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Ride The Lightning bass tab

[2 versions]
For Whom The Bell Tolls Bass Tab
Written by: James Hetfield, Cliff Burton (R.I.P.) and Lars Ulrich
As performed on the album "Ride The Lightning" by Metallica
Tabbed by George Politis  tubaman@mland.gr


Tab Explanation
-----------------------------------------------------------
  w     whole note                 |   /   slide up
  h     half note                  |       slide down
  q     quarter note               |   >   accent
  e     eighth note                |   :   repeat
(x+y)   play note with length x+y  |   r   eighth rest
|-3-|   triplet                    |   R   quarter rest
  .     stacatto                   |   ~   vibrato
------------------------------------------------------------


Intro
                                           |-3-| |-3-|
||----------------|----------------||----|-------------||
||-----Bells------|-----Bells------||-2/-|-------------||
||-----tolling----|-----tolling----||-/4-|-------------||
||----------------|----------------||----|-2-2-r-2-2-r-||
                                           e e   e e

       Play this riff 8 times with distortion
||----|-----19-18-17--16--|-------19-----------||
||-4/-|:------------------|-17-16--------------:|
||-/4-|:------------------|----------17-16~~ --:|
||----|-0-----------------|--------------------||
        q   e  e  e  (e+q)  e  e  e   e  h

  Normal bass sound (distortion off)                       Play this riff 4 times
||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------||
|:-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------:|
|:-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------2-:|
||-0-3-2-1-0-3-2-1-|-0-3-2-1-0-2-3-5-|-0-3-2-1-0-3-2-1-|-0-3-2-1-0-2-3---||
   e e e e e e e e   e e e e e e e e   e e e e e e e e   e e e e e e e e

       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|
||---------------------|---------------------||
||---------------------|---------------------||
||---------------------|---------------------||
||-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-||
   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e

Guitar Solo
       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|
||---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
||---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
||---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
||-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-3---R---R---12 -|
   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q            q

       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-3---3-3-3-----------|
|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-----------5---5-5-5-|
  q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e

      |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-3---R---R---12 -|
  q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q            q

      |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-------------------||
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-------------------||
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-3---3-3-3---------||
|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-----------5---5---||
  q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   q

Chorus Riff
   |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|               |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-| |-3-| | - 3 - |
||---------------------|-------------------|---------------------|-----------------------||
|:---------------------|-------------------|---------------------|-----------------------:|
|:---------------------|-----------1-------|---------------------|-------------1---------:|
||-0-0-0-3---0-0-0-5---|-0-0-0-3-------2---|-0-0-0-3---0-0-0-5---|-0-0-0-3-0-0-----2---1-||
   e e e q   e e e q     e e e q   q   q     e e e q   e e e q     e e e e e e q   q   q

Verse 1
       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|
||---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
||---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
||---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
||-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-3---R---R---12 -|
   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q            q

      |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-3---3-3-3-----------|
|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-----------5---5-5-5-|
  q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e

      |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-3---R---R---12 -|
  q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q            q

      |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-------------------||
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-------------------||
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-3---3-3-3---------||
|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-----------5---5---||
  q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   q

Chorus
   |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|               |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-| |-3-| | - 3 - |
||---------------------|-------------------|---------------------|-----------------------||
|:---------------------|-------------------|---------------------|-----------------------:|
|:---------------------|-----------1-------|---------------------|-------------1---------:|
||-0-0-0-3---0-0-0-5---|-0-0-0-3-------2---|-0-0-0-3---0-0-0-5---|-0-0-0-3-0-0-----2---1-||
   e e e q   e e e q     e e e q   q   q     e e e q   e e e q     e e e e e e q   q   q

Bridge
       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|
||---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|->--->->->->--->->->-|
|:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-.---.-.-.-.---.-.-.-|
||-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|
   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e

      |-3-|     |-3-|
|---------------------|---------------||
|---------------------|------->-------:|
|---------------------|-------2-------:|
|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|---------------||
  q   e e e q   e e e         w

Verse 2
       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|
||---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
||---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
||---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
||-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-3---R---R---12 -|
   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q            q

      |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-3---3-3-3-----------|
|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-----------5---5-5-5-|
  q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e

      |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|           |-3-||-3-|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|---------------5/7---|
|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-3---R---r-r-7-------|
  q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q           e e q

      |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-------------------||
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-------------------||
|---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|-3---3-3-3---------||
|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-3---3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-----------5---5---||
  q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   e e e   q   e e e q   q

Chorus
   |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-|               |-3-|     |-3-|       |-3-| |-3-| | - 3 - |
||---------------------|-------------------|---------------------|-----------------------||
|:---------------------|-------------------|---------------------|-----------------------:|
|:---------------------|-----------1-------|---------------------|-------------1---------:|
||-0-0-0-3---0-0-0-5---|-0-0-0-3-------2---|-0-0-0-3---0-0-0-5---|-0-0-0-3-0-0-----2---1-||
   e e e q   e e e q     e e e q   q   q     e e e q   e e e q     e e e e e e q   q   q

Outro
(slightly slower)

              |-3-|                    |-3-|   Play this riff several times till fade
|----||-------------------|----|---------------||
|-6/-|:-------------------|-7/-|---------------:|
|-/4-|:->----->--->--->---|-/8-|->->--->--->---:|
|----||-0-----2---2---0---|----|-2-2---3---3---||
        h     q   h   h          e q   q   h


Here are the lyrics.

