Avenged Sevenfold

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my new lesson based in the style of Avenged Sevenfold!

    I have composed this track live in one of my Vchat sessions and now I decided to cover it as a lesson to let you learn each part perfectly.

    “Avenged Sevenfold (often abbreviated A7X) is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Beach, California. Formed in 1999, the group consists of M. Shadows (vocalist), Synyster Gates (lead guitarist), Zacky Vengeance (rhythm guitarist), and Johnny Christ (bassist).” - Wikipedia

    Music Style:

    Their modern style combines Heavy Metal with Hard Rock and Metalcore. We can hear influences by great bands like Metallica, Guns & Roses, Pantera, Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains, Dream Theater and many other of those bands that every metalhead loves. In this lesson I tried to cover their style based on songs like "Afterlife", "Nightmare" and "Welcome to family".

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:

    The song is in D minor however we could say that in some moments the tonality goes from Aeolian to Phrygian, because of the use of the b2. The scales used for melodies and solos are D Pentatonic minor, D Blues scale, D minor Aeolian and D harmonic minor.


    This lesson is very complete because you will use many different techniques for rhythm and lead guitar.
    The techniques used are: Alternate Picking, Palm Muting, Alternate Picking, Legato, Bending and Sweep Picking.


    I used my Pod HD 500 to record this lesson. I used the Treadplate Dual Amp Model with a 4x12 2001 Treadplate Cab Model.
    If you want the tone you can ask for it at my personal board. My guitar is a Gibson Les Paul Studio.


    I used dropped D tuning.


    130 bpm

    Ok guys – let’s start headbanging!

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