So you may have started playing guitar, learning the necessary skills to get yourself going, and now you’re on the hunt for easy metal songs to play on guitar. Well, I salute you for indulging in metal guitar since attempting this genre on guitar will really test your tempo, speed, technical detail, and patience.
Here is a compilation of easy metal songs to play on guitar that are practical goals for beginning guitarists. There’s always going to be a debate on what “metal” truly means as a genre, but this list is really all about sculpting your skills for the heavier and more aggressive side of playing guitar.
“Confined” by As I Lay Dying
This metal song on guitar is definitely a test of your double-picking abilities. The tempo for this song may appear daunting, but your main focus should be on precision and rhythm since picking is emphasized in somewhat simple patterns.
“Faint” by Linkin Park
Although this is considered “nu-metal” it still falls into the genre of metal. This song can give you more of a lesson in consistency and chord structure as you move smoothly in and out of the verses and choruses.
Most of “End of Heartache” by Killswitch Engage is fairly easy.
When you take a stab at an easy metal song on guitar, you need a taste of a break-down riff and “End of Heartache” contains just that. To be honest, most of this song is a break-down riff. You’ll also find a nice mix of fair lead licks to practice on as well.
The lead riff of “Enter Sandman” by Metallica isn’t too bad.
This riff is considered a classic and anybody who’s anybody as a guitarist usually knows this one. It’s at a medium tempo and isn’t too difficult for a beginner.
“All That’s Left” by Thrice
This easy metal song on guitar starts with a sweet riff that gets fists pumping immediately. As the song continues, you’ll find a nice mix of power chords and strong palm-muted rhythms to practice.
“It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door” by Underoath
Again, this can be considered a different kind of metal, but Underoath usually doesn’t disappoint. “Dangerous Business” gives you some experience with power chords along with some more diverse chord formations right from the beginning of the tune.
“Change” by The Deftones
Another “nu-metal” tune that’s easy on guitar for metal players, “Change”, should introduce style into your playing. Although this tune appears to be side-splittingly simple, the subtleties of the song lie in your ability to emulate the band’s style.
In your guitar travels I’m sure that you’ll start your own personal list of metal guitar songs that are easy for you to play, but these can get your foot in the door if you’re not sure where to go yet. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find a new favorite band out of this list.