Verse 1

Make his fight on the hill in the early day
Constant chill, deep inside.
Shouting gun, on they run through the endless grey,
on the fight, for they are right yes, but who's to say?
For a hill men would kill, why? They do not know.
Suffered wounds test their pride.
Men of five still alive through the raging glow,
gone insane from the pain that they surely know.

Chorus

For whom the bell tolls
Time marches on
For whom the bell tolls

Verse 2

Take a look to the sky just before you die
It's the last time you will.
Blackened roar, massive roar fills the crumbling sky.
Shattered goal fills his soul with a ruthless cry.
Stranger now are his eyes to this mystery,
hears the silence so loud.
Crack of dawn, all is gone except the will to be.
Now they'll see what will be blinded eyes to see.

Chorus

For whom the bell tolls
Time marches on
For whom the bell tolls

--------------------- version 2 ---------------------------------

Metallica
Ride The Lightning
written by: Hetfield, Ulrich, Burton and Mustaine
as performed on Ride The Lightning
Transcribed by Chris Binding


Bass Riff1
|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|
|--0-----0------0------0--|

Bass Riff2
|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|
|---------------7\--------|
|--0-----0-------------0--|

Bass Riff3
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--|
|--------------------------------|

Bass Riff4
|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
|--1--------1--------------|
|-----0--0-----0--0--0--0--|

Bass Riff5
|----------------------|
|----------------------|
|-------------0-----3--|
|--2---0---2-----2-----|

Bass Riff6
|--------------|
|--------------|
|--------3--2--|
|--2-----------|

Bass Riff7
|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
|--1--------1--------3--2--|
|-----0--0-----0--0--------|

Bass Riff8
|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
|--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--|

Bass Riff9
|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
|--2--------4--------------|
|-----2--2-----2--2--2--2--|

Bass Riff10
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--4---3--2---4---------------------------4---3--2---4--------------------|
|----------------0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-----------------0--0--0--0--0--0--|

Bass Riff10 (cont.)
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--2--2---------------------------------------------------4---3--2---4--|
|--------2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2-----------------|

Bass Riff10 (cont.)
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0---8---7--6---8--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

Bass Riff11
|-----------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------|
|--0---------0-0-0-0-3--0-0-0-0-0-0-3--0--|

Bass Riff12
|----------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------|
|--7--6--5----3--------------------------------------|
|-----------------2--3--0-0-0-0-3--0-0-0-0-0-0-3--0--|

Bass Riff13
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|

Bass Riff13 (cont.)
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|

Bass Riff13 (cont.)
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6--|

Bass Riff14
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--7--6--5----3---3--3---3--3---3--3---0--2---2--2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|

Bass Riff15
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------3----3--3--------------------------------------|
|--0----0--0----0--3---------------0--2--3-\-5----5--5----5--5----5--|

Bass Riff16
|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------5---5--5--5-------------------------------------|
|--2---2--2--2---2--5----------------2--4--5-\--7----7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|

Bass Riff17
|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|
|--5--5--5------3--3------1--|

Bass Riff18
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--7----8----7--|

Bass Riff19
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|

Bass Riff19 (cont.)
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|

Bass Riff20
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6--|

Bass Riff21
|----------------------|
|----------------------|
|--7--6--5----3-/------|
|-------------------0--|

Bass Riff22
|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|
|--1--------1--------3--2--1------3--2--|
|-----0--0-----0--0---------------------|

Bass Riff23
|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|------------0---3---------------------0------|
|--2---0---2---2-------------2---0---2---2-0--|

Bass Riff24
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------0---3--3-3-3--3-3-3--2-------------0-------------------------|
|--2---0---2---2----------------------2---0---2---2-0----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|

Bass Riff25
|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|
|--0------0------0-------0--0--0--|

How it's played:
Bass Riff1 x 4
Bass Riff2 x 1
Bass Riff1 x 1
Bass Riff3 x 1
Bass Riff4 x 8
Bass Riff5 x 4
Bass Riff6 x 1
Bass Riff4 x 3
Bass Riff7 x 1
Bass Riff4 x 3
Bass Riff7 x 1
Bass Riff8 x 3
Bass Riff9 x 1
Bass Riff10 x 1
Bass Riff5 x 4
Bass Riff4 x 3
Bass Riff7 x 1
Bass Riff4 x 3
Bass Riff7 x 1
Bass Riff8 x 3
Bass Riff9 x 1
Bass Riff10 x 1
Bass Riff11 x 1
Bass Riff12 x 3
Bass Riff13 x 1
Bass Riff12 x 3
Bass Riff14 x 1
Bass Riff15 x 6
Bass Riff16 x 4
Bass Riff17 x 1
Bass Riff18 x 4
Bass Riff19 x 2
Bass Riff20 x 1
Bass Riff13 x 1
Bass Riff12 x 4
Bass Riff13 x 1
Bass Riff12 x 2
Bass Riff21 x 1
Bass Riff1 x 1
Bass Riff2 x 1
Bass Riff1 x 1
Bass Riff3 x 1
Bass Riff4 x 7
Bass Riff22 x 1
Bass Riff4 x 3
Bass Riff7 x 1
Bass Riff4 x 3
Bass Riff7 x 1
Bass Riff8 x 3
Bass Riff9 x 1
Bass Riff10 x 1
Bass Riff5 x 4
Bass Riff23 x 2
Bass Riff24 x 2
Bass Riff25 x 1
  development and support by
dmitry ivanov