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Watch the Free as Friedman online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 50 Metal Guitar Licks You MUST Know

There's no doubt about it: Metal is full of minor tonalities. Be it Natural minor (aka Aeolian), Harmonic minor, the Phrygian or Locrian modes--the textures that resonate from these b3 laden scales perfectly color the darkenss this music thrives on. So, when your metal-lized ears hear something other than dreary minor tones you take notice. In the metal world no one is better at dropping some anti-minor sounds than the great Marty Friedman. After making much-o noise on Sharpnel records with Cacophony (with Jason Becker) and some stellar solo releases, Marty was enlisted by thrash metal pioneer Dave Mustaine to join the mighty Megadeth. Their first release was the groundbreaking Rust in Peace, which featured Marty's otherwordly soloing. This lick, constructed of a hexatonic formula that spells 1 b2 3 4 5 b7 is but a taste of what Marty can do.