The Riffhard Podcast

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The Riffhard Podcast, hosted by John Browne and Eyal Levi goes in-depth with the best guitarists in metal. These are the conversations you always wished you could hear with your guitar heroes.

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Arjun Gill (Wake)
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Arjun Gill is a guitarist in Wake. On this episode: Musical influences growing up Arjun’s battle with cancer What it was like playing heavy music in Saudi Arabia Being sent to boarding school in Canada Sponsored by: Neural DSP (use code RIFFHARD for 30% off on plug-ins) Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2022
Andy Wood
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Andy Wood is a guitarist, songwriter, and teacher who has supported acts such as Rascal Flatts, Scott Stapp, Gary Allan, and Sebastian Bach. He is also the founder of The Woodshed Guitar Experience.  On this episode: Getting great by playing with other musicians Why practicing in the bedroom isn't enough Overcoming your technical shortcomings Alternate picking vs legato Focusing on your musical obsession Andy’s Woodshed Guitar Experience Check out Andy Wood's website. Check out the Woodshed Guitar Experience. Follow Andy Wood on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Sponsored by: Neural DSP (use code RIFFHARD for 30% off any plug-ins) Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2022
Joel Stroetzel (Killswitch Engage)
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Joel Stroetzel is a guitarist for Killswitch Engage. Joel is also active in various side projects including Brothers Born and The Hidden Skyline. On this episode: Why both Eyal and Joel dropped out of Berklee How to avoid guitar related hand injuries Joel and Adam D’s approach to downpicking in Killswitch Engage You HAVE to practice playing standing up if you’re going to play live How high should you hold your guitar? How Joel adapted to learning Adam D’s insane finger stretching riffs Is being a super shredder genetic?  How Joel healed his hand injury Andy Sneap and Adam D’s collaboration changed metal mixing forever Kirk Hammett’s incredible luck finding Joe Satriani as a guitar teacher How did a bluegrass technique like hybrid picking become the cool thing for metal shredders to learn?  The groundbreaking importance of Shadow’s Fall How sick it is to have Andy Sneap mix your band One of the major keys to Killswitch Engage’s success Is luck real? How much does it matter? How Joel approaches learning polyrhythms Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2022
Chris Garza (Suicide Silence, The Garza Podcast)
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Chris Garza is a guitarist in Suicide Silence and the host of The Garza Podcast. On this episode: What it was like having Ross Robinson on the Garza Podcast How Taylor Young captured the true spirit of Suicide Silence in the studio What Keanu Reeves prioritizes to be able to handle being John Wick at 54 years old What are you willing to sacrifice to live your dreams? How much do you trust your team? Lessons learned from the Self Titled Suicide Silence album, good and bad The dark side of risk vs reward When DAATH toured with The Acacia Strain How Suicide Silence blended influence from Cannibal Corpse, Slipknot, and Korn It takes a LONG time for the metal scene to accept you Chris’s daily routine Why John Browne loves having a dog (not the reason you might think) How Chris knew that Suicide Silence was worth the risk Getting big without a record label How John Browne handles hating parts in Monuments songs Check out The Garza Podcast. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2022
Nolan Ashley (Kublai Khan TX)
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Nolan Ashley is the guitarist and songwriter of Kublai Khan TX. On this episode: Documenting riffs with voice memos Why Nolan deleted his Facebook Jazz musicians that hate distortion Zakk Wylde and Killswitch Engage pinch harmonics Real amps vs sims What Kurt Ballou from Converge and God City Studio uses to sound AMAZING live How to get the most out of your Line6 Helix How John Browne dials his insane live rig Nerdy guitar amp talk Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 04, 2022
Steven Jones and Craig Gowans (Bleed From Within)
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Steven Jones and Craig Gowans are guitarists in Bleed From Within.  On this episode: How Bleed From Within use voice memos for riff writing When John Browne writes the best Monuments riffs Eyal Levi’s dream state music composition Are you messing up your songs by writing to programmed drums? Working with a string quartet on the new record Making music and lyric videos though 12 Inch Media The RIGHT way to use Guitar Pro The genius of Sean Reinert Should you record drums first or last? Death metal bands that pocket their advance instead of investing in their production (big mistake) How Bleed From Within have managed to keep it together for 17 years! What record labels actually look for in 2022 That time that Devin Townsend and Chad Kroeger collaborated Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2022
Rafael Trujillo (Obsidious)
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Rafael Trujillo is a guitarist and songwriter that is best known for his former band, Obscura and his newest project, Obsidious.  In this episode: How Rafael shreds so hard while avoiding hand injuries John Browne’s grueling method for learning brand new Monuments riffs How Obscura sounds inhumanly precise without faking it Rafael’s technique building routine Why John Browne makes videos instead of voice memos when writing riffs The true definition of “classically trained” The difference between Eddie Van Halen and Zakk Wylde’s solo writing process How Eyal tortured his bandmates with strobe lights and space heaters Live click track disasters Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2022
Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry)
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Per Nilsson is a guitarist best known for his band Scar Symmetry and his stint as a live guitarist for Meshuggah. He has played guest spots for artists such as God Forbid, Threat Signal, Scale The Summit, Francesco Artusato, and more.  On this episode: How Per and Eyal both came back stronger after years long hiatuses from guitar Per’s trick for learning Meshuggah songs How Chris Arp from Psyopus wrote an album on a cardboard guitar while locked up Steve Vai’s 10 hour workout Per’s method for practicing guitar in his mind What it was like playing with Tomas Haake every night How the Meshuggah experience influenced Per’s approach to Scar Symmetry When Eyal and DAATH got kicked out of England That time John Browne and Monuments headlined a show with 25,000 people AND got a military escort to it Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2022
Doc Coyle, Mark Holcomb, Mark Heylmun, Nick Johnston, and Jason Richardson
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Eyal Levi and John Browne are joined by a killer lineup of guests to celebrate episode 100! They’re joined by Doc Coyle from Bad Wolves, Mark Holcomb from Periphery, Jason Richardson from All That Remains, Mark Heylmun from Suicide Silence, and Nick Johnston. On this episode: What it was like to have Rob Trujillo of Metallica on the Ex-Man podcast Kicking close friends out of the band How Bad Wolves persevered through seemingly insurmountable challenges How Jason Richardson joined All That Remains How Periphery maintain great communication as a band How Suicide Silence rediscovered their sound  Nick Johnston's unique perspective on touring as a solo artist Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
Jesse Cash (ERRA)
