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

Open strings can play a huge role in forging memorable metal licks. This next lick is based on an open string masterpiece played by Adrian Smith that served as the anthem-like intro to Iron Maiden's "Wasted Years" from the seminal Somewhere in Time album. Based in Em, this lick makes use of the hi-E string as a machine gun-like drone that stays constant as you drop in sparse trinckets from the E Aeolian mode (aka the Natural Minor scale) creating a dark, yet catchy melodic figure.