Metal Essentials

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Metal Essentials

Intermediate Level

Turn up the gain and get heavy

Welcome to the Metal Essentials Level One course, a comprehensive venture into the world of metal guitar, expertly guided by YGA tutor Dion. This course is for anyone wanting to get into the genre's theory and techniques. It's not just for metal lovers; it's for anyone looking to develop exciting guitar skills. Throughout the course, your technique, speed, and endurance will be dialed up. You'll explore new modes and scales applicable that just sound perfect for metal. This course is an essential journey for all guitarists, enhancing your skills, no matter your preferred genre.

Metal Primer

Before we properly start the course, it is important to cover some key metal concepts regarding the technique and sound you will want to start developing.


We'll be starting by looking at a cool rhythm track that will help you get to grips with the concept of down picking. This is simply the technique of playing everything with downstrokes.

Metal Soloing!

It's now time to get to grips with our first metal solo! It has to be said that riffing and rhythm playing is the core part of the metal genre, but there are also plenty of fantastic lead guitar parts to work with.

Inverted Metal

We take things up a serious rhythm notch in this unit, and our main two focuses are developing faster picking techniques and learning to play inverted powerchords.

Dropping The D

For our final unit we will once again take things up another notch, and teach you two of the most well-known techniques in metal: Drop D tuning & pinched harmonics!