August 28, 2017

Blackened - Guitar harmony played live

Live version of the harmony played by Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield in their (+ Jason Newsted's) song "Blackened" off of "...And Justice for All" album.

I tried to figure out the fingering watching them perform the song but I'll admit it, I haven't spent too much time on it. In bar 2 I noted possible best fingering though, and the way I feel most comfortable playing it. Generally, the fingering shows the melody can be played throughout three positions: IV, VII and X (i.e. frets). The shift from position IV to VII and back to IV may seem weird but then it allows to continue the melody in position VII for most of the time.

This, of course, doesn't limit possible other ways to place the melody on the fretboard. It's just the way I personally find best.

PDF file is at Scribd as usual.

Battery interlude

The interlude before the solo in Battery. It's the transcription I did listening to isolated an track. As it's usually the case with the pieces I publish here, it's a part that has bothered me for years because I didn't hear it quite the same as the official score for Master of Puppets album presented it. With the help of Internet now I can be sure how it should be really played.

PDF file is here.

August 15, 2017

The Lake by King Diamond

A King Diamond song recorded during Fatal Portrait sessions. It didn't make the album though. I've always thought it was a great tune. This has no tabulature or solos. Fills C and D are kind of best guesses as they aren't very prominent on the recording.

PDF file.

August 12, 2017

Torn to Pieces by Death

My transcription of the bridge section of the song entitled "Torn to Pieces" by Death. I was prompted to do it after reading the article "The promise and peril of Internet sources" by Stephen Hudson. I just couldn't let the challenge pass!

PDF file.

Despite the fact that my version is quite different from Stephen's, be sure to check his website, Metal In Theory - Sourcebook for Scholarship on Heavy Music. It's excellent!

August 01, 2017

Lepper Messiah

As promised, today I'm publishing my transcription of Lepper Messiah by Metallica. If you know the so-called official score book, you're in for a shock! The whole intro is different as well as many other smaller parts.

The truth is that it's really hard to get to the gist of the riffs when listening only to the studio version. I have found several interesting live performances, including few where only Rob Trujillo is heard - that made a ton of difference. Also, I might be wrong but I think Hetfield quad-tracked some of the parts in the studio.  Hence, this is more the transcription of a live version than of the studio one.

Link to the PDF file.



YouTube envy

Browsing YouTube, I found a guy claiming to have figured out the correct way how to play the second riff from Fight Fire with Fire. In the comments section someone asked him to show the harmony part from Fight Fire with Fire and Leper Messiah. As coincidence would have it, I had done both for my own pleasure, so I uploaded my transcriptions to and pointed the viewers to them. However, the channel owner probably didn't like it and promptly deleted both my comments without explanation.

Fuck him.

I thought I could record the songs myself but I have neither a good video camera nor video editing skills so it would be quite shitty looking. Then I remembered I had this very blog and decided to update it with some transcriptions of mine. That's how the previous post about FFWF came up and that's how the next one will come as well. Stay tuned and look forward to Leper Messiah!