Thrash Like Mustaine

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi GMCers!
    This time we're taking a look at the rhythm style of Dave Mustaine. David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is the founder, main songwriter, guitarist, and lead vocalist for the American heavy metal band Megadeth. - Wikipedia

    This lesson features rapid 16th note riffing, using alternate picking and palm muting to get that machine gun sound that you can hear on Megadeth classics such as "Holy Wars" and "The Conjuring". Also, you will encounter fast chord changes which has always been a main feature of Megadeth, and even some bluesy licks that bring to mind recent songs such as "1320".

    You don't have to emulate Mustaine's tone to learn his licks but if you do want to get a sound that is close to his, then avoid scooping out the mids. A healthy does of mid range, thick distortion and heavy palm muting will get you closer to his sound.

    Remember: Tight rhythm playing is what Mustaine is known for so you need to make tightness and accuracy your goal, no matter what speed you can reach. One thing I can promise you though, is that jumping into this style with both feet is ultimately fun and addictive!

    Tempo: 150

    Gear: Marshall JVM 410H. OD2, Red setting. BASS - 4, MID - 4, TREB - 6, GAIN - 3

    Key: F#m & Am

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