Dio Style

by Ben Higgins

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    THE PROFESSOR As you can hear in this video, shredded expertly by Ben, mixing minor pentatonic scales and the natural minor scale is a powerful combination when learning, writing or soloing over metal tracks. Bands such as Dio, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and others all wrote killer riffs and recorded massive solos using a mixture of minor pentatonic and Aeolian modes on the guitar. 

    To get these crunchy sounds under your fingers, make sure you have a strong handle on the Aeolian Mode for Guitar, as well as a secure understanding of the Minor Pentatonic Scale and it’s role in riffage and lead playing.

    Welcome to my new lesson, in the style of Dio!

    "Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member, drummer Vinny Appice." - Wikipedia

    To most of you, Ronnie James Dio should need no introduction. He was well established in the world of hard rock / heavy metal by the time he formed his band and released 'Holy Diver' in 1983. His guitar player was Vivian Cambell (now with Def Leppard), who played with him on the first 3 Dio albums. The music itself is full of incredibly tight riffing, with power chords making up the majority of them.

    This lesson will work on:

    - Timing
    - Rhythm
    - Palm muting
    - Chord shifting

    So, raise your horns in the air and get started!

    E A D G B E Standard Tuning


    D Minor

    Marshall JVM. OD2 Channel, Orange setting. BASS 2, MID 3, TREB 8, GAIN 3


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