Most guitarists spend a huge amount of time on everything EXCEPT rhythm guitar. They spend way too much time on chords, scales and just noodling around. So much so that they don`t have the time to work on some of the things that really count – such as rhythm guitar.
If guitarists were more efficient, most would be much better players in a much shorter space of time. One area that lacks any efficiency whatsoever is their rhythm playing, and in particular – strumming.[Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters certainly knows a thing or two about writing a big hit rock song. Over the past two decades he has penned some of the best rock songs to hit the airwaves. All the way from `This is a call`through to `Everlong` and more recently `Rope`, Foo Fighters back catalogue is a masterclass in songwriting. If you want to learn the bare bones of how to write a hit rock song, read on.
We all want stronger, catchier and more powerful songs. In modern rock and metal, the breakdown is an essential part of the song, and one that definitely needs work. Here is a very cool video from the talented Cosmin Lupu on how to build up a breakdown in modern music.