Metallica Chords: Master Of Puppets

Ever try to learn how to play Metallica’s Master of Puppets on guitar? Then you know that it can be an overwhelming task.

The chords are tricky, and the solo is even more challenging. But with a little bit of practice, you can master this song. Then go on to impress your friends and fellow metalheads alike.

In this Killer Rig article, we are going to look into the Metallica chords for Master of Puppets and how to play the song.

Difficulty Level


As we mentioned before, the chords for this song can be quite challenging. If you are a beginner guitarist, we recommend starting with some simpler songs.

At least before attempting to play Master of Puppets. Yet, if you are an intermediate or advanced player, you should be able to tackle this song with relative ease.

The first thing you need to know is that the song is played in standard tuning. It’s played with pretty much nothing but down strokes and is a fast tempo.

We also recommend that you play this song with an electric guitar for the right tone.

You can find the Metallica amp settings here.

Chord Chart for Master Of Puppets

With Master of Puppets, you will find that it’s composed of all power chords and lead licks.

The song is played very fast. So power chords are the best way to pull this off with the aggressive tone they provide. Some of the power chords used can be seen in the chart below.

Master of puppets chords.

How to Play Master Of Puppets with Tabs

The song itself is relatively easy. But it’s fast and does need a strong fretting hand and accurate picking.

We also have Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters chords here!


When learning to play the intro to Master Of Puppets, it’s important to take it slow at first. Keeping in mind that this is all done with down strokes with the picking hand.

There are a series of chords, but some single notes in rapid succession as well. You can see this in the tablature diagram below.

Master of puppets intro tabs.

This is repeated 3 times and is quite easy to play once you memorize the notes and the picking needed. Your hand may get a good workout if you don’t normally play this fast.

The next part jumps into another fast tempo with some aggressive fretting handwork. The picking is still all down strokes, except when you need to press the second fret on the A string twice.

Here, one upstroke will make it a bit easier. Here are the tabs, play this part twice.

Master of puppets intro part 2.

If you’re following along to the song, you will now hear that the part above is continued. But there are a few small changes made. Here are the tabs for this new part.

It’s played the same with a few notes added in and then a final bar to go into the first verse. Follow the tabs below.

Master of puppets intro part 3.


If you have successfully played the intro, then the verse will be quite easy. The E string is played 8 times before inserting any chords.

This can be done with a series of down and upstrokes. The chords will be played using down strokes and some quick slides between them.

Master of puppets verse tabs.


The pre-chorus is like the verse. It can be played using up and down strokes, except now the chords are a series of hammer-ons as well.

The first part is played twice, while the following bar makes its way into the chorus.

Master of puppets pre-chorus tabs.


The Master of Puppets chorus is also quite easy to play. It simply requires some memorization and practice to get the flow of the song.

There are some hammer-ons and fast tempo down-picking. But otherwise, it’s easy to play if you have the other parts mastered! The tabs for the chorus can be found below.

Master of puppets chorus tabs.

Tips To Play Master OF Puppets

This song requires good hand strength and solid calluses. It’s not an easy song, but should only take a few days to get going with if you’re at least an intermediate player. Here are a few tips to help you.

  1. If the intro is difficult, take it in segments like we have it laid out for you. This way you can practice each one and then combine them later.
  2. Slow down the parts that are too difficult. Follow along to the song to get an idea of what is being played, but go slowly until you get the feel for it.
  3. Don’t get frustrated! This is the most important point. You may not know the song now, but don’t worry, with some work you will!
  4. While the picking is difficult at first, it will become easier. Just try and find the right rhythm and then work on it until you have it.


With some work, this song is actually quite easy. There are a couple of parts that are difficult, and the picking will need to be figured out.

But once you have it, then the rest of the song and the chords become easy to play. We haven’t included the solo or lead parts, as the chords should be mastered first.

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Don East

My name is Don East, I'm the editor for Killer Rig. I've been playing guitar for over 20 years and have designed and manufactured products like guitar amps, effects pedals, and more. Over the years I have played in many bands and have a deep love for quality gear. I am an electrical engineer and have a passion for music gear, and now want to share what I know with the community!