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Jesse Cash is a guitar player, songwriter, and vocalist in ERRA. On this episode:  Being a control freak and how to work on yourself  Handling technical difficulties on tour  Comparing yourself to others is both good and bad  The connection between the artist and the recording engineer can make or break the record Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 30, 2022
Joakim "Jolly" Karlsson (Bad Omens)
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Joakim “Jolly” Karlsson is a guitarist in Bad Omens. He is also a producer and mixer based out of Los Angeles.  On this episode:  Getting a US work Visa can be hell Bands gotta spend money to make money  Only picking up the guitar for tours Blending tones to complement the rest of the band And more! Listen to Bad Omens on Spotify. Follow Jolly on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2022
Adam Bentley, Adam Rafowitz (Arch Echo)
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Adam Bentley and Adam Rafowitz are the guitarists in Arch Echo.  On this episode: Adam Rafowitz’s alternate picking workaround What’s the deal with jazz? Limiting or compressing a DI How Arch Echo writes songs And more! Listen to Arch Echo on Spotify. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Andrew Tkaczyk (The Ghost Inside)
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Andrew Tkaczyk is the drummer for The Ghost Inside, session songwriter and ex-drummer for For the Fallen Dreams and releases music as a solo artist under the name One Decade. On this episode:  The initial spark when writing songs Soundtracks can make or break movies Good picking hand technique makes everything sound better Working with Will Putney And more! Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2022
Havoc (Ex-Behemoth)
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Mateusz Maurycy Śmierzchalski, stage name Havoc, is best known for previously being the rhythm guitarist, lead guitarist, and backing vocalist for Behemoth but has also worked with acts such as Therion, Eluveitie, and Decapitated. On this episode: Getting the gig with Behemoth Being mostly self-taught on guitar Being diagnosed with bipolar disease Why uninterrupted conversations are great Every artist has a life cycle And more! Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2022
Brody Uttley (Rivers of Nihil)
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Brody Uttley is the guitarist and co-founder of Rivers of Nihil.  On this episode: Prepping your rig for a headlining tour Post-big project depression Practice as if you were playing live Being fueled by fear Working at Rock Lititz Follow Brody Uttley on Instagram and Twitter.  Listen to Rivers of Nihil on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2022
Wes Hauch (Alluvial, The Faceless)
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Wes Hauch is a well-respected lead guitarist in metal who is known for his work with The Faceless, Black Crown Initiate, Alluvial, Thy Art Is Murder, and many others.  On this episode: Not being star struck by famous musicians Feeling like your playing isn’t good enough The way your wear your guitar matters The music industry isn’t dead Why Sweetwater is better than Guitar Center Figuring out if you’re willing to take risks or not And more! Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2022
Ash Gray and Ben Thomas (Venom Prison)
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Ben Thomas and Ash Gray are the guitarists in Venom Prison. On this episode: Dealing with writing disagreements Guitarists recording the bass parts Wasting time in the studio sucks Making sure your pre-production is usable if needed And more! Listen to Venom Prison on Spotify. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
Paul Masvidal (Cynic, Aeon Spoke)
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Paul Masvidal is the guitarist and vocalist in Cynic, Aeon Spoke, and an ex-member of the legendary Death.  On this episode: Not limiting yourself to one genre You should be naturally drawn to doing something well Let artists hear an idea instead of talking about it Knowing what communication style works for you The connection between meditation and music The effects chain for the robot vocals Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2022
Rohan Stevenson (I Built the Sky)
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Rohan Stevenson is the guitar player, songwriter, and creator of the band I Built the Sky.  On this episode:  With the world shutting down, the primary focus had to change  If you’re unhappy with your job then do everything you can to change it Trusting your gut and doing something different - such as recording an acoustic album with Forrester Savell The reality of being a self managed artist - the pros and cons Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
Mick Gordon
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Mick Gordon is a composer and producer known for the Doom, Wolfenstein and Atomic Heart soundtracks, as well as his collaborations with Bring Me the Horizon and Motionless in White, among others. On this episode: Having an emotional path into music Before the release of Doom, the team believed it was going to flop  Pockets of inspiration when collaborating with other artists  Starting work days super early to practice guitar Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2022
Ricky Armellino (Ice Nine Kills, Hawk)
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Ricky Armellino is a guitarist in Ice Nine Kills and the vocalist in Hawk.  On this episode: How to write a killer riff Knowing when to ditch an idea Adapting to working with Ice Nine Kills How to build a successful music career Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2022
Pete Loeffler (Chevelle)
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Pete Loeffler is the guitarist and the lead singer in Chevelle. On this episode: What it was like to work with Joe Baressi  Being in a band with your brothers Making the most of terrible situations What everyone in a band should know about the music business Follow Pete Loeffler on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2022
Richard Shaw (Cradle of Filth)
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Richard Shaw is a guitarist in Cradle of Filth. On this episode: Getting the Cradle of Filth gig Learning parts by ear Striving for more and never being fully satisfied Cradle of Filth surviving metal’s ups and downs Follow Richard Shaw on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2022
Manuel Gagneux (Zeal & Ardor)
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Manuel Gagneux is the songwriter, guitarist and singer in Zeal & Ardor.  On this episode: Channeling emotion into your writing Killing writer’s block Black metal tremolo picking Using lyrics to inspire music Follow Zeal & Ardor on Instagram and Twitter. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2022
Will Putney (Fit For An Autopsy, END)
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Will Putney is a guitarist in Fit For An Autopsy and END. He is also one of the most sought-after producers in metal, working with bands like Thy Art Is Murder, Knocked Loose, Slaughter To Prevail, Gojira and more. On this episode: Using your DAW to become a better guitarist Why songwriting is always more important than production The secrets to Will’s massive, brutal guitar tones What he learned in the studio with Machine Follow Will Putney on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2022
Kurt Ballou (Converge)
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Kurt Ballou the guitarist of Converge and a legendary producer who has worked with acts such as Nails, High On Fire, Dillinger Escape Plan, and many more.  On this episode: Starting your own guitar company How to balance a multi faceted career Respecting the audience Does a mic pre actually matter? Recording drums last in a session Follow Kurt Ballou on Instagram. Check out God City Instruments. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2022
