Heavy Metal Scales - Scales For Heavy Metal and Thrash Soloing
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Heavy Metal Scales. Nail the essential scales for heavy metal, rock and thrash metal guitar as used by all the metal and thrash guitar legends and learn 3 awesome metal licks played by all the metal guitar greats.
Heavy Metal Guitar Scales - Scales for Heavy Metal and Thrash Soloing
Learn the essential scales for playing heavy metal and thrash guitar as used by Tony Iommi, Kirk Hammett, Dave Mustaine, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman and others! Plus 3 super cool licks to show you how you can use each scale to create heavy metal style licks of your own.
These aren't the only scales you need - but it's a great place to start!
Here's what you'll learn in this video:
1:05 The Minor Pentatonic Scale
This is the most commonly used scale in almost every style of guitar playing so if you don't know it then this is the best place to start! Hundreds of essential rock and metal licks come from this scale.
2:05 The Blues Scale
The blues scale is another essential scale for rock, metal and thrash soloing. It's just like the minor pentatonic with a couple of notes added in. These added notes give it a darker, more edgy sound - perfect for rock and metal soloing. The minor pentatonic and blues scale are generally used interchangeably when we solo.
3:27 Rock and Heavy Metal Lick 1
Check out this essential metal lick using the A blues scale. You'll hear ideas like this in the playing of every metal guitar player including Kirk Hammett, Dave Mustaine, Tony Iommi and Zakk Wylde.
The lick uses a few essential metal guitar moves within the blues scale shape, these are cool because youcan take them and use them to create licks of your own.
Metal players often play licks like this at very fast speeds! Whatever stage you're at, practice using this lick, even if you can't yet play it as fast as they can. Find a way to use it in your playing and you'll soon notice it coming out in your guitar solos. You'll build up the speed over time!
8:05 Sliding Blues Scale
This blues scale pattern is incredibly useful for soloing. It works it's way along the fretboard rather than just staying in one area of the neck. There are all sorts of awesome metal and rock licks hiding inside this pattern so experiment and hunt them out!
9:57 Rock and Heavy Metal Lick 2
This lick uses the sliding blues scale pattern to create a speedy, slippery little metal lick! Watch for the position shifts, slides and the use of the blue note to give it a little darker flavour than the minor pentatonic lick.
11:50 The Natural Minor Scale/Aeolian Mode
The scale pattern for the natural minor scale is like the minor pentatonic scale with a few added notes. It's also called the Aeolian mode and is widely used by all rock and metal players. Listen for it in the playing of Kirk Hammett, Randy Rhoads, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Dave Murray and others.
Use it as a way to add 'colour' to your basic pentatonic scale shape. Sometimes the added notes won't work, but most of the time they will.
14:00 Rock and Heavy Metal Lick 3
This metal lick is coming from the A natural minor scale and uses a palm muted repeated phrase in the first part. I'm alternate picking this section of the lick. Notice how the added natural minor notes are being to used to decorate a simple pentatonic idea and give it more flavour.
The next part is typical of the playing of Randy Rhoads. Again it's using a simple minor pentatonic lick but it's decorated with the added natural minor notes. This is a great way to build vocab with any new scale!
17:19 How to Use These Licks and Scales
Use these licks as a starting point for making up some of your own licks. It's really important to do this! Change them and adapt them to suit your taste as a player. Also borrow ideas from your favourite players and see how you can use them in your own playing. This may seem a bit cheeky but it's part of how all great players learn.
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