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Quick Lick: Slayer - "South of Heaven"

In the following video, Guitar World's Jimmy Brown shows you how to play the main riff to "South of Heaven," the title track to Slayer's 1988 classic.

Quick Lick: Metallica - "Sad But True"

In the following video, Guitar World's Jimmy Brown shows you how to play the main riff to "Sad But True" from Metallica's multi-platinum self-titled album from 1991.

Guitar 101: How To Play Fast, Part 3

Another relatively easy way to play fast is to use sweep picking, a technique in which the pick is dragged or "raked" across the strings, playing only one note per string. Sweep picking can be very useful for playing open-voiced arpeggios, as in FIGURE 16, and weird wide-interval licks, as in FIGURE 17, quickly and with minimal effort. When sweep-picking, be sure to mute each string with the left hand immediately after picking it to prevent the notes from ringing together and sounding like a strummed chord.

Guitar 101: How To Play Fast, Part 2

Now that you have some cool ideas for creating your own single-string licks, let’s look at some easy-to-execute speed licks that use two adjacent strings. FIGURE 8 is a Steve Morse-style ascending sextuplet run that climbs up the B and high E strings and finishes with a screaming bend. There are two good ways to play this lick: you can either pick every note for a machine gun-like staccato effect, or, for a "creamier," more legato sound, pick only the first and fourth notes of each sextuplet and use double hammer-ons to sound the remaining notes.

Quick Lick: AC/DC - "Thunderstruck"

Watch and learn how to play the main "Thunderstruck" riff.

Quick Lick: ZZ Top - "Tush"

In this video lesson, learn how to play the intro and verse to ZZ Top's "Tush," from 1975's Fandango!

Quick Lick: Van Halen "Beautiful Girls" Video Lesson

Learn how to play the intro riff to "Beautiful Girls" from Van Halen II.