Welcome to my third video lesson for the Metal Chops Series: Galloping Rhythms. I believe this is one of the key features of heavy metal music that reaches out and grabs you. It gives the song a extremely distinct sound and feel. It’s complex in nature as it requires multiple techniques to be used. Galloping rhythms are heard in many metal songs and tend to separate the ‘good metal bands’ from the power-chord-only style bands. And of course that’s what my Metal Chops series is all about; metal rhythm guitar exercise that will enhance your style and ability as a musician.
Guitar Tutorial Starts at: 1:02
Beer Review Starts at: 3:44
This is one of my favorite type of riffs to hear in certain parts of metal songs, galloping rhythms. It’s one of those things that makes the song stand out. I especially like hearing this is breaks in the song, or the bridge. The first song that comes to mind is ‘Disposable Heroes’ off the Master of Puppets album. I’m biased to this album because it’s the core reason I started playing guitar over 25 years ago.
Galloping rhythms requires a few different rhythm guitar techniques. First of all you’re palm muting. This is of course typical with metal music. It gives us our djent sound. With palm muting, you’re using a particular style of alternate picking. I say that because it’s not speed picking and it’s also not the thrash style back-and-forth you may be thinking of. It’s a very quick-pick, as I call it in the video (kinda like the quick pick for the Florida lottery; not sure if that’s in other areas). I didn’t mentioned this in the video, but you also have a few downstrokes mixed in with the quick-pick alternate picking.
I personally like hearing galloping rhythms being used sparingly throughout a song. This adds a lot of dynamics to the overall feel of the song. It’s an awesome way to create a ‘hit you in the face’ break, such as in a bridge or between a verse and chorus.
Choppy Metal Rhythms with Galloping
Playing galloping rhythms gives you a choppy sound. And there are endless ways to use that in your metal guitar rhythms. It breaks up the standard djent and in the simplest way I can put it, this makes the song sound cooler.
I will admit this was one of the few difficulties I had when I first started playing guitar (this is well over 25 years ago). I recall trying to play these types of riffs when playing along with Metallica and Megadeth. It was hard for me to get the timing down. So how did I overcome that? Time and consistency – something I preach often. You really just have to practice those things that you want to be great at.
I encourage you to learn this galloping metal rhythm guitar exercise. And as always, play around with this and add more notes to it. You may want to change up the way the choppy notes are played. Maybe double the time on some notes, or add more sections. You can integrate more breaks in this rhythm guitar pattern as well. Like I said, there are a variety of ways you can play galloping rhythms.
Cigar City Brewing: Tampa-Style Lager
Here’s another Cigar City Brewing beer to go along with my Metal Chops rhythm guitar series. This is far different from the last two Cigar City beers I tasted in my prior two Metal Chops videos. It’s their Tampa-Style Lager, which is based off of a German style beer. It’s quite tasty!
Cigar City Tampa-Style Lager has a light color to it yet it’s another full-bodied beer. It’s made to be somewhat of a summer time beer. Being that Cigar City is based out of Tampa, FL (where I live), that makes sense. We don’t really get a winter here. It’s February and I’m in shorts and a t-shirt. Anyway, this is a great beer if you’re looking for a summer time beer but don’t care for the tropical or fruity flavors that often come with summer beers. I will say it’s on the plain tasting side, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. The flavor is definitely full.
Keep it Metal,