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Watch the Disposable Muting online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 50 Metal Guitar Licks You MUST Know

Once you've graduated from straight ahead eighth note low E string muting riffs as seen in the two previous must know outings, it's time to up the ante a bit. While the doctrine of all things metal states true chugging is only attained through downstrokes, there will be plenty of instances where you're going to need to alternate that pick hand machine gun motion for riffs such as this one. Another Hetfield example, this succession of lone open 6th string mutes is similar to the pattern heard in Metallica's "Disposable Heroes" that James blasts through sans band after the opening atomic events. Whether you employ your wrist or elbow or combo of both, having this versatility is a must know in your emerging metal rhythm technqiue.