Accept: German Metal Pioneers

by Gabriel Leopardi

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    THE PROFESSOR In this monster metal lesson by Gabriel, you are learning how sometimes something as simple as a minor scale, or minor tonality, can go a long way to creating a heavy sound when combined with solid tone and thrashing rhythms. 

    To make sure you’re ready to rip into this Accept style, with single notes or chords, make sure to be fluent in both the Natural Minor Scale for Guitar as well as the Minor Pentatonic Scale for Guitar, as both are essential for developing this style of playing in the practice room. 

    Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my lesson covering a German Metal band that has been close to becoming a part of my 40 Power Metal bands in 1 song tune. Why? Because they composed some Power Metal songs and have influenced all those amazing German Power Metal bands. They formed in 1968 and their original members were assembled by former vocalist Udo Dirkschneider, guitarist Wolf Hoffmann and bassist Peter Baltes.

    Music Style:
    Their style is classic Heavy Metal but they also have some songs that are closer to Power Metal and Speed Metal. In this tune I composed a song that starts sounding like their faster side, then goes to their more classic heavy metal side. Some of the songs that influenced this one are Balls to the wall, Restless and wild and Teutonic Terror.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    This tune is in E minor, as most of their songs but modulates to Am in the verse. Their riffs are usually built with single string ideas combined with power chords. Both the riffs and rhythms have been composed using notes from the minor scale.

    Techniques:
    This is mostly a rhythm guitar lesson and the techniques used are alternate picking, palm muting and only down strokes.

    Sound:
    The sound of this tune is once again pure metal! I used my Pod HD500 to build a guitar sound that finally really impressed me. I didn’t know that my Gibson could sound as metal as this lesson. I used the ENGL Fireball emulation with a 4x12 ENGL cabinet.

    Click HERE to download my POD HD500 Patch.

    Tuning:
    Standard 440

    Tempo:
    100 BPM

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