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James Hetfield Style Palm Muting

James Hetfield Style Palm Muting

Many of you know that James Hetfield’s trademark is his super-aggressive and fast downpicking approach to rhythm guitar. However, there’s more to it than that. He combines this aggressive picking with his own unique way of palm muting which affects the guitar tone dramatically…

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Metal Rhythm Guitar Intro

Metal Rhythm Guitar - Starter Guide

If you’ve searched for online tutorials or other guides on metal rhythm guitar before, you’ll be familiar with the frustrating lack of information out there.
Metal Rhythm Guitar – Starter Guide will give you everything you need to inspire you, and help you develop as a metal rhythm guitar player.

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Essential Metal Chords

Metal Rhythm Guitar - Starter Guide

Power chords are absolutely essential in heavy metal, and as a rhythm player you must be able to play them confidently, all over the guitar neck.
Thankfully, playing power chords is quite easy and I’m going to give you some pro tips to make sure you’re doing it the right way from the beginning.

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Metal Rhythm Basics

Metal Rhythm Guitar - Starter Guide

You may not have considered this yet, but as a rhythm guitarist your silence on the instrument is just as important as the sounds you make.
Performing rests in music enhances the rhythmic aspect of your playing, as well as letting the other instruments be heard.

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Palm Muting

Metal Rhythm Guitar - Starter Guide

One technique that is fundamental to metal guitar, and one that you should thoroughly master, is palm muting.
The technique, combined with distortion from the amp, produces an aggressive and biting tone.

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Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs

Metal Rhythm Guitar - Starter Guide

So far you’ve studied a variety of skills to compliment your metal rhythm playing, including slides, rests and muting techniques.
Another essential feature of metal guitar playing is the use of hammer-ons and pull-offs.
Hammer-ons and pull-offs can be heard regularly in the playing of metal giants such as Kerry King and Dave Mustaine.

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