Metal Guitar Harmonies Lesson

Metal guitar harmonies are really just like any other harmonies. So, it might have been more accurate to call this one ‘guitar harmony lines’…but it’s just that these ideas get used a lot in metal and heavy rock music! Think of bands like: Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden or Metallica and one of the things that (read more…)

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Learn a Lick 3: Learner Messiah

This week’s lick is inspired by the solo on Metallica’s ‘Leper Messiah‘, from the ‘Master of Puppets’ Album. You can either play it with alternate picking, which is a challenge in itself, or you can sweep it, as we’re doing today. Played this way, this lick makes a great example of how to use arpeggios (read more…)

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Early Metallica Backing Track in Em

So, last month we were looking at the lead guitar style of Metallica’s Kirk Hammett. Then, at the end of the month I wrote this lesson on how to play and sound like Kirk. If you’re a fan of Kirk Hammett, I suggest checking that post out! Now, I’m more a fan of earlier Metallica (read more…)

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Jim Dunlop KH95 Wah Review

The Jim Dunlop KH95 wah: if there is one effect that Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is well known for, it’s the Wahwah pedal. In this post, we’re having a look at Kirk’s signature wah by Jim Dunlop. Wah pedals were originally invented to sound similar to the expressive, crying tone that a muted trumpet produces (wah (read more…)

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Randall KH120RHS Review

The Randall KH120RHS is one of the more recent Kirk Hammett signature stacks from Randall Amplifiers. Now, you may be wondering why Randall would be making a signature stack amp for Kirk Hammett. I mean, aren’t Metallica more associated with Mesa Boogie amps? Which Amps does Kirk really use? Well, there is this myth going (read more…)

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