Metallica's Kirk Hammett Talks 'Ride the Lightning,' Cliff Burton and Benefits of Taking Guitar Lessons from Joe Satriani



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Say what you will about Kirk's playing and Metallica's later years (not a fan of the later stuff either). BUT..the guy is without doubt one of the most successful guitar players of all time....period... end of story. When you've sold that many albums and left the impact he has...what more is there to say? Who's the composer of multi platinum albums and has toured the world over and over and reached fame and fortune beyond most humans wildest dreams? You or him? The guy has zero to explain or apologize for.



While he may be significantly better than your average Guitar Center wannabe shredder, there's definitely room for improvement.

My biggest gripe with his style is his excessive (over)use of wah. Come to think of it, I can't really think of any of his solo that doesn't have wah in it other than "Dave's solos" from Kill 'Em All (I'm sure they exist but I can't think of any off the top of my head).

While not necessarily a crime, I'd much rather hear serious guitar skills than crazy wah. I've just seen/heard way too many new guitars try to hide their lack of talent behind a crap-ton of random effects-- wah being the biggest culprit.

While I'm personally not a huge fan of his, I'll give him credit that he obviously did something right; but putting Kirk up there with Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, and Randy Rhoads is just crazy...



i will agree with the comments about the wha use i almost wrote that in my comments can be annoying at times but he is the most influnital player since randy his solos elevate simple thrash riff to mindblowing hieghts i am not knocking other guitarist but being a fan of metal in my early teens in 1980 i have seen many come and go be called the best and not many you hear about 30 yrs on



i'll give you the comments about the last 25 years , i thought death magnetic was ok, and really don't care about pictures but to call kirk an average guitarist i call foul, he is by-far one of the most talented exciting players ever his solos tell a story . up there with jimi , halen and randy



This has got to be the stupidest cover in the history of guitar magazines. The guys in Metallica have apparently never outgrown the cheesy posing, as evidenced by every photo shoot they've ever done. They're in their 50s, for f**k's sake! I suppose it's fitting, though, considering their music has been cheesy for the last 20 years, at least. Also, for someone who grew up loving Michael Schenker, Uli Roth and Thin Lizzy, as well as taking lessons from Joe Satriani, Kirk is quite the average guitar player. I wish his good taste was actually reflected in his playing, or at the very least, his photo sessions.

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