The History of Metal in One Song

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi and welcome to my new lesson. It's another giant feature this time and the focus is on the history of metal. From it's very beginnings in blues rock, taking in all the most prominent sub genres, to the present day and the rise of modern progressive metal.

    I will let the music do the talking. Each section will focus on one particular sub genre and there will be spoken videos placed every few videos, summing up the genres to that point.

    This lesson is riff heavy and focusing on rhythm playing. The things you can improve in this lesson include:

    -Palm muting
    -Alternate picking
    -Shifting chord positions
    -Stamina
    -Timing
    -Ability to play over complex drum patterns
    -Making your friends jealous
    -Making your friends really jealous
    -Making your friends hate you
    -Losing your friends
    -Having no friends but becoming a guitar god, which is even better

    The spectrum of metal has touched the lives of us all in some way, whether you're more of a fan of 70's heavy rock or thrash so let us pay tribute to the ultimate of musical genres and make some noise!

    Tuning:
    B E A D G B E - Standard Tuning (7 string)
    Tempo:
    Various, starting at 145bpm
    Gear:
    Ibanez RG7421, Marshall JVM, OD2 & Crunch Channels, varying EQs. Reverb added in Cubase.
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