Leads are fun to work with because when you are writing a lead, this is LITERALLY your chance to give your guitar a voice. Think of a lead as the melody line from your favorite song that you always catch yourself humming. In this lesson we are going to see how learning all our modes will come in handy.
Taught by JD McGibney in How to Write Epic Metal seriesLength: 13:13Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
You've got your guitar, you've got your amplifier. Now what? Now it's time to bring YOUR story to life. You need the tools and knowledge to get what's in your head to your fingers and beyond. This is How to Write Epic Metal.
Join JD McGibney as he gives us an introduction to his course: How to Write Epic Metal.Length: 3:03 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Let us start off by recapping chords. Chords, in their most basic form are a series of three notes that are played at the same time. We'll take a look at the main chord types used in metal: major, minor...Length: 10:35 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson we are going to go over the major scale, also known as the Ionian Mode. In western music the major scale is the oldest mode we use and is the grandpappy of all the other modes, having roots...Length: 8:01 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Now, we are going to go over a rock and metal staple: pentatonic scales. Pentatonic scales are scales that have 5 notes, instead of seven. JD takes a look at the two types of pentatonic scales: major pentatonic...Length: 13:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson we are going to go over how to apply your picking hand. The goal here is to try and let your picking hand think and act separately from your fretting hand so that you can focus on what notes...Length: 8:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
After going over the basics a bit, let’s start talking about writing. First off, ask yourself “what is it that I want to say? What is it I want to express?” When we write a song we are attempting...Length: 2:28 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
In this next lesson, let’s explore the second mode in modern music, the Dorian Mode. This mode also has its origins in ancient Greece, followed by a revision and “interpretation” during the middle...Length: 8:26 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson we are going to go over the third mode pattern: Phrygian. The reason it is the third mode is because, you guessed it, it starts on the third note of the major scale. This also has its...Length: 7:40 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Now we are going to go over the fourth mode of the major scale - Lydian. Named after the ancient Greek province of Lydia, this mode (like the others) has its roots in ancient Greece, was modified by the...Length: 6:52 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
This lesson is going to go over the Mixolydian Mode, which is our fifth mode in modern western music. We can trace its roots to around the 7th century BC to (you guessed it) ancient Greece! It got revamped...Length: 7:25 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Our next lesson is going to go over the Aeolian mode, more commonly known as “the natural minor scale.” It is the sixth mode in our pattern, and has been in existence since the renaissance. Being...Length: 7:23 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In this lesson we are going to go over the seventh and final mode in western music: The Locrian Mode. The term “Locrian” can be found in a bunch of ancient Greek texts, but there is no evidence of...Length: 7:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Now it's time to put the modes together and see how the patterns relate to one another. This is a handy bit of knowledge to have when you start composing your first songs!Length: 6:41 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
One of the really cool things about the guitar is the fact that you can play one note in several different spots. Now, you might ask yourself “Why would I want to play the SAME note in different places?!”...Length: 14:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Rhythm is just as important as the notes and chords we choose in our compositions. The best way to practice your rhythm is to (I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times) practice. with. a. metronome....Length: 8:11 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
A really important thing to keep in mind while writing is dynamics. You want your song to flow, have feeling, and you want each part to stand out. When we think about specific emotions we realize that...Length: 11:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Now that we built a riff, we can start adding to it to make our composition sound more full. One of the things we can do, especially in metal because of the standard practice of having two guitarists,...Length: 9:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Leads are fun to work with because when you are writing a lead, this is LITERALLY your chance to give your guitar a voice. Think of a lead as the melody line from your favorite song that you always catch...Length: 13:13 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Now that we have our main melody in hand, we can spice things up even MORE… by adding a COUNTER melody… to our regular melody. A countermelody is a second melody that is played at the same time as...Length: 16:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
At last, we arrive at the flashy stuff! Let’s talk about soloing. Solos are small sections within a song that allow for a musician to show off their chops, not only with their technique, but with their...Length: 7:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Now that we’ve set ourselves up to be in a soloing mindset, let’s break down an actual solo. For this exercise we are going to go over a section of a song that JD wrote called “Amor de mi Vida.”Length: 10:22 Difficulty: 3.5 FREE
Now that we’ve gone over how to compose a solo, let’s talk about improvising a solo. The fundamentals are the same, where you want to try and stick with a beginning, middle, and an end, but there is...Length: 7:15 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Let’s start talking about techniques you can add to your bag of tricks in order to make your soloing a bit flashier. Let’s start off talking about tremolo picking. Remember at the beginning of this...Length: 5:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Natural Harmonics can be played on a guitar in order to add a nice air, and calm sensation to a composition. Harmonics are the high overtones of a note with the fundamentals being dampened/muted. Every...Length: 4:13 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Pinch harmonics are a cool trick used by many famous guitarists. You can do this trick on any note of any string on the guitar. So crank up the distortion and join JD as he shows you the technique! (The...Length: 5:35 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
For those who do NOT have whammy bars on their guitars, there is a little trick that can be done that simulates one of the effects of a whammy. The poor man’s whammy is meant to simulate certain whammy...Length: 3:52 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
This little trick is SUPER easy, but sounds really cool when you add it in for some spice to a solo or lead. It’s referred to as “auto flanging." In order to do this, you will need to have your gain...Length: 3:42 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
And no we have reached a technique that a lot of people end up trying to throw into their solos: Sweep picking! In this lesson, JD shows us the basic ideas behind this cool technique, and how to use it...Length: 11:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In this lesson, JD will take a look at sweep picking again but this time over a minor pattern.Length: 11:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
So you may have noticed JD using a 7 string guitar throughout this course! Well, as a conclusion to his course, JD will finally explain the mystery behind this beast of a guitar. To demonstrate the range...Length: 13:48 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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