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The guitar solo for Metallica's "The Unforgiven" is considered by many to be one of Kirk Hammett's finest.
In this classic guitar solo Kirk Hammett opts to ramp down the technique a bit and focus on melody and letting the solo tell a story of it's own.
That isn't to say that this The Unforgiven guitar solo lesson isn't without it's challenges, there are plenty of them. It just means that here we seem to have Kirk Hammett thinking more about the song structure that he is playing over instead of playing all over the place with reckless abandon. Even though most Metallica fans love that stuff to. :)
The techniques involved in learning this solo include doublestop bends, fast alternate picking sequences and shifts, large bends and so forth. Like I said before, he might of ramped down the speed with this solo but there is still plenty to learn that will challenge most players.
Depending on what your strengths and weaknesses are as a player you may find the bends the most difficult thing to master, or it may be the quick ascending scale licks. Either way, when you get to a section of the solo that is challenging for you to play simply slow it down and break that section into smaller pieces that are easier to learn.
That method of tackling a technical issue is far better than simply trying to play through the whole solo over and over again. Concentrate on the things that you can't play individually instead doing the whole solo which will probably contain many parts that are easy to you.
If none of the parts are easy to you then perhaps you should wait a bit before tackling a guitar solo that is too advanced for you. Your playing will suffer in the long run if you try to do too much to soon.
And as always, if this is one of your favorite Metallica songs and you would like to learn the whole song not just the solo, simply help this video get 600 likes on YouTube and I will then teach the entire song note-for-note.
So good luck with this solo. I think it will give you plenty to practice until I am back here teaching the entire song. Get those "likes" in!!