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Watch the Diver Down online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 50 Metal Guitar Licks You MUST Know

Metal is of the minor ilk and what better way to deliver that vibe than to fully exploit the natural minor scale's half step intervals between the 2-b3rd and 5-b6th degrees with strategically placed hammer-on/pull-offs? This is metal lickage 101 and you gotta know it. Diving into a Cm arena we have a lick inspired by Vivian Campell's work in Dio's "Holy Diver" from the album of the same name where there's a plethora of 32nd note legato moves throughout this moody minor lick that's played over a slow jam that bears a bVII-I change. For extra drama, throw in some ever-so-slight pinch harmonics on those half-step legato instances and you'll be in full [metal] swing.