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In hard rock and metal phrasing is more important than the types of chords you use, almost more important than the actual notes... get a simple drum groove going and jam over it with a power chord to start out with. Mix up quarter notes, eighths & sixteenths. When you get a rhythm that sounds cool start moving the chord around... slide up or down a step or a minor 3rd, or jump from the E-string to the A-string, or go to a bar and slip a buck into a G-string... Once you got this going on you can see where to punctuate the riff with some additional notes or something different. I think it sounds cool to add a ninth to a power chord, but you might want to turn down the distortion. Major & minor 6ths with or without the power chord are also a cool alternative. Or punctuate the riff with a single note line. Mix & match. Have fun. Surprise yourself. Does this help?

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thanks andrew, boff..

sad part is i don't have an electric guitar, neither can i afford it as for now ! :(

but i have made 3 riffs so far, and they are working well, little bit of thrash element in it {megadeth, old 'tallica}

LOL andrew, thread was meant to be hi jacked coz i m a n00b-ass !! ;)

Steve, I'd definately look forward to what you said, there are little technical stuff here, i need to ask my teacher what does couple of things mean ! but thanks a lot..the main problem with me is, This is my solo project kinda thingy, all i have got is an acoustic guitar only, no drums, nothing else..

Its pretty difficult for me that I jam and i explore things, but i'd sure love to do that, i'll manage somehow !

ohh, btw, thanks again you guys ! :)

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