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Musical_Magic  
15 Jul 2008 22:48 | Quote
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Ok..Guys, i've been a bit dumb lately, because i'm a guitar newb...
but i have a few questions that need answering, besides, if you dont ask, you dont know...but anyways, here it goes

I fixed my whammy bar, it turns out i was sippinning it as if i was screwing it in, but it turns out, i should be pushing it, but it only makes the strings looser? How do i make them tighter?

What amp settings would make a good metal sound

is there a metal tuning? If so...than how do i tune it to that tuning? And be REALLLY simple, because i'm a big guitar newb

And last question: Is there anything else that i can do to make my playing sound like metal? besides super fast dragonforce shradding...>.>
foogered  
15 Jul 2008 23:49 | Quote
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The whammy bar will make the strings no matter what. A measure you can take to counteract this is have a space for routed out near your headstock and put a locking nut there, or get locking machine heads for your tuners.

For the most part, the tunings that metal bands use most beside standard are Drop D and Drop C.

Drop D is pretty simple. There are a couple ways to go about tuning to it. First you can use a unison method, by loosening the E string until the 7th fret on the E string matches the A string open. Another way to go about it is by loosening the E string until it's an octave below the D string, when both are struck open.

Drop C is a little more involved. I haven't used it in a long time, but if I remember correctly, it's like Drop D, but tuned down another whole step. So where standard tuning is E A D G B E, and Drop D is D A D G B E, Drop C is C G C F A D.

There are some techniques that are "staples" of the metal genre. Pinch harmonics are one such example. This is basically gripping the pick so that the tip of your thumb is close to the edge of the pick. When executed properly, the thumb while hit the string immediately after the string, creating a harmonic. You'll know when you have it. :P

I don't really know much about "metal" amp settings. Hopefully someone else here will be able to answer that question.
GRX40  
16 Jul 2008 15:26 | Quote
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To make the strings tighten, you should pull the whammy up instead of pushing it in. You have to make sure you don't pull it out though.

As for tuning, Drop D or Drop C work, but some bands also use Drop C# or Drop B.

Some good techniques to learn are pinch harmonics, palm muting, tremolo picking, and sweeping (which is pretty hard, but rather cool sounding). A lot of metal rhythm is done with power chords.

Also, look at minor scales, particularly the harmonic minor.

As for settings, a lot of the time you'll want to cut back mids, but boost bass and treble. Don't cut out mids too much though, or you'll sound bad when you play with a band.
foogered  
16 Jul 2008 20:08 | Quote
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Whoops, I guess I misinterpreted what you were asking.
Veqq  
16 Jul 2008 21:18 | Quote
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What bands do you like first of all? It all depends on that.

Although, palm muting is the most important thing for metal.
Musical_Magic  
19 Jul 2008 16:54 | Quote
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Thanks alot guys, although, i met a few friends that want to make a Pop band, but none of them really know how to play that good, so we decided all to learn together, so...What are some good pop techniques, amp settings, and tunings? lol
Skold  
19 Jul 2008 16:57 | Quote
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Most metal players play in Drop D tuning, so I'd go with that. If you wanna play pop, sing cheesy lyrics, play common progressions using power chords, and come up with a little hook.
Ibanez  
19 Jul 2008 17:22 | Quote
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foogered says:
Drop C is a little more involved. I haven't used it in a long time, but if I remember correctly, it's like Drop D, but tuned down another whole step. So where standard tuning is E A D G B E, and Drop D is D A D G B E, Drop C is C G C F A D.


This is how:

What I do is play the note 'C' on the 5th string 3rd fret and then tune the 6th string to match that sound, (therefore bringing the "drop C") then i use the standrard tuning method after that. the olde 5 -> 0 stuff as always. Ta Da
ThePusher  
19 Jul 2008 20:53 | Quote
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I do harmonics, so I go and drop the d, then drop the A to G and teh 3rd string form D to C then drop the existing D down to C then continue on with the tuning in unison harmonics


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