Heavy metal gallop


A gallop is a beat or rhythm typically used in traditional heavy metal songs.[1] It is created by playing an eighth note followed by two sixteenth notes (),[2] usually on rhythm guitar or drum kit.

One technique on guitar involves strumming palm muted power chords in an up-and-down motion with a pick, thereby creating an ostinato.[3][4] Variations include the triplet gallop[5] and the reverse gallop.[6]

On drums, the technique often uses a double kick pedal. A typical drum gallop is formed around this skeleton:

H- x---x---x---x---|
S- ----o-------o---|
B- o-ooo-ooo-ooo-oo|

Songs using the metal gallop


References


Citations

  1. Stolz 2017, p. 142.
  2. Marshall 1993, p. 24.
  3. Chappell, Phillips & Serna 2014, eBook.
  4. Stang & Warner 1996, p. 6.
  5. Woods & Green 2008, p. 58.
  6. Revill 2017.
  7. Popoff 2011, p. 237.
  8. Hal Leonard 2011, eBook.
  9. Stang & Purse 2014, p. 8.
  10. Popoff 2011, p. 247.
  11. Popoff, p. 32.
  12. Chlasciak 2018.
  13. Pillsbury 2006, eBook.

Sources

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  • Marshall, Wolf (1993). The Wolf Marshall Guitar Method. Hal Leonard.
  • Pillsbury, Glenn (2013). Damage Incorporated: Metallica and the Production of Musical Identity. New York City: Routledge. ISBN 978-1136091223.
  • Popoff, Martin (2018). Iron Maiden: Album by Album. Voyageur Press. ISBN 978-0760360880.
  • Popoff, Martin (2011). Black Sabbath FAQ: All That's Left to Know on the First Name in Metal. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-1617131097.
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