Metal Riffs IV: Aggressive Rhythms & Bourbon Barrel Arrogant Bastard

Latest Album Heavy Metal Workout II

Here we are with the 4th episode of my Metal Riffs series. I hope you’re enjoying these metal guitar lessons so far.

In this lesson, I’m giving you an example of what I deem as aggressive rhythms. There’s a nice mixture of fast, aggressive playing with plenty of riffs between the power chords and chugging.

I have the Metal Riffs IV video posted below as well as the guitar tabs for the guitar lesson. I’ll go over some details before we get to that.

Oh, and I’m actually playing live through my Fender Mustang IV amp. I usually record direct with plugins.

Aggressive Metal Rhythms

So, what do I mean by aggressive rhythms? For starters, you have to feel it. It’s more than just playing the specific notes on the fretboard. There’s a particular approach, or attack when you’re playing these riff.

One of the techniques that almost force the aggressive guitar playing is fast palm-muting using only downstrokes. The faster you play, the tougher it becomes and you tend to focus and tense up. So that aggression is heard and felt. Just be careful not to play so fast that your sound is muddy, and of course make sure you’re accuracy is on.

Adding certain riffs, combinations of notes, can also make your guitar playing sound more aggressive. With that said, you kind of want to stay away from the typical notes in your major scales. You want to throw in a note or two that almost sounds like it doesn’t belong. You’ll hear what I’m talking about in the aggressive metal riff below.

Metal Riffs IV Guitar Lesson

Guitar Tabs:

Metal Riffs IV - Aggressive Rhythms Tab

In this heavy metal guitar lesson, there’s the typical palm-muting on the E string using downstrokes. And it’s played fast, or at least at a moderate-high speed. As I explained earlier, this almost forces your to have an aggressive approach and attack on the strings.

The metal riffs in between the chords are what really makes the difference to me. Whether you’re playing aggressive riffs or not, those chops and riffs in between are what speaks.

As always, learn this metal riff, expand on it, and make it your own. Play around with the notes, especially those riffs between the palm-muted chord.

Metal & Beer: Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard

It’s now time for my Metal & Beer part of the video. So what am I drinking today? A very unique brew and concept. Bourbon Barrel Aged Arrogant Bastard.

I’ve only tried a couple of bourbon barrel aged beers. You do get a hint of that bourbon barrel sensation and flavor with Arrogant Bastard’s Bourbon Barrel Aged beer. It’s not quite as strong as I would expect, but that’s probably a good thing. You don’t want the bourbon barrel aged to take over the fact that you’re drinking a beer. But there’s a nice mix of that bourbon flavor.

Definitely worth trying if you’re in the mood for something different. And for me, it was a nice switch up as I tend to drink a lot of IPA beers.

Keep it Metal,


* If you missed it, be sure to check out last week’s Metal Riffs III

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