Adam De Micco (Lorna Shore)
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Adam De Micco plays guitar in Lorna Shore.  On this episode: Having multiple guitar teachers Why good technique matters  Recording yourself as a habit The “why not us” mentality And more! Follow Adam De Micco on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2021
Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, God Forbid)
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Doc Coyle is a guitarist for Bad Wolves, the now dormant God Forbid, and many other projects including The Wedding Band with Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo. He’s also the host of The Ex Man Podcast. He joins Eyal Levi and John Browne for a great crossover episode. On this episode: Knowing when to quit Meshuggah's career trajectory Monuments and Bad Wolves releasing new music Writing solos that serve the material And more! Follow Doc Coyle on Instagram and Twitter. Listen to The Ex Man Podcast. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2021
Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Creed)
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Mark Tremonti is the guitarist and founding member of Alter Bridge and Creed. He also releases solo music under the name Tremonti. On this episode: Being a metalhead and Creed’s guitarist Staying relevant Songwriting as the main focus Simplicity is the hardest thing to achieve And more! Follow Mark Tremonti on Twitter and check out his website. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2021
Jonas Jarlsby, Tim Öhrström (Avatar)
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Jonas Jarlsby and Tim Öhrström are the guitarists in Avatar.  On this episode: Developing your identity as a musician  Collaboration makes everything better Guitar tones and technique Getting unstuck with creative work And more! Listen to Avatar on Spotify.  Follow Avatar on Twitter. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2021
Dallas Molster (Grayscale)
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Dallas Molster is a guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist in Grayscale.  On this episode: Using voice memos for songwriting Demoitis Band members knowing their roles And more! Follow Grayscale on Instagram and Twitter. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2021
Cody Quistad (Wage War)
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Cody Quistad is a guitarist, clean vocalist, and songwriter in Wage War.  On this episode: Using the guitar as a tool of expression Incorporating country and blues influences Why it’s an exciting time to be in heavy music Why Cody plays Fender guitars And more! Follow Cody Quistad on Instagram and Twitter. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2021
John 5 (Rob Zombie)
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John 5 is a legendary guitarist and songwriter who currently plays with Rob Zombie. He’s previously worked with Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many others.  On this episode: Why personality is important in the studio Focus on your craft before anything else How tour prep differs from studio prep And more! Follow John 5 on Instagram and Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2021
Kevin Thrasher (Escape the Fate)
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Kevin Thrasher is a guitarist in Escape the Fate. He is also a producer, mixer, and songwriter.  On this episode: Kevin’s deep dive into classical guitar Why outcome oriented practice makes a huge difference Having 75 versions of one song Choosing a different guitarist in the studio Working with Travis Barker And more! Follow Kevin Thrasher on Instagram and Twitter. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2021
John Petrucci (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment)
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John Petrucci is the guitarist of Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment.  On this episode: You shouldn’t need motivation to do something you love Making use of voice memos to remember ideas Why some practice is better than none How John writes for Dream Theater And more! Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
Steffen Kummerer (Obscura, Thulcandra)
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Steffen Kummerer is the main songwriter, vocalist, and a guitarist in Obscura as well as Thulcandra.  On this episode: Steffen’s melodic style What working with Fredrick Nordstrom was like The technical aspect of Steffen’s playing Daily routines The difference between laziness and burnout And more! Check out Steffen’s website.  Follow Steffen on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2021
Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer)
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Gary Holt is a guitarist and the main songwriter in Exodus. He was also a guitarist in Slayer from 2011 to 2019. On this episode: Downpicking as part of Gary’s style How technology has changed the game Tracking rhythm guitar with Andy Sneap Gary’s modded Marshalls and his pedal collection And more! Follow Gary Holt on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2021
Buster Odeholm (Vildhjarta, Humanity's Last Breath)
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Buster Odeholm is a drummer, guitarist, producer and mixer. He is the drummer of Vildhjarta, guitarist for Humanity’s Last Breath, and the owner of Odeholm Audio. On this episode: How Buster plays guitar upside down Not all music needs to be playable live Why Buster doesn’t tour with an amp What to do when you don’t like the sound you’re getting And much more! Follow Buster on Instagram. Check out Odeholm Audio. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2021
J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm, Ex Deo)
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J-F Dagenais is a guitarist in Kataklysm, Ex Deo, a producer, mixer, audio engineer and the owner of JFD Studio. On this episode:  Adapting as needed in order to survive Overcoming not being a natural at songwriting The power of collaboration Touring with backup guitars and amps Why you can’t replicate someone else’s tone And more! Follow J-F Dagenais on Instagram. Check out JFD Studio. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2021
Andy Gillion (Mors Principium Est.)
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Andy Gillion is a multi-instrumentalist, video game composer, and songwriter who was previously in Mors Principium Est. and is now a solo artist. On this episode: Creating a theme song from a brief You don’t need to use theory as a guide Technology has a time and place How Andy uses writing as practice And more! Follow Andy Gillion on Twitter and Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2021
Herman Li (DragonForce)
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Herman Li is a guitarist for DragonForce and a successful Twitch streamer.  On this episode: Do endorsements even matter? Live-streaming is hard!  Having fun while remaining professional  Why Herman continues to practice guitar And more! Follow Herman Li on Twitch, Twitter, and Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2021
Sammy Boller (Scott Stapp, Citizen Zero)
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Sammy Boller is a guitarist and songwriter. He’s a brand ambassador for Friedman, Scott Stapp's guitarist, and previously played guitar in Citizen Zero. On this episode: Growing up in a musical family The difference between writing and practicing Playing with friends can hold you back And more! Check out Sammy Boller on Instagram and YouTube. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2021
Sammy Duet (Goatwhore)
