Hey friends! Today we learn a bass line from the very first Metallica song ‘Hit the Lights’. Bass tab’s in the end of article.
Songs begins with an intro, not so sophisticated one: E > F#. Cliff’s playing chord tremolo over that by finger strumming with a few random up-down slides:
Main riff on bass sounds a bit differently than on guitar: gallop+8th instead straight tremolo (because of finger-style), variation of the bluesy lick:
Verse riff is quite understood, just go ahead:
And what we see in chorus – 7/8, not so common time in heavy metal (we also see it in verse from ‘Master of Puppets’):
There’s a lot of solos in ‘Hit the Lights’. Back to then, Metallica should kick everybody’s ass, so they did by playing ripping and long guitar solos. Cliff was doubling guitar riff in the interlude-solo section:
So we feel a distinct blues influence in ‘Hit the Lights’. It contains a few interesting pieces that could be written by mature musicians, not by young boys. The debut song of Metallica showed their balls and huge potential hidden. And Cliff Burton did a great work by playing this stuff by fingers.gtp+pdf in rar-archive pdf only
Mission complete 23 of 32. Next – ‘Trapped Under Ice’ or ‘Leper Messiah’ (you choose). Thanks for support and being here with us. Subscribe to my channels – for covers and for bass tutorials. R.I.P. Cliff Burton \m/