Writing Progressive Rock Riffs
with Rabea Massaad
Rabea Massaad is a modern-day progressive rock guitar hero, whose music and YouTube videos have inspired countless players all over the world. We worked very closely together to create an exclusive deep dive into his writing process, mindset and inspirations when it comes to writing incredible Progressive Rock riffs.
- 20 lessons delivered in ultra-detailed 4K
- 4 hours of meticulously crafted guitar tuition
- Learn how Rabea writes in different styles and odd time signatures
- Discover Rabea's favourite guitar techniques to elevate your riff writing
- Breakdowns and deconstructions of several of Rabea's favourite original riffs
- Performance and breakdown of an original track by Rabea with tab
Original Track Breakdown with Tab
Learn Effects, Time Signatures and Techniques
How to Write Amazing Riffs
Explore alternate tunings, connecting chords with riffs and a range of techniques to expand your riff writing
Craft Your Tone
Gain Rabea's insight into using various effects and how to combine them to create your own sound
Master Time Signatures
Unlock complex time signatures such as 5/8 and 7/8 to write new and interesting riffs
Practice On Your Terms
Play when your inspiration strikes! Practice any time, anywhere, via our website or mobile app
“If you're looking to take your riff writing to a whole new level, this course will help you get there!"
Deconstructing My sound and Style (27:05)
My Approach to Writing Progressive Rock Riffs (6:35)
Connecting Chords with Riffs (10:15)
Using Effects to Write Riffs (18:45)
Writing Riffs in Alternate Tunings (6:41)
Techniques and Articulations (18:28)
My Framework for Writing Interesting Rhythms (7:07)
Dividing 4/4 into Interesting Phrases (6:39)
Writing in 6/8 (7:28)
Writing in 5/8 (7:39)
Writing in 7/8 (7:21)
How I Use Themes to Write Riffs (1:54)
Writing Ambient Riffs (11:52)
Writing Sinister Riffs (13:33)
Writing Frantic Riffs (10:33)
Writing Epic Riffs (14:01)
Writing Heavy Riffs (12:59)
"Hotel Cali-Fortin" Track Breakdown (40:50)
Final Thoughts (2:49)
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ABOUT YOUR TEACHER
You can't go far in the world of modern guitar without spotting Rabea. From huge YouTube videos to huge stages, Rabea started playing guitar because he injured himself skateboarding and couldn't play the drums anymore. His unique approach to phrasing and note choice has distinguished him just as much as his hair, and he embodies everything it takes to be a well-rounded modern musician.
2018 Best New Guitarist in the World Today
Chapman Guitars . Victory Ampliﬁcation . Strymon Engineering . GigRig . TwoNotes Audio Engineering . Andertons Music . Shure . Faith Acoustics . D'Addario
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