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Sammy Duet is the guitarist and a founding member of Goatwhore. He also played in Acid Bath and Crowbar.  On this episode: How Sammy got into extreme music How crucial picking hand stamina is What it’s like having Kurt Ballou mix his record Selling out his signature guitar in 2 minutes And more! Follow Sammy Duet on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2021
Miles Dimitri Baker (Interloper)
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Miles Dimitri Baker is a guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist. He currently plays in Interloper and previously played with Rings of Saturn and AEnimus.  On this episode: Making mistakes while on tour Why ProTools is scary Learning intervals helps other aspects of playing How theory and harmony affect guitar playing And more! Follow Miles Dimitri Baker on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2021
Josh Rand (Stone Sour, The L.I.F.E. Project)
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Josh Rand is a songwriter, producer, and guitarist for Stone Sour. He also has a new band with Casandra Carson called The L.I.F.E. Project. On this episode: What he can and can’t record in his studio Being a multi-instrumentalist Why your pick choice and guitar setup are important And more! Follow Josh Rand on Instagram and Facebook. Listen to Stone Sour on Spotify.  Listen to The L.I.F.E. Project on Spotify. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2021
Malcolm Pugh (Inferi, A Loathing Requiem, Demon King)
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Malcolm Pugh is the guitarist in Inferi and A Loathing Requiem, the bassist in Demon King, and co-founder of the metal label The Artisan Era. On this episode, Malcolm, Eyal, and John discuss: Making technical music sound musical Doubling guitar with other instruments Malcolm’s unique pick holding And more! Follow Malcolm on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2021
Joe Mabry (Capstan)
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Joe Mabry is a guitarist and songwriter in Capstan.  He sits down with Eyal Levi and John Browne to discuss: Capstan’s new record Separate How lockdown impacted the band Guitar solo restraints And more Follow Joe Mabry on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2021
Dino Cazares (Fear Factory, Divine Heresy, Brujera, Asesino)
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Dino Cazares is the guitarist, co-founder and primary mind behind Fear Factory, Divine Heresy, Brujeria, and Asesino. On this episode: Applying sports methodologies to guitar playing How picking affects tone Getting endorsed by Line 6 Using amp sims on the new Fear Factory record And more! Follow Dino Cazares on Instagram and Twitter. Fear Factory’s website Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2021
Joshua Travis (Emmure)
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Joshua Travis is the guitarist in Emmure, previously in Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, and a founding member of Glass Cloud. On this episode, Joshua Travis, Eyal Levi, and John Browne discuss: Knowing how to play drums and how it helps with guitar Why most people can’t master downpicking How Joshua ultimately joined Emmure And more! Follow Joshua Travis on Instagram, Twitter, and Twitch. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2021
Stevie D (Buckcherry)
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Stevie D is a guitarist and songwriter for Buckcherry.  On this episode, Stevie D, Eyal Levi, and John Browne discuss:  The difference between touring life and quarantine life Shifting from spending on radio to focusing on social media Why Buckcherry signed to a label And more! Follow Stevie D on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2021
Ryan "Fluff" Bruce (Dragged Under)
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Ryan “Fluff” Bruce is a guitarist in Dragged Under and a YouTuber who reviews gear on his channel Riffs, Beards, and Gear. On this episode, Fluff, Eyal Levi, and John Browne dive into: Why guitarists should learn video basics Dealing with gear elitists Handling imposter syndrome And more! Follow Riffs, Beards, and Gear on YouTube. Follow Fluff on Instagram and Twitter. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2021
Nick Rossi (Born of Osiris)
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Nick Rossi plays guitar in Born Of Osiris. On this episode, Nick Rossi, Eyal Levi, and John Browne discuss: The toxic mentality of comparing guitar players Soundtracks vs. orchestral music Integrating into an established band And more! Follow Nick Rossi on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2021
Ol Drake (Evile)
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Ol Drake is a guitar player, vocalist, songwriter and most recently a Twitch streamer from the UK best known for his work with thrash legends Evile. On this episode, Ol Drake talks with Eyal Levi and John Browne about: Playing guitar without a pick Streaming on Twitch Ol’s fretboard visualization  Learning intervals And more! Follow Ol Drake on Twitch, Instagram, and Twitter.  Listen to Evile on Spotify. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2021
Dean Lamb and Tobi Morelli (Archspire)
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Dean Lamb and Tobi Morelli are the guitar players and songwriters for the technical death metal band Archspire.  On this episode, the guys discuss the following with Eyal Levi and John Browne: Writing extremely technical music in the same room Endurance building Using the right pick for the job How local bands torpedo their careers And more! Follow Dean on Instagram and YouTube. Follow Tobi on Instagram. Listen to Archspire on Spotify. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2021
JB Brubaker (August Burns Red)
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JB Brubaker is a guitarist and one of the main songwriters in August Burns Red. The Grammy Award-winning band is one of the most revered in metal. On this episode, JB talks to Eyal Levi and John Browne about: ABR deciding to become self-managed Keeping busy during COVID times You can’t account for adrenaline when practicing guitar Why the band re-recorded Leveler And much more! Follow JB Brubaker on Instagram and Twitter.  Listen to August Burns Red on Spotify. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2021
Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)
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Nita Strauss is a guitar player, songwriter, and business owner who is currently the touring guitarist for Alice Cooper. She also releases her own solo music. She previously played guitar in the house band for Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons’ arena football team LA KISS and worked with the WWE. On this episode: How the definition of being a professional musician has changed Having discipline and doing things even when you don’t want to Life as a hired gun vs. working on solo projects And more! Check out Nita’s website. Follow Nita on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2021
Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge)
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Myles Kennedy is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist in Alter Bridge and the lead singer in Slash’s backing band, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. On this episode: Knowing how to spot opportunities is crucial You’re never too old to pursue your passion Focus is a determining factor in what you do long-term Why healthy narcissism is necessary as a creator Check out Myles Kennedy on YouTube. Follow Myles Kennedy on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2021
Francesco Artusato (Light the Torch)
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Francesco Artusato is the guitarist in Light the Torch and formerly for All Shall Perish. He’s also a freelance 3D animator and concept artist with an impressive list of corporate and television credits. On this episode, Eyal Levi, John Browne, and Francesco Artusato discuss: How injury led Francesco to guitar Becoming as good as you can, not as good as someone else The willingness to go all-in on new skills How to approach a new instrument And more! Follow Francesco on Instagram. Check out the track visualizer video for "More Than Dreaming" by Light the Torch. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2021
