The musical genres for metal and grunge are often mistaken for the same genre. Many people make this mistake because the two are often loud, and the person listening to it does not give the music a chance to show its differences. Nevertheless, the two genres of music have some similarities, but also several important differences. One similarity that the two genres share is their guitar tones. Both of these genres use extreme amounts of distortion in their guitar playing. Both also have the high settings on their amps set to a higher level than their mids, to give the guitar tone a crisp crunchy sound. Grunge and metal are also known for their driving bass tone, which comes from the over driven bass guitar. Though these two genres are very similar in tone, they are dramatically different in the style and techniques of the guitar playing. Grunge guitar playing is usually characterized by a sludgy and sloppy style of playing; whereas, metal guitar playing is known for being fast and precise. Metal music is also known for its complicated and intricate guitar riffs.
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