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     FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS - Metallica
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

From the album 'Ride The Lightning'
Tabbed by: Frank Podmore
Email: justcallmethelurvemonkey@yahoo.co.uk

Tuning: Standard (low to high EADGBe)

Guitar 1: James Hetfield, Distorted Electric
Guitar 2: Kirk Hammett, Distorted Electric

Legend: p.m.= Palm Mute. Each '.' under the tab means you should mute that note.

OK, this is my edited tab which contains the stuff I got wrong and posted
corrections of in the comment box previously. This is nice and easy, for a
Metallica song, so if you're a beginner this is a great one to learn. Have
a good time playing it.


Intro Part 1:
  Guitar 1          x5
e|-------------|------|
B|o------------|-----o|
G|-------------|------|
D|---4-4--4-4--|--2---|
A|o--4-4--4-4--|--2--o|
E|---2-2--2-2--|--0---|
 |             |      |
 |             |      |
 |Guitar 2     |      |
e|-------------|------|
B|o------------|-----o|
G|-------------|------|
D|---4-4--4-4--|--2---|
A|o--4-4--4-4--|--2--o|
E|---2-2--2-2--|--0---|
Let E5 ring (both guitars).

Intro Part 2:
  Guitar 1      x8
e|---------|------|
B|o--------|-----o|
G|---------|------|
D|---4--4--|--2---|
A|o--4--4--|--2--o|
E|---2--2--|--0---|
 |         |      |
 |         |      |
 |Guitar 2 |      |
e|---------|------|
B|o--------|-----o|
G|---------|------|
D|---4--4--|--2---|
A|o--4--4--|--2--o|
E|---2--2--|--0---|
Let E5 ring (both guitars).

Power Chord Interlude:
  Guitar 1                                x3
e|---------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
B|o--------------------|-------------------o|--------------------|
G|---------------------|----------------2---|--------------------|
D|---5-4-3-2--5-4-3-2--|--5-4-3-2--5-4--2---|--5-4-3-2--5-4-3-2--|
A|o--5-4-3-2--5-4-3-2--|--5-4-3-2--5-4--0--o|--5-4-3-2--5-4-3-2--|
E|---3-2-1-0--3-2-1-0--|--3-2-1-0--3-2------|--3-2-1-0--3-2-1-0--|
 |                     |                    |                    |
 |                     |                    |                    |
 |Guitar 2             |                    |                    |
e|---------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
B|o--------------------|-------------------o|--------------------|
G|---------------------|----------------2---|--------------------|
D|---5-4-3-2--5-4-3-2--|--5-4-3-2--5-4--2---|--5-4-3-2--5-4-3-2--|
A|o--5-4-3-2--5-4-3-2--|--5-4-3-2--5-4--0--o|--5-4-3-2--5-4-3-2--|
E|---3-2-1-0--3-2-1-0--|--3-2-1-0--3-2------|--3-2-1-0--3-2-1-0--|


Power Chord Interlude (cont.):
  Guitar 1
e|-------------------|
B|-------------------|
G|-------------------|
D|--5-4-3-2--5-4--2--|
A|--5-4-3-2--5-4--2--|
E|--3-2-1-0--3-2--0--|
 |                   |
 |                   |
 |Guitar 2           |
e|-------------------|
B|-------------------|
G|-------------------|
D|--5-4-3-2--5-4--2--|
A|--5-4-3-2--5-4--2--|
E|--3-2-1-0--3-2--0--|
Let last E5 ring (both guitars).

Verse/Lead Interlude 1: Let all chords ring except the second G5
  Guitar 1                                                             x2
e|---------------------|----|---|-----|----|-----|----|-----|-----------|
B|o--------------------|----|---|-----|----|-----|----|-----|----------o|
G|---------------------|----|---|-----|----|-----|----|-----|--5--------|
D|---2-----------------|----|5--|--5--|----|--2--|----|--5--|--5--7-----|
A|o--2-----------------|----|5--|--5--|----|--2--|----|--5--|--3--7----o|
E|---0-----------------|----|3--|--3--|----|--0--|----|--3--|-----5-----|

Guitar 2                                 x6
e|----------------------------------------|One of these bars played for each
B|o--------------------------------------o|of Guitar 1's bars (above)...
G|---12-9-11----9-11---12-9-11-----9-11---|
D|-----------12-----------------12--------|
A|o--------------------------------------o|
E|----------------------------------------|

Lead Interlude 1 (end):
  Guitar 2
e|----------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------|
G|---12-9-11----9-11----------------------|Until this, the last bar of Lead
D|-----------12--------12-9-11----9-11----|Interlude 1.
A|------------------------------12--------|
E|----------------------------------------|

Chorus
  Guitar 1
e|--------------------|---------------|-------------------|
B|o-------------------|---------------|-------------------|
G|--------------------|----------3----|-------------------|
D|---------5-------7--|--------5-3-4--|--------5-------7--|
A|o--------5-------7--|--------5-1-4--|--------5-------7--|
E|---0-0-0-3-0-0-0-5--|--0-0-0-3---2--|--0-0-0-3-0-0-0-5--|
 |                    |               |                   |
 |                    |               |                   |
 |Guitar 2            |               |                   |
e|--------------------|---------------|-------------------|
B|o-------------------|---------------|-------------------|
G|--------------------|----------3----|-------------------|
D|---------5-------7--|--------5-3-4--|--------5-------7--|
A|o--------5-------7--|--------5-1-4--|--------5-------7--|
E|---0-0-0-3-0-0-0-5--|--0-0-0-3---2--|--0-0-0-3-0-0-0-5--|
p.m. . . .   . . .       . . .           . . .   . . .
Chorus (cont.)
  Guitar 1            x2
e|----------------------|
B|---------------------o|
G|--------------3-------|
D|--------------3-4-3---|
A|--------5-----1-4-3--o|
E|--0-0-0-3-0-0---2-1---|
 |                      |
 |                      |
 |Guitar 2              |
e|----------------------|
B|---------------------o|
G|--------------3-------|
D|--------------3-4-3---|
A|--------5-----1-4-3--o|
E|--0-0-0-3-0-0---2-1---|
p.m.. . . . . .
Both Guitars play Guitar 1's part of the Verse/Lead Interlude 1 exactly as above.

