Skid Row Style Riffing

by Ben Higgins

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    THE PROFESSOR Getting a handle on ‘80s metal in the style of bands like Skid Row, Cinderella and Warrant, means getting your hands and ears around the Minor Blues Scale. While playing power chords and shredding the modes is important when studying ‘80s metal, there is an underlying element of the blues that makes this music sound great, and that you need to explore to dig deep into these riffs as demonstrated by Ben in this lesson. 

    Learning how to build, play and solo with the Minor Blues Scale will not only help those of you out that are exploring the Blues genre, but it can help get that characteristic bluesy sound into your playing that bands such as Skid Row loved to use in their riffs and solos.

    Welcome to my new lesson!

    This time we're going to be learning some riffs inspired by the American heavy metal band Skid Row, who rose to fame in the late 80's and early 90's with hits like 'Youth Gone Wild', 'Slave to the Grind' & '18 & Life'.

    There's plenty of power chords allied to occasional melody line embellishments.
    The one thing that is apparent in Skid Rows riffs is groove so make sure you're 100% locked in with the beat!

    This lesson will work on:

    - Timing
    - Power chords
    - Chord shifting
    - Palm muting

    So grab your guitars and let's rock like Grunge never happened!

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