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Rock /Metal Guitar Licks: Perfect Inverted and Diminished 5th
This episode of the GuitarBlog explores the most popular intervals used in Rock and Metal guitar riffs. This guitar style uses a large assortment of different types of licks and runs, with many of them sharing a common thread. It is the shared idea of 'Perfect' and 'Diminished' intervals, along with octaves. More specifically, the intervals of the 5th, 4th, octave and diminished (including variations). In rock, the fifth interval (better known as the "Perfect 5th" or by its nick-name the "Power Chord"), is one of the most predominant. This episode of the GuitarBlog covers these intervals including their creative use in the Rock /Metal style. Enjoy the lesson!


PART ONE: The perfect and diminished 5th are two of the most widely used intervals in Rock and Metal. While the perfect 5th sounds great when used in rhythm riffs it also has some fantastic applications in lead as well. The first example applies the perfect 5th in a stacked interval concept in the key of "A Minor." Example two works on the lowered fifth sound from a Rock /Blues descending diminished 5th lick in "A Minor."


PART TWO: The octave, (also sometimes called the Perfect 8 interval), is widely applied in Rock and Metal songs during both lead lines and rhythm guitar riffs. Example three demonstrates the use of octaves along-side of the Perfect 4th interval. The 4th is another interval widely used in Rock and Metal due to it being the inversion of the perfect 5th, (inverted Power Chord). Example four combines several diminished and perfect 5th concepts into one seamless guitar run. Building guitar licks that combine several technical and intervallic concepts together makes up a large part of what occurs musically in this style. Enjoy!


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"Rock /Metal Guitar Licks: Perfect Inverted and Diminished 5th"

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Box Neck Learning Systems


PART ONE: Outlines two core principles of the most popular box system, the "Square Box." This box covers all strings (1 through 6), in a three fret range. We study rhythm guitar applications within the "square box" region with a demonstration of the common "I-IV-V" chord progression. We then expand what can be applied within the box through the organization of a melody part played in the range. The flexibility of the box system is highlighted by changing the key using the box principle.

PART TWO: The second half of this lesson uses a couple of other popular box strategies. These will be based on what is often referred to as the, "Rectangle Box." This rectangle box-outline produces an area on the fingerboard that covers four frets. In example three, the large rectangle box is given with a riff that applies chord shots alongside filler licks. In example four, the rectangle box shrinks into a smaller box pattern covering three strings, (2 through 4). A pop-melody is given for practice that applies a picked pattern composed from the "D Mixolydian Mode."

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