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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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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.

    Tim Sult and Neil Fallon (Clutch)

    Tim Sult and Neil Fallon (Clutch)

    Tim Sult and Neil Fallon are guitarists in Clutch.
    On this episode:

    How Clutch have kept the same lineup for 30 years

    Being on a major label and going the indie route

    The percentage of people who buy cassettes that actually own a cassette player

    How Tim goes about relearning old solos

    How Neil approaches singing and playing at the same time

    Adapting songs to a live setting

    The intense memorization involved in having a 75 song rotation

    Working with Tom Dalgety in the studio

    How Clutch approaches pre pro

    Sponsored by: Neural DSP
    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.
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    • 47 min
    Dave Davidson (Revocation)

    Dave Davidson (Revocation)

    Dave Davidson is the guitarist in Revocation. 
    On this episode:

    Building up through the underground, one step at a time

    How to stay top of mind with fans

    Touring with Cannibal Corpse, Periphery, and Animals As Leaders

    How to make the most of a 30 minute support slot

    Writing bad riffs on purpose

    Playing the long game

    How to know when a riff is worth keeping

    Working with Jens Bogren

    When the demo version is actually better

    The difference between cool sloppy and sloppy sloppy

    The finer nuance in Slayer’s Angel Of Death breakdown

    Listen to Revocation on Spotify.
    Check out Dave's website.
    Sponsored by: Neural DSP
    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!
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Arjun Gill (Wake)

    Arjun Gill (Wake)

    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!
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Andy Wood

    Andy Wood

    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!
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    • 49 min
    Joel Stroetzel (Killswitch Engage)

    Joel Stroetzel (Killswitch Engage)

    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

    • 53 min
    Chris Garza (Suicide Silence, The Garza Podcast)

    Chris Garza (Suicide Silence, The Garza Podcast)

    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

    • 1 hr 36 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
157 Ratings

157 Ratings

GregPMusic ,

One of my favs

One of my favorite Podcasts and I listen to it every week. Thanks John and Eyal!

DavePinSF ,

Thoughtful hangs

Excellent show where you’re a fly on the wall while these guys have interesting conversations about music and life. Hosts have such thoughtful questions and it’s so nice to learn that most of these metal monsters are chill, bright and interesting people.

Christo627 ,

Truly Fantastic!

It's like you are literally hanging out with some of your favorite musicians. Picking their brains and hearing about their approaches to music/life and even more so their mental fortitude...is just priceless and I feel has set me up to become a better musician and entrepreneur than ever before. This podcast has truly made this pandemic that much more bearable. I look forward to each episode and as a bonus, man does it REALLY help pass the time at my day-job. Can't recommend it, Eyal and John enough!

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