QwikRiffs #018: Harmonic Minor Heavy Metal Riffs in "E Minor"

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QwikRiffs are available to members at Creative Guitar Studio.com. Lessons in the QwikRiffs Series run through collections of rhythm guitar riffs covering all types of playing styles. I cover different 'famous artist' playing approaches and I will demonstrate ideas based on rhythm guitar techniques... 

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Episode #018 covers three "Harmonic Minor - Heavy Metal" Riffs.

Riff one is a low register diminished riff that operates around the lower four strings. The melodic push is off of the 7th and 2nd scale degrees of "D# and F#." The scale tones of "C and A" also help promote the diminished harmony.

Riff two is a steady eighth-note idea within a dominant harmony. The consistency of an eighth-note groove combined with outlining the "E Harmonic Minor's" dominant 7th chord of "B7" creates a strong Harmonic Minor effect.

Riff three is applying a two-note chord idea centered around power-chords of "B5" and "C5." The color of both "Em" and "C major" harmony create ties to the "D# Diminished" scale, (a scale found within "E Harmonic Minor").

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