Metallica teaches the tricks of the trade in the “Being a Group” MasterClass


Metallica fans can learn from the pros in a new band-led masterclass called simply “Be a Band”.

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, the band members – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo – have teamed up with the MasterClass streaming platform to share their wisdom on forming a band, writing songs, navigating egos and taking the necessary steps to elevate a group of starving basement dwellers into stadium-filling titans.

“We have maintained our bond for over 40 years because we have learned so much about each other and about ourselves over time,” Hetfield said in a statement. “In our classroom, we not only teach MasterClass members how we write songs and find inspiration for our music, but also how the experiences we have had together have contributed to a successful creative collaboration.”

Hetfield and his cronies obviously speak from experience. Since the release of their first album, Kill them all, in 1983, Metallica sold over 120 million albums worldwide and released six consecutive studio records. Their self-titled 1991 album, commonly referred to as Black Album, was the best-selling album of the Nielsen SoundScan era with over 16 million sales in the United States. Along the way, they’ve won nine Grammy Awards and been entered into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and they continue to fill stadiums around the world to this day.

Metallica’s “Being a Band” course is the latest in a series of musical MasterClasses spanning all genres. Other instructors include Tom Morello, Carlos Santana, St. Vincent and Herbie Hancock. Metallica’s program, which is just under three hours in total, includes the following lessons:

– From riff to song
– Deconstruct “Enter Sandman”
– Navigate egos and criticize
– Lyrics writing
– Deconstruction of the song: “Master of the puppets”
– Build a rock solo from the blues
– Exploration of dynamics: the song “One”
– Performance techniques
– The sound of the bass
– The fifth member of the group
– Create an album
– Ensure the future of your group
– Take charge of your creative destiny
– Performance: A live show with Metallica

You can read more about the class here and watch a trailer below.

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