Fade To Black Guitar Lesson – Metallica

With this Fade To Black guitar lesson series we are gonna tackle one of my favorite Metallica songs in it's entirety.

Fade To Black has lots of interesting guitar parts to dig our teeth into including arpeggiated picking, fast palm muted rhythms, single note triplet sequences and fast repetitive legato licks and more!

In this Fade To Black guitar lesson series of videos I will take you through all of those cool guitar parts throughout 4 video lessons.

Take your time with some of the solo sections. For any fast guitar line you can usually isolate it and create a little repetitive exercise out of it that will help your hands get it down faster. In fact, that is pretty much what you should do with any technical hurdle that you may come across on the guitar.

Fade To Black is an absolute classic by Metallica off of their incredible Ride The Lightning album. I listened to this album almost constantly when I was a teen and this track always held a special place with me. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Good Luck! Carl..

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Fade To Black Guitar Lesson - Intro & Verse

Fade To Black Guitar Lesson - Distorted Rhythm Parts

Fade To Black Guitar Lesson - Intro Solo & Interlude

Fade To Black Guitar Lesson - Outro Solo


  1. Rahul Vimal on May 11, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Hey Carl !!! I am a big fan of yours . Keep up the good work. Can you please load the performance for Fade to Black and Blackbird . I am trying to improve my timing and performance videos will be of great help . Much Appreciated .

    • Carl Brown on May 11, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      Hey Rahul, thanks for checking out my lessons.

      When it comes to the full performance videos, I actually stopped doing those a couple years ago. The reason I stopped is because YouTube kept pulling the videos and it was getting me in trouble.

      So since I don’t know which ones will be pulled and which ones they will keep up I simply decided to instead perform each section at the beginning of each new lesson video so you can see it full speed.

      The performance videos you do see on the site are simply ones that YouTube never pulled.

      Wish I could do more but it is basically out of my hands. 🙁


  2. Sarzoo on June 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Hey carl, can you please do a song lesson on ‘soldier of fortune’ by loudness.. Your lesson on glasgow kiss was very helpfull.. Thanks \m/

  3. VegardNorway on October 15, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Hello Carl! For the intro, would you please tell me what amp settings you use? Your sound is incredible, like Your lessons! Thank you.

    • Carl Brown on October 16, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Hey thanks for the compliment. 🙂 I wish I remembered but I simply can’t. I know that it was a patch out of my Fractal Audio AXE-FX II though.

      I just can’t remember which one or how I might have tweaked it. 🙁

      Sorry! Carl…

  4. Drew Collins on October 14, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Hey Carl, just came across another song request would like to add, The Day That Never Comes! Metallica, When you get time would you teach this song? Thanks very much! Drew,

  5. Steven Van Sickle on June 9, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Any chance you can dio a lesson on the 3 note sweep? I`m stumped with it.

  6. Sam Taz on July 4, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    First thing first, I don’t know how to thank you for all the cool Metallica lessons. <3
    I also wanted to ask you, is there a place for their cover of turn the page in the future list? 😀 It is really being missed in the collection.

    • Carl Brown on July 6, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Yep that is on my to-do list!

      I have been procrastinating on it because I hate playing slide guitar. Haha


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