Chords

A beginner's guide to nailing the basics of heavy metal.

Beginner

Beginner

  • Understand the basics of heavy rhythm guitar.
  • Learn to effectively palm mute.
  • Create riffs in the style of Tony Iommi, AC/DC, and more.
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When musical comedy duo Tenacious D proclaimed, "You can't kill the metal/the metal will live on," they were actually preaching some serious gospel truth. Since its genesis in the late '60s and early '70s, the genre known as heavy metal (along with its myriad offshoots and subgenres) has been one of the most consistently popular, enduring, and evolving. Because many beginner students start out by strumming cowboy chords on an acoustic steel-string, making the leap to playing metal seems as daunting as trading in a pedal tricycle for a Triumph Rocket 3. But by mastering a few basic picking-hand moves, anyone can tap into the visceral thrill and unmatched power at the heart of "The Metal"!

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Mother Maybelle Carter was an innovator who reinvented rhythm guitar—here's how she did it.

Intermediate to Advanced

Beginner

  • Learn how to strum chords and pick melodies at the same time.
  • Combine the various elements to create your own songs and arrangements.
  • Explore guitar-friendly keys using open strings.
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Strum chords and pick melodies at the same time! While Carter-style picking is most closely associated with country legend Maybelle Carter, the technique, and variations thereof, can be heard in the music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, and even progressive pioneers Yes.

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Intermediate

Intermediate

  • Develop a stronger fingerstyle technique.
  • Understand the elements of counterpoint.
  • Impress your friends with your classical chops.
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Steve Morse is one of the most prolific and fascinating guitarists in the business. There's a reason why so many high-level players including John Petrucci, Jimmy Herring, Joel Hoekstra, and Andy Timmons list Steve as a major influence and inspiration. A deeper dive into his playing and songs will reveal a very refined technical and compositional approach steeped in classical studies.

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