Metallica – Battery (Main Riff)

Table of Contents 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 Riff 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, […]