James Malone Artist Series

Artist Series Guitar Course from James Malone

James Malone teaches intermediate to advanced lessons on various topics in his style of death metal guitar.

20 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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James Malone teaches intermediate to advanced lessons on various topics in his style of death metal guitar.


Sit Down with James Malone

Enjoy an exclusive interview with James Malone from the death metal band Arsis.

23:11 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Series Primer Lesson

James covers some basic materials in this lesson that will prepare you for the more advanced lessons that follow.

9:10 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Right Hand Technique

James explains some rhythmic techniques that are common in metal guitar playing.

16:45 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Sweep Picking Basics

James takes you through the basics of sweep picking arpeggios.

9:28 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


The Patterns of the Modes

James takes you through seven patterns of the major scale and explains how each one corresponds to a mode.

13:24 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Basics of Tapping

James explains how he uses two-handed tapping.

12:38 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


The Importance of Proper Fingering

James talks about the importance of consistent fingering and shows his method of fingering scales.

8:11 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Practice Routine

James shows you the practice routine he used in his formative years.

33:25 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Right and Left Hand Muting Techniques

James covers some techniques that will clean up your technique.

6:29 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Writing in the Style of Arsis

James explains the compositional techniques employed in three Arsis songs.

16:03 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Seventh Chords And Arpeggios

James explains how to play seventh chords as arpeggios.

9:23 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Tapping Arpeggios

James explains how to tap arpeggios for extended musical reach.

8:15 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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Combining Tapping and Sliding

James shows how to add slides to tapped arpeggios.

4:25 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Sweeping and Tapping

James shows how the combination of sweep picking and tapping can create some fresh new sounds.

8:16 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Placing Limitations

James teaches ways to be more creative by placing limitations on yourself. He uses four examples that demonstrate just how far the pentatonic scale, chromaticism, and tapping can take you.

12:19 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Tapping Fully Diminished Arpeggios

James explains how to play fully diminished seventh arpeggios with the tapping technique.

4:42 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Scale Fragments

James shows how to move around the fretboard by playing small repeating scale patterns.

3:51 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty



James shares some tips that will help you keep your bends in tune.

7:14 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Interesting Harmony

James shares some harmonic concepts that can be applied to riffs in a metal style. He covers diatonic as well as non-diatonic harmony.

25:09 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Singing And Playing

James Malone shares some tips that will help you sing while playing guitar.

10:11 Runtime

4.0 Difficulty

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  • Yorktown, VA
  • Playing since 1995
  • 24 lessons at JamPlay
James Malone is in a band called Arsis. Arsis is an American death metal band from Virginia Beach, Virginia, formed in 2000. The band is currently signed to Nuclear Blast. He has a pretty loyal following of guitar players and has decided to share is knowledge with JamPlay.com.

He has put together one hell of a series for all you metal heads out there. You'll learn everything from basic techniques to how to sing (growl?) and play at the same time.

Furthermore, he's taken the time to record some kickass licks for our lick & riff library. He has also taught a handful of Arsis songs for you to learn.

James is a great addition to the JamPlay metal instructor army!
Reviews & Feedback 100/100 with 54 ratings

and easy to understand

Andrei Botezat

Fun to practice, easy to understand, but having to shift up two whole steps because of the different tuning gets annoying when practicing in standard tuning.


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only bad thing i can say is, i hate the split video screen, that upside down view makes me crazy. but excellent teacher. super cool lesson!!


Something about sweeping just mesmerizes me


This guy is great!