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Guitar Lessons - Polyrhythmic Modulation: Playthrough
Polyrhythmic Modulation: Playthrough
Mike Salow
Level: Intermediate
Topic: Exercises
Style: Metal
Hello again! For this tutorial, we will be focusing on the use of polyrhythmic (or metric) modulation. Polyrhythms are something that is always there whether you hear them or not. You can switch to a different polyrhythmic meter in every situation. The easiest way to think of a polyrhythm is in the following sense: Let’s imagine we are in 3/4 and hav...
Guitar Lessons - Polyrhythmic Modulation: Introduction
Polyrhythmic Modulation: Introduction
Mike Salow
Level: Intermediate
Topic: Exercises
Style: Metal
For this riff I am tuned to drop C tuning but you do not have to retune in order to play this riff or learn this concept. You can simply use a C note on your standard tuned guitar or if you want to get creative you can use any harmonies around C. This riff is sort of in the style of bands like Tesseract or Periphery (metal). It's not the most complicated ...
Guitar Lessons - Polyrhythmic Modulation: How to Modulate Part 1
Polyrhythmic Modulation: How to Modulate Part 1
Mike Salow
Level: Intermediate
Topic: Rhythm
Style: Metal
The first thing we need to do when modulating is identify if we are playing duple or triple grouping so basically are we playing some sort of triplet or not? Once we figure that out we will know where to go next. So in this case we are starting with 16th notes (not triplets) and in this case the riff repeats after 3 bars (which makes this a little easier). ...
Guitar Lessons - Polyrhythmic Modulation: How to Modulate Part 2
Polyrhythmic Modulation: How to Modulate Part 2
Mike Salow
Level: Intermediate
Topic: Rhythm
Style: Metal
Now when writing or recording an idea we can easily test if we've done our equation correctly. Start your recording at 90bpm and play the riff for a minute or more. Figure out where and when your riff turns around (in this case it’s after 3 beats). So I've now figured out that my riff turns around after 3 beats and I'll go ahead and call that 3/4. ...
Guitar Lessons - Polyrhythmic Modulation: Playing the Riff Part 1
Polyrhythmic Modulation: Playing the Riff Part 1
Mike Salow
Level: Intermediate
Topic: Cool Riffs
Style: Metal
When it comes to playing this riff there are a few things to consider. First off we do not have a difficult fretting hand part. The picking hand is what we need to focus on. In order to play this smoothly I use up strokes for all of the notes and I use down strokes for the muted parts. The riff is actually a 5/16 and a 7/16 back to back. If you count a lo...
Guitar Lessons - Polyrhythmic Modulation: Playing the Riff Part 2
Polyrhythmic Modulation: Playing the Riff Part 2
Mike Salow
Level: Intermediate
Topic: Cool Riffs
Style: Metal
I highly recommend experimenting with this type of modulation. In the past I have modulated with riffs that I thought might be totally weird and contrived but it actually ended up working very nicely and adding a lot to the song. I hope you guys enjoy this tutorial! Have fun!
Guitar Lessons - Tone Philosophy - Introduction
Tone Philosophy - Introduction
Al Joseph
Level: Beginner
Topic: Recording
Style: Rock
Hey Folks, So I've been getting a lot of questions about my tone over the last couple years or so and thought I'd take you through my mindset when creating my tone. As a disclaimer, this is not a tutorial on using the Eleven Rack Unit, but more of my philosophy on how I would work with any software (provided the right paramenters) and tweak and tweak it to...
Guitar Lessons - Tone Philosophy - Amps and Cabs
Tone Philosophy - Amps and Cabs
Al Joseph
Level: Beginner
Topic: Recording
Style: Rock
I tend to get a lot from John Petrucci, Joe Satriani, Marco Sfogli, and Andy Timmons when it comes to infuencing my amp tone. They are (or were) Mesa Boogie users at one point of another. Here's my map for finding my amp. 1. Mesa Boogie - Tredplate Vintage 2. Cabinet - 4x12 Celestian Vintage 30 Speakers 3. Microphone - Sennheiser 421 paired w/ Royer 121 ...
Guitar Lessons - Tone Philosophy - Equalization
Tone Philosophy - Equalization
Al Joseph
Level: Beginner
Topic: Recording
Style: Rock
Equalization is not that crutial for live sound in my setup. However, it is needed for home recorded projects in my experience. Experiment with these and try not to tweak so much that you forget how the original amp is suppose to sound.
Guitar Lessons - Tone Philosophy - Ambience
Tone Philosophy - Ambience
Al Joseph
Level: Beginner
Topic: Recording
Style: Rock
Creating ambience for your amp is crucial. Add a touch of reverb to your guitar tracks to add that space of a real life room.  You will dig the difference. Beware not to add too much when double tracking the guitars as the effect too will double.
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Guitar Lessons - Hybrid Metal 101 - Harmonic Minor

Hybrid Metal 101 - Harmonic Minor

Hey guys! This two-part tutorial will be covering a technique that I've been asked to examine quite a f...

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