October 17, 2011

Announcing Metal Guitar week thanks to

Brutal Tunes, Metal News, Metalheads 101, Tr00 Metal Life


Randy Rhoads

When we think back to what first drew us to heavy metal music, most of us would remember the first time we ever heard a metal riff or a shred solo; that loud, rumbling distortion, that soaring melody, the speed of those fingers across the frets. It’s a powerful kind of magic that keeps bringing us back to metal again and again.

Names like Tony Iommi, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore, Glenn Tipton, Dave Murray, Alex Skolnick, Wolf Hoffman, Chuck Schuldiner, Trey Azagthoth, Michael Amott, Michael Denner, Luca Turilli, Jon Schaffer, Muhammed Suiemez¬†… if metal were a religion, these would be our pantheon of metal guitar gods.

To celebrate one of my favorite musical instruments, I’m proud to kick-off Heavy Metal Guitar Week here on Steff Metal. In association with Guitar Master Class – a rock/metal guitar tutorial website and forum founded by Swedish guitarist Kristofer Dahl – we’re going to be talking breakdowns, techniques, tips for beginners, and the best metal guitar songs of all time.

And, for those of you out there with musical bones, we’ve giving away SIX free memberships to Guitar Master Class. The community includes over 2000 online guitar tutorials and workshops, on all levels from beginner right up to “Insane”. There’s everything from “Djent – Time Signatures” to “Pentatonic Shred Licks” to “Doom Metal for Beginners” to some seriously advanced tutorials I can’t even begin to contemplate.


Kirk Hammett

About Guitar Master Class

Guitar Master Class is an online guitar membership site based in Sweden. The site itself is in English, with instructors and students from all over the world playing at different skill levels and across various genres. There’s a huge metal / rock section on the site, which has been going strong since 2006.

The instructors list reads like a who’s who of metal guitar gods – from Nevermore’s Attila Voros, to Therion’s Christian Vidal, and Blind Guardian’s Marcus Siepen – with a host of different genre’s – including a shit-ton of extreme metal – represented. I’ve spent hours digging around in the extensive archives and I don’t even PLAY guitar. Once you’ve finished a lesson, you can send a video of yourself for your instructor to grade.

One of the best features of Guitar Master Class is the discussion forum. With boards for you to talk about gear, ask the instructors, get critiques on recordings, and swap info with guitarists all over the world. GMC has a huge focus on getting guitarists to work on real projects with a band – so they create virtual music collaborations; you can find other musicians (not just guitarists) through the site and get experience working on a project together.

What I like about GMC is that the instructors are held accountable for their lessons. Students can ask questions and will be quick to point out if a particular technique could be improved on! Despite this (or perhaps because of it) the forums are very civil and friendly. And – important for blind people like me – the site is uncluttered and easy to read.


Chuck Schuldiner

Check out the GMC site – – and see for yourself. And come back to Steff Metal every day for the next week for an article on the most bad-ass beast of them all – the Heavy Metal Guitar.

Memberships to GMC normally cost $70 for six months, but we’re giving SIX Steff Metal readers a free six-month membership. All you’ve got to do is comment on ANY of the Metal Guitar Week posts or articles on the blog – including this one. Be sure to give a valid email address, and remember – the more times you comment, the more chances you have to win.

17 Comments on “Announcing Metal Guitar week thanks to

violin lessons
June 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm

My daughter wants to take violin lessons at school.. )i(I have no idea
what the average price for drum lessons are. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


October 19, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Sweeet! More metal!

October 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm

This is great! I want to incorporate more METAL in my playing! GRRRRRRRR YEAH!

Joshua Russell
October 19, 2011 at 12:34 am

According to Wikipedia, Mantas is still alive.

October 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I recently decided to pick up a guitar and am having a lot of fun teaching myself, though it is a bit difficult on my own.
Anyway, really looking forward to this week’s articles, Steff!

October 24, 2011 at 12:51 am

Thanks amelia! Glad to have you here!

Joshua Lawrence
October 18, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I’ve been looking into this website for a couple of months, awesome! :D

Joshua Russell
October 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Great offer. I just make it up a lot of the time though, tried tuition but I think my asperger is too strong to learn the way most people learn guitar. ich habe mich verlaufen? I have to either rote learn or go wild. What about Mantas? What happened to him, is he still alive?

October 24, 2011 at 12:55 am

@Josh – I heard they’re doing a new album this year. I’ll find out.

Amir Razmara
October 18, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I for one am still playing guitar at the age of 34 and still getting inspiration from those accomplished guitarist you mentioned in the above article.

October 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm

It only gets better with opportunities like this!

Sanya Lu
October 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm

GMC RuleS!

October 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Steff Metal really Rocks!

Victoria Keenleyside
October 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Hey Steff. Definitely going to show this to Mike. This looks like alot of fun!! Can’t wait to follow it!! I saw Tony Iommi play when Heaven and Hell came out here and that just solidified my belief in him as a master guitarist \m/

October 24, 2011 at 12:50 am

@Vicky = that show was amazing. Tony is such a professional – makes it look so bloody easy!

October 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Woooooooo! I totally want one of those!

I’d also like to add Michael Schenker, Uli Roth and Chris Broderick to that ultimate list. \m/

October 17, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Doooood.. I could totally use something like this!!!

Comments are closed.