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Matt Scharfglass

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Quick Lick: Metallica - "Ride The Lightning"

In the following video, Guitar World's Matt Scharfglass shows you how to play the post-chorus riff to the title track off Metallica's sophomore album, Ride The Lightning.

Quick Lick: Anthrax - "Caught In A Mosh"

In the following video, Guitar World's Matt Scharfglass shows you how to play the intro bass riff to the Anthrax classic, "Caught In a Mosh," which comes from the band's 1987 album Among The Living.

Top of the Pops: Learn to Play "Rope" by Foo Fighters

In this new series Top of the Pops, Guitar World's Matt Scharfglass teaches you how to play the guitar parts in the hottest songs on the pop charts right now.

Quick Lick: Slayer - "Die By The Sword"

In the following video, Guitar World's Matt Scharfglass shows you how to play the main riff to "Die By the Sword" from Slayer's debut album, Show No Mercy.

Just Play: Are Guitarists Bigger Douchebags Than Bassists?

Although I play a guitarist on TV, I’m actually a bass player. That’s what comes naturally to me. I won’t lie: Deep down I’m a frustrated lead guitarist. Let’s face it, no one imitates the bass player when they grab a tennis racket and practice their moves in front of the mirror. I have guitar envy.

Just Play: I've Come to Terms with My Inability to Sing -- And It Sucks!

In my last blog entry, I lamented my inability to sing. In college, after years of ignoring conventional wisdom and thinking I’m as good a singer as anyone and torturing my friends and family with my renderings, I finally took voice lessons, because deep down, I knew I was, well, ignoring conventional wisdom.

Just Play: Confessions of a Multi-Instrumentalist Who Just Can't Sing

I can’t sing for shit. I play a lot of instruments (I like to think I play them well), I write what I like to think are pretty good songs, I have a good understanding of harmony, I have a good ear, I know a million cover songs ... but not being able to sing well has been my Achilles’ heel for as long as I can remember.

Top of the Pops: Plain White T's, "Rhythm of Love"

In this 3.5-minute lesson, Matt and his Martin acoustic guitar show you how to play the intro and verse to the Plain White T's song "Rhythm of Love" from their 2010 album, Wonders of the Younger.

Top of the Pops: Mumford & Sons, "The Cave"

In this three-minute video lesson, Matt Scharfglass and his Epiphone show you how to play the verse to the Mumford & Songs song "The Cave" from their 2010 album, Sigh No More.

Pop Music Fans Need Video Lessons Too

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to make a series for YouTube using the same concept, only showcasing pop songs and aiming the lessons at beginners. Two of them have gone live so far — Plain White T’s’ "Rhythm of Love" and "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele.