Learn Ride The Lightning Arpeggios

This is the arpeggio section from Ride the Lightning. The reason I'm teaching this section is because it's fun, fast, and gives you plenty to learn that you can apply elsewhere.


 Please note, this transcription was computer generated and has not been checked for errors.  However, I do hope you find it helpful.   

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For this lesson. I'm going to take you all the way through the arpeggio section of the guitar solo from Ride the Lightning and there's a lot of reasons why I'm teaching this lesson in particular, you'll notice that I don't have any other song lessons on my channel as of yet, but this solo is going to give you a lot to work with not just the technique not just playing it and practicing it and giving me something to warm up with but also the application of everything you're going to learn here. I really like learning solos that are going to give you something that you can take to other solos or to take to other Styles as well. And I think this soul is chock-full of Excellence.


So basically we'll start off by learning the entire arpeggio section also talk to you about some of the technique as well on how to play these parts. And then after that I'm going to talk a little bit about using these tricks and moves elsewhere in your guitar playing. Okay.

So let's get right into it. We're going to start off with an A Minor arpeggio and we're only going to do it on the first two strings. It's going to look like this we're going to use these notes 12 on the first string eight on the first string and 10 on the second string the way I'm actually going to perform these three notes as like this I'll do An upstroke with my pick and then a pull off to my first finger.

Then I'm going to do a down stroke on the second string and a down stroke on the first string.

That's very important that picking pattern the way I'm playing. This is called economy picking. I'm going to be doing an up a pull off and two downs up down down up down down up down down up down down up and so on and so on. All right, that's going to be the majority of your practices getting good at those four notes just that little picking pattern and Those two downs into one. It takes a lot of work one of the problems you might run into as you're doing this is that you'll see that as you play this note on the second string and take your finger off a lot of times. What happens is you get a pull off on accident to the open string. So you'll see I'm just barely muting the second string all with my first finger there. I've got it just barely rubbing up against the second string is like a safety net. So just in case I accidentally do a pull off and didn't mean to you won't hear a ringing out because my first fingers muting it so that's really what you're going to start off. Practicing is just the pattern on really any shape, but we'll do the a minor shape today. Just doing one E and A two e and three e and a four E Honda once you've got that under control I start adding in your next arpeggio, which is going to be G major. It looks like this 10th fret 7th fret 8th fret we'll do the exact same picking pattern and we'll do it four times as before from there. All we have to do is put our first finger down a fret and now we're in G minor and we do the same thing and then our last arpeggio is probably gonna be the Here's one here for us. It's going to be an a major major. We've got ninth fret fifth fret and 5th fret. All right, and these two 5th Frets right here pose a problem because if I to squash my finger there if I just borrow it then they'll bring into one another and I don't want that sound. I don't want to hear that and Kirk Hammett didn't want to hear that either. That's why he doesn't just squash it there. You'll have to learn how to Pivot your finger back and forth just like this and that way those notes don't bring into each other like this. Alright, so same thing one E and A two e and ah, three e and before he and so we put it all together. Here's what we have.

All right. So there's our for arpeggios.

And then all we have to do is just repeat that over again and we've got the first big chunk of the solo done. Okay, our next arpeggio is this is a little transitional thing. It gets a little weird here. We're going to do an F major. It's going to go 13 8 and 10 with our old pattern just four times.

Now we're going to lift that up two Frets which turns it into a G major arpeggio.

But we only do it twice. It's not only be half of the measure after that. We're going to lift it up three Frets and it becomes a B-flat and we're going to do that twice. So the last measure is 1/2 G 1/2 B flat.

Alright, so a full measure of f G B flat okay, and now comes something brand-new. I really really like this part. It's one of those moves that once you learn it. Oh God, you're going to use it everywhere. So here's what's happening. We're going to see major arpeggio right now. Our pinky is all the way up on the 20th fret I'm on 15 here with my first finger and my middle fingers reaching into 17.

I start off by doing the same four notes. We just practiced but then before I do the four dots again, I'm going to just do this.

Okay, so that was just a single pull off with an up stroke.

Then I can do my four notes again.

And I'm going to do a single fixed rope with an up stroke again and a pull off and then my for dance again, so if I play the whole measure listen, it goes one, two, three, four pull off one, two, three, four, pull off one, two, three four, and that all adds up to 16 notes, which means it takes up a full measure of of sixteenth notes. I can count the whole thing one e and a two week. and a 3 E and A 4 e and up and you can see I'm ready now to go to my next arpeggio, which is coincidentally just going to be this you just take your pinky and bring it down one fret and now you're ready for your next arpeggio with this new pattern 1 E and A 2 E and A 3 E and A 4 e and descend again one fret you can use your pinky here again one E and A two e and a three e and a four e and and then last we're going to descend another fret 1 and we're on the 17th fret now and you can do this all with your ring finger if you ooh, like Or if you want to try and swap in your middle finger to take care of that second string you can do that as well.

