Extreme Metal Riffing 4

by Chowy Fernandez

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  • Hey sick people!

    Hope you learn a lot with this!! Starting from now, I'll use the 440 standard tuning in all my lessons. Sit back and enjoy!

    This is another lesson based on a song by my band Pronoia ("Konstriktor"). This song is not in here but you can check out other at www.myspace.com/prono1a.
    I've adapted it to show you an example of the "main riff" concept. Basically, it's a single idea played in different tones and adding notes to the rhythmic pattern. This is a good exercise to update your right hand skills and to do pick work. First, try to play it with 2 strokes per note (I mean the whole exercise); then do the same with 3 strokes per note, then 4. You can also use groups of triplets : D

    The original riff is in 6/8, but the lesson is in 4/4 to make the exercise more comfortable to practice.

    As I always tell you, try playing the same idea anywhere you can think of along the axe. This opens your head to different rhythmic and melodic possibilities.

    Also note how the drums change. The beat speeds up and speeds down in the same tempo, which is called "double time".
    In this case, the drummer doubles the beat speed without altering its tempo; e.g. the guitar plays 8 quavers and the drums 16 semiquavers and everythng is still in 4/4.

    I really hope you dig this and start working hard right now!

    C-ya GMC!


    Chords:
    E - Eflat - A9 - Aflat9 - Aminor9 - Cmajor9 - Amajorflat9 - F9 - Fsharp9

    Distortion:
    POD distortion

    Tuning:
    A 440 - standard tuning


    Techniques:
    picking
    riffing
    feeling the tempo
    double time

    Ab9:

    C9:
    A9:
    A + Bb:
    E + F_
    F9 + F#9:

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