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How to write metal riffs using Scrabble and dice

We’re fairly certain that London guitarist Pete Cottrell should be swimming in piles of money like Scrooge McDuck at any given moment.

Why? Did he win the lottery? Nope. Was he involved in a diamond heist? Most certainly not.

He’s simply unlocked the secret of writing jaw-dropping tech metal riffs using random numbers, dice and family argument generator Scrabble– but instead of holding his findings to ransom, he’s shared it with the world.

“A little experiment I’ve been testing – I believe this is how all those technical and prog metal bands write all their songs,” writes Pete. “Let’s see how far we can push this random metal idea shall we?”

Watch Pete’s video below, grab a guitar and prepare for guitar nerd adulation on a global level…

Born in 1976 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Simon Young has been a music journalist for over twenty years. His fanzine, Hit A Guy With Glasses, enjoyed a one-issue run before he secured a job at Kerrang! in 1999. His writing has also appeared in Classic RockMetal HammerProg, and Planet Rock. His first book, So Much For The 30 Year Plan: Therapy? — The Authorised Biography is available via Jawbone Press.