How to play Master of Puppets on guitar

James Hetfield
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Master of Puppets, the title track from Metallica’s landmark 1986 album, is widely regarded as one of the greatest riffs of all time, and a high point of thrash metal.

In recent years, the song has experienced a resurgence at the hands of Stranger Things, which introduced James Hetfield’s awe-inspiring riff to a whole new generation.

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Jamie Hunt

Jamie is a regular contributor to Guitar Techniques and Total Guitar magazines. He is also a Principal Lecturer in guitar and live performance at BIMM Bristol. Alongside this, he shares seven string guitar duties with Steve Smyth (ex-Testament, ex-Nevermore, Forbidden), in the modern thrash metal band One Machine. Additionally, Jamie is the UK brand ambassador for ESP guitars, where he creates product demos and delivers clinics across the UK and throughout the Scandinavian countries. More recently, he co-created the ESP School of Metal Guitar, where a team of versatile metal guitarists break down all things heavy.