Hey, friends! full Cliff is underway, fifth video has released. This particular day we are assessing another classic song the Metallica – “For who The Bell Tolls”. Bass from this composition is one of the most well-known Cliff Burton’s lines, especially among beginner base players. Simplicity and also beauty make the track so love by Metallica fans and cover makers. So, “For who The Bell Tolls” – bass testimonial with bass tab, which girlfriend can uncover in the end of article.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BXNhQUn9ns (check the end my video clip here)

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“For who The Bell Tolls” has actually a pretty an easy structure together for Metallica of Cliff Burton’s period. The band needed to big the song’s coda to make it over 5 minutes – Metallica length standard then. Probably, exactly bass made totality thing, and leaded the track to pan hearts.

Cliff provided overdrive for main part of “For whom The Bell Tolls” bass line. This sound is common for “Ride The Lightning” album, and this is the ideal bass sound Cliff Burton ever taped, IMHO that course. For intro that used heavy distortion and wah-wah. Inspect out the original “For whom The Bell Tolls” bass track below:


Briefly around every component of the bass line.

Intro. Weird yet true, that the most of bassist perform this easy to pat riff wrong! just watch the video of Metallica bass auditions indigenous “Some sort of Monster” movie, that included extremely demonstrative reduced of how various bass players played it:


Do friend have any type of questions about who is the man? Robert certain deserved his ar in Metallica! He choose the riff 100% correctly, and performed that so nice to watch and hear, that other men couldn’t.

The most usual mistake in play “For whom The Bell Tolls” base intro is not to carry out a pull-off. Need to admit, it’s rather illegible due to the fact that of sound effects and overlaid etc octaves (very cool idea, by the way!). Right here is the moment marked by red:

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There’s nothing to chaos in the remainder of riff. Cliff videotaped this intro with some improvisations: various vibratos, slides, tremolo, not to play the pull-off once. I tried to perform the same in my cover.

First riff after bass intro. Yeas, the “0321-0321” one. Might be funny, however when i was a beginner i feel a absence of extending playing this riff (probably due to the fact that of 3 fingers and 3 widest bars connected there, however practice solved it). Some world play not correct the end of the riff, here’s my base tabs of it:

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Verse riff. Cliff play it through accented chords, utilizing some kind of slap. The did improvised different fills, making swingy valuation there. Specifically cool space slides, which the magically made sound so special:

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Chorus and also bridge riffs. Clear and also understandable ones, as for me. Chorus goes through triplets and chromatics (I do like chromatics=). Bridge is a variation of verse riff. That’s all.

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Coda of “For whom The Bell Tolls” has actually much much more to discuss about. Cliff played it by power chords, while Kirk do his screaming solo. Not all bassists dram the outro this way, but Cliff did, and it sounds powerful. Through the way, it turned no so easy to acquire in rhythm here!

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In addition, pair of live performances the “For whom The Bell Tolls”. Gain it! =)


By the way, Cliff’s solo in the start of very first video gonna be analyzed in 32nd review. Require to have actually patience to reach that.

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Wish i knew the I’m not dammit alone in every one of this stuff. It’s tough time because that rock-n-roll, however I hope, there’s a human being who desires to perform justice to Cliff Burton’s art. Nevertheless, “TOTAL CLIFF” move on! R.I.P, Cliff m/