#32 Metallica – (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth (bass review with tab)

Hey comrade! Today we’re completing Total Cliff, and probably the best way we might – ‘(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth’. Bass tab to download – in the end of article.

I hope, it doesn’t require me to explain why exactly ‘(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth’ is the last one. Just watch my video, and you’ll get it!

For reference. ‘(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth’ is the first instrumental song of Metallica which actually is a Cliff Burton’s bass solo. It’s tune number 4 from ‘Kill ‘Em All’ album.

Cliff Burton had been writing ‘(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth’ since high school. And even after taping it for vinyl, Cliff played the solo differently every single gig. My cover is on ‘Kill ‘Em All’ version (though I think about making a video with best live ‘Anesthesia’ licks, do you want it to happen?).

In the very beginning of ‘Pulling Teeth’ we hear Cliff’s saying ‘Bass solo. Take one’. Is that true? We don’t know. One guy from Internet said that there’s an interview where Lars said, that was sixth or seventh take.

When you are learning ‘Anesthesia’ one lick to another, it could go smooth. But all change when you attempt to play that together solid take – and the continuity is the most difficult thing about the solo. Let’s go in order.

‘(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth’ starts with few touches to open G. And then the actual solo begins with triad arpeggios on G and D strings.

anesthesia pulling teeth bass tab 1

Next lick is a logical development of previous one. Here, on accented chords, wah-wah appears.

anesthesia pulling teeth bass tab 2

Tonality shifts to A in next lick, and then – in power chords arpeggios – to B. All is played by apoyando.

anesthesia pulling teeth bass tab 3

anesthesia pulling teeth bass tab 4

Arpeggios go more sophisticates in following lick which repeats twice with alternate endings, include Cliff’s signature bends and groupettos.

anesthesia pulling teeth bass tab 5

anesthesia pulling teeth bass tab 5a

Melody is progressing further, it’s back to Am/C tonality in lower arpeggios. This part of ‘(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth’ a lot guys play wrong. Here’s the most accurate version, based on the way Cliff played it in a video below.

anesthesia pulling teeth bass tab 6

anesthesia pulling teeth bass tab 6a

Bridge to section two. Fast there-finger passages, sounds a bit dirty because of constant open A. Then Lars starts drumming.

anesthesia pulling teeth bass tab 7

What about the rest, section with Cliff playing with Lars? This is the most difficult to learn, play, and tab part in Metallica stuff at all. My version from video is not that accurate, and I continue to discover more things there. So I need some time to revise that. For sure, full (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth bass tab will appear in my upcoming book ‘Total Cliff: ultimate Cliff Burton’s legacy’ which will be available for my Patrons here.

And here’s the video I expected over years. Check it out below.

Mission complete 32 of 32 – WE HAVE DONE IT! Back in February 2015, the time Total Cliff was bethought, I didn’t even imaging where it would lead me to. 4000 subscribers on my Youtube channel, 3 patrons on Patreon, so much experience and skills – it worth the way gone.

Thank you for supporting me all the time! Knowing that there’s somebody I do it for, always kept me motivating and inspired. Expect my new works and… TOTAL CLIFF IS NOT ENDED YET! I plan more videos called ‘TOTAL CLIFF: AFTERWORD’: ‘Orion’ on 24-fret bass, ‘Seek & Destroy’ remake, few ‘Anesthesia’s (even in unexpected interpretations) and more.

Cliff, you’ll be always remembered by us. Thank you for everything, out teacher, and rest in piece \m/\

Tags: Metallica, Anesthesia Pulling Teeth, bass tab, Cliff Burton, bass solo, Total Cliff, Andriy Vasylenko


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