Making Riffs Out Of Chords With Olly Steele of MONUMENTS

We recently sat down with Olly Steele of UK progressive metal band Monuments to talk about all things song/riff-writing, and MAN does he have some ideas. Olly breaks down his process of writing riffs based off chord progressions, by reinforcing decision-making and thinking about all the different choices and options you have as a guitarist. If you’re anything like me, this lesson is a breath of fresh air for what can sometimes feel like a nebulous, directionless concept if you don’t know how to get started.

Be sure to pre-order Phronesis digitally here and get your hands on some sick pre-order bundles on the band’s website, out October 5th, 2018.

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Senior Editor at Gear Gods who studied Recording Technology at UW Oshkosh. Just trying to figure this whole music thing out, honestly.