How to Sound Like Kirk Hammett

Ever since he replaced Dave Mustaine in Metallica in 1983, Kirk Hammett has broadened the group’s horizons. As a guitarist, his vision and technique takes in everything from Cuban folk music to jazz. As a metal icon, he’s the very essence of the brooding virtuoso, a genius whose impossibly fiddly solos (before St. Anger, anyway) are tossed off with cooler-than-thou nonchalance.

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