Chrous exactly as above.

Lead Interlude 2, Part 1:
  Guitar 1
e|-----------------------------------|-----|
B|-----------------------------------|-----|
G|-----------------------------------|-----|
D|--5--------------------------------|--2--|
A|--5--------------------------------|--2--|
E|--3--------------------------------|--0--|
 |                                   |     |
 |                                   |     |
 |Guitar 2                           |     |
e|-----------------------------------|-----|
B|-----------------------------------|-----|
G|--12-9-11----9---------------------|-----|
D|----------12---11-12-9-11----9-----|--2--|
A|--------------------------12---10--|--2--|
E|-----------------------------------|--0--|
 Let all chords ring (both guitars).

Lead Interlude 2, Part 1 (cont.)

e|-----------------------------------|-------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|-------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|-------------------|
D|--5--------------------------------|--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|
A|--5--------------------------------|--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|
E|--3--------------------------------|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|
 |                                   |                   |
 |                                   |                   |
 | Guitar 2                          |                   |
e|-----------------------------------|-------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|-------------------|
G|--12-9-11----9---------------------|-------------------|
D|----------12---11-12-9-11----9-----|--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|
A|--------------------------12---10--|--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|
E|-----------------------------------|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--|

Lead Interlude 2, Part 1 (cont.)
  Guitar 1
e|-----------------------------------|-----|
B|-----------------------------------|-----|
G|-----------------------------------|-----|
D|--5--------------------------------|--4--|
A|--5--------------------------------|--4--|
E|--3--------------------------------|--2--|
 |                                   |     |
 |                                   |     |
 |Guitar 2                           |     |
e|-----------------------------------|-----|
B|-----------------------------------|-----|
G|--12-9-11----9---------------------|--4--|
D|----------12---11-12-9-11----9-----|--4--|
A|--------------------------12---10--|--2--|
E|-----------------------------------|-----|

Lead Interlude 2, Part 2 (cont.)
Guitar 2 plays above part through again, Guitar 1 plays:
  Guitar 1
e|-----------------------------------|-----|
B|---------------12------10----------|--12-|
G|--12-9-11----9----12-9----11-12----|-----|
D|----------12-----------------------|-----|
A|-----------------------------------|-----|
E|-----------------------------------|-----|

Lead Interlude 2, Part 2 (cont.)
  Guitar 1
e|-----------------------------------|---------|
B|---------------12------10----------|--12-----|
G|--12-9-11----9----12-9----11-12----|-----12--|
D|----------12-----------------------|---------|
A|-----------------------------------|---------|
E|-----------------------------------|---------|

Lead Interlude 2, Part 2 (cont.)
  Guitar 1
e|-----------------------------------|-----|
B|---------------12------10----------|--12-|Let final note ring into Verse.
G|--12-9-11----9----12-9----11-12----|-----|
D|----------12-----------------------|-----|
A|-----------------------------------|-----|
E|-----------------------------------|-----|
When playing live, James and Kirk both play Guitar 2's bit of Part 1, then James 
to Guitar 1's bit for Part 2. Get a video of them playing it live and you'll understand what I mean.


Both Guitars play Guitar 1's part of Verse/Lead Interlude as before.
Chorus.

Outro: (This part isn't in proper bar spacing because it's 1:48 a.m. and I'm tired.)
  Guitar 1                x as many as you like
e|-------------------------|
B|o-----------------------o|When playing live, James often plays this part
G|-------------------------|one octave higher, at the seventh, nineth and
D|---2--4-4--2--4-4--5-5---|tenth frets respectively, on the A string.
A|o--2--4-4--2--4-4--5-5--o|
E|---0--2-2--0--2-2--3-3---|
 |                         |
 |                         |
 |Guitar 2                 |
e|-------------------------|After doing this once or twice, Kirk generally
B|o-----------------------o|just goes a bit crazy, playing in the E minor
G|-------------------------|pentatonic with lots of big bends, wah and
D|---2--4-4--2--4-4--5-5---|vibrato bar dives. Just have fun.
A|o--2--4-4--2--4-4--5-5--o|
E|---0--2-2--0--2-2--3-3---|
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megadeth111 wrote on February 15 2005, 12:00 am

most is wrong.plus u forgot the beging fill..nice try...(ow do i know?) i have the tab book

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megadeth111 wrote on February 15 2005, 12:00 am

other than thise its fine

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Strat_Monkey wrote on February 17 2005, 12:00 am

The beginning fill is a bass guitar, played with wah and distortion. If you really want a tab for how to play it on guitar, then here:

e------------------
B------------------
G-7-6-5-4-----7----
D---------5-4------
A---------------5-4
E------------------

On bass it's played like that starting at the nineteenth fret on the G string. There you go.

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