Riff Magic: Natural Harmonics, using natural harmonics in heavy metal rhytm figures
Vic_Black
May 5 2008, 01:32 PM
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My name is Victor Knyrko, i'm from Estonia and i'm seventeen years old. I've been playing guitar for a while which is two years by now and my absolute #1 guitar player is Dimebag Darrell. Another major influences are Tony Iommy from Black Sabath and Kirk Hammett from Metallica. I play in numerous local bands as a session guitarist.

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In this lesson i'm going to uncover the possibility of using natural harmonics in heavy metal riffs in order to add some variety in the melody and to give it another feeling.

Heres is the main audio track which i called "Riff Magic" smile.gif

Attached File  riff_magic_NH.mp3 ( 1.13MB ) Number of downloads: 746



Fairly simple isn't it ? wink.gif However almost all kinds of rhytm guitar techniques are involved here.

Now let's break this composition into 4 parts which represent four different riffs used in it.

(NB! '*' - is a natural harmonic note)

RIFF 1

e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-9---------------------7---------------------5--------------------------------------------|
A|-9--*--*-*-*--*--*-----7--*--*-*-*--*--*-----5--*--*-*-*--*--*-----4----------------------|
E|-7--7--7-7-7--7--7--0--5--5--5-5-5--5--5--0--3--3--3-3-3--3--3--0--2--0--2--3--5--3--2--0-|


So basically this one is based on a power chord progression going down. Natural harmonics are played using alternate picking.

SLOW VERSION (100bpm) Attached File  1st_riff_slow_100bpm_.mp3 ( 226.84K ) Number of downloads: 402


RIFF 2

e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------|
A|-2--------------*-----*-----*---2---|
E|-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-5-0-0-3-0-0-2-0-0---|


In this riff you need a constant down-picking technique and always remember to remove your picking hand from the bridge when you're playing natural harmonics so they sound fuller. Open notes are player using palm muting.

SLOW VERSION (100bpm) Attached File  2nd_riff_slow_100bpm_.mp3 ( 227.25K ) Number of downloads: 334


RIFF 3

e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------|
A|-2----*-----------4/5---5/7---7/5--2-|
E|-0--0-4--0--0-0-0-2/3-0-3/5-0-5/3--0-|


That one involves chord slides which is a common rhythm guitar technique too.

SLOW VERSION (100bpm) Attached File  3d_riff_slow.mp3 ( 227.25K ) Number of downloads: 344


RIFF 4

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-2------5/7---7/8---8/7-5/7-7--2------5/7---7/8---8/7-*-*-*-----2--|
E|-0--0-0-3/5-0-5/6-0-6/5-3/5-5--0--0-0-3/5-0-5/6-0-6/5-4-4-4-0-0-0--|


Nothing special here. The same as previous ones wink.gif

SLOW VERSION (100bpm) Attached File  4th_riff.mp3 ( 372.55K ) Number of downloads: 329


BACKING TRACK (FULL SPEED - 175bpm) Attached File  backing_track_175bpm.mp3 ( 1.13MB ) Number of downloads: 398

BACKING TRACK (SLOW - 125bpm) Attached File  backing_track_slow_125bpm.mp3 ( 3.17MB ) Number of downloads: 345



So basically what we you have to know is that natural harmonics are on 12th,7th,5th,3d and 2th frets. Though you must turn your GAIN control to almost maximum to hear harmonics on third and second frets. Incorporating natural harmonics in rhythm figures is very effective when you search for some variety wink.gif

For more inspiration i recommend you to listen to such tracks as:

Pantera - Heresy
Megdeth - Tornado Of Souls

Check out the riffs wink.gif

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Good Luck and LET THE PRACTICE BEGIN! wink.gif

All the best, Vic

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This post has been edited by Vic_Black: May 6 2008, 02:38 PM

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Vinod Saranga
May 6 2008, 02:50 PM
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Good job
Cool riffs
nice backing track smile.gif

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Thank you very much guys!

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I like it!
Never used this approach for riffs, got to try it out ohmy.gif

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QUOTE (Mark. @ May 7 2008, 01:23 PM) *
I like it!
Never used this approach for riffs, got to try it out ohmy.gif

Yeah, go ahead wink.gif I'm glad you liked it! Thx! smile.gif

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sounds really good smile.gif keep up the rocking work

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nicely done Victor .keep going

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Thanks smile.gif Btw the next lesson's going to be a "In the Style Of Motörhead"!

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Cool lesson Victor ! Good topic choice! smile.gif

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