Metal Riffology- The Art of the Metal Riff

Learn to play and write great metal guitar riffs!!

This comprehensive three-volume set teaches you how to play and write riffs in a variety of metal styles ranging from pop metal to black metal.  Lessons cover theory and technique and are packed with crunchy, melodic and catchy riffs. This is the fine art of metal rhythm guitar!  The course includes over a hundred examples and includes video, PDFs of tab, optional Guitar Pro files and detailed study guides with tips and diagrams. Topics covered include the following:

Volume I: Heavy Metal Rhythms, Blues Scale Riffs, Pedal Tones, Dorian Riffs, Form and Structure

Volume II: Natural Minor Riffs, Harmonic Minor Riffs, Hybrid Scale, Dyads (Two-Note Patterns), Three String Shapes and Triads, Modal Mixture

Volume III: Phrygian Mode, Phrygian Dominant, Hungarian Minor, Diminished Scale, Chromatic Riffs, Syncopation and Rhythmic Displacement, Harmonized Riffs, Writing Your Own Riffs

In addition to metal guitar riffs, you’ll learn about palm and fret-hand muting, artificial harmonics, tuning tips, and more. Riffs are arranged with bass and drum backing tracks. Theory is discussed and explained. Still, if you just want to skip it for now and play the riffs you can always come back for it later! This material is appropriate for advanced beginners and intermediate level players.

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“My buddy asked me if the course taught me how to play specific songs. I said no not directly but indirectly it teaches you how to play them all.” -Chuck Douglas

What you get is massive. You could easily get lost with this much information if it weren’t so well structured. Everything is being played in context so that you know how it is going to work in a song. Sarah clearly explains what exactly contributes to the atmosphere she’s putting down so that if you like what you hear, you can internalize it into your own riffs. It could be the interaction with the lead guitar, the melodic intervals, the syncopation. You’ll understand how to tweak your own riffs to make them sound the way you want them to. If you’ve been stuck with the same types of riffs, this course helps you break out in just the way that suits you. You can’t play metal without proper rhythm. This is your metal riffs bible. You can’t be without.”- Vinay Mulukutla

“After playing with Metal Riffology for a few weeks, what really stands out of this course is that you get a whole lot more than you’d expect! This is not a mere collection of great riffs (it is that, too, of course!) but also a complete, diversified and well organized workout on several aspects of guitar playing, and music in general. When someone plays nice but rhythm fails, everything else falls apart – and to me that is the most important aspect of Metal Riffology: an impeccable rhythm workout, where you get to know and practice, in a very organized and systematic way, a full array of rhytmic figures that will turn your musical ideas in lines that will remain ringing in the ears long after you turn off your amp! A final note about Sarah’s impressive playing – just like the course there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. Flawless, articulated and clean. It was one of those ‘wow’ moments as soon as I tried playing along when Sarah is playing the examples at full speed. But worry not, you get them all at slow tempos and also well laid down on the enclosed material. So, to cut a long story short, it was money very well spent!” -Joao Paz