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'A lot of times when I'm really stressed out or I'm dealing with anxiety, I'll just play until I calm down."

By Staff

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is the latest subject in guitar string maker Ernie Ball’s latest episode of String Theory. In the fifteen-minute film, Hammett explores his inspirations as a budding guitarist looking up to greats like Jimi Hendrix.

The short film cuts between Hammett’s storytelling and his guitar playing, where he performs riffs from Metallica’s most popular songs.

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“If I’m bummed out, I’ll go to my guitar,” explains Hammett. “A lot of times when I’m really stressed out or I’m dealing with anxiety, I’ll just play until I calm down. When I have this feeling inside that needs to get out, the guitar helps that feeling. It’s a creative tool, but on the other hand, it’s also a rehabilitative, emotional, spiritual tool that I use to feed my inner self.”

Ernie Ball’s String Theory mini-docs include sit-downs with Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts, Justin Chancellor of Tool, Courtney Barnett, Billy Idol’s longtime guitarist Steve Stevens and more.

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