Welcome Home Sanitarium Guitar Solo Lesson – Metallica

For this solo lesson we are going to tackle the intro solo to the epic "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" by Metallica.

Being one of the standout tracks from the incredible Master of Puppets album, this intro solo helps create the ominous vibe used throughout most of the song.

Technically I would put this Welcome Home Sanitarium guitar solo lesson at an intermediate level.

There aren't many fast runs, just a lot of melodic guitar lines that complement the underlying chord progression quite nicely.

In this Welcome Home Sanitarium guitar solo lesson I will demonstrate exactly how Kirk Hammett plays this masterful solo. The actual fingerings and positions he uses mean a lot here in order to get the tone right.

I would say the most technically demanding part of this solo is the quick A min arpeggio just towards the end of the solo. Kirk Hammett uses a finger roll here and a down down down up picking pattern in order to play those four notes so quickly yet still have each note sound clearly. Keep in mind this isn't a sweep, but literally three separate downstrokes.

Playing the same type of stroke in the same direction across adjacent strings can be done quite fast after you get used to it. Just be sure to keep your picking hand wrist nice as loose. 🙂

OK get to work! Carl..

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Welcome Home Sanitarium Guitar Lesson - First Solo

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  1. GREAT 80"s Tune on June 6, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Really enjoyed this one! Thanks!
    Could always use more Megadeth!!!
    Mark Daniel

  2. jedidiah silvertooth on July 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    what setting or effects did you use for the opening solo I love that sound it nails it dead on but cant seem to get it dialed in. I have many modeling amps and effects units so I may have what you used if not ill have to get it

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