Nothing Else Matters

Nothing Else Matters by Metallica (Guitar Lesson with TAB)

Nothing Else Matters was written by American heavy metal band Metallica, who released it as their third single from their self-titled album 'Metallica' (also commonly known as 'The Black Album'). The song went on to peak at number 11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and to become one of Metallica's best-known songs.

Nothing Else Matters is no. 43 on my Top 60 Fingerpicking Songs of ALL TIME list. If you've not seen the list be sure to check it out and sign up to my weekly email lesson. That way you won't miss learning any of these great fingerstyle songs.

This song has some challenges in it, but ultimately it's made up of a very simple chord progression in E minor. Nothing Else Matters has a somewhat classical feel about it at times and the bridge reminds me of Spanish Romance.

Song Details:

  • Tempo - 92 bpm
  • Key - E minor
  • Tuning - standard
  • Difficulty - intermediate - advanced


Intro, verse x3, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, verse x2, chorus x2, verse, outro


The introduction to Nothing Else Matters is quite demanding. You have 24 bars to get through until the verse begins and there's a lot for you to learn here. Watch out for some of the tricky hammerons and pull offs that appear in bars 6 and 11.

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Probably the hardest part of the verse is the rhythm, you are constantly changing between 8th and 16th notes so listen to the song over and over to really get this down. Along with that, the picking patterns change on the D and Cadd9 chords every time they come up.


Compared to the intro/verse the chorus is considerably easier. Just some basic open chords being strummed really; however, watch out for the rhythm on the D chord.


If you've gotten this far you shouldn't struggle too much with this short solo section.

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Thankfully the outro to Nothing Else Matters is a repeat of a segment of the intro, so you've already learnt this part!

If you want to make sure that you're really on the right track with fingerpicking, then try one of my fingerstyle guitar courses - find out more here.

If you have any questions or want to share anything at all, then please leave a comment below.

I hope you've found this lesson useful and thank you for reading.

  1. Alan wilkens left a comment on 12th October 2019 at 12:28 pm

    If I joined the academy is access to all songs and tabs in the join price one off payment and are they complete songs or only sections of the song thanks

  2. Elijah Webster left a comment on 10th October 2020 at 3:47 am

    Can you do an arrangement of isn’t she lovely. I really like the rendition by victor wooten.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 10th October 2020 at 12:30 pm

      That would make a very good arrangement. I probably will one day!

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