In this Ride the Lightning guitar lesson video series, I will show you how to play this Metallica classic note-for-note across 3 separate video lessons.
There are lots of cool riffs in this one that run the gamut for slow groove based riffs to ultra fast thrash metal. The tuning used in this lesson and the original recording is standard tuning.
In the first video lesson, I will show you all of the riffs in "Ride the Lightning" in the same order that they appear in the song. There are a lot of different sections of the song, so it is a marathon just getting the riffs together. Besides the riffs, I will also cover the harmony guitar intro and show you both parts just in case you have a second guitar player to jam with.
In the second and third video lessons, I will break down Kirk Hammett's epic guitar solo note-for-note.
The second video will cover the first half of the solo up until the fast double-time section. There is rapid tapping, octaves, blues licks, long legato based licks and a super fast alternate picked section to close out the first half of the solo.
As usual, I will take everything phrase-by-phrase in order to help you absorb all the different licks in a reasonable manner.
In the third video lesson, we make it to the fast double-time section of the solo that opens with a bunch of unison bends. From there we have some rapid blues based licks into some ascending triplets. By the way, many sections of the solo are either doubled an octave lower or harmonized. I will be teaching the highest harmony part just like Kirk Hammett plays it live. It sounds great just with that one part.
The real star of the show in Kirk Hammett's solo comes next with the fast arpeggio section. These arpeggios are based off of two separate repeated patterns which I will break down in detail.
When playing these arpeggios, you will need to be pretty fleet fingered. The are a lot of fast shifts and HUGE stretches so it definitely is for the more experienced guitar player.
I hope you guys enjoy learning this early masterpiece from Metallica!
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Ride The Lightning Guitar Lesson Pt.1 - 'Riffs'