The Style Of Sir James Hetfield

author: Irish Dman date: 08/06/2009 category: guitar gurus
rating: 9.3 / votes: 20 
Ok so first things first, to really be able to play Mr Hetfields rythmns you are going to have to develop your right arm.Second a METRONOME is the best way to devleop speed! A very easy way to do this without trying to figure out 32nd and 16th notes is by using the bulit in metronome on power tab! In this lesson I will be showing you some Alternate picking and Down picking exercises from Metalica songs, they will range from easy to difficult. Hopefully after mastering these riffs you will have attained decent Picking skill and you will be able to make your own riffs based on these ones Easy:
Alternate picking, the opening riff off My Apocolypse(Death Magnetic)
|------------------|  |------------------| 
|------------------|  |------------------|
|------------------|  |--7/6---7/6---7/6-|
|------------------|X3|--x-----x-----x---|
|--5h7-------------|  |--5/4---5/4---5/4-|
|--0---0-0-0-0-0-0-|  |------------------|  
 
Down picking, the verse riff off Ride The Lightning(Ride The Lightning)
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|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|
|-7/8--------7/8--------------|
|-7-8--------7-8--------------|
|-5-6--0--0--5-6--0--0--0--0--|
Now that were buliding up a bit muscle we will be playing puppets and creeping death in no time! Now for a few more picking examples slightly more difficult Alternate picking: The verse riff from That Was Just Your Life(Death Magentic) this one is great for triplet development
e|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------7----------------7---------------7-------------0-1-0-------|
E|-000-5-6---6-5-6--000-5-6---6-5-6--000-5-6---6-5-6--5-3-------3-2-1-|
 PM---|           PM---|          PM---|  

The 'Darkness' riff from one(...And Justice For All)take this one SLOW!
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|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------2--------------2--------------2--------------2--|
|-------------2--------------2--------------2--------------2--|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0----|

|---------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------2--------------2--------------2--------------2-3--|
|-------------2--------------2--------------2--------------2-3--|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0------|

Down Picking:
Intro from Through The Never (Black  Album)
|-----------------|
|-----------------|
|-----------------|
|-----------------|
|-----4-------4---|
|-0-2---2-0-2---2-|
PM---| PM----|
Intro Riff From The Four Horsemen (Kill Em'All)this one is the most difficult so far
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|--------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------5h7p5----| 
|--7-5-7-5-7-5-7-5---5-7-5-7-5-7-5----5h7-------7p5| 
|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-6---0-0-0-0-0-0--7--------------| 
PM--------------------------------
Hows your right arm so far? Tired? thats good, but if you feel pain of any kind(not burn) STOP! put the guitar DOWN(not in your hands) for 3 minutes and put the palms of our hands on your knees! (you may get Repetative Strain Injury or Tendinitis if you dont!) And now for the riffs that make James A GOD OF RYTHMN guitar (Only try these once you have MASTERED the riffs above) the folowing riffs should be stared slowly and progressivly get faster Alternate Picking:
Intro riff from Hit The Lights (Kill Em' All)
|---------------------------|-------------------------------|
|---------------------------|-------------------------------|
|---------------5-7-7-(7)-0-|-5-----------------------------|
|-5-------------5-7-7-(7)-0-|-5-------------7p5---5-(5)-----|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------------|---0-0-0-0-0-0-----7-------6-7-|
|---------------------------|-------------------------------|
 PM------------               PM-----------

Verse riff from Battery (Master Of Puppets)
Note the triplets marked with the 't'
e-|--------------------------------------|---------------------------------
B-|--------------------------------------|---------------------------------
G-|--------------------------------------|---------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------8--8--7--|---------------------------5-5--4
A-|-----------------------------8--8--7--|---------------------------7-7--6
E-|--0-----0--0--0-----0--0--0--6--6--5--|--0---0--0--0-----0--0--0--------
           ---t---     ---t---                  ---t---     ---t---

Bridge form Disposible Heroes(Master Of Puppets)

E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-6-------------------------------|-6-------------------------------|
A|-4---4-4-4-4-4-4-4---4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4---4-4-4-4-4-4-4---4-4-4-4-4-4-|
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
       PM-----------|   PM---------|    PM-----------|  PM----------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-4-----------------------|-2-----------------------|
A|-2---2-2-2-2-2-2-2---2-2-|-0---0-0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|
     PM-------------------|    PM-------------------|

And of course the most difficult Alternate Picking Rythmn
Verse riff from Fight Fire With Fire (Ride The Lightning)
E||----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B||----------------------------------|--------------------------------| X4
G||o---------------------------------|--------------------------------| 
D||o---------------------------------|--------------------------------| 
A||-------------5-----------------4--|-------------5-------4-------4--|
E||-0-0-0-0-0-0-3---0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2--|-0-0-0-0-0-0-3---0-0-2---0-0-2--|
 PM ...........     .............      ...........     ...     ...

Dyers Eve Main Riff (...And Justice For All)



|---------------------------|--------------------------|
|---------------------------|--------------------------|
|---------------------------|--------------------------|
|-4--------------3\4--4--4--|-----------------5\4--4--4|
|-2--2-3-2-3-2-3-5\2--0--2--|-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-3\2--0--2|
|---------------------------|--------------------------|
   PM...........|            PM..............|

|----------------------------|---------------------------------|
|----------------------------|---------------------------------|
|----------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-----------------5\4--4--4--|-------------------------5---4---|
|-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-3\2--0--2--|-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-3---2-----------|
|----------------------------|---------------------------------|
 PM..............|       PM............................|

Well thats it for the Alternate Picking
Now Down Picking:
Verse riff from Creeping Death(You Knew it was coming)
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||------------------|----------------------|
||o-----------------|---------------------o|X8
||o-----2-----2---2-|-----2---------------o|
||------2-----2---2-|-----2---2-3-2-3-2-0--|
||--0-0---0-0---0---|-0-0---0--------------|
                                    H P P

Intro to Blackened (And Justice For All...)
e|--------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------3---------------| X3
D|-------------------------8--------------------3-------------2-|
A|---7---7---7-8-7---7---7---7---7---7---7-8-7--1-------2-2---2-|
E|-0---0---0-------0---0-------0---0---0----------0-2-3-----3-0-|

Intro to Master Of Puppets(Like Creeping Death you knew it was coming)
e |-----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B |-----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G |.----------------|----------------|----------------|------------4---|
D |.----------------|----------------|----------------|------------4---|
A |-----2-----3-----|4-----3-----2-2-|----2-----3-----|4-----3-----2---|
E |-0-1---0-1---0-1-|--0-1---0-1-----|0-1---0-1---0-1-|--0-1---1-0-----|
Well thats it!! If there is enough positive response for this lesson I will do a lesson on james's solos, go into depth into the scales and modes he likes to use, his influences and some of their rythmns. Hope you enjoyed this lesson. METAL UP YOUR ASS!
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