Nothing Else Matters Guitar Lesson Videos – Metallica

In these Nothing Else Matters guitar lesson videos you will learn to play Metallica's biggest power ballad note for note.

Appearing on their mega successful Black Album, Nothing Else Matters was a pretty big departure for this legendary metal band.

The fingerstyle guitar intro is an absolute classic. It has lots of tricky little techniques (hammer-ons, pull-offs, wide stretches and harmonics) within it. After the intro the verse section continues the fingerstyle playing with some really cool open position guitar work.

Overall, this Nothing Else Matters guitar lesson doesn't really go beyond the intermediate level technique wise, but it does display a large number of techniques.

Metallica also decided to change things up a bit with this one and have James Hetfield take the main guitar solo. The result is a blues based, highly melodic musical statement that is short but sweet with minimal technical challenges.

The first Nothing Else Matters guitar lesson video below demonstrates the intro and all of the clean guitar parts along with a few guitar fills.

Also in the first video lesson below is the instrumental clean guitar solo section of the song. Since this part is made up of quite a few guitar overdubs on the record, I have instead arranged it so it can be played on one guitar. There will be obvious parts that can't be played with just one guitar, but I think the arrangement is a good compromise to what is on the actual recording.

The second video is dedicated completely to the big guitar solo played by James Hetfield and the chords that are being played underneath it.

Hope you guys enjoy it! Carl..

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Nothing Else Matters Guitar Lesson - Intro & Chords

Nothing Else Matters Guitar Lesson - Solo


  1. Dikshant on August 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    hey carl, you’re a great teacher.. thanks for this lesson.. I’ve learned a lot from you, and yeah will make a donation when i’ll get some job.. hope there’ll be a lesson for master of puppets soon… thanks

  2. Michael Green on August 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Hi Carl that’s superb!
    Do you have a new guitar for this one?

    • Carl Brown on August 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Hey Michael, thanks for checking it out.

      My strat was in the shop so use used this guitar for the lesson. I have used it in some lessons in the past though.

      My strat now has single coils again so I may need to use this one in order to get a humbucking sound when I need it. 🙂


  3. tony on December 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    thanks great lessons.

  4. yeahboy on December 29, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Your lessons is the best

  5. Isaac on May 21, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Hello this is a great lesson

  6. Nishant on July 25, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Sir, your videos are of great help. Thanks a lot.

  7. prost on August 26, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    carl you ar the best teacher in the world thank you so much 😀

  8. farshid araghizadeh on January 16, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Great lesson, Carl. Thanks very much. And, funny (train)

    Can you post what you’re using as your amp settings please?

  9. Remco van der Stel on January 9, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Carl, thanks for the clear lesson. I just started playing the guitar and this is my first song ! The guitar I bought is a Spanish guitar, so my question is : Is it with my guitar possible to play tis song in a right way ( or is it easier with a western ). For example in the intro you have to hammer from the 7 to the 8 and slide to the 5th fret, but after the 8 fret the e string doesnt vibrate anymore . It drives me crazy 😉

    • Carl Brown on January 11, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Well on the actual recording they were using an electric guitar with a lot of compression so any type of acoustic guitar will sound different.

      I think playing it on a nylon string (spanish) will sound fine and actually be much easier than a steel string (western) guitar.


      • Remco van der Stel on January 17, 2016 at 10:08 am

        Ok, thank’s Carl for your comment !

  10. Joshua Needham on March 14, 2016 at 3:39 am

    This video was AWESOME MATE. I was just wondering if you have a tab for it just a little hard to see where you are fingers at if you do could you please sent it to me thanks

    • Carl Brown on March 14, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Hey Joshua, thanks for watching. Unfortunately, I can’t provide TAB for any songs under copyright protection. 🙁

      • Joshua Needham on March 15, 2016 at 4:50 am

        That’s a shame but this is a great lesson
        thanks Carl Brown.

  11. Tyler on May 15, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Hey Carl, i actually donated today, finally! Youre inspiring lessons taught me alot and will continue to do so! A little off topic but some barenaked ladies would be great on youre site and youtube channel! Its difficult to find any of there songs taught well like you do!

    • Carl Brown on May 15, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for the kind donation Tyler! The donations help me keep those YouTube lessons coming.

      I would be happy to do some Barenaked Ladies if I get enough requests. 🙂 Anyone else want to see those lessons?

  12. TJ on December 6, 2021 at 7:06 am

    Doing that would transform your site from the best site to the worst site. DON’T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Maximilian Molitor on December 6, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Great lesson!

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