Metallica - Reload Style

by Darius Wave

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  • Welcome to the Metallica - Reload style lesson !

    Without a doubt one of most inspirational bands in the field of metal guitar playing. This time we are dealing with the period of Reload album, where Metallica sounded probably more like a rock band than the metal one. Aside from variety of opinions on this band, it's discography is an elementary of riffs, perfect for any rocker or metal player to workout his metal rhythm skills. You can challenge yourself and try to record double-tracked guitar (same part recorded twice and panned left and right). The idea is to add some power to the track and see how precise you can be, creating a feeling that there's only one guitar playing, while two different tracks play at the same time.

    Gear used (in order of connection chain placement):

    1. Gibson Les Paul Studio
    2. Presonus Inspire 1394 firewire audio interface (input gain 40%)
    3. TSE808 plug-in (drive 0%, tone 75%, volume 100%)
    4. Poulin LeXtac vst plug-in:
    - Channel - blue
    - Input 50%
    - Gain 70%
    - Pre EQ - brighter
    - Bass 50%
    - Middle 40%
    - Treble 50%
    - Contour 100%
    6. Kefir impulse loader (mix 100%)
    7. Impulse - Catharsis s-preshigh

    Tuning - Standard E (E6 A5 D4 G3 B2 E1)

    Backing track progression:

    4/4 Em | Em Am G| Em | Em Am G |
    Am | Em | Em | Em |
    Em G | Em | Em Bm | D Bb |
    Am | Am | Em | Em |
    Em | Am | G | C D |
    Em | Am | Bm/F# | Bm |
    Em | Em | Em | Em ||

    Tempo: Main song tempo is 105 bpm. There are backing tracks available at 40, 60, 75, 90 and 105 bpm.

    Time signature: 4/4

    Scales used in this lesson:

    E-minor



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