Master of Puppets is a longtime guitar favorite. No surprise. The opening riff is pure rhythmical ingenuity. Its simple, melodic, and uses the chromatic scale in a very inventive and rhythmic way. What is less known about it is that it’s also an excellent riff to improvise new metal riffs on, for sheer fun or for new composition ideas.
In this lesson I show you some of the many things you can do to manipulate this riff into your own ideas and metal interpretations. You’re going to have tons of fun with it.