Heavy Metal Guitar Picking Patterns

Unlike the Riffs for Beginners lesson, where I showed a few rhythmic figures (basically the same thing as the picking patterns) and how to use them to build riffs, this page consists only of the 14 rhythmic patterns in heavy styles that I hope will add more depth to your playing.

Note that many of the patterns I recorded in pretty fast pace, don't play on these speeds if you are stumbling, it's always better to play accurately on lower speeds and gradually increase pace along with your progress.

Picking pattern 1

Picking pattern 2

Picking pattern 3

Picking pattern 4

Picking pattern 5

Picking pattern 6

Picking pattern 7

Picking pattern 8

Picking pattern 9

Picking pattern 10

Picking pattern 11


I added some delay effect here.

Picking pattern 12

Picking pattern 13

Pay attention that in this pattern there are three quarter notes marked with triplet notation, it means that duration of these notes together equals a half note. In other words: for two metronome beats go three triplet notes, each of the same length.

Picking pattern 14

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