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Acoustic Metal

Acoustic Metal
October 02, 2009, 02:03:03 AM
This is probably a stupid idea, but to due some circumstances, I only have access to an acoustic guitar and I really wanna learn to play metal. Do you think it is possible to do some progress with just an acoustic guitar (btw, this is just a temporary situation, I realize it can't go on like this forever) ? Have you tried playing metal songs like this? Any good sugestions? These guys seem to have some fun with the classical guitar:


Re: Acoustic Metal
October 02, 2009, 04:53:57 AM
Playing anything of acoustic guitar will make you a better guitarist.  There's no reason why you can't play metal on it.

Re: Acoustic Metal
October 02, 2009, 05:36:17 AM
Fenriz of the popular beat combo "Darkthrone" once stated that they always write Darkthrone riffs on acoustic guitar.
Another approach they use is to ensure that all riffs - if played slowly and on a synthesizer - could work well as a horror movie soundtrack.

Maybe self-imposed limitations are beneficial to the songwriting process? It stops the artist becoming bogged down in technique and focus them instead on meaning. Necessity being the "mother of invention", and all that.

Re: Acoustic Metal
October 04, 2009, 12:31:26 AM
After trying out some old Beherit on acoustic (which sounds AWESOME), this post seems redundant, since the feeling is still there, trapped in the music, regardless of the instrument. I just thought it was too hard.
Self-imposed limitations: Ildjarn once said he is not able to make music anymore, since the 4-tracker he used was destroyed (haha) ; it wouldn't have been the sound he was looking for... Technical limitations depend only on the needs of the artist, which arise from what they are trying to convey in the first place. The medium is just an accessory, and shaped by their vision (and, probably the inverse is also true).

Re: Acoustic Metal
August 15, 2013, 10:28:08 PM
infernum - farewell cd

veles - night on the bare mountain cd

sacramentum - beyond all horizons

emperor - towards the pantheon

Re: Acoustic Metal
August 16, 2013, 10:12:49 AM
No matter what music you are playing, practicing on an acoustic will improve your coordination and technique. "Distortion covers a multitude of sins" as some accomplished guitarist told me.

If it is really killing you, get a practice amp with built-in overdrive and a cheap old Jackson or Ibanez. That will feel like going from a go-kart to a Formula One racer, and can be accomplished for $100 or so.

Re: Acoustic Metal
August 18, 2013, 05:45:31 PM
Cathedral - Picture of Beauty and Innocence