Metallica – Enter Sandman Video Guitar Lessons


In this video guitar lesson series of videos you will learn Metallica's biggest hit "Enter Sandman" note-for-note is an extremely easy to follow format. I will guide you through all of the rhythm guitar sections and lead fills PLUS take you note-for-note through the now legendary solo by Kirk Hammett.

It's hard to believe that this song is a couple of decades old now, it still sounds so fresh and exciting today. This is the song that catapulted Metallica to the status of the biggest heavy metal band ever and was the first single off of the classic Black Album.

The rhythm guitar parts to this song can be studied by just about any level of player and are a great workout in techniques such as palm muting, sliding, arpeggiated picking and string skipping. The solo is a textbook Kirk Hammett tour de force of fast pentatonics and two string arpeggios.

So go ahead and take a swing at this great track by Metallica, you will be glad you did. GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!! :D

Enter Sandman - Intro & Main Riff

Enter Sandman - Verse, PreChorus & Chorus

Enter Sandman - Solo

Enter Sandman - Outro Section

Enter Sandman - Full Performance For Study

8 Comments

  1. Angus McLay says:

    Hey Carl I thought I’d leave my song request here. I’ve been watching your videos on youtube for ages since I first saw your lessons on Sultans of Swing and Stairway to Heaven about two years ago. You are just the best guitar teacher on youtube and I wouldn’t trust anyone else to teach a song on youtube as well as you do so I’m saying pretty please do a song from Audioslave? Preferably Bring Em Back Alive or Getaway Car but i would like to learn any song really cause I love Tom Morello’s guitar playing. Would deeply appreciate it. Cheers

  2. Mark Monbeck says:

    Hey Carl. How do you get the backround music to just play the drums only?

  3. Kevin Fron says:

    Carl……Love the site!!!!!!

    I’m learning Sandman. I have the ESP LTD Ride the lightning guitar (#14 of 300…SCHWING!!)

    Anyway, I think I have the clean intro sound down perfect. I have a Marshall 30amp with some effects).

    I’m trying to dial in the best sound for the heavy distorted part. I have the BOSS Metal Zone MT-2 ( Level at 1000 O’ Clock, High and low at around 3 O’ clock, Middle at 10 O’ clock, Mid Frequency at around 1 O’clock), Distortion is at 1200 O’ clock. I think I’m getting close……….Any suggestions to get the sound closer to yours??????

    • Carl Brown says:

      Hey Kevin, the metal zone pedal is great, I used it for years.

      I used an amp modeler for this lesson so I can’t recall what preset or amp types I used. Sorry about that. I teach so many lessons on this site that trying to figure what tone I used for each one would be impossible.

      I do think you are on the right track though. If you research Hetfield’s guitar tone for the Black album I am sure you can find a ton of info on the web as to what equipment he was using and his settings.

      It will obviously be rather difficult to completely recreate that guitar sound since it is really just many guitar layers, but you should be able to get a nice metal sound none-the-less. His sound is definitely much different on the Black Album from “And Justice For All” and “Master of Puppets”. Good Luck!!

      Carl..

  4. Kevin Fron says:

    Thanks for your input and help. Keep up the great work please.

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