Through the Never Guitar Lesson – Metallica

One of my favorite tracks off of Metallica's Black album is the hard driving "Through the Never" with it's high octane riffs and killer main intro riff.

In these Through the Never guitar lessons, I am going to show you how to play all of "Through the Never" in it's entirety.

This is one of those songs that just has a really cool vibe to it and it very fun to play. However, the constant driving muted downstroke rhythm can be a bit tiresome after a while if you aren't keeping your picking hand wrist and forearm as relaxed as possible.

This is also a great riff to practice to work on the synchronization between the two hands. Since the fingerings remain pretty consistent, it lets you focus on timing the two hands to work together perfectly instead of worrying about where the next note is.

Start slow and get the pattern down with a nice tight and muted sound. Those notes should really feel like they just popping-off of the fretboard. Once the pattern is mastered it shouldn't take too long to get it up to speed.

Connecting the opening main riff and the verse is a really cool double-stop lick that retains that muted feel and propels us into the verse riff.

The verse riff is a slight variation on that little connecting part. It begins with constant muted downstrokes on the low E string leading into a couple of sustained double-stops. After that we end the riff with a little cool muted descending lick that leads us back to the beginning of the riff again.

In the second video lesson I will pick up where we left off in the first one. This lesson will start with the chorus and continue showing all of the remaining riffs for the rest of the song in the order that the appear in the original recording. This includes the really cool groove riff after the guitar solo.

In the third and final video lesson, I will show you note-for-note how to play Kirk Hammett's killer guitar solo.

As with most of Kirk Hammett's solos, this one can be pretty challenging and encompasses the entire fretboard.

I will break the entire guitar solo down phrase-by-phrase (like I usually do) to help you get it under your fingers quickly.

I hope you guys enjoy learning yet another great track from the incomparable Metallica!


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Through the Never Guitar Lesson Pt.1 - Metallica

Through the Never Guitar Lesson Pt.2 - Metallica

Through the Never Guitar Lesson Pt.3 - Solo


  1. connor jennings on November 16, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Hey Carl,
    It would be awesome if you could finish this song!
    You rock!

  2. DESMOND CHAI on January 1, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Carl. This is the only incomplete song I learned from you. Appreciate your effort to complete it. Thanks

    • Carl Brown on January 2, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Yeah I am still trying to complete any incomplete lessons. That is one of the few handful of songs that aren’t complete on the site.

      It will be finished in the coming months. 🙂


  3. Dennis Richter on March 1, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Hi Carl, It would be AWESOME if you could completed this song !!
    Don’t need to mention that you’re one of the best if not THE best guitar teacher online EVER!
    Cheers mate for all what you’ve done so far !!!!!!

    • Carl Brown on March 3, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Thanks Dennis, this is one of the few incomplete lesson on the site and I will be getting to it soon. 🙂

  4. Dennis Richter on March 14, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Hey Carl, Thanks a lot for your work!
    Great that you’re going to complete the song !!
    Really cool !!!
    Love the song!

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