Posts Tagged ‘Metallica’

Guitar Practice Log – Violent bends

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

I wasn’t planning to practice for as long as I did tonight but I’m not going to complain because it was actually quite productive. First I set out to practice my daily exercise from Guitar Aerobics and today was bends. Well it was quite an effective session judging by the state of my fingertips :p I’m starting to really appreciate not only the benefits of each of the target techniques but also figuring out the proper timing of the riff. See the CD with the example only plays the lick once at a specific tempo, and so if you’re not used to slowing things down or speeding things up in your mind, it can be challenging to properly play the exercise at the right tempo. So for me it helps to do the mental one-and-two-and-three-and  etc.. when you have a series of 8th notes for instance and really get the rhythm going in my head. Once I’ve done it two or three times, I don’t really need the mental metronome but it’s definitely good practice.

Later I jammed a bit on an Am blue backing track I have and I seemed to have picked just the right sound setting on the Zoom as it was almost a breeze playing though it. What I mean by that is how natural it felt to simply run along the pentatonic minor with a few added blue notes here and there. Sadly I didn’t record it, I should have but spent enough time setting up software today as it is, I really just wanted to play.

I also went back to Call of Kutlu as I was inspired to play some more Metallica after watching some videos earlier this afternoon. Still much work is needed to pin down that solo but I’ll get there eventually.

The Big 4 LIVE – Trailer

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Back in the 22nd of June in Sofia, Bulgaria, there was possibly the greatest gathering of thrash metal bands ever seen. “The Big 4” as they came to be known back in the mid-80’s, that is to say Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax all shared a stage for one of the most awesome concerts ever.

Now the event will be available for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray from 29 October in Northern Europe, 1 November in the rest of the world and 2 November in North America. You gotta wonder why the Americans get it after everyone else but anyway. To give you a taster of what it was like and what to expect from the DVD, MetallicaTV posted the following trailer:

If you’re a huge fan you can also grab the Deluxe Boxset which will give you all sorts of goodies, including a limited edition guitar pick if you order the boxset from the metallica store. Now the good news is, Metallica haven’t apparently played any tune from St Anger (whoo hoo), so looking at the set list it looks like a pretty good selection and should be a fun concert to watch overall (though I’m not a huge fan of Slayer myself)

Guitar Practice log – Walking in Paris

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

So tonight was lesson night which is always a great opportunity for me to check on my progress with Mark. I was quite pleased to note that it’s now becoming easier to play the basic chords, which make the chord progression exercises a lot easier too. The next stage will be to try and diversify the types of rhythm I play while strumming, or perhaps work out an arpeggiating sequence that works well for me. But there’s no rush for that just yet.

We also started looking at a new tune, despite not having quite managed to play Call of Ktulu throughout, which is Gary Moore’s Parisienne Walkways. It’s a nice tune to strengthen all the little bits of phrasing to really get that bluesy style which I particularly like. I mean, yeah shred would be great to master but meanwhile, this is something I can manage to do without getting my fingers tangled in a knot or my wrist turning into concrete.


Metallica on different string instruments

Friday, June 12th, 2009

There seems to be a variety of bands willing to pay tribute to Metallica, one of the most awesome Metal bands of all time, with instruments other than overdriven guitars, bass and drums, the result of which is something really quite cool.