This lesson consists of several bits and pieces of Carcass's famous Heartwork. The actual song is tuned down 2 1/2 steps (B E A D F# B). Also note that another guitar is playing a harmony in 3rds. The tab is shown in the 2nd sequence.
This first riff is a good exercise in fast alternate picking. Always pick "down-up-down-up" for each group of sixteenth notes. That way you will know to change notes on the down stroke.
Also, if you are having trouble playing "tight," you might want to spend some time on this page. Fast, speedy, "trem-picked" lines are a foundation for many metal artists. Don't forget to palm mute! :)
- play closer to the bridge, the strings are tighter there allowing for more control
- use heavier strings and/or a heavier pick
- try holding you pick differently (i.e. at a slight angle to the strings)
- focus of vibrating your wrist
- practice odd combinations and groups of 8th and 16th notes at high tempos (200 bpm). This will greatly increase you control.
- and the usual: use a metronone and practice constantly