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The Riffhard Podcast brings you in-depth conversations with the best metal guitarists in the world, focused on mastering the single most important part of modern metal: rhythm guitar!

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The Riffhard Podcast brings you in-depth conversations with the best metal guitarists in the world, focused on mastering the single most important part of modern metal: rhythm guitar!

    Pat Sheridan

    Pat Sheridan

    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
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    • 2 hrs 20 min
    Bumblefoot

    Bumblefoot

    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

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    • 2 hrs 47 min
    James Monteith

    James Monteith

    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

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    • 1 hr 55 min
    Jeff Loomis

    Jeff Loomis

    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

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    • 2 hrs 7 min
    Plini

    Plini

    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?

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    • 2 hrs 20 min
    Trey Xavier

    Trey Xavier

    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.

    • 1 hr 59 min

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Great interviews of the modern guitarists who are pushing the envelop in the guitar game today! Keep it up guys!

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