Shifting Accents

by Lale Nikic

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  • Hi everybody,

    In this lesson we are going to cover the topic of shifting the accents when playing odd time metal rhythm.

    Shifting accents involves playing with odd time feel, while using the 4/4 time signature. As we will use mostly triplets in this lesson, we can add or take one group of triplets out of a rhythmical phrase, which will leave use with rhythmical phrase that always starts in the different part of the bar when repeated. This will create an interesting rhythmic effect, specially if the drums are played in similar fashion.

    As far as technique goes, you must be able to play eight note triplets at this tempo very tight. We will use 225bpm tempo, and picking the triplets all the time. There is also lot of palm muting involved, so it can be tricky to alternate between regular and palm muted picking at this tempo. But if you rehearse it slowly, it will be allright.

    The tuning in the lesson is D standard, whole step down from E standard.

    Have fun, and stay metal |m|

    D blues

    D Phrygian dominant

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