Metal Rhythms with Octaves

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Hi guys Joe here, today lesson is a tight metal rhythm with an emphasis on octaves and how to use them in a powerful way.

    Metal Rhythms With Octaves - D Phrygian Dominant - 95 bpm

    The study is in Drop D and it's all based around D Phrygian Dominant modes, the idea it to create call and answer between palm muted parts and octave lines that works as a sort of melody

    Techniques Focus

    To play correctly octaves with distortion is extremely important mute all the other strings:

    1. Strings Above
    2. The string inside the octave interval
    3. Strings below
    The best way to mute everything clean and tight is angling a little bit the left hand, until the side of fingers touch the strings below and the string inside the octave interval and use the tip of the index to mute the string above

    Theory Focus

    An octave is made by an interval eight notes apart, like from G to G but the latter has a doubled frequnce

    The Phrygian Dominant mode has the same notes of the more common Prygian mode but with a major third:

    • Phrygian : E - F - G - A - B - C - D
    • Phrygian Dominant: E - F - G# - A - B - C - D

    Pro Tips

    Even if you don't have a fixed bridge guitar, you can always drop tune matching the oped d with the open E while tuning down, this way you will be enough in tune to play along the backing track

    See you next Metal Lesson,

    Joe Kataldo.

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