Hey friend! Today we learn bass from Metallica ‘Whiplash’. Free bass tab in the end of article.
“It’s fucking whiplash! Doooh!” Jason Newsted
‘Whiplash’ is one of the fastest (especially live) Metallica songs. And one of the simplest at the same time. Even Cliff played quite straight bass line without a lot of variations. The straightness and thrashness determined ‘Whiplash’ as extremely cool gig song.
Intro – four short riffings, and after that the ‘crashing all around’ starts. It’s practicaly imposible to follow the guitar tremolo by fingers on this speed. So Cliff plays E octaves this way: middle finger hits high E, then it lands and hits open E, and index finger play it right next (all fast):
Same thing’s applied on main and verse riffs:
Chorus riff is my favorite one from ‘Whiplash’, its main version here (3-finger gallop appears):
Interlude with solos – here bass feels more free, playing a number of alternate endings. Here’s a couple of them:
Then go another verse and chorus, leading to the end of song. Here’s a coda:
And that’s it. The simplest songs from ‘Kill ‘Em All’ album.
Mission complete 22 of 32. Next – ‘Hit the Lights’. And here’s a video below about my Total Cliff plans for May-July. Thanks for support! R.I.P. Cliff Burton \m/
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