Battery Guitar Lesson – Metallica

In this Battery guitar lesson video series, I will show you in-depth how to play this incredible opening track off of Metallica's Master Of Puppets album.

In the first video, I will show you how to play the intro section which contains a lot of harmony guitar parts on both acoustic and electric.

In the second video I will show you the main riff of the song.

This riff will challenge just about every metal and rock guitarist. It requires a machine gun like picking hand technique along with extremely quick left hand shifts.

Just as I demonstrate in the video lesson, I think it is best to get the picking hand pattern down first before attempting to put it all together with the fretting hand.

Pay close attention to the portion of the lesson where I demonstrate the picking pattern. Then, practice that for a few days until you can play it pretty much up to speed on just one string before adding the fret hand.

Then when you put everything together, practice each section of the riff separately like I teach it in the lesson. That will assure that you can get everything together without getting sloppy.

Try to keep the palm muting tight and the rhythms very precise. Also, focus on keeping your picking hand wrist and forearm very relaxed. Keeping the picking hand tension at the smallest amount possible will help you get everything up to speed while making sure your technique stays solid.

In the third video lesson I will demonstrate the rest of the song including the guitar solos.

I hope you guys can make it through this great guitar workout!


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Battery Guitar Lesson Pt.1 - Intro

Battery Guitar Lesson Pt.2 - Main Riff

Battery Guitar Lesson Pt. - Solo/Riffs


  1. anonymous anonymous on December 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I want to learn the whole song if you can teach me it.
    Big fan 😉

  2. Doug Galligan on March 10, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks for the “Battery” lesson. I would like to learn more if possible!

    • Carl Brown on March 10, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      I am working my way through finishing all of my Metallica lessons. I am doing them in order of how many “likes” on YouTube each one is getting. It should be done soon!


  3. Jordan Seibert on December 13, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I really enjoy working on your metallica lessons.. you should do a lesson for Escape on the album Ride The Lightning

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