Wanna Play Like Hetfield?
Roko
Nov 8 2008, 09:18 AM
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Hi there, everyone.
This is my first post in a series which will break down the fundamentals of the techniques of your favorite guitarists. Because I've been working on it myself, I thought I would start with James Hetfield, guitarist for Metallica. His techniques vary, so I'm going to focus on to primarily: His signature "Machine Gun" riffs, and his chromatic riffs.

The first one is a "Machine Gun" riff similar to the song "One":

E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------.|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------.|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------.|
D|---------------2-----------------3----------------------------------------------------.|
A|---------------2-----------------3------------------8-7-5-7-5-3-----------------3/2.|
E|---0-0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0-0----------------0-0-0-0-0-0-3/2.|

You can repeat that as much as you like. It's best set to a double bass beat.

The next riff is more of a gallop picking style. It's similar to the song "Battery"

E---------------------------------------------------------------------.|
B---------------------------------------------------------------------.|
G---------------------------------------------------------------------.|
D---------------------------------------------------------------------.|
A-------------------8-7----------------------4/5-5/6-6/7-----------.|
E---0-0-0---0-0-0-6-5-----0-0-0---0-0-0-2/3-3/4-4/5-----0-0-0.|

This lick is like "All Nightmare Long" The second triplets in the beginning are 16th note triplets. Accentuate the other notes by playing them slower. This is at a high tempo again.

E---------------------------------------------------.|
B---------------------------------------------------.|
G---------------------------------------------------.|
D---------------------------------------------------.|
A---------------------------------------------------.|
E---0-0-0---0-0-0---0-0---2-1-0-0-0-3-2-0-0-0.|
[16ths] [16ths] [16ths]

This last lick is played with a wah pedal. Push forward on the chords, and push back on the low E's. You should get a sound that is similar to "Cyanide".

E--------------------------------.|
B--------------------------------.|
G---------7---------5-------9/7.|
D---------6---------4-------8-6.|
A---------5---------3-------7/5.|
E---0-0-0---0-0-0---0-0-0----.|

These should all be played with the same settings:
Drive:8
Low:7
Mid:2
High:6
Reverb:1

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Ivan Milenkovic
Nov 9 2008, 12:10 AM
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Very useful topic mate, thanks for sharing smile.gif

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Pedja Simovic
Nov 9 2008, 12:20 AM
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Great thread!

Is it possible to get a video of each of the examples? That would help even more to everybody I think.

Keep up the good work !

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audiopaal
Nov 9 2008, 02:13 AM
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Great thread, thanks smile.gif

As Pedja said, I think a video would help a lot of people smile.gif

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Roko
Nov 9 2008, 02:22 AM
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I have recorded videos, and they will be up shortly. Thanks so much for your input!

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Pedja Simovic
Nov 9 2008, 02:23 AM
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QUOTE (Roko @ Nov 9 2008, 03:22 AM) *
I have recorded videos, and they will be up shortly. Thanks so much for your input!


You welcome Roko
I look forward to the videos!

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Emir Hot
Nov 9 2008, 02:33 AM
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I see that last two lines of your each tab have more ASCII characters. (5th and 6th string). The notes might be interpreted wrong because of that. Otherwise, great topic.

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Nov 9 2008, 02:58 AM
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QUOTE (Roko @ Nov 9 2008, 02:22 AM) *
I have recorded videos, and they will be up shortly. Thanks so much for your input!


Awesome, I'm looking forward to it smile.gif
Thanks a lot for doing this!

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Nov 9 2008, 02:59 AM
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Great lesson ^^
But you should add [tablature ] tablature here [/ tablature] without the spaces to make it easier to read wink.gif
I think that was the code...

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Roko
Nov 9 2008, 03:33 AM
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Okay--
Here is the video containing all the licks. Some of the clips are not the full riffs, but parts of them.

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Nov 9 2008, 10:16 AM
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QUOTE (Canis @ Nov 9 2008, 04:59 AM) *
Great lesson ^^
But you should add [tablature ] tablature here [/ tablature] without the spaces to make it easier to read wink.gif
I think that was the code...


This is the correct synthax:


CODE
[tab] paste your tab here[/tab]


PS Thanks for the mini lesson! smile.gif

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Nemanja Filipovi...
Nov 9 2008, 10:33 AM
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Great topic mate.I'v just look at the video you uploaded.I think you need to practice more with metronome,so you stay in rhythm even if there is not any rhythm instrument(drums or any other beat machine).I ma not guitarist so my advice my not stand here,but I think your right hand is a bit stiff.You need to relax the muscles so you would not get tired easily.
Lesson topic is good and very useful for rhythm guitar playing.

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Roko
Nov 9 2008, 08:53 PM
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QUOTE (Nemanja Filipovic @ Nov 9 2008, 02:33 AM) *
Great topic mate.I'v just look at the video you uploaded.I think you need to practice more with metronome,so you stay in rhythm even if there is not any rhythm instrument(drums or any other beat machine).I ma not guitarist so my advice my not stand here,but I think your right hand is a bit stiff.You need to relax the muscles so you would not get tired easily.
Lesson topic is good and very useful for rhythm guitar playing.

You are correct sir!
Yes, i could use more rythym work. Does anyone know where to find really easily malleable (changeable) drum patterns for free/ on a budget?

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QUOTE (Roko @ Nov 9 2008, 09:53 PM) *
You are correct sir!
Yes, i could use more rythym work. Does anyone know where to find really easily malleable (changeable) drum patterns for free/ on a budget?

I can maybe help with that.If you have DAW(any daw),and some VST drums,I can sent you some midi patterns of grooves.

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Nov 11 2008, 01:29 PM
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Cool lesson man, you can put your video in the first post by editing it, it would me easier to see it smile.gif

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