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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 possible to make my electric guitar have a metal or rocky kinda sound?

I've seen a lot online about using the different knobs but i have an amp with only 3 of them: Treble, Volume and Gain. There's also a boost button but I haven't seen much about that. On the guitar ...
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What are Extra Jumbo Frets?

So I've been looking around Shechter guitars and some guitars there have X-Jumbo frets, for example https://www.schecterguitars.com/guitars/banshee-mach-7-detail From what I've gathered Jumbo frets ...
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Weird warbling Pick technique in song. What is it?

I'm a newbie to guitar but I'm trying to learn as many things as I can. I was listening to this song: Megalovania -RichaadEB At 2:06 there is a specific note played where he picks and drags the pick ...
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How to know if you are tremolo picking in time?

How to know if you are tremolo picking in time? Let's say you are going around 16th notes 160bpm and you are tremolo picking power chords. How do people actually know they went up and down 4 times in ...
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WHy can you not play metal in Major keys?

Well you can but people are just going to think you are a Sum 41 cover band. It just seems like the Major key does not translate so well on electric guitar.
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Why don't bands try to fade out songs live like they do in the studio?

I am no music expert, but I am a huge sucker for fade out songs (songs which end in a fade out) and I love a lot of them! I just want to ask: why don't bands try this in live performances? I am sure ...
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Is Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" bassline hard to learn, or is it very hard to learn?

A little history - I started playing the bass in high school, but when I moved out of my parent's house for my studies I couldn't keep up practice. During the first bout of quarantine, I was itching ...
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What makes this song sound so medieval? [closed]

This is a song I've been listening for about a year: . A year ago, I didn't really know any music theory. I was baffled by it: why does it sound medieval? As I knew ...
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How do I notate this rhythm? [closed]

I've written this riff and cannot for the life of me figure out how to notate the rhythm. I need to know the subdivisions to set up DAW and write drum track for it. Here's the riff, played twice: ...
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Jay Weinberg (Slipknot) Snare Sound

I am a huge Slipknot fan and I recently saw a drum cam video from Jay Weinberg and I think the snare sound is absolutely incredible. The sound is created with a 48 ply snare but the snare costs 1600$ ...
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How to know what guitar to buy for a C F C F A# D G tuning?

For some months I've been quite obsessed with the sound of some djent metal groups. Bought a 7-string guitar with the largest scale length I could afford along with an 8 string pack, the thickest one ...
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Are the notes in Blues scale in Am I Evil solo? [duplicate]

e|-11-12-11---11-12-14-14-14-12-11-12-11----|-----------------7---| B|---------12----------------------------12-|-10---------/7-------| I am analyzing the Guitar Solo of Metallica's cover version of ...
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Types of synths used in modern guitar-based music

I have a solo project where I write rock/metal, and I am interested in adding synths to my music in order to expand the sonic possibilities, add more interesting textures, make the tracks sound bigger ...
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Are Layne Staley's vocals on the studio version of Alice in Chains' "God Smack" possible to replicate live?

On Alice in Chains' 1992 track God Smack, Layne Staley's vocal tremolos seem pretty far-fetched to me. I'm guessing the effect was applied in the studio during the recording process. Nonetheless, I'm ...
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Do I need some amplifier for my VST instruments Ample Metal Eclipse and Ample Metal Rays to get the tone of Metal?

I want to tune these instruments to get the tone of metal especially metalcore tone. Here is my guitar Ample Metal Eclipse : and here is my bass :
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6 vs 7 string guitar for a student for multiple tunings

I'm currently studying in an overseas University, without my guitar(s). I generally play in Standard/Eb/Drop D tunings on my 6 string, but I've been wanting to play songs that are in Drop B/Drop A. ...
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Is there a term for when the music of a song seems to be 'layered ontop' of the vocals?

I used to get this impression from Rammstein's 'Heirate Mich'. Normally when I listen to music, it sounds like the vocals are ontop of the music (if that makes sense). With that song though, it ...
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What does it take to make metal music?

I happen to have my father's old guitar laying around in storage. While I was listening to metal music on youtube, I had a thought: I wonder if I could play metal on the thing? Problem is, I have ...
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Guitar rif comparisons and similarities

Consider the bass guitar line of a song called "Schism": and another bass guitar line of a song called "Pneuma". When Pneuma was ...
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Beginner Metal gear

I am a total guitar beginner trying to learn metal riffs and songs like Slipknot. I have a Squier Strat starter pack that has an SSS pickup config. Will it sound more metal if I get a different ...
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What to expect in a jazz audition

Context: In my city, the government is going to open a music school for free. In two weeks they going to make auditions for the jazz class for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. I play the ...
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How does a tritone sound consonant in Like light to the Flies

https://www.songsterr.com/a/wsa/trivium-like-light-to-the-flies-tab-s20144t1 (Posted a tab so you can hear the guitar without vocals at measure 34 on Lead guitar) How can the tritone (Last note in bar ...
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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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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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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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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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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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