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.
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.
Check out the GMC site – www.guitarmasterclass.net – 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.