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In this Sad But True guitar lesson video I will demonstrate how to play the main riff to this killer slow grooving song by Metallica.
When it comes to Metallica’s sound and style, “Sad But True” was a big departure. First off, Metallica usually tunes to standard tuning most of the time and are a lot more well known for their lightning fast thrash riffs than for slow power grooves.
However, with “Sad But True” they decided to break the mold and did so with outstanding results. Personally, this main riff to “Sad But True” is probably my all-time favorite Metallica riff. The groove is just simply infectious.
The tuning that Metallica employs in “Sad But True” is called D standard. What that tuning calls for is for you to tune every string on your guitar down one whole step. So the tuning will now be D G C F A D. This low tuning is a huge aspect in creating the deep grooving sound of “Sad But True”.
The riff itself uses a combination of thick palm muted power chords and open string pull-offs. It is actually rather simple to play once you get it under your fingers. The most important aspect in mastering this riff is to make sure you lock into the groove. The feel of the riff is just as important as the notes, especially with a slow power groove feel like “Sad But True” has.
If you guys want to learn the rest of the song please let me know by making sure this video gets 600 “likes” on YouTube. After it hits that goal I will be back here teaching the entire song, solos included!
So I will see you guys back here very soon I hope teaching the full song. Until then I hope you enjoy playing this killer power groove riff from the one and only Metallica!