Extreme Norway - Emperor

by Ben Higgins

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  • Welcome to my new lesson!

    This time we are tackling those mighty Lords from the North - Emperor.

    "Emperor was a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1991, regarded as highly influential by critics and emerging black metal bands. The group was founded by Ihsahn (guitar/vocals) and Samoth (then, drums and later, guitars)." - Wikipedia

    Emperor are renowned for being one of the most adventurous bands of the early 90's Norwegian black metal scene. Whereas many of their contemporaries were dedicated to a lo-fi, simplistic hybrid of punk, death metal and thrash metal, Emperor were pushing the boundaries from their very first album 'In the Nightside Eclipse', released in 1994. It contained more complex song structures than other bands on the scene, atmospheric synth and progressive tendencies.

    They would continue their evolution into even more extreme, progressive territory for three more albums. The guitar playing on their first record contained much of the trademarks of black metal such as tremolo picked minor chords and tremolo picked arpeggios and melody lines. As they continued to evolve, the guitar work grew more technical and was pushed more to the fore on subsequent albums.

    This lesson will work on:

    -Tremolo picked chords
    -Down strokes
    -Alternate picking
    -Picking hand stamina
    -Ability to play over blast beats

    This lesson will serve as a hefty workout for your picking hand so be sure to give this a shot!

    Tuning: E A D G B E - Standard Tuning

    Tempo: 170 bpm

    Time Signature: 4/4 and 6/8

    Ibanez RG7421, Nick Crow 8505 Amp Plugin, Guitar Suite Tube Screamer, Poulin LeCab 2.
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