James Hetfield And Kirk Hammett

author: Sakattack75 date: 09/18/2008 category: guitar techniques

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The first thing you need to learn is the technique Metallica made famous, the palmmutted open e. If is a great fill in your riff if they are somewhat too short or don't have that certain something in them. The first two examples are from one of the fan favorites, Seek and Destroy. EX 1.
P.M.--------|            P.M.--------|
|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|
|-------------5--7--5--7-|------------------------|
|-------------5--7--5--7-|-------------7--5-------|
|-0--0--0--0-------------|-0--0--0--0--------7--6-|
Ex 2.
P.M.---------------------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------||
|------------------------|------------------------||o
|------------------------|------------------------||
|------------------------|-------------------5----||
|------------------------|----------------------7-||o
|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|-0--0--0--0--7--6-------||
Another great riff is from Am I Evil? Ex 3.
||------------------|-----------------||
||o-----------------|----------------o||
||------------------|-----------------||
||------------------|-----------------||
||o---------5-----7-|-------8-(8)--7-o||
||--0-0-0-0-3-0-0-5-|-0-0-0-6-(6)--5--||
Next, if you wanna play like Kirk, you'll need to learn three maain techniques.

Tapping

The next riff is also from the song Am I Evil? Ex 4.
|-t12p8p5-t12p8p5-t12p8p5-t12p8p5-||-t12p8p5-t12p8p5-t12p8p5-t12p8p5-|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|

|-t13p8p5-t13p8p5-t13p8p5-t13p8p5-||-t13p8p5-t13p8p5-t13p8p5-t13p8p5-|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|

|-t13p9p6-t13p9p6-t13p9p6-t13p9p6-||-t13p9p6-t13p9p6-t13p9p6-t13p9p6-|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|

|-t14p9p6-t14p9p6-t14p9p6-t14p9p6-||-t14p9p6-t14p9p6-t14p9p6-t14p9p6-|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------||---------------------------------|

|-t14p10p7-t14p10p7-t14p10p7-t14p10p7-||-t14p10p7-t14p10p7-t14p10p7-t14p7-|
|-------------------------------------||----------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------||----------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------||----------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------||----------------------------------|
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The next technique is the improve with the wah wah pedal. Play this without the wah first. Then, bring in the wah and go with the beat of the song. FYI this from the Sandman solo. Ex. 5
 Eb|------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Bb|--15--15--15--12-------12----------12--12---------15b--15b---(15\)------
 Gb|------------------14b--------14b------------14--------------------------
 Db|------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Ab|------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Eb|------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Eb|------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Bb|------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Gb|--12\14--14--14/12--12--12\14--14--14/12--12--12---14p12----------------
 Db|----------------------------------------------------------14--14p12-----
 Ab|--------------------------------------------------------------------14--
 Eb|------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Eb|-------------------------12-12-12----12-12-12---12-12-12---12-12-12-----
 Bb|----------------------15b---------15b--------15b--------15b-------------
 Gb|------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Db|------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Ab|--14p12/10--------------------------------------------------------------
 Eb|------------12--(12\)---------------------------------------------------

 Eb|-----12-12-12h15p12--12h15p12--12h15p12-12-15-12-12-14-14---------------
 Bb|--15b-------------------------------------------------------------------
 Gb|------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Db|------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Ab|------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Eb|------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Eb|--17p14----17p14-----17p14--19p15----19p15-----19p15---21p17----21p17---
 Bb|--------15-------15---------------17-------17----------------17-------17
 Gb|------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Db|------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Ab|------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Eb|------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Eb|--21p17----22b----------------------------------------------------------
 Bb|--------17-----9b---9b---9b--9b--9b-----------------10---10--8--7-------
 Gb|---------------9b---9b---9b--9b--9b---7--9-------7----------------9-----
 Db|--------------------------------------------7h9-------------------------
 Ab|------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Eb|------------------------------------------------------------------------
The last technique is the whammy bar. Learn how to do natural harmonics and hit these harmonics and shake them with the bar.
E|---(12)------------------------(4)-- 
B|-------(12)----------------(4)------
G|--------------(7)-----(5)-----------
D|------------------(7)---------------
A|------------------------------------
E|------------------------------------
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