One of the things that stand out in modern metal is a guitarist’s ability to seamlessly combine elements of rhythm and lead guitar to produce rich sounding, rhythmically strong riffs that wow the audience yet keep a strong groove. This takes time to master. Players such as Dan and Pin from SikTh do this brilliantly and pretty much reinvented the wheel when it comes to complex, yet catchy guitar parts.
In this lesson, Mike Chlasciak gives you some strong pointers to get you going. The focus here is more on melodic rhythm playing, but once you get comfortable with these concepts, you can start to use the ideas along the higher strings. You may not use all the techniques here, but if you only apply one or two you will be on the way to creating your own killer guitar parts in no time. Just watch out for his face pulling!