Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton spoke in an interview with Music Radar, and talked on some topics about his guitar playing.

He said that ‘he never used metronome for some reason’. Here’s the statement:

“I never had the metronome. That’s why my tips probably don’t count… I’m not really a technical player. I’m more into the emotional and visceral reaction; I’ve never been disciplined with practice.

I’ve always just played guitar. I would burn up cassette tapes just from all the fast-forwarding and rewinding to learn songs…

But I’ve never been one to sit there, learn a lick, put on the metronome and speed it up slowly. God bless people that can do that, but I started playing guitar for fun… and that’s just not fun to me.

That’s why I’m not a shred-fest guy. When it comes to playing the solo, I will play some blues shit!”

He continued:

“I have learned over the years that less gain and cleaner tends to feel heavier sonically. Even the ‘Black Album,’ a really heavy album for its time, doesn’t have super-distorted guitar tones.

I have learned through experience that dialing the gain back for cleaner tones, especially if you double up guitars in the studio, seems to have more mass and a broader spectrum.

If you rely on any piece of gear to execute your part, you probably aren’t playing it well. If you can’t play your lead without a certain pedal or setting or whatever, you should probably practice it a bit more.

We all need gain and sustain to a certain degree, I get it, but sometimes people get a little too caught up in all that stuff. It’s important to remember the sound is mainly in your hands and in your guitar.

Click here for the entire interview.