Guitarist Metal Mike Chlasciak has had an interesting career. He falls into the rare category of metal guitarist-for-hire, who happens to have played with a number of top tier acts – including Rob Halford, Testament, Sebastian Bach, and more – sort of like the way great rock session players like pre-Zeppelin Jimmy Page in the 1960’s would seemingly play on every other big band’s single.
Now, I’m not necessarily the biggest Metal Mike fan. I certainly enjoyed his playing on the Sebastian Bach solo records, but as a massive Slave to the Grind-era Skid Row fan, I’m a bit biased. But there’s no denying that the man has been around the block multiple times, and has years of experience playing a lot of different styles of mainstream metal. So for all you classic metal enthusiasts, Mike has got a lengthy video instructional lesson in which he tackles a lot of the major tropes and tricks behind riffing in the 80’s style, courtesy of Guitar World. Check it out below: