#1
I am unsure of the picking motion I am supposed to use for this.

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#2
metallica uses straight downpicking, but if you're not worried about playing it exactly like metallica does then i'd just use alternative picking
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#3
master of puppets. start with an upstroke then a downstroke and another downstroke
#4
try down-up-up down-up-up
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#6
I would practice all downstrokes, but you can just do whatever is comfortable to you.
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#7
I'm pretty sure that this is one of the few riffs that Metallica uses alt picking for. I'm gonna look for a video right now.

I do this:
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  D U D U D D U D D U D D U D D U U D D U D D U D...etc

That's what feels natural for me.

Edit: Proof at 0:31
Wow I guess Hetfield does all downstrokes. That's pretty pointless if you ask me. Power chords should always be downstroked because they sound better that way but single notes? Why?
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#8
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Edit: Proof at 0:31
Wow I guess Hetfield does all downstrokes. That's pretty pointless if you ask me. Power chords should always be downstroked because they sound better that way but single notes? Why?


It gives you a chunkier, chopier sound. It's kind of essential for some thrash metal songs.
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#10
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I'm pretty sure that this is one of the few riffs that Metallica uses alt picking for. I'm gonna look for a video right now.

I do this:
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|-----2-----3-----4-----3-----2-2-----2-----3------5\4---5\4---5\4---|
|-0-1---0-1---0-1---0-1---0-1-----0-1---0-1---0-0--3\2-0-3\2-0-3\2---|
D U D U D D U D D U D D U D D U U D D U D D U D...etc

That's what feels natural for me.

Edit: Proof at 0:31
Wow I guess Hetfield does all downstrokes. That's pretty pointless if you ask me. Power chords should always be downstroked because they sound better that way but single notes? Why?


It's a choppier, more staccato sound. Most thrash bands downpick as much as possible.

That, and James Hetfield does what he wants. What a badass.
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#11
All of Master of Puppets is down picked.....Actually, if you find Mick Thompson's video of Surfacing, (Slipknot) he gives a good down picking exercise....
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#12
All down strokes my man.
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#13
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I know this isnt how they play it but you are working your picking hand with that and the powerchords still sound strong. It sounds fine to me but i can play the song easily all downpicks when im in the mood and excited to be playing it.
Last edited by Khaki Exponent at Aug 4, 2007,