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Questions tagged [metal]

A genre of rock music that usually can be recognized from a thick, massive sound, highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos and emphatic beat with deliberate stresses.

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Is it better to learn scales or chords first in Music Theory?

I'm a novice when it comes to music composition and I'm trying to expand my knowledge on scales, chords, intervals and progressions. I've been playing lead guitar in a thrash metal band for quite a ...
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Identifying jazz elements [closed]

Years ago, a friend had me listen to some jazz music (I don't really know what song.). I find it relaxing, boring, horrible and ultimately lacking the power I seek in music. Now I came across a ...
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Is there a special term for this type of alternate picking?

I'm looking to see if there's a special word for a type of alternate picking commonly heard in metal that involves playing a series of notes on a lower string while also playing notes on a higher ...
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Can “regular” drummers play Death Metal?

I am an amateur drummer, and I can play a bunch of rock songs and other styles too, but death metal is way too extreme for me. So I have always wanted to know if any drummer can play it, or just death ...
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Why does Metal sound so muddy? [closed]

I've been a metal-music addict since my early teens. But in the last few years I've listenend to more and more Rap/Trap and so on. And I've bought myself some really really expensive headphones to ...
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Extreme Vocal Problems

So I've been doing false chord vocals for a few years now, and it's become increasingly a problem that I can't get my vocal chords to 'catch', or produce a raspy sound. I used to get the problem when ...
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Why do Non-American native bands have American names? [closed]

For example: Amaranthe, Poets of the Fall, dEmotional, etc. They have American band names and songs (at least on their websites & youtube), but they primarily tour outside of the U.S.A., so why ...
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How to transition from rough vocals to clean vocals?

I am a lead singer on a band, I spent a lot of time learning rough vocals, like in this example: Now i want to learn clean vocals, there's some practical way to carry ...
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What's the correct way to practice complex/syncopated rhythms?

I'm trying to practice a few songs on guitar, but am having a hard time mastering syncopated rhythms, unless the rhythm is relatively short or repeated. For example, the song "With Our Friend[s] ...
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What are the best strings for playing metal on an electric guitar? [closed]

I'm a newbie and want to play mostly thrash metal. My guitar is Dave Mustaine VMNT-X and amp is a Fender 10g (I know, not a great choice but money issues at the time). I've looked at Ernie Ball ...
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Doom/Melodic Death Metal for electric guitar

My friend and I are looking to just enjoy ourselves and record a Death Metal EP with some Doom and Melodic Death Metal influences. With the tempo changes I know it sounds ridiculous but at this point ...
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How to do a Growl or Gargle-like sound

I've been trying to learn how to do a growl. I trued to use keyword searches in google but I never could construct my question well so I'd like to use examples instead. Most answers and questions ...
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Why do metal guitarists boost crunch channels on high gain amps?

It seems to me to be the most often recommended method to get a "proper metal tone". Why is that? Why pay so much for a monster and then use the crunch channel and a tubescreamer?
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From what guitar tuning downwards do you stop needing a bass player in a metal context?

With people tuning seven-string guitars do Drop G or using 8 and nine-string guitars and the playing in "genres" like Djent becoming more and more rhythm focused I've been wondering about the bass ...
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Tremolo picking, anchor palm or not?

I'm learning tremolo picking and until now I've been resting my palm just above E string and anchoring with my pinky. I noticed that when picking 2 strings at the same time I also mute the first of ...
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Alternate double palm mute picking between notes

Some songs that I really like feature double palm-muted notes (usually open strings or low pitch frets) between lead notes. Those are played by one guitar. Good examples would be: Parkway Drive - ...
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Confusion about using scales and modes together in a solo?

Ok so my music theory knowledge is limited. I have been playing guitar for a couple of years now, mostly by ear and I often struggle in applying theory. While writing a solo I wondered whether I ...
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Finnish metal vs Swedish metal

Is one of the biggest ways in which Swedish metal bands approach there music differently than there Nordic cousins the way they use keyboards. I get the idea that the Swedes abhor keyboards and ...
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I am lost, need some advice [closed]

I am a musician, producing my own songs. Have vocals, can play more than one instruments like piano, electric-acoustic-bass guitar and a little bit drums. I have an aggressive music taste i.e. nine ...
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How does one remember epic song lyrics?

