James Hetfield

author: metallica200 date: 07/15/2009 category: guitar gurus
rating: 7.1 / votes: 17 
The Basics Of Hetfield You will first need to build a strong arm for Hetfields Rhythm Guitar style, as it is fast and tricky. You will notice in songs such as Master of Puppets, Battery, Fight Fire with Fire and Creeping Death etc. To do this takes time and patience. Practice other songs by other bands and try to build up your right hand. Like Raining Blood by Slayer, a great song for practicing triplets. Or Downpicking On Painkiller By Judas Priest. Then Start Metallica's great riffs. This is from Master Of Puppets try playing slowly and then speed up. Remember Downpicking only on this song.
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Once finished you can either try some more parts of the song or move onto the main riff from creeping death. This is tricky and again use Downpicking
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Lets Take a break from that and try this exercise to speed up or left hand(or right hand if your lefty). Use all 4 fingers corresponding to the frets and go down and back up. Practice this to stretch out your fingers.
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Practise your basic scales as there used in almost every Metallica song Here is an Example in Fade to black
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And a cool scale type riff in Jump In The Fire
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4|---------3-------|--------3-------|--------3-------|x-5-----x-3-----|
5|-----3-4---5-4-3-|----3-4---5-4-3-|----3-4---5-4-3-|x-3-----x-1-----|
6|-3-6-------------|3-6-------------|3-6-------------|x-------x-------|
Keep Practicing These. Next I know this has nothing got to do with Rhythm, but you should also practice some solos to get your hand moving. Try this solo from Master Of Puppets
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*2*Play Top And Bottom Together Twice*2*
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*2*Play Top And Bottom Together Twice*2*
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Thats it for this lesson, I will be making a second part to this hopefully. With a few more advanced riffs. Like the Darkness riff from One. Battery and Master Of Puppets, etc.
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