Ultimate 80s Metal Guitar Scales

Guitar Control
3 min readFeb 6, 2021


Hey, how is it going this is Robert with Guitar Control, today I’m going to show you how to play the “Ultimate 80’s Metal Guitar Scale” so if you like caps for this lesson and the scales we’re getting ready to learn.

Check the image above to follow the chords and tabs.

Let’s dive into learning the “Ultimate 80’s Metal Guitar Skill”, I’m actually showing you the scale in two different ways. I like to combine both of these shapes, it’s actually just our A natural minor scale or if you’re looking at from the mode perspective, it’s the a Aeolian mode the first ring up we’re going to learn two different ways, I prefer the second way but I like to use notes from the first way it’s all the same notes so you don’t have to worry about.

Looking at the scale we have this first way that goes like this or the second way that goes like. Like I said they’re all the same notes, the first one goes like this it’s 5, 7, 8, on the low E, 5, 7, 8, on the a 5, 7, on the D, you go to the G now it’s going to be 4, 5, 7, 5, 6, 8, and then five, seven, eight on the high E, and of course you want to be able to descend. The one that I use a lot from certain notes, you know I don’t like that the two notes on the D string.

The second way I’m going to show you, starts out the same its 5, 7, 8, on the low E and a 5, 7, 9, on the D, and G shift up and go 6, 8, 10, on the bridge and 7, 8, 10, that’s our second shape. Now we’re going to decent this one I like this down because it’s a little more convenient. Keep that three note, per string feel it, but I said you can pull the notes out of both of them because it’s the same scale. So with both of them, you can really get a lot of 80s metal sound.

What I’m going to do is give you a riff kind of play around. I’m pedaling up for a string, but I’m going to have this little power chord, playing five on the D, and seven on the G, and palm mute the a string and back the chord, then I go to five on the DNG. The c5 we’re top of that you could do a lot of stuff when I throw the tabs, I think it has a toll like 85 — I’m just going 8.5 on the height and 65 on the b and seven on the g, hammer on six on the b and five on height.

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