Constructing Modern Power Metal Riffs

by Zsolt Galambos

Lesson step:

  • main
  • 1
  • Members only2
  • Members only3
  • Members only4
  • Members only5
  • Members only6
  • Difficulty: 4
Scrubbing / forward / rewind: arrow right, arrow left keys
Jump to start: Home or `s` , you can also click/tap the lesson part again (the numbers above player)
Go to next part: PageUP or End. ( iOS: swipe right or left over video )
Volume: ArrowUp / ArrowDown keys
Go to any part: Number keys (combinations also possible)
Pause or play: `k` or space key
Fullscreen: `f`, esc to close
  • Lesson
  • My notes
  • Statistics

  • Hi everyone!

    This time I'll try to explain the basic concept of song making in power metal. These concepts are being used by my band Wisdom as well.

    A lot of power metal fans don't realise how much impact had Pantera and Dimebag Darrel on the modern way of constructing riffs and songs. To build up a modern power metal riff, all you need to do is to invent a Pantera style face-smashing riff and combine it with some harmonies and boom, here we go, modern style power metal riffs are born. This is what I did here.

    The basic concept of building up a power metal song is as follows:

    1. Main, or intro riff

    2. Verse

    3. Bridge

    4. Chorus

    5. Main Riff

    6. Verse

    7. Bridge

    8. Chorus

    9. Lead part

    10. Chorus

    11. Ending or outro riff

    There are various means to expand this concept. In this lesson I wanted to make a stronger impact on the listener by playing the bridge part after the main riff, and also I changed the main riff a bit after the chorus part to buld up a tension and a release to the verse.

    Don't forget, I tune to D ( D, G, C, F, A, D ).

    For further questions please feel free to wisit my personal board.

    Have fun practicing

  • Login to use my notes. No GMC account? Register here.
  • Members practicing this lesson

    REC Takes

      This lesson does not have any REC takes yet.
      Here is how to submit one.

    Lesson views

    • Total views: 0
    • Member views: 0
    • Guest views: 0