Nothing Else Matters Guitar Lesson

Nothing Else Matters by Metallica (Guitar Lesson with TAB)

This is the full guitar lesson for Nothing Else Matter.

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.

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.

Alright, let's pick up our guitars and learn how to play Nothing Else Matters!

Song Details:

  • Key - E minor
  • Tuning - standard
  • Difficulty - intermediate 

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Nothing Else Matters Guitar Lesson (part 1)

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 hammer-ons and-pull offs that appear in bars 6 and 11. Really take your time and focus on the clarity of each note that you play. 

(Part 2) - How to Play the Verse 

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.

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(Part 3) - The Chorus

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.

(Part 4) - Bridge

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

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(Part 5) - The Outro

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

Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  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!

  3. Renee Christie left a comment on 22nd October 2020 at 2:58 am

    Is it me or did the link to the tab disappear… I was using it yesterday and today I can’t seem to find it?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 30th October 2020 at 10:25 am

      It’ll be back Renee, had to be removed due to copyright laws.

  4. Lee Roberson left a comment on 11th November 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Just wanted to ask about the tab. The arrangement from six string fingerpicking is not found in Musicnotes. Are you using a different arrangement?

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 12th November 2020 at 4:34 pm

      Hey Lee, this one has just been sent off for publication so the full tab should be available within a week or two.

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