Charles Caswell (Berried Alive)
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Charles Caswell is a guitarist who is currently working on his solo project, Berried Alive.  On this episode, Eyal Levi, John Browne, and Charles Caswell discuss: Work ethic and how some people are just born with more of it The best way to learn a new technique Why thought experiments are important for creating Leaving a band to go out on his own The reason bands don’t need labels as much as they once did Check out Berried Alive on YouTube. Follow Charles Caswell on Instagram and Twitter. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2021
Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, The Devin Townsend Project)
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Devin Townsend is a legendary musician, songwriter, and producer who is best known for his bands Strapping Young Lad and The Devin Townsend Project, as well as work with Lamb Of God, Misery Signals, Gwar, and many others. What should your priorities be as a musician or producer? Why failing isn’t failure  The art of pivoting quickly is crucial for survival Follow Devin Townsend on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Listen to the Devin Townsend Project on Spotify. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials with tabs A chance to enter our monthly King Of The Riff contest Livestream Q&As and other events Our private community Be sure to follow Riffhard on Instagram and Facebook. Follow Eyal Levi on Instagram. Follow John Browne on Instagram. Like this show? Please leave us a 5-star review - even one sentence helps! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2021
Dan Sugarman (Ice Nine Kills)
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Dan Sugarman is a guitarist in Ice Nine Kills. He is also a solo guitarist, the owner of Sugarman's Lesson Lounge, and was formerly a member of As Blood Runs Black. 1:48 - Carrot and stick method of learning 17:49 - The education business is not easy money 37:06 - Artists need to be emotional, but also educated on the business 50:31 - Knowing your role within a band 1:06:05 - How the mind connects to the body 1:20:11 - How to go about learning new techniques 1:37:37 - Dan’s five stages of learning 2:01:50 - Your own voice will come from you, not others Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2021
Bart Hennephof
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Bart Hennephof is a solo guitarist and producer and was formerly the guitarist in Textures. 1:45 - Important things that are hard to teach 11:26 - Bart doesn’t use a noise gate in front of his amp 25:41 - Stretching while on tour 35:56 - Start a band in 8 weeks 55:46 - Music comes first 1:08:09 - Don’t just blindly trust people 1:19:12 - How much time does Bart spend practicing guitar? Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2021
Mark Holcomb, Misha Mansoor, and Jake Bowen (Periphery)
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Mark Holcomb, Misha Mansoor, and Jake Bowen are guitarists in Periphery. 1:33 - Working on new music and the impact of COVID 12:10 - What makes the band avoid a specific tour market 21:00 - The role that Periphery’s manager plays 46:24 - How the band focuses on the music 1:06:20 - Figuring out how to turn high risk into success 1:25:24 - Deciding who plays what, especially in the studio 1:39:49 - The band’s latest writing session 1:57:41 - Periphery gets priority when writing 2:11:11 - Does Mark use a metronome? 2:22:57 - What an average day is like for the guys Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2021
Jack Gardiner (Stu Hamm, China Crisis)
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Jack Gardiner is a guitarist with a very active and growing YouTube channel who also plays for Stu Hamm and China Crisis in addition to working on a solo project. 1:46 - Jack’s MasterClass and visualization 12:32 - 3 note per string scales can hold some people back 30:06 - Play with people who are better than you 49:53 - The typical trajectory in music 1:05:25 - Developing your own voice 1:17:51 - Plagiarism in music 1:43:43 - Vanity metrics exist to make you feel good Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2021
Matt Halpern (Periphery, GetGoodDrums)
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Matt Halpern is the drummer in Periphery and the co-owner of GetGoodDrums. 1:47 - Matt, Browne, and Eyal’s tour adventures 22:28 - Band chemistry and communication are crucial 40:40 - Deprivation work and putting other people first 49:31 - How drummers communicate with guitarists 1:14:20 - Can you develop pocket and rhythm? 1:23:37 - The relationship between the kick and riffs 1:29:18 - Choosing cymbals for a specific part Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2021
Chris Kelly (Alustrium)
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Chris Kelly is the guitarist in Alustrium and was the lead guitarist (Darth Vader) in Galactic Empire. 2:14 - The most annoying interview questions 18:06 - Spending too long on songs 35:54 - Confidence is required as a musician 51:32 - Handling the extra time during COVID 1:13:50 - Metal was more violent in the 90s 1:24:12 - Terrible tour bus stories 1:37:50 - Working on rhythm guitar playing 1:47:45 - Getting a better technique down 2:07:29 - Everyone goes back to the basics Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2021
Josh Middleton (Architects, Sylosis)
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Josh Middleton is a guitarist in Architects and has his own band, Sylosis. 4:18 - Time management during COVID 15:06 - How engineering comes into play for Josh 32:15 - Finding time to practice guitar 44:04 - Recording yourself is a great tool 59:49 - You can’t judge gear based on spec sheets 1:05:02 - Knowing when a song is good enough 1:16:47 - What’s the job of a producer? 1:24:55 - Architects’ guitar tone Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
Mark Vollelunga (Nothing More)
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Mark Vollelunga is the guitarist for Nothing More. 3:53 - Vegetable oil vans 11:55 - Standing out as a band without it feeling contrived 21:44 - Fighting for an idea that is right 42:06 - Some of Mark’s biggest failures 52:01 - The sex, drugs, and rock n roll lifestyle is not the whole story 1:07:41 - Mark’s musical priorities 1:32:19 - Christian rock and metal bands 1:47:31 - Being a musician and entrepreneur Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2021
Pat Sheridan (Fit For An Autopsy)
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Pat Sheridan is a guitarist in Fit For An Autopsy and a tattoo artist. 1:17 - Why musicians suck with time management 8:19 - Opening bands and tour managers 29:05 - Misconceptions about successful bands 36:38 - How long Pat was in local bands 54:37 - Running a band as a business 1:15:32 - The right hand is the most important thing 1:44:29 - Being a successful band and working with Will Putney 1:58:30 - Backing companies without endorsement deals Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2021
Bumblefoot (Sons of Apollo)
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Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal is a legendary guitarist. To call him an innovator would be to sell him short. He is currently the guitarist for Sons of Apollo and previously played in Guns N’ Roses, but his full credits are way too long to list here. Sponsored by: Sheet Happens Publishing (use code RIFFHARD for 15% off) 2:12 - Bumblefoot’s prolific childhood 17:48 - You shouldn’t need to be motivated to do something you love 25:57 - Time management strategy 53:10 - Creation vs. playing someone else’s song 1:09:27 - Being self-aware 1:21:32 - Getting his music licensed and playing huge gigs 1:50:13 - You can’t expect 100% return all of the time 1:58:25 - Bumblefoot’s hot sauce 2:19:18 - Using a fretless guitar Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2021
