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Metallica - 'One'
Learn to play Metallica's song One.

Based on the book by Jamie Andreas:
"The Principles of Correct Practice For Guitar".
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'One' by Metallica
Practice Tips For Principled Players:

Observe all picking. Use alternate picking throughout, except where marked in last measure. Here, we use downpicks for emphasis on this part. Also, observe all left hand fingering.
Hear it (Midi File)

Bar 1-2: Place fingers 1 & 3 down together. Have the heavy arm. Look at the little finger to make sure it is relaxed, separated and out and away from the 3rd finger. If it is "squeezing" on the 3rd finger, you need more left hand development, as in the Walking Foundation Exercises.

When going into Bar 2, hold the 1st finger down from Bar 1 until 2 is placed on its note. When playing Bar 2, keep 1 in light contact with its note, as you will be going back to it in the next measure. Don't let 1 fly away from the string!

Bar 4: Notice the consecutive up picks. Make sure you do them. The second up-pick is there because the note falls on the up-beat, and usually, it is best to do up-picks on up-beats, unless certain other factors over-ride this consideration, such as the need for strong emphasis, or speed as in sweep picking.

Bar 8: Observe the left hand fingering. Keep 1 ready as 2 plays second fret. Drop 1 over both notes on 2nd fret, and keep the middle joint of the finger arched high to leverage arm weight through the finger. Make sure the other fingers don't squeeze onto the 1st finger.

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Jamie’s provocative writings examine all aspects of becoming a true musician…the technical/physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. Guitar virtuoso, recording artist, composer, and teacher of 30 years, Jamie is recognized by music experts around the globe for her major contribution to the advancement of guitar education. Her method book, “The Principles Of Correct Practice For Guitar” (1999) continues to bring the highest acclaim, world renowned as “The International Bible For Guitarists”, and the “Holy Grail Of Guitar Books.” With a straight forward writing style, her tried and true, result-oriented guitar book powerfully reveals the correct practice methods that no other book has revealed…taking the student from the beginning stages all the way to the highest levels of virtuosity. Jamie is already familiar to aspiring guitar players, as her wisdom is present throughout the Web on all major guitar sites, including her own. Visit:

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