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In the famous riff lesson we are gonna take a look at the opening riffs for what is considered by most metal fans to be Megadeth’s greatest song, “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due”.
This Holy Wars guitar lesson is definitely no walk in the park. We are actually going to be tackling the opening riff then the main riff that follows.
The opening riff is a Dave Mustaine classic. Fast, tight, precise and absolutely ripping. You are gonna want to pay close attention to the picking indications in the video lesson for that part. Otherwise, your picking hand will probably have a lot of trouble getting everything up to speed.
From there we move on to the main riff that involves a lot of hammer-ons and pull-offs with rapid palm muted alternate picking between. Timing is the big issue in this section.
You will want to make sure you can feel these rhythms internally before attempting to play them up to speed.
And since both of these riffs require a high amount of articulation between the fret and picking hands, I suggest practicing them quite slow at first.
You will want to wait until the riffs are mostly just muscle memory before attempting them at full speed.
Let’s see if you got what is takes to play these riffs! They are a great challenge!