How to Play Eye of the Beholder on Guitar – Metallica Song Lesson

Hey, how’s it going this is Darrin Goodman with Guitar Control, we’re going to do a little bit of work with our picking hand. A question that I get asked a lot from students and a lot of comments and stuff in my previous videos on YouTube asking about getting these different groupings of rhythm so instead of just having it straight like how I combine some of these things together so we’re going to be looking at a Metallica song today just the intro to the song called “Eye of the Beholder”. This is a really great exercise.

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So we’re starting out in the first major you’ll see that it’s all of the notes is just the open sixth strings but the timing and grouping of how the notes is played is a little bit unusual so we start off with eight 16th notes and then two eighth notes and then two more 16th notes and then one eighth note so all of the notes are played using the palm muting technique except for the very last note.

For those of you who don’t know how to do palm muting, I just take this part of my hand and I actually rest it right on the bridge so you want to have it so it’s actually dampening the sound so if you’re too far forward it’s kind of dead you’re too far back it just sounds like how the string you know normally sounds and so you find that sweet spot when you hit the note you should just slightly bring out for just a second before the note.

So how we count this 16th notes, the first four 16th notes is one E and then the second group is 2E and that’s beats one and two and then four beat three it’s three and so we have one E and two E and A three and then for the last beat where we have two 16th notes in an 8th note it’s kind of unusual so I just count that for E and it’s going to be 1 and 3 and 4 and then when I do that very last note you just lift your palm up that note is just ringing without being muted.

So if you listen to the original song that part of the song is actually faded in so we can’t do that so I just have it in the tabs it will show that you repeat that measure four times before you move on to the next one. Now you don’t want all the other strings ringing open so you want to rest your fingers on them with your left hand so that way you don’t hear them you don’t want hearing that others noise so I just rest my fingers and I’m doing it down here around the 2nd fret because of what’s going to come in the next in the next measure so for that first measure again why do you have to be a 2, 3, and 2, and what is it for the next measure it starts off the same way that well it’s actually exactly the same way as the first measure as far as the counting and timing for it so it starts off with those palm muting all of it except for the very last note that is play this time we’re going to do beats 1 & 2 as the 6th open six string 16th notes and then four beats three and four instead of just playing the string open and you’re going to be playing in a G chord using your second finger on the 3rd fret of the 6th string and your first finger on the 2nd fret of the 5th string so the open string one and two and then put those two fingers down three and four.

Moving on to the next major it’s also countered in timing the same way palm muting all the notes except the very last one we’re going to do a kind of an unusual chord you’re going to fret the 2nd fret of the 6th string with your first finger and then the 5th fret of the 2nd string with your fourth finger so getting that it’s actually a flat six minor 6, so that major would be the same thing one again to the end and three and so those two measures together and that is also notated to repeat four times. I didn’t do the repeats right there, now moving on to the fourth measure this is where the rhythm changes up slightly so on this section beat number one is two 16th notes in an 8th note B2 is two eighth notes and then beat three is two 16th notes in an eighth note and beat for two 16th notes in an eighth note.

So this entire measure is all palm muted by the way so what’s kind of unusual this is kind of unusual to count it’s kind of its kind of weird to try to count it exactly the way that it would be so what I get up I kind of simplified it a little bit to make it a little bit easier to count so if you count it 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, so 1, 2, 3, and this major is also repeated four times so again I’m going to mute the other strings and the picking is all notated in the tabs as well because it’s just not straight alternate picking and it’s not all just down strokes either it’s kind of an unusual grouping so be sure to look on those you know to get that down so this major and from there it moves on to continue to that same rhythm that’s in measure number four but now we’re going to add in some other power chords and you’re going to do a combination of getting that rhythm with the open string and then also doing these chords so it’s again it’s kind of unusual grouping but if you practice this and get it down it really does help with your right hand just something I make all  of my private students do this even if you’re not a fan of you know you know Metallica or metal or anything like this is still a great exercise for developing your picking hand okay so starting on major number five we have the beats beat number one is two 16th notes and then eighth note and then beat number two is two eighth notes so it’s like the one two three one now the first the D-Y-A-D the first power chord is just E five so on the 7th fret of the 5th string with your first finger and the 9th fret of the 4th string with your third finger and it’s going to be that same two 16th notes in an eighth note and then another eighth note so if you like 1, 2, 3, and then you go to that next state to note is actually a dotted eighth note if you don’t know and haven’t see a note it has a dot after you just add 50% of its value so in this case it’s an eighth note and it’s dotted so you would make you would let it ring out for the duration of an eighth note plus a six note and in this one it’s actually a diminished 5th so we’re just going to flatten the note that we’re playing on the 4th string on the 9th fret and we’re going to flatten that to the 8th fret with our second fingers and then the riff completely starts over so it looks kind of strange on that on the transcription because it’s not exactly that whole riff isn’t exactly four beats long so starting on the very last 16th note of beat four is where it goes back to the open string so the riff is actually start over with the very first note being the last 16th note of beat number four and then it just repeats.

A way you can simplify this is just play it C 1, 2, 3, three times in a row so and then after you do the open screen part one more time. Now you’re going to add in a little hammer-on pull off Rick so after the then you’re going to go up to the 8th fret on the 4th string with your first finger and the 9th fret with your second finger so you’re going to and simply move down a half of a step and move to the 5th string.

Now you’re on the 7th and 8th fret and do the same thing so the very last and then that sequence starts over again so then after that you do it another 1, 2, 3, times you actually do exactly the same thing that you that you did before and then you’re going to repeat that little hammer-on pull off riff again but it’s extended this time so sharing on the same place on the 8th fret hammer pull from 9 and then move to the 7  string 7, 8, 7, and excuse me the 5th string and now you move to the 6th string and you go 6, 7, 6. and then down to the 2nd fret on the 6th string hammer pull from 2 to 3 and then another five. So 6th string open 2nd fret of the 5th string with your first finger so that entire sequence starting on major five that’s it.

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