metal head. Awesome job!

Posted by: zen Mar 28 2010, 04:39 AM

Thanks Guys, I'm so glad you liked this. smile.gif ..
I've done nothing but work on this for the past 10 days or so .. Now i can get back to my practice schedule tongue.gif

I'm from the 'open source' school of thought, so will continue to add whatever I learn to this board.

@jstcrsn - I personally LOVE Schecters as they fit well in my hands but I would still not advice you to buy one without playing it first.

Posted by: Darknodar123 Mar 28 2010, 08:51 AM

Great SI lesson zen!!

Im not much into metal but I will definitely try this one even if it is out of my league tongue.gif

Cool picking analysis btw (Video 5) biggrin.gif

Posted by: zen Mar 28 2010, 08:59 AM

QUOTE (Darknodar123 @ Mar 28 2010, 06:51 PM) *
Great SI lesson zen!!

Im not much into metal but I will definitely try this one even if it is out of my league tongue.gif

Cool picking analysis btw (Video 5) biggrin.gif

Thanks smile.gif
Try the "how to practice" video .. I've gone through the topic of how to make it more easy or difficult, depending on your skill level.

Posted by: Marek Rojewski Mar 28 2010, 09:27 AM

Some titanic job man! And the theory videos are also quite helpful:) Many thanks.

Posted by: Gitarrero Mar 28 2010, 11:03 AM

Great lesson and a cool shirt!

Posted by: Mr T Mar 28 2010, 11:47 AM

Nice work zen, this really breaks it down smile.gif

Posted by: Marcus Siepen Mar 28 2010, 06:17 PM

Killer job, you came up with a really good lesson!

Posted by: Crazy_Diamond Mar 28 2010, 06:29 PM

This one os a great lesson Zen I specially like the theory part it was really clear...

Posted by: kaznie_NL Mar 28 2010, 09:48 PM

very inspiring dude, me loves it wink.gif This proves your a notch better then me tongue.gif very cool riffs and I really like your explanations! The thing with the paper works very good! For me it wasn't anything new, but that's just fine, for a lot of people it will be new information!

Posted by: Ivan Milenkovic Mar 28 2010, 11:59 PM

Wow man, this is for sure a great lesson! Great job! smile.gif

Posted by: Azzaboi Mar 29 2010, 01:31 AM

Great picking techniques help!

Posted by: kaznie_NL Apr 2 2010, 08:36 PM

Lost he rhythm at the end, but just to make you happy tongue.gif

 HEAVY_METAL.mp3 ( 192.9K ) : 151

Posted by: skennington Apr 2 2010, 09:18 PM

Extremely well done man! cool.gif

Posted by: zen Apr 2 2010, 11:36 PM

Thank you guyz !! smile.gif

@KAzMan - Yes dude, you made me really happy . Thanks for giving it a go tongue.gif .. Nicely played smile.gif

Posted by: Karl-ss Apr 12 2010, 11:58 AM

HEY! I love Locrian! Awesome lesson by the way

Posted by: zen Apr 13 2010, 12:09 PM

QUOTE (Karl-ss @ Apr 12 2010, 08:58 PM) *
HEY! I love Locrian! Awesome lesson by the way

I knew someone would say that .. laugh.gif ... Works well with Death Metal eh wink.gif

Cheers Karl ! \m/

Posted by: Praetorian Jun 29 2010, 03:09 PM

Awesome! 5 stars from me!!

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