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CrowSeer
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:32 am 
 

Hello everyone. I am new to this forum (and forum positing in general)

I've been listening to bands like nokturnal mortum, emperor, shylmagoghnar etc - along with some less "black" metal bands on and off for over a decade. nokturnal mortum and emperor are life long loves of mine in particular. I had a death metal phase for a while too - gorotted, gorgasm, dying fetus, pig destroyer, black dahlia murder, etc... Whereas I think my own relationship with death metal was a reflection of a certain time in my life (I don't enjoy it so much as I used to) - black metal seems to have a timeless quality (at least to me). I've been wanting to get into art for a few years.. but have kind of hesitated.. now I am beginning to think I should just ease my way into it and let it grow naturally. I have decided to start making atmospheric black metal. I am not yet a musician.. I cannot play a single instrument.. but in the true tradition of black metal (at least what I understand it to be) - I'm going to start with whatever resources I have (I own an acoustic guitar and have access to music making software) - and go from there.

I am hoping there might be some people on this forum who could offer me some tips. I want to buy an electric guitar eventually. Maybe even a drum kit in the future too (when my finance allows - though for the meantime I can use a drum machine). I was thinking I would start by getting to know the guitar via my acoustic. I guess my question is, in terms of learning to play the acoustic, what genre best translates to that classic "atmospheric black metal" sound that we hear? and which ones best translate when moved over to electric? If that makes sense. I have played around a little with simple finger picking exercises.. but knowing which genres would translate best into atmospheric kind of black metal would make a world of difference. And any other advice others have in these regards would also be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks to anyone who comments.

Tony

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Ilwhyan
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Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:41 pm
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:15 am 
 

The only advice I can give is to prioritise acquiring an electric guitar and a means of amplifying it, whether it's a practice amp or some software (I have no experience with those).

Trying to find a style of acoustic guitar music with the best possible specificity for black metal is probably a pointless endeavour. If all you can get is an acoustic guitar, you can at least practice black metal techniques with that, playing and emulating artists that you are the most inspired by.

If you're also interested in acoustic guitar for its own sake, and might want to introduce something like fingerpicked classical guitar to your atmospheric black metal, then that's a different matter. But if your only goal is to play straight-up black metal, you should prioritise getting the appropriate instrument.

In any case, if you're a complete beginner, specificity should not be your primary concern yet. You should be concentrating on learning the absolute basics. You should learn to strum simple but consistent patterns with some common open chords, learn to play simple melody, and power chords.
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CrowSeer
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:18 pm 
 

Ilwhyan wrote:
The only advice I can give is to prioritise acquiring an electric guitar and a means of amplifying it, whether it's a practice amp or some software (I have no experience with those).

Trying to find a style of acoustic guitar music with the best possible specificity for black metal is probably a pointless endeavour. If all you can get is an acoustic guitar, you can at least practice black metal techniques with that, playing and emulating artists that you are the most inspired by.

If you're also interested in acoustic guitar for its own sake, and might want to introduce something like fingerpicked classical guitar to your atmospheric black metal, then that's a different matter. But if your only goal is to play straight-up black metal, you should prioritise getting the appropriate instrument.

In any case, if you're a complete beginner, specificity should not be your primary concern yet. You should be concentrating on learning the absolute basics. You should learn to strum simple but consistent patterns with some common open chords, learn to play simple melody, and power chords.


Thanks for taking the time to answer. Much appreciated. Yeah, I think I'll go the classical route, at least until I get my hands on an electric and amp. Will also take note of those basics you mentioned and start there. Cheers!

If anyone else has any other insights or advice, I'd love to hear it.

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ShaolinLambKiller
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:00 pm 
 

Ilwhyan pretty much covers it. until you are comfortable on guitar and writing and composing on guitar don't bother with any other instrument. then focus on electric guitar after that.
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