All right, but here's the whole thing with the new pattern. It goes one down a threat down another for up and down again.

After that, we're going to go back to our F major arpeggio, but this time with our new pattern.

And then we're going to go up back to what like what we did before when we played the G and the B flat just like that just half of the measure of the G and half a measure of the be flap.

All right, and that gets us through the entire guitar solo with the exception of these last two notes Here the very very end of the of the solo goes like this, which is just a Unison Bend. I've got my first finger here on 12. I've got my ring finger here on 15 on the second string playing both of those notes at the same time on sounds terrible, but you bend the second string up.

Becomes an e just like the one that you're fretting. So we're going to that three times one, two, three, and that closes off the entire guitar solo. So here's what the entire thing is going to sound like all the way through.

All right, and that's the entire lead. So a little bit about applying these things that we just learned here from this guitar solo. Well any scale you're in you have access to this new move of one-e-and-a two-e-and-a three-e-and-a four-e-and-a with the up stroke in the two down Strokes. I don't care. What strings are on I mean, let's think about if we're in pentatonic minor for example, and I work my way all the way up to the first two strings, then we could obviously just do the up down down up down down up.

Or the other patent the one that took up the full measure.

And I can also apply that two different strings of the pentatonic. So what if I start on the second string?

All right, so a lot of different options there just within pentatonic minor I could go to my second pentatonic minor shape and do the same thing.

I could go to my third shape.

All right, and outside of pentatonic. What if I think about just like major scales if I was in a major?

And I just take these notes here like a little sauce for thing.

All right, very very practical stuff to move all around the fretboard in any shape that any key. So I want you to practice that solo just for that reason alone is you're going to have all these tricks that you can kind of bust out at the drop of a hat.

Also. I do want you to spend a little time thinking about how Kirk Hammett wrote this I'm assuming Kirk Hammett wrote this arpeggio section. It could have been Cliff Burton its kind of classical chord progression and it's got a some strange Harmony to it. But really what's happening is over the C power-chord Kirk Hammett is playing an A Minor arpeggio.

So if you think about that, I mean most guitar players, I would think you know, most Elementary guitar players would think CR C power-chord OKC arpeggio? No, he's playing A/C power cord and there's an A Minor arpeggio over the top of it. So that makes this kind of an A Minor / c chord or next power cord is Abby and at the same time Kirk Hammett playing a G major so you could think of that as a G /b chord then we have a B-flat power cord with a G minor arpeggio being played so that would be like G minor C. / B flat and then last we have an a power chord with an a major arpeggio which isn't interesting or unexpected it works perfectly in this chord progression, but I think that's really interesting. When you see these three power cords these for power chords C the D flatten a the first thing that comes to me it mind for me is not a minor G over B G minor over B flat and then a major. I think it's a pretty creative way to do it. And if you listen with those chords sound like all on their own check it out. We've got a minor /c we've You were being we have G minor /d flap we have a maid and you can kind of hear the heart SEO passage that Kirk Hammett plays on top of this forming those chords.

So I don't do a lot of videos on specific songs or specific leads, but I might do them if I find that there's a lot of practical stuff that you can glean from that lesson like this. I mean, not only are you learning this awesome solo, but you're also learning all these little techniques that you can then, you know take along with you for the rest of your guitar. Playing career and that's really what I look for I think is kind of meaningless to learn just a solo and not get anything else out of it to me. That's like it's like memorizing a book in Spanish to learn Spanish. Like all you're doing is memorizing how to say the words. You're not thinking about how to use those words elsewhere or the you know, the syntax and how those words fit together or you know, the rules of those words. So, I mean, it's good to learn leads, but I think you're going to get way more bang for your buck is if after you learn lead you spend some time investigating what you just learned. Is there a shape In there. Is there a pattern did you do an arpeggio and then see how that stuff fits into the chords of the song that way when you're doing your own solo over your own chords, you can say hey I'm going to do that thing that they did and that song right there. Oh, I'm going to do that lick that I learned from that one song and you know how to apply it because you understood how it the context that was played in the original song.

So I hope this helps out. I might do a few of these in the future and if you have any requests comments questions, please let me know in the comments down below or get a hold of me on Facebook or Twitter. All of those links are in the description.

So thank you for watching and until next time.


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