obssessive progressive

What do you get when you combine three fiercely unique metalheads with a love for down-tuned guitars, crushing rhythms, and a passion for odd-meter time signatures?



Chops: Advanced
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Develop a better sense of composition by layering guitar parts.
• Understand how to imply harmony by adding notes to power chords.
• Learn how to incorporate jazz sounds into your shred solos. Click here to download a printable PDF of this lesson's notation.

Formed in 2005 by guitarist Misha Mansoor, Periphery started life as a vehicle to perform Mansoor’s material. Influenced by such bands as Meshuggah and Sikth, Mansoor initially gained notoriety on the internet metal scene working under the moniker Bulb. He’s now one of the most influential and important progressive metal guitarists this side of the millennium, and one of the main faces of the “djent” movement.

Periphery has always been a three-guitar band, and since 2011 the lineup has consisted of Mansoor, Jake Bowen, and Mark Holcomb. With five years under their belt as an ensemble, the musicians now function more like a band rather than one member’s solo project with hired guns. As the band evolved musically, each member brought increasingly diverse influences to the table, and this has helped Periphery develop a unique, identifiable sound. They’ve released five full-length studio albums, and although 2016’s Periphery III: Select Difficulty is a fine offering, I’d suggest anyone new to the band start with 2015’s double concept album, Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega.

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Intermediate

Beginner

  • Develop a better sense of subdivisions.
  • Understand how to play "over the bar line."
  • Learn to target chord tones in a 12-bar blues.
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