Nothing Else Matters Guitar Lesson Pt.1 – Metallica – Intro & Chords

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In these Nothing Else Matters guitar lesson videos you will learn to play Metallica’s biggest power ballad note for note.

Appearing on their mega successful Black Album, Nothing Else Matters was a pretty big departure for this legendary metal band.

The fingerstyle guitar intro is an absolute classic. It has lots of tricky little techniques (hammer-ons, pull-offs, wide stretches and harmonics) within it. After the intro the verse section continues the fingerstyle playing with some really cool open position guitar work.

Overall, this Nothing Else Matters guitar lesson doesn’t really go beyond the intermediate level technique wise, but it does display a large number of techniques.

Metallica also decided to change things up a bit with this one and have James Hetfield take the main guitar solo. The result is a blues based, highly melodic musical statement that is short but sweet with minimal technical challenges.

The first Nothing Else Matters guitar lesson video below demonstrates the intro and all of the clean guitar parts along with a few guitar fills.

Also in the first video lesson below is the instrumental clean guitar solo section of the song. Since this part is made up of quite a few guitar overdubs on the record, I have instead arranged it so it can be played on one guitar. There will be obvious parts that can’t be played with just one guitar, but I think the arrangement is a good compromise to what is on the actual recording.

The second video is dedicated completely to the big guitar solo played by James Hetfield and the chords that are being played underneath it.

Hope you guys enjoy it! Carl..

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  1. Man I just cannot get these damn bar chords! Been playing for a little over a year now, and I simply cannot do bar chords! I can do the fingerstyle intro perfectly, but not them bar chords!

  2. Alessio Panfili

    Love your videos! Could you do one on Lost for Words by Pink Floyd? I can't seen to find anybody online who can teach it well/accurately enough to the original track

  3. Rebirthson Kamei

    Can you do a guitar lesson for Avenged sevenfold until the end.

  4. What about the "trust I seek and I find in you" section? Is it the same the verse

  5. Do you do 1 on 1 Skype or face time lessons? How would I sign up for such a thing? Sorry if this is not the correct forum for this question. Thank you

  6. Matt McClelland

    I notice when doing the triads you switch to using your middle for the E and index for the B and then thumb for G. Do you suggest sticking with the same picking pattern as the rest of the song (thumb handling top 3 strings) and so on? Is there any reasoning you're doing this?

  7. This video really helped me a lot!!

    Btw, could you please do a lesson on cough syrup by young the giant?

    I've been dying to learn that song!!

  8. Best guitar teacher on Youtube.

  9. holmes sherlock

    Please give me your ampli guitar name?

  10. It would really help for us beginners if u refer to the strings by number instead of their letters.

  11. Didn't know Kinobody had a second channel!

  12. 5:03
    Just marking the second part

  13. Best guitar teacher on YouTube

  14. ive been playing for 5 years and i still suck to much to do this or even johnny be good
    time for me to find a different thing to do because i suck at this

  15. Jaden Lowrance

    Watch my gmpa of age 46 study your videos so all to often..but seems da theory of short fingers maybe true..He's a determined gmpa and seems to be hung up on certain frets due to small fingers..any advice I can share with him..?? Thank you for your time..!! As my gmpa says.."FREAKIN BAD *SS..!!

  16. Mason Anderson

    ur guitar sounds amazing i love it

  17. Carl , I'm an guitar store employee , PLEASE DELETE THIS VIDEO

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