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5 Songwriting Tips From James Hetfield of Metallica

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: May 27, 2022 • 5 min read

A good songwriter knows how to mix lyrics with melody to create a song that evokes emotion in millions of people. James Hetfield of the band Metallica wrote some of the biggest hits in heavy-metal music, helping the band sell 125 million records. James provides his tips for writing your own songs that speak to the masses.