Metallica 'Enter Sandman' lesson (TG213)

Here's our epic nine part video lesson for Metallica's classic tune 'Enter Sandman'. Pick up Total Guitar issue 213 (on sale 18 March to 14 April 2011) for a backing track and a guide to nailing the guitar tones from the song.

Composers: James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich
Tutor: James Uings
Audio: Steve Allsworth
Videographer: Martin Holmes

Part One: Intro

Part Two: Heavy Intro

Part Three: Main Riff/Verse

Part Four: Pre-Chorus

Part Five: Chorus

Part Six: Interlude/Final Chorus

Part Seven: Outro

Part Eight: Lead Fills

Part Nine: Solo

The Video Lessons are hosted online through, but you'll need to buy the mag to get the most out of them. Each issue includes the story behind the songs, clearly explained amp and effects settings and backing tracks for all of our Video Lessons and tabs. See below for more information.

In the mag:

Read it!
Every song has a story. Where possible we speak to the musicians and studio technicians to explore the inspiration, as well as the writing and recording processes behind your favourite songs.

Get the sound!
As well as a backing track, every song comes with easy-to-read illustrated settings for amps and effects. This enables you to not only play classic riffs, solos and tunes, but to replicate the tone, too.

Backing tracks!
Every song you learn in the magazine comes with a backing track on your CD, so you can play the guitar parts along with a full band. The CD is just that, a CD of music, so you can play it anywhere and easily transfer the songs to your PC or MP3 player.

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.