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In this Welcome Home Sanitarium Guitar Lesson video series I will teach you how to play all of this Metallica classic note-for-note in it’s entirety.
We have a lot to cover in this lesson including 4 guitar solos!
The intro consists of an introspective clean guitar part using harmonics and a melody on the high E string. That intro leads into the main clean guitar riff which is a somber arpeggio picked riff that also makes a great shifting exercise for the entry level guitarist. This is the same clean guitar riff used in the verse of “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)”.
Continuing in the first video lesson, I will then demonstrate how to play all the heavy guitar rhythms. These rhythms are a lot more difficult, especially when you make it to the fast muted downstrokes used throughout the second half of the song. Keep a relaxed picking wrist here and it will help you not only develop speed, but also the endurance to make it through the entire last half of the song.
In the second video lesson we make it to the first solo!
Being one of the standout tracks from the incredible Master of Puppets album, this intro solo helps create the ominous vibe used throughout most of the song.
Technically I would put this Welcome Home Sanitarium intro guitar solo at an intermediate level.
There aren’t many fast runs, just a lot of melodic guitar lines that complement the underlying chord progression quite nicely.
I would say the most technically demanding part of this solo is the quick A min arpeggio just towards the end of the solo. Kirk Hammett uses a finger roll here and a down down down up picking pattern in order to play those four notes so quickly yet still have each note sound clearly. Keep in mind this isn’t a sweep, but literally three separate downstrokes.
Playing the same type of stroke in the same direction across adjacent strings can be done quite fast after you get used to it. Just be sure to keep your picking hand wrist nice as loose. 🙂
In the third video lesson I will tackle the second solo. This one moves around the fretboard quite a bit so you will need to keep your fret hand nice and light.
In the fourth video lesson I will teach you how to play the epic main solo. Here is where Kirk Hammett really kicks into high gear and we have a lot of very fast licks from beginning to end. This solo will be a challenge to just about any guitarist.
And finally in the fifth video lesson I will demonstrate how to play all of the outro section, including the harmony guitar parts and outro solo. This section isn’t nearly as difficult as the main solo so if you make it this far you probably won’t have much trouble at all. 🙂
OK get to work! Carl..