Metallica – Master of Puppets (Riff Tab)

metallica ukulele tab


I surprised I haven’t been knocked up side the head for not featuring this one yet. What was I thinking doing Enter Sandman before this? It’s easily one of the best riffs of all time. I believe the correct word is ‘immense’. And the bigger a riff is the more fun it is to play it on the ukulele.

If you’ve listened to the MP3 already, you might have noticed that I’ve used a pick for this one (blasphemy). The notes come to fast to play it any other way. And you need to do a fair bit of palm muting (i.e. rest the underside of your picking hand lightly on the strings just in front of the bridge to dampen the strings).

Part of the Guitar Riffs for Ukulele series.

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  1. Jeff October 27th, 2009 6:28 am

    Thanks Al — I played it slowly. Interesting arrangement to me its like a daily ukulele sodoku!

  2. Woodshed October 27th, 2009 5:08 pm

    Jeff: Glad you like it. This is my new favourite thing to play on the uke.

  3. Beeejums October 29th, 2009 12:06 pm

    This is pretty awesome… I’m going to have to show this off at work today.

    I’ve grown out the nails on my right hand just a bit, and I can play it by picking the C string with my thumbnail (using upstrokes, which is what I need it for) and then using my first and second fingers to pluck the other notes.

    Just throwing it out there :-)

  4. Andrew November 10th, 2009 4:18 am

    Just the other day I was thinking how awesome it would be to play this on the uke, thanks for the tab!

  5. Woodshed November 11th, 2009 12:25 pm

    Beeejums: That sounds like a good idea. Thanks.

    Andrew: You’re welcome.

  6. Aluku November 28th, 2010 7:22 am

    Awesome Song, thanks all the songs iam looking for are all on this site :)

  7. Spud February 26th, 2011 5:03 pm

    Thanks for the tab! But I knew it before and played it, but i find mine a little bit easier to play :)

  8. Woodshed February 26th, 2011 5:12 pm

    Spud: Thanks.

  9. G November 28th, 2011 8:47 pm

    This is great! I really love this song! Thanks for the tab, I can now rock out!

  10. stefan March 21st, 2017 4:49 pm

    Thanks for the riff, it’s really cool. I play it with B- tuning and it sounds really cool!

  11. Woodshed March 23rd, 2017 6:20 am

    stefan: You’re welcome!

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