James Hetfield And Kirk Hammett

There hasn't been a rhythm/lead guitarist combination since the likes of Malcolm and Angus Young. Since Dave Mustaine was kicked out of Metallica, Lars Ulrich called and asked if Kirk Hammett wanted to audition for the Bay Area headbangers.

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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|------------------------------------
Thanx for looking and hope this helped.

13 comments sorted by best / new / date

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    GabeWang
    This just shows some tabs, nothing more. Am I Evil isn't even a Metallica song
    Silver_PHo3nix
    explain the tabs!!!!! if someone looks at these they wont understand wat your trying to say nor anything
    Mr_Rawr_Rawr II
    Am I Evil? is a Metallica song. It doesn't mater if they covered it or not. They have their version so it is a Metallica song.
    BodaciousBob
    Poor at best, this doesn't give any insight to the techniques, methods or styles of Kirk or James it's just some exerpts from a couple of Metallica songs.
    b-rabbit-1
    I dont know who GabeWang is but whoever it is needs to stop fronting. ill bet he doesnt even know Metallica or any other songs than their singles. Am I Evil is too a song it is from the seccond disk of their Garage inc. album. idiot.
    zawk
    garage inc. is just a cover cd. so that means that none of those songs are actually theirs...
    jujien
    Am i evil? is a Diamond Head song !!! => b-rabbit-1 : You thought it was a metallica song, perhaps because you were not even born yet when they played it.
    pettah93
    dude are u serious? how to play like kirk hammet, play with the whammy bar and tap? haha
    livingnightmare
    no dude its sweeppicking mostly in solos.....ever seen them live? and he utilizes wah wah pedal alot
    MetalheadforJC
    I think this is more of a "How to play for beginners" rather than "How to play Metallica". I found out all about these just screwing around withing the first year on my own.
    Silas S Thompso
    None of the song solos or songs they mention besides sandman were written by kirk. Dave Mustaine wrote the whole Kill em all leads and leper messiah, ride the lightning, call of ctulu