James Monteith (TesseracT)
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James Monteith is a guitarist in TesseracT and a founder at Hold Tight where he is a publicist for many amazing guitarists. Sponsored by: Sheet Happens Publishing (use code RIFFHARD for 15% off) 3:47 - Livestreams during the pandemic 16:11 - Working in PR 40:44 - How James fits in guitar playing 58:49 - The future of marketing guitar players 1:21:09 - The terror of being in a band 1:42:16 - Knowing your limits Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2021
Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore)
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Jeff Loomis plays guitar in Arch Enemy and is best known for his legendary work in Nevermore. 1:40 - How Jeff has spent his time during the pandemic 12:33 Grunge bands and the Seattle scene 21:11 - Not knowing theory doesn’t mean you can’t be good 28:35 - Pre-production is done differently today 41:55 - Jeff’s rhythm guitar playing 54:58 - The bands that blow up have a certain energy about them 1:06:17 - Endorsements and how they work 1:12:57 - Hands vs. gear 1:36:33 - How bands operate internally is everything 1:42:06 - Jeff’s plug-in 1:50:11 - Overcoming injuries Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2021
Plini
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Plini is a guitarist and songwriter who was called “the future of exceptional guitar playing” by Steve Vai. Sponsored by: Sheet Happens Publishing (use code RIFFHARD for 15% off) 1:31 - Waking up early and having a routine 12:22 - Defining artistic validity 29:19 - You favorite songs vs fan favorites 42:04 - The price of success 1:00:15 - Does Plini practice on a regular basis? 1:16:36 - Balancing a competitive nature while keeping a low stress level 1:38:36 - There’s no set timeline for a career 1:57:00 - How Plini approaches meter 2:06:12 - How often is the final product different than imagined? Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2021
Trey Xavier (Gear Gods)
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Trey Xavier is a guitarist and the Editor-in-Chief of Gear Gods. 2:10 - Gear will not make you better 19:10 - Outcome based playing vs just for enjoyment 32:08 - Interacting with comments on the internet 42:04 - The base skill set level for musicians 1:01:28 - What to look out for when buying new gear 1:11:00 - The future of recording 1:36:26 - Outsourcing Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2021
Chris Wiseman (Currents, Shadow of Intent)
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Chris Wiseman is the guitarist for Currents and Shadow of Intent. 3:46 - How Chris is using his entrepreneurial mind during quarantine 19:38 - The loss of touring and using the internet to get big 54:28 - Does Chris practice guitar? 1:09:09 - Most people are well-intentioned and nice 1:16:13 - Having a routine and focus 1:28:30 - Writing for two bands without them sounding the same Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2021
Mike Stringer (Spiritbox)
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Mike Stringer is the guitarist for Spiritbox. 1:44 - Stupid riffs 22:00 - The importance of image 36:15 - Spending time on music vs. everything else 54:56 - Creating the ethereal elements in Spiritbox 1:13:30 - The role of a producer 1:26:32 - Wearing many hats as a professional musician 1:42:37 - Are people too obsessed with genre? 1:51:10 - How Mike approaches dynamic writing Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2021
The Ghost Inside
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Zach Johnson and Chris Davis are the guitarists for The Ghost Inside. 1:37 - Practicing while standing 14:33 - Recalling the correct breakdown 27:22 - Not touring due to injury vs. not touring due to COVID 35:11 - How Zack and Chris create riffs 58:42 - Work ethic is key 1:32:34 - Working with someone who is different and how to get out of the way 1:43:04 - Everyone having a say can be dangerous 1:52:30 - What is a producer’s role? Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2021
Jen Majura (Evanescence)
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Jen Majura is the guitarist for Evanescence. 2:16 - Live streams are tiring 12:24 - Artists and craftsmen are both necessary 25:14 - Replacing a band member is hard 39:28 - Adapting in 2020 54:08 - Jen’s guitar habits during quarantine 1:28:45 - Designing tones Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2020
Jake Bowen (Periphery)
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Jake Bowen is a guitarist in Periphery. 3:02 - Eating high-calorie meals 9:21 - Jake’s problem with airports and authority figures 29:16 - Humans are still animals even though society has modernized 43:51 - How the band is handling staying home 57:18 - Anxiety and being a people pleaser 1:05:03 - Playing guitar live 1:21:00 - A day in the life of Jake 1:32:13 - Battling depression 1:44:02 - Being influenced by his uncle, John Petrucci 1:55:36 - Jake’s riff style Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2020
Jinjer
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Eugene and Roman are the bassist and guitarist, respectively, in Jinjer. 1:59 - Working with Max Morton and writing songs 12:07 - Throwing ideas and riffs away 25:44 - The band’s communication 37:16 - Eugene’s bass lines 50:21 - Writing during lockdown and writing rigs 1:02:51 - Being able to travel with your own console 1:12:06 - Staying grounded 1:34:36 - Writing a song in 5 hours Roman Ibramkhalilov (@kazyolli) • Instagram photos and videos Eugene Abdukhanov (@jinjerbass) • Instagram photos and videos Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2020
Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation)
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Ruud Jolie is the lead guitarist of Within Temptation. 12:22 - How European culture treats metal music 23:19 - You can make music work without a band 37:15 - Ruud’s job as a guitarist in Within Temptation 56:48 - Guide for refining riffs 1:21:20 - Defining personal style 1:43:36 - Longevity is a rare thing 1:52:07 - Rehearsing before tour Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2020
Nick Sampson (I Am Abomination)
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Nick Sampson is a producer, engineer, and guitar player for I Am Abomination. 3:14 - Handling COVID 11:11 - Gaining trust and respect 17:03 - How guitar players can prepare 36:47 - Scheduling and time management 57:51 - Making your guitar as playable as possible 1:17:50 - Building and patenting a guitar 1:38:57 - Buying weed used to be difficult 1:57:39 - There’s no liposuction for guitar Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2020
Angel Vivaldi
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Angel Vivaldi is a virtuoso guitarist as well as a songwriter and producer. 5:07 - Angel doesn’t miss being on the road 18:07 - Eddie Van Halen 28:10 - Finding what works best for your health 45:46 - Does Angel’s discipline with health and fitness transfer to guitar playing? 59:48 - Getting away from drugs and abuse 1:11:51 - How Angel recorded his first demo 1:33:00 - Working with Will Putney 1:53:40 - Angel’s writing process 1:58:42 - Angel’s practice regimen Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2020
Angus Clark (Trans Siberian Orchestra)
