The pentatonic scale most definitely has a place in the lead arsenal of any guitar player, but does it have a role in rhythm work? Clearly, as heard from players like Jimi Hendrix, Billy Gibbons, John Frusciante, and Tom Morello, among others, it does. In fact, regardless of your style, there’s a wealth of single-note riffs, double-stop moves, and chordal embellishments lurking within the scale. Squeeze these sounds between the cracks of basic chord shapes and you’re instantly a more interesting rhythm player.
In this Quick Lick, Guitar World's Matt Scharfglass shows you how to play the acoustic intro to Metallica's "Battery," from the landmark album Master of Puppets. In the intro to the song, James Hetfield plays a melody while accompanying himself with chords underneath that gives the song it's haunting vibe.