I have an nice metal sludgy riff that involves some single notes and tapping. It sounds musically correct but very small. Are there any tricks I could use?
I've tried using octave chords, power chords but it takes away from the riff itself. Maybe it needs another guitarist to do another riff ovver it. Idk
Don't worry about it until you've put a band behind it. Stuff that sounds 'small' tends to sound amazing in a full band context.