I would just like to know how one would go about memorizing long song lyrics. 10 minute + epics for example. More specifically something like this: (Crystallised) http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/...
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Is 7 string guitar a must have for lower tunings?

Note that I'm familiar with the post Why Move to a 7-String Guitar? but it doesn't quite answer my question. My question is can you get to lower tunings such as C standard, drop B tunings without ...
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How do you achieve this bass heavy effect?

I noticed that a lot of modern metal songs sometimes have this booming drum sound (I think it's made on the toms and/or bass), for example before/during a breakdown in some metalcore songs. It's a ...
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What type of strings to use for easier bending in fast solos?

I'm getting better at playing that legendary Enter Sandman solo by Kirk Hammett, and I'm getting the speed part almost covered. What I'm struggling with is hitting the target note when bending that ...
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Does technicality detract from feeling?

Sorry in advance if you're not a metal fan--I don't mean to limit the scope of this question. Feeling has its place in a lot of different music. For a concrete example for this question, I am ...
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What are the distinguishing features of metalcore?

I'd like to know if there is a common metalcore approach (like the rules between drum kick and bass, bass and guitar, breakdown) in details.
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Production techniques for adding electronic elements to rock

I've been working for a year on home recording and I kept all my sounds "pure" so I didn't mix my songs a lot. However, I notice that a lot of bands use synthesizers or even complete electro mixes as ...
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Is bassy vocal tone okay for rock and metal singing?

After extensive practice and using my diaphragm I've found my full voice tone being pretty bassy. (Even when singing high, the tone is still pretty bassy.) So, is this kind of a voice used in rock/...
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How to Increase left hand speed?

My left hand speed isn't good enough to do fast hammer on pull offs or similar stuff. I want to learn some basic iron maiden solos and go from there but I simply can't get the hammer pull offs right. ...
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Why Move to a 7-String Guitar?

So, I play a lot of death/heavy metal(core) and I've finally gotten to a place where people tell me they enjoy listening to me play. I've been getting suggestions from other musicians (maybe musical ...
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Optimal Right Hand Technique to Down Pick while playing Metallica

I have been playing Metallica songs (only the rhythm parts) for quite some time. I don't play them at full speed because of the Down picking, but i have been playing and practicing them at 80% speed ...
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Looking for genres or songs similar to the acoustic guitar part at the end of Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell

Around the 6:00 mark in the version of the song that can be found here the electric guitars fade out completely and a single acoustic guitar can be heard playing something that I find particularly ...
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History of screaming in music throughout the world

Screaming is a common technique in metal and other music genres but according to Wikipedia it has also been used in blues music and very few times in more classical Western works. Are there other ...
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Controlling high frequency of heavily distorted guitar tone (metal)

I'm constantly experiment with metal guitar tone for years. If I get the amount of distortion/clarity from the ampsimulator, the next stage is much harder: controlling the high frequencies; handling ...
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Proper technique for screaming vocal style

I just started screaming properly (i think i have no idea) a bit ago like a couple months and i just need to know if I'm doing it right I will try my best to explain how I scream. When I scream I ...
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What should I look for in a metal bass guitar?

I am playing bass in a humorous metal band. The idea is to make parody out of metal using as many cliches as possible (at the same time respecting the scene and having fun, of course). We have some ...
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How can I learn to growl?

How can I learn how to growl? (Think the heavy bear growls vocals used in plays and metal music.) I'm looking for free resources and/or exercises I can do myself; in either case I want to be able to ...
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How to do “metal” harmonics (pinch etc)

I've always struggled with this, tried watching Youtube tutorials, but can't get it to work. Should you hold the pick in any particular way? I've always held my picks with three fingers, for ...