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James Malone

Right Hand Technique

James explains some rhythmic techniques that are common in metal guitar playing.

Taught by James Malone in James Malone Artist Series seriesLength: 16:45Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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WakefeederWakefeeder replied on May 15th, 2016

James, ya might turn me into a metal player... I can't stop it with the gallop. Thank you for the instruction. I'd love to know more about the how you got such a rich metallic sound going on here.

timpenntimpenn replied on February 24th, 2016

Excellent, thanks.

tscoolberthtscoolberth replied on December 19th, 2015

Brilliant suggestion to break stuff apart and put them together later. Also help sometimes to learn the ending first so as to help you get thru it while it still needs cleaning up. Us intermediate guitarists can get very frustrated!!!

david_dumaisdavid_dumais replied on December 6th, 2014

Really cool lesson James ! Thanks :)

vtkombatvtkombat replied on July 22nd, 2014

Thanks for this. The gallop lesson is exactly what I was looking for. I'm hard rock/metal fan but I've spent so much time learning the blues and slower rock songs to build up my skills but this is my ultimate goal. Just being able to mess around with different rhythm's and making it sound like metal is going to get the creativity going. Bad ass lesson man.

iluvanita113iluvanita113 replied on September 18th, 2012

Omg Thank you so much I was good at tremolo picking and straight 16th but never trusted my galloping so to speak your lesson litterally changed that in five minutes. I am so thankfull and when we play live now people have noticed that our rhythms have changed in certain songs and they like it I say thank you and thank and check out Arsis James is the man who helped get me there. thank you so much.

fnickeyfnickey replied on July 5th, 2011

With the exception of the tremolo & gallop

fnickeyfnickey replied on July 5th, 2011

Is every bit of the lesson using only downstrokes or are you sometimes alternating in the video?

51panrider51panrider replied on March 7th, 2011

Dude, that was an awesome lesson. Gonna watch it over and over again and practice my ass off. Keep the lessons coming, us Metalheads appreciate it!

tomruggieritomruggieri replied on September 18th, 2010

I really embrace and appreciate your teaching style and approach. I like the way your right hand technique lesson was immediately followed by a song (The Promise of Never) that enabled us to put all those right hand techniques into practice. I also like the way you don't short cut the tablature. It may take a few more pages to print, but, it's nice to have tablature that flows from start to finish and be able to follow along the song demo. I also love the video camera angle looking down at the neck that gives us the same view you have of playing your guitar. That's helpful. I love your style, I love your sound. The only thing that separates us is about 100 bpms (Your speed appears to defy the laws of physics). Keep the lessons coming. I check everyday.

chase_1995chase_1995 replied on September 12th, 2010

Im addicted to alternate picking its so hard to just down pick

0427owen0427owen replied on September 5th, 2010

good lesson cheers!

alien_xalien_x replied on September 5th, 2010

Thanks for that lesson James - Great Stuff. I just agree getting your basics down is sooooo important. That's what you build on. I'm not much of a metal player, though I like the music, but I found this exercises very very helpful to further develop my right hand skills. Being left-handed, I need to work my right hand a little harder to keep up with the skills of my left. This lesson helps a lot! Thx again, and keep 'em rolling.

meganmegan replied on September 4th, 2010

love this. i noticed how much you slide along the strings, which for me causes some trouble - sliding onto and off notes and chords. if you've got any knacks for that kind of stuff, i'd love to know more.

peterpaulpeterpaul replied on September 4th, 2010

James great lesson thanks. hope to see something on phrasing in the up coming lessons

pencilneckpencilneck replied on September 3rd, 2010

Awesome sound man. Great lesson.

f3l18ipsk8ermf3l18ipsk8erm replied on September 3rd, 2010

phase 5?

James Malone Artist Series

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

James Malone teaches intermediate to advanced lessons on various topics in his style of death metal guitar.



Lesson 1

Sit Down with James Malone

Enjoy an exclusive interview with James Malone from the death metal band Arsis.

Length: 23:11 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Series Primer Lesson

James covers some basic materials in this lesson that will prepare you for the more advanced lessons that follow.

Length: 9:10 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Right Hand Technique

James explains some rhythmic techniques that are common in metal guitar playing.

Length: 16:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Sweep Picking Basics

James takes you through the basics of sweep picking arpeggios.

Length: 9:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

The Patterns of the Modes

James takes you through seven patterns of the major scale and explains how each one corresponds to a mode.

Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Basics of Tapping

James explains how he uses two-handed tapping.

Length: 12:38 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

The Importance of Proper Fingering

James talks about the importance of consistent fingering and shows his method of fingering scales.

Length: 8:11 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Practice Routine

James shows you the practice routine he used in his formative years.

Length: 33:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Right and Left Hand Muting Techniques

James covers some techniques that will clean up your technique.

Length: 6:29 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Writing in the Style of Arsis

James explains the compositional techniques employed in three Arsis songs.

Length: 16:03 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Seventh Chords And Arpeggios

James explains how to play seventh chords as arpeggios.

Length: 9:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Tapping Arpeggios

James explains how to tap arpeggios for extended musical reach.

Length: 8:15 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 13

Combining Tapping and Sliding

James shows how to add slides to tapped arpeggios.

Length: 4:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Sweeping and Tapping

James shows how the combination of sweep picking and tapping can create some fresh new sounds.

Length: 8:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Placing Limitations

James teaches ways to be more creative by placing limitations on yourself. He uses four examples that demonstrate just how far the pentatonic scale, chromaticism, and tapping can take you.

Length: 12:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Tapping Fully Diminished Arpeggios

James explains how to play fully diminished seventh arpeggios with the tapping technique.

Length: 4:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Scale Fragments

James shows how to move around the fretboard by playing small repeating scale patterns.

Length: 3:51 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Bending

James shares some tips that will help you keep your bends in tune.

Length: 7:14 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Interesting Harmony

James shares some harmonic concepts that can be applied to riffs in a metal style. He covers diatonic as well as non-diatonic harmony.

Length: 25:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Singing And Playing

James Malone shares some tips that will help you sing while playing guitar.

Length: 10:11 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only

About James Malone View Full Biography James Malone is in a band called Arsis. Arsis is an American death metal band from Virginia Beach, Virginia, formed in 2000. The band is currently signed to Nuclear Blast. He has a pretty loyal following of guitar players and has decided to share is knowledge with JamPlay.com.

He has put together one hell of a series for all you metal heads out there. You'll learn everything from basic techniques to how to sing (growl?) and play at the same time.

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