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Video Finds: Fingerstyle Guitarist Kelly Valleau Covers Metallica’s “Fade to Black”

If you’re a Metallica fan, the August 2014 issue of Guitar World is for you!

The issue delves deep inside of the band’s second album – the electrifying Ride The Lightning – with Kirk Hammett as your guide.

As the album’s lone ballad – and Metallica’s very first – “Fade To Black” has become one of the band’s most legendary songs.

Here, check out fingerstyle guitarist Kelly Valleau deliver his own rendition of the track.

Full of classically-inspired flourishes, the composition lends itself perfectly to Valleau’s fluid playing style.

What might be most impressive about this video is Valleau's ability to play Hammett’s solo while picking through the chord changes at the same time.

Watch for yourself!

Find out more at kellyvalleau.com.

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Acoustic Nation is written by Laura B. Whitmore, a music industry marketing veteran, music journalist and editor, who has contributed to Parade.com (opens in new tab), Guitar World, and others. She has interviewed hundreds of musicians and hosts the She Rocks Podcast. As the founder of the Women’s International Music Network (opens in new tab), she advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, making the world safe for guitar exploration everywhere! A guitarist and singer/songwriter, Laura is currently co-writing an album of pop songs that empower and energize girls.