If you want to play heavy metal, then very often you just want the
heaviest sound you can get right? However, the problem that many new heavy metal
guitar players have is that the more they try to make the guitar sound heavier
the worse the guitar sounds. Without realizing it, most heavy metal guitarists
tweak the guitar effects to the extent that what they do actually have adverse
This guitar article is written in mind to point out some of the most
common mistakes that heavy guitar players make. In doing so, I hope that after
reading this, you would go back and do your own tweaks to your heavy metal
The first most common mistake that many guitarists make is that they will
turn the guitar distortion on the effects all the way up to MAX. This does not
merely apply to guitar players as I see this problem recurring everywhere even
in guitarists playing rock guitar.
Now, for some styles of metal, like Death Metal, you may want to do this,
but for mid to heavy metal, the problem with having the distortion on full is
that you will lose a lot of the attack. A cool sounding riff or metal rhythm
progression will actually lose all the edge and sound monotonous.
You may wonder why the picking attack is crucial in metal guitar playing.
The attack is important because it creates definition when you are playing fast
riffs or playing crunchy chords. Having a very high distortion from the pedals
will make the notes blend too much into each other resulting in a very muddled
What you should do is to try easing back on the distortion until you can
hear the initial attack of the strings. You'll often achieve this by easing the
guitar distortion back to around the 75% mark. Go play around with your effects
pedal and hear for yourself what a great difference this would make in your
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