Metallica – Fight Fire With Fire Intro

Metallica – Fight fire with fire (intro) Metallica’s Fight Fire With Fire is a thrash classic. It lulls you into a false sense of security with a twiddly, baroque intro that makes you think that you’re in for a easy entry into the album but no: once the fancy, dandy stuff is over the main […]

Tool – Pneuma Intro

tool – pneuma bass intro Arguably the second greatest Tool bass intro… When this song dropped there was a feeding frenzy of people tabbing it out and a race to upload it. I took a look at it at the time but got side-tracked by life and so here’s my take on it. Compare and […]

Metallica – Don’t Tread On Me

Metallica – Don’t Tread on Me So, I’ve been transcribing the Black Album (aka Metallica) and I got to Don’t Tread On Me and a couple of things struck me. There’s a riff that I’ve always heard one way (turns out I was right) but when I went searching on Ultimate-Guitar and looked at their […]

Master of Puppets Verse Riff

Master of Puppets – Verse Riff Lots of internet column inches have been written and dedicated to this one single riff; here’s my two cents! A quick note on tempo Trust me, this is a necessary little diversion on the subject of tempo… There are official transcriptions for sale and on the UG site and […]

Megadeth – Hangar 18 Back Half

There’s no foreplay: we’re straight in, hitting you in the face with the big chords and the driving, straight ahead rock beat from Nick Menza. This track is a classic and one of Megadeth’s most popular, a fixture in their live sets for years. It’s often the track that opens their live sets. It does […]

Metallica – Battery (Main Riff)

Table of Contents Metallica – Battery This was my intro to the life-changing world of Metallica. Lulled into a false sense of calm by that iconic, layered acoustic/classical intro, I was about to have my brain put on a full rinse and spin cycle by one of the most ferocious intros in metal… The Main […]

Metallica – Blackened Part 2

That Main Riff Much like the very first bar of the song this riff has been confusing people and being played wrong for years. The general thinking about this riff is that it starts on the open low E string and it’s in 7/4 and still at 182bpm. Again, this is wrong.   From SheetMusicDirect […]

Metallica – Blackened Part 1

It’s the late 80’s and I’m in high school. I’m getting into metal, my buddy Mark has given me a cassette of Metallica’s Master of Puppets album and my life has been forever changed. Then And Justice For All happened… Aged 13 or 14 and learning guitar (I subsequently switched to the bass because, well, […]