Top 10 Things About Metallica's James Hetfield that Many People Probably Have Not NoticedMetal_Treasure He turns 55 on August 3, 2018.
Happy birthday, James!
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This is unusual although he isn't the only one.
But his picking technique is unconventional (the image shows how he holds the pick) - Metal_Treasure
Actually, I did it in a same way... it's an unpleasant feeling for me to hold it with my thumb and one finger I dunno why...
Good for downpicking and gallop picking, but not so good for alternate picking.
This tattoo is less visible because it's on the inner side of his left elbow. But it's very beautiful. - Metal_Treasure
Look at the picture - is he going to write a letter or play guitar?
Maybe both - he "writes" on the strings.
It's weird but it looks beautiful to me. I love watching him play (not only for this though).
This item is different from #1 because not all guys who use 3 fingers look like "writers". The reason is that some other guys use different fingers and/or different position of the other fingers, and even hand position. Steve Morse of Deep Purple often holds the pick with 3 fingers but his right hand is doing the gesture of the metal horns! Unlike James Hetfield, he doesn't look like a "writer". But Steve Morse rocks, too. - Metal_Treasure
And Metallica played it even faster! - Userguy44
James owns the stage when plays and sings but I think he is a bit shy when it comes to dealing with media - Metal_Treasure
Because it's on the inner side, it's more difficult to notice it. - Metal_Treasure
I think he can be called the King of Down Picking. - Metal_Treasure
This item is lower because some people noticed it but for those who didn't, here's a list:
Top 10 Metallica Songs with the Best "Yeah"
(and the opposite list - Top 10 Metallica Songs with no "Yeahs") - Metal_Treasure
Yeah that sounds right - Skullkid755
Recreating his guitar sound was a problem because Metallica equipment got stolen in Boston before the recording of Ride the Lightning. James had a special Marshall amp that had been modified for the recording of Kill 'Em All and he wanted the same sound for Ride the Lightning. But the amp got stolen and Metallica arrived in Denmark to record the album Ride the Lightning with no equipment.
Their producer and studio/sound engineer Flemming Rasmussen helped Metallica to get all the Marshall amps from the metal bands that were in Denmark at that time. Flemming Rasmussen and Metallica tested all the amps and succeeded to recreate the guitar sound James had on Kill 'Em All. They just beefed it up which made James even happier. - Metal_Treasure
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2. James Hetfield holds the pick like a pen / pencil
3. James Hetfield has a tattoo with the music notes from Metallica's song "Orion" (bass part) played at Cliff Burton's funeral