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Nothing Else Matters Guitar Riff


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The Nothing Else Matters guitar riff is rated 6 out of 10 and is suitable for more advanced guitar players with experience in finger picking.  It's quite a long tab and actually more of a full intro than a Riff.  I included it here, since it's so hugely popular among guitar players, and one of the first songs people normally want to learn.

The tab involves some sliding, slurring and harmonics.  Here's what it looks like:

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-0---------7--8----7h8/5--7--5p3/2-----------------
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-0h5p0----------------------------12*------
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The Tab
Here's what it should look and sound like:
Notes
Listen to my video to get the slurring (hammer-on & pull of combo's) right.  Unless you're a real natural or an advanced player, it will probably take some practice to get it perfect. 

Note that the * sign after the 12 towards the end of the riff (-12*-) indicates that a harmonic should be played on this note.  This is achieved by lightly touching the string on the 12 fret and then plucking the note.  The result is a harmonic note that does not sound like an actual fretted note, but more of a string vibration.
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