Tetrarch's Diamond Rowe on Shredding for the Song

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 Photo by Jenn Curtis

I just got off the phone from interviewing Tetrarch's lead guitarist Diamond Rowe, and she had some interesting observations about transforming herself into a metal shredder...

"Initially, I didn't follow guitar players or guitar music," she remembers. "I was just sitting in the car with my mom when I was 12 years old, and I said, 'I think it would be cool to play an instrument. I'll try guitar.'"

"I developed my [guitar] style based on the songs and music I liked. I didn't seek out certain players just because they could shred. It was all about the bands I liked. Early on, I loved Metallica, and through liking their music, Kirk Hammett became one of my favorite guitarists." 

"I became obsessed with playing, and I absorbed every tab book and YouTube video I could."

"I didn't develop speed through the usual recommendation to use a metronome, starting slow and then speeding it up. I thought that was too much like school. What I'd do was find a melody I liked, and start playing the line slow until I had it under my fingers, and then, I'd start working that up faster and faster."

"I may be a horrible person for saying this, but I never looked at female players as my main influences. I just wanted to be a GUITAR PLAYER. I didn't even think of myself as a female player. I simply studied the same people everyone else was looking at for inspiration — Eddie Van Halen and so on. It wasn't until later in my career when people starting saying that my being a black female metal guitarist was an interesting thing."

Stay tuned for Rowe's complete interview in a future issue of Guitar Player.

In addition to Rowe, Tetrarch includes Josh Fore (vocals/rhythm guitar), Ryan Lerner (bass), and Ruben Limas (drums). The band's upcoming album, Freak, is set for release on September 29. Here's a listen..