yes i'm with you. Heavy metal has a few distinct rhythms but each riff is slightly different from another so it has to be learnt individually. i.e. if you know the gallop rhythm (quaver followed by two semiquavers), you could recognize it in many songs but most probably it is played with some variations even in different part of the same song. I remember that i did not understand why they said that gallop was widely used by Iron Maiden/Dio/Sabbath because to my ears they played a sort or reverse gallop (two semiquavers followed by a quaver!), then i understood that i was fooled by palm-muting because they accented just the quaver muting the two semiquavers and the result was that my ear noted so much more the unmuted note.cnev wrote:Matteo,
What I meant was unlike strumming an acoustic guitar where you might use a pattern of D/D/u/Du for many songs I havn't found many electric/rock/metal where you would use patterns like thta alot. Sure there are passages must likely the chorus where you might do that but it seems every song is kind of unique and you have to listen to each one.
I hear what you are saying about metal and palm muting with downstrokes and although the technique is similar in may songs it's not common at least for me to find the exact same rhythms used in different songs.
We play Judas Priest songs in the band and I play a few Metallica songs on my own and they both use alot of 1/8 palm muted downstroke picking but it's not like I can take the same pattern that I use in the Judas Priest songs and use them in the Metallica they are rarely exactly the same.
Anyway sometimes you could find some classic rock rhythms even in metal songs: i.e. Living after midnight chorus is a simple 1,2,3&,& rhythm