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3 Classic Metal Riffs

Christopher Sung (9641) · [archive]
Style: Metal · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 200
Pages: 1 2 3

In this lesson, we'll look at a few classic metal-type riffs that you can use to scare the neighbors and incorporate into your own playing. The first riff is a Black Sabbath type thing while the riffs in pages 2-3 use certain rhythmic patterns to make it interesting.

Take a look at the riff below. The main things about this riff is the E7#9 chord (i.e. the "Hendrix" chord) used in measure 1, and the playing of the low E string on the off beats. I find that by using the 1st finger of my fretting hand, I can mute the low E string in between upstrokes with my picking hand for these off beats...
3 Classic Metal Riffs