In this lesson I will demonstrate how to play the killer intro to Metallica's incredible "Master of Puppets".
Now I don't plan on only teaching this part of the song. I will definitely be finishing the whole thing note-for-note. I just always gauge which songs to finish first based of the support they get. So if you wanna see the rest of these lessons let me know!
In this Master of Puppets guitar lesson I will break down the extremely fast down picked intro that so many Metallica fans love.
In will require a pretty advanced picking hand technique. If you don't have very much experience with this type of rapid muted down stroke metal thrashing, simply try and get the coordination down first. Then as you slowly speed the riff up, pay close attention to any tension that may arise in your picking hand wrist, forearm and shoulder. Use small relaxed movements.
The left hand doesn't get to sit around very long either. It is required to hop down the fretboard fret-by-fret keeping up with the right hand. Getting them both synchronized can be quite the challenge.
The second half of the intro goes into a riff that is a bit easier to play since it stays put in one area of the fretboard and the right hand picking is slightly easier (I explain why in the video lesson).
This is classic thrash metal at it's absolute best so take your time and learn it right.
In the second video lesson I will finish all the heavy rhythm guitar parts. "Master of Puppets" is truly a masterful collection of some of the greatest riffs in metal history so you will definitely want to master all of these riffs.
In the third lesson I will demonstrate how to play the serene harmony guitar solo (both parts!) note-for-note. I will also show you how to play the guitar solo for this section and the clean arpeggio guitar rhythms.
In the fourth lesson we will finally take a crack at the Kirk Hammett's main guitar solo. This solo is full of blistering legato, alternate picking, tremolo picking, screaming harmonics and sequences. It is a true workout for the metal guitar lover. It is also one of Kirk Hammett's finest moments in my opinion.
In the last video lesson (yep that is 5 in all!), I will demonstrate how to play the killer musical interlude that occurs after the main solo. This is truly Metallica at their peak!
Hopefully, you guys will make it through the monster lesson series! If you do, I would love to see you do a cover of it on YouTube! Good Luck! 🙂
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Master of Puppets Guitar Lesson - Intro