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Kirk Hammett Solo Tricks

by Kristofer Dahl

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  • Time to look at the style of this extremely popular heavy metal guitarist - no wonder, he is the lead guitarist of Metallica: Kirk Hammett.


    Conveniently enough, this lesson comes right after the Matserclass "Hot Blues" lesson - because Kirk Hammett's style is in fact heavily inspired by blues. This lesson will mainly deal with Kirk's solo style from the Metallica "Black Album" and onwards . Mr Hammett himself claims his goal with his new solo approach was to get "a bit bluesier" - and the result was an effective blend of metal, blues and wah-wah driven madness.


    In this lesson you will get a hang of some typical Kirk Hammet style licks, you should also follow my example and use these ideas to make your own "Metallica-style" improvisation over the backing track. All the licks covered here will work nicely in E minor (except where note otherwise) - E minor is the the most common heavy metal key, so learn it well.


    Now let's take a trip to heavy metal land...

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