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Angus Clark is a lead guitarist best known for his 20 year stint with Trans Siberian Orchestra as well as playing for artists such as Cher and Kitaro among others. 2:21 - The hired gun life 16:11 - Self-awareness is crucial 31:38 - Getting the TSO gig 49:42 - Tone is in your ears 1:08:24 - You don’t have to choose between writing and playing 1:19:21 - Knowing who you are 1:30:03 - The entrepreneur’s curse 1:37:49 - Working with Cher 1:49:15 - What Angus tells people who aspire to do what he does Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2020
John Browne (Monuments)
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John Browne was a guest on the URM Podcast. He plays guitar in Monuments, Flux Conduct, and is the co-founder of Riffhard. 6:31 - Why rhythm guitar is important 16:23 - The relationship between Dillinger Escape Plan and Mr. Bungle 23:27 - What bands are pushing the envelope? 36:00 - Rhythm and phrasing 55:23 - How to get better at guitar 1:12:15 - What are the features of Riffhard? 1:19:36 - Deleting riffs - should you or should you not? 1:29:16 - Why you should analyze “Freak on a Leash” by Korn 1:40:30 - Tone is in the hands, but for real Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2020
Mark Holcomb (Periphery, Haunted Shores)
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Mark Holcomb is a guitarist in Periphery and Haunted Shores. 2:05 - How Browne and Mark know each other 11:09 - The X factor and social media 21:51 - Adapting to touring life 29:18 - Day-to-day lifestyle 50:54 - Making ideas cohesive 1:22:45 - Coming up with open chords 1:35:26 - Using PRS guitars 1:42:14 - Gear and black metal Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2020
Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann (DevilDriver)
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Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann are guitarists for DevilDriver. 2:42 - How the guys are handling COVID 15:05 - How Mike and Neal know each other 29:19 - Dark times and lineup changes 53:13 - Working with Steve Evetts 1:09:01 - How Mike got into recording 1:22:56 - Pocket is different for everyone 1:34:44 - Tracking guitars and trusting producers 1:51:57 - Writing riffs 1:57:10 - Finding inspiration Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2020
Carter Arrington (Progger, Peter Rowan)
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Carter Arrington is a guitarist who has played with Progger, Peter Rowan, Eric Johnson, and many others. 3:25 - Carter’s rhythm playing 16:47 - Carter’s definition of pocket 40:42 - Adjusting to the pocket of a drummer 54:22 - Ego and finding what you want to do 1:03:14 - Obsession 1:28:49 - Carter’s course and writing 1:51:28 - Sixteenth notes Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2020
Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
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Kiko Loureiro is the lead guitarist for Megadeth. 3:08 - Getting stuck in Finland 12:32 - Touring and routine 24:19 - Playing guitar for work vs. not for work 54:28 - Music in Brazil 1:10:56 - Practicing and figuring out how you learn 1:33:47 - Should modern musicians record themselves? 1:52:38 - Adapting to modern technology 2:08:50 - Why Kiko learned to record audio and video 2:26:10 - What Kiko learned from Dave Mustaine 2:34:27 - Composing with 7 and 8 strings Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2020
Adam Christianson (Architects)
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Adam Christianson is a guitarist in Architects. 1:57 - Being a Canadian in a British band 13:44 - Big vs. small shows 27:14 - Advancement of online education 41:22 - What does Adam focus on with the guitar? 49:22 - Perform as soon as you can 57:24 - Don’t discount anyone 1:05:29 - Being disciplined 1:21:21 - Does Adam write riffs with intention in mind? 1:29:49 - What elevated Adam’s playing the most? Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
Misha Mansoor (Periphery)
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Misha Mansoor, aka Bulb is one of the guitarists of Periphery as well as one of the founding partners behind ventures such as Horizon Devices and Getgood Drums. 1:32 - Keeping busy during quarantine 14:23 - Building a career online 35:41 - Time management and avoiding burnout 47:58 - Taking a vacation 1:01:03 - Getting worn out 1:14:59 - Avoiding getting stale 1:38:52 - Communication is key - singing at someone instead of yelling 1:53:42 - Where does Periphery go next? 2:02:18 - Will there be another summer camp? 2:14:56 - Low vs. high gain Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020
Dave Davidson (Revocation)
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Dave Davidson is the guitarist for Revocation. 2:05 - COVID and false information 22:07 - Creating and cataloging riffs 42:58 - Building band members’ trust 55:51 - Dave’s practicing habits 1:13:08 - Where does Dave’s love of extreme metal come from? 1:20:04 - Heavy music techniques 1:36:41 - Chord progression and theory 1:47:05 - Dave’s writing process Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2020
Olly Steele (Monuments)
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Olly Steele is a guitarist in Monuments. 3:07 - How Olly and Browne met 8:55 - Learning to play a 7-string 19:43 - Tour etiquette 40:57 - Olly’s guitar playing and lessons 57:08 - Traversing the neck 1:14:58 - Learning with modern technology 1:26:04 - Defining moments when writing songs 1:34:30 - Balance’s clean sound Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2020
Gus G (Firewind)
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Gus G, also known as Kostas is a Greek powerhouse, lead guitarist of Firewind. He has played in Arch Enemy, Nightrage, Mystic Prophecy, Dream Evil, and for Ozzy Osbourne himself! 1:58 - Technology and quarantine 17:14 - An unlikely path to success 26:34 - Artists and record deals 51:59 - The impact of playing with Ozzy 1:04:43 - Guitar practice 1:17:44 - How Firewind got discovered 1:36:39 - Leaving Greece 1:44:15 - Knowing when to place the vibrato Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2020
Aaron Marshall (Intervals)
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Aaron Marshall is the guitarist of Intervals. 2:02 - Aaron auditioned for Fellsilent 13:10 - Steady income during lockdown 34:33 - Working with producers 48:53 - Muscle memory 1:00:22 - Capitalizing on opportunities 1:17:31 - Health and lifestyle 1:52:27 - Lead melody and rhythm 2:02:43 - Learning chord and scale theory Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2020
Brody Uttley (Rivers of Nihil)
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Brody Uttley is the guitarist for Rivers of Nihil. On this episode: 3:20 - Social tier hunting 15:33 - Joe Bonamassa 22:03 - Quarantine habits 34:32 - Devin Townsend is a genius 43:53 - Why don’t Brody’s bandmates hate him? 1:24:11 - How Brody practices guitar 1:33:21 - Not tensing up when you play guitar 2:00:41 - Gear vs. hands 2:23:31 - What comes first, riffs or drums? 2:31:26 - The pressure to experiment Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2020
Josh Smith (Northlane)
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Josh Smith is the guitarist for Northlane and is the co-owner of Open Door Management. On this episode: 2:35 - Lockdown and cycling 14:55 - Focus and the inner bitch voice 22:48 - Having a disciplined approach 38:27 - Working with David Bendeth and Will Putney 58:18 - Northlane’s live stream 1:17:30 - Working on multiple things at once 1:34:45 - This is in fact a guitar podcast 1:40:30 - Going from a local band to national to international Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2020
Mike Dawes (Justin Hayward, Nik Mystery)
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Mike Dawes is an innovative acoustic guitarist who has built an impressive solo career 100% indie. He also plays for Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues and is a member of Nik Mystery. On this episode: 2:40 - Being a sideman for older bands 21:02 - Preparing for the worst on tour 37:10 - Being a solo guitar player vs. being in a band 49:35 - Knowing your intent 1:10:06 - Great guitar players exist in every genre and era 1:25:45 - Overcoming injuries 1:42:35 - How COVID has affected Mike 2:04:26 - Mike’s guitar tuning and setup 2:28:25 - How should beginners learn the percussive technique? Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2020
Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, Machine Head, Slayer)
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Phil Demmel is a staple in the metal scene gaining notoriety for his time in Machine Head, his band Vio-lence and his session gig for Slayer. On this episode: 3:07 - Phil’s quarantine life 9:41 - The logistics of collaborating on cover songs 20:55 - Playing guitar live can’t be simulated elsewhere 30:04 - How Phil learned guitar 40:47 - How crucial is the social aspect of the industry? 50:49 - Proving yourself as a band and musician 1:00:25 - Filling in with Slayer 1:16:50 - Learning Machine Head songs Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2020
Andy James (Fields of the Nephilim, Five Finger Death Punch)
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Andy James is a well known guitar virtuoso who has a massive YouTube channel, plays with Fields of the Nephilim, and has toured as a session guitarist with acts such as Five Finger Death Punch. On this episode: 9:35 - How bands are live-streaming now 13:09 - How Andy ended up touring with Death Punch 30:12 - Are certain tours harder than others? 35:34 - Learning someone else’s songs 46:21 - Having a natural knack for guitar 57:15 - Being an artist vs a craftsman 1:20:05 - Should you mix your own album? 1:33:52 - Handling writer’s block Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2020
Bill Hudson (NorthTale, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
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Bill Hudson is a virtuoso guitarist who has played with Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, and I Am Morbid among many many others. He is the founder and lead guitarist of NorthTale. On this episode: 2:45 - Guitar playing during the quarantine 17:40 - Perfect pitch 23:21 - Does language impact how Bill thinks about music? 38:13 - England and innovative rock 59:13 - Getting gigs 1:07:56 - Working out and having a healthy lifestyle 1:39:40 - How addictions can affect your performance 2:01:21 - Bill’s practice routine 2:21:12 - The importance of tempo Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2020
Nick Johnston
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Nick Johnston is a Canadian guitarist who releases his work as an independent solo artist and has worked with Periphery, Polyphia, Scale The Summit, Mike Dawes, and many more. On this episode: 2:00 - Quarantine life and mask breath 10:09 - Being disciplined when you’re younger 27:07 - The critiques of instrumental guitar playing 34:33 - How Nick made his picking hand less sloppy 45:48 - Fear as a motivator 1:04:18 - Your pathology isn’t necessarily going to change because your circumstances do 1:10:47 - How Nick stays disciplined 1:22:52 - Tone in the hands vs. the gear 1:34:36 - Being honest with yourself about what you want to do 1:43:25 - Why Nick doesn’t want to be on a label 1:59:20 - Final guitar solos vs. improvising Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2020
Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, God Forbid)
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Doc Coyle is the guitarist of Bad Wolves and was previously in God Forbid. He also hosts The Ex-Man Podcast, where he talks to music industry professionals who leave major gigs and where they go from there. On this episode: 4:07 - You can’t have too many cooks in the kitchen 12:15 - How often does Doc write? 26:07 - Knowing when something is finished 34:15 - The first listen and discovering new bands 50:48 - Defining talent 1:00:23 - Guitar prep and tones 1:22:02 - Hands vs. gear 1:34:58 - Moving people emotionally with your music 1:41:02 - The challenges of adopting a new rhythm style 1:55:27 - Doc’s book idea 2:03:24 - Doc is a renaissance man Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2020
Dean Lamb (Archspire)
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Dean Lamb plays guitar for the Canadian tech-death innovators, Archspire. He runs a very entertaining and informative YouTube channel where he takes on all types of hilarious and impressive guitar challenges. On this episode: 2:59 - Being creative in lockdown 10:32 - Being in a band should be treated as a job 19:30 - Fear of talking on camera 27:46 - Jason Momoa’s connection to the band 45:57 - Making money while being on a label 1:01:57 - Dean’s guitar playing and writing 1:22:16 - The role that rhythm plays 1:37:18 - The luck factor 1:49:02 - How ideas appear 2:02:13 - Learning techniques via cover songs vs. formal practice 2:07:16 - Playing without tension 2:14:38 - Warm up routines Check out Dean Lamb’s website. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2020
Mark Heylmun (Suicide Silence)
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Mark Heylmun is the lead guitarist for Suicide Silence, arguably the most successful death core band in the world. On this episode: 2:19 - Mark and John’s tour stories 11:05 - How Suicide Silence leveraged Myspace to land a record deal 22:14 - Lockdown! 35:11 - Getting an idea and going hard with it 48:48 - Being in a band and being good at business 55:28 - Not dwelling on the negative 1:06:16 - Plan B 1:37:38 - Not all writers are virtuosos 1:47:08 - Working with another guitar player Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2020
Acle Kahney (TesseracT)
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Acle Kahney is a guitarist, songwriter, producer and mixer known for his band TesseracT and formerly Fellsilent. On this episode: 3:33 - Staying busy and live streaming during a pandemic 7:41 - Getting into mixing and mastering 16:56 - Different generations of guitar players 24:01 - Is talent real? 36:01 - What keeps bands together? 45:35 - Writing and learning new songs 55:53 - John Browne was THAT solo guy 1:11:17 - What happened when Acle started combining styles 1:23:07 - Working with Martin Grech 1:30:00 - Dealing with metal fans 1:39:13 - Working with other engineers 1:44:16 - Where Acle’s haunting melodies come from 1:50:06 - Getting a band from nothing to something Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2020
Wes Hauch (The Faceless, Black Crown Initiate)
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Wes Hauch is one of the most respected lead guitarists in metal known for his work with The Faceless, Black Crown Initiate, Alluvial, Thy Art Is Murder, and many many more. 2:25 - Mac vs. PC 11:32 - Hours spent playing guitar 25:38 - Playing what’s written vs. adjusting on the fly 36:14 - Lead guitar and solos 49:15 - Writing 1:00:37 - Lessons learned from playing live 1:08:29 - Geeking out about amps Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2020
Jason Richardson (All That Remains)
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Jason Richardson is one of the most highly regarded lead guitarists in modern metal. He made a name for himself in bands like Born of Osiris and Chelsea Grin before releasing an extremely successful solo album. He is currently the lead guitarist for metalcore legends All That Remains. On this episode: 2:10 - NAMM and Ernie Ball 7:59 - The Evolve EP and Jason’s own sound 19:41 - Returning to old ideas 30:21 - Jason’s rig 49:00 - Tour life 1:02:54 - How Jason learns other styles 1:12:10 - What Jason looks for in an engineer 1:29:40 - Jason’s online presence 1:39:14 - Jason’s favorite riff that he’s written Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2020
Welcome to the Riffhard Podcast
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The Riffhard Podcast has arrived! Hosts John Browne and Eyal Levi break down what to expect from the show and tell you who some of the first guests will be. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2020