#1
Often I've wondered whether or not to downpick or alternate pick the galloping part in the Four Horsemen by Metallica (the intro). I can play it both ways, but I was curious as to how Kirk Hammet actually does it. I find that down-picking it sounds more aggressive, but of course, alternate picking it is a hell of a lot more easier.

So for those who know how to play the song, how do you do it?
#2
Down-picking.
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#3
I alternate pick almost every metallica riff thats fast. People will probably call you a noob for not doing it all downstrokes ((the way metallica plays it, AKA the right way)) but seriously who gives a ****.

Play how you want.

-edit-

Don't get me wrong, It's good to learn these skills like downpicking and all of that, but you don't always have to use them. Like I said before, play how you want.
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#5
To me that riff sounds like crap played downstrokes. That's not galloping btw, galloping is two 16th notes followed by an 8th note. The intro for TFH is with a swing feel.
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#6
Anything with a galloping rhythm (or an approximate galloping rhythm, even if it's not a true gallop), I like to play as D-U-D, D-U-D - so that the note in the middle of each group of three is an upstroke, but each gallop starts on a downstroke. I feel this gets the driving pulse of the gallop across best, it can sound a bit static if you play a harsh downstroke on every one.
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#7
^ the true galloping sound can be found in Iron maiden, the trooper, for me. Same rhythm as the coconuts in monty python and the holy grail. What the person above me said is how I play the gallops in the trooper.

For that riff, you should probably do it downpicked just because thats how they do it. If you can't, no big deal, it can definitely be alt picked. The most important part is getting the rhythm right.
#8
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To me that riff sounds like crap played downstrokes. That's not galloping btw, galloping is two 16th notes followed by an 8th note. The intro for TFH is with a swing feel.
And the swing feel is created by a dotted quaver and a semi-quaver grouped together aka a dotted-rhythm.
#9
learn the galloping part to raining blood instead. Try to do that with downstrokes lol
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