Hi there,

Welcome to the ‘METAL GUITAR BASICS’ course. Thank you so much for helping me out with this! After this course there will be follow up courses, but let’s start with the Basics! 

Course index:
00 – start here
01 – TAB reading
02 – guitar pick grip
03 – picking arm positioning
04 – down picking technique
05 – palm muting technique
06 – checkpoint 1
07 – fretting hand positioning
08 – finger positioning
09 – checkpoint 2

Could you give me feedback on the following points?
1. is it fun? 
2. are the instructions clear?
3. What could be improved?
4. would you recommend this course?
5. any other feedback, questions or suggestions?
6. Could you rate the course 1/10?

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Once you completed the course I’ll send you the follow up course.

GOOD LUCK and thank in advance!


Ps. feel free to reach out to me at any point!



Tablature, short for TAB, is a music notation for guitar. Instead of classical musical notation it uses numbers and characters. It will tell you on which exact spot on the guitar you have to play the note, easy!

All of the exercises and examples in this course are shown in tabs with rhythmic notation. Let’s take a look at how to read them.

A tab contains horizontal lines and every line represents a guitar string. The bottom line represents the thickest string, which is in this case the 6th string a low E, and the top line represents the thinnest string, which is the 1st string, the high E. If you flip your guitar upside down the strings of the guitar and the tabs will line up. This might be a bit strange at first, but you’ll get used to it very quickly.

The number will tell you which fret you need to press down on the string. 2 means press down fret 2. Though if you see a 0 (zero), play an open string. So 0 = open string and 1 to 24, represent the fret that you need to press down.

If there are notes written down after each other, you play them from left to right. If you see two zeros, play the zero twice. If you see four zero’s, play it four times.

If there are multiple notes stacked on each other, you play them at the same time.

Something else that you will find in a tab are bar lines. They divide music into bars or measures. A bar is a segment of time and always contains a consistent specific amount of beats. This specific amount of beats are indicated by the time signature at the beginning of the tab. Most of the time this is a 4/4 (four four). That means that there are four beats in a bar. You count them like: 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4 etc.
But on some occasions this time signature can be different like a 3/4 (three four). This means that a bar contains 3 beats per bar and you count them like: 1 2 3, 1 2 3, etc.
This impacts the ‘feel’ of a song.

Another element that you’ll find in tabs are repeating signs. You can recognize them by the two dots (image). The bars that lay within these signs are repeated at least twice. If there is a number above the repeating signs, it will inform you how many times you need to play the part.

Some tabs indicate the picking direction. A downstroke is indicated with a N and an upstroke is indicated with a V.

There are definitely more signs and elements in tabs, but we’ll be going over them along the way in other lessons. 



Guitar pick is an essential tool when playing metal guitar. Thanks to this piece of plastic, bone, wood, metal or something else, we’re able to modify tone and reach high speeds. In order to be successful you need to know how to hold the guitar pick correctly so it doesn’t rotate whilst using it.

Click here to view my favourite guitar picks. I like everything about this guitar pick from feel, shape, tip, grippy surface to the material. It doesn’t wear off quickly as well. Personally I use 2.5 gauged guitar picks, which are very thick. Anywhere around 1.0 mm should be good, as long as it’s sturdy.


03 Picking arm positioning

Most people think that the fretting arm is where all the magic happens, but if you would ask me I would say that the picking hand does 80% of the work, especially when playing metal. In order to be successful with the picking arm it’s important to know how to position it.

04 Down Picking Technique

05 Palm muting technique

06 Checkpoint 1

Assignment: down strokes on the open 6th string

Send a video and play the open 6th string a couple of times with down strokes:
– play without palm muting
– play with palm muting

Please send a drive/dropbox/wetransfer/youtube video link called basics – checkpoint 1 to

I’ll provide feedback based on your performance.

07 Fretting hand positioning

08 Finger positioning

09 Checkpoint 2

Assignment: play ‘finger positioning’ exercises 1 and 2

Once you’re done with practicing exercises 1 and 2. Record a video of you performing the ‘finger positioning’ exercises 1 and 2.

I’ll provide feedback based on your performance.

Please send a drive/dropbox/wetransfer/youtube video link called basics – checkpoint 2 to


You reached the end of the ‘Metal Guitar Basics’ course. Please provide the feedback and I’ll send you the next course. 

Don’t be afraid to provide negative feedback. This will only help improving the course. 

Speak soon!