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Fade To Black Bass Tab

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Fade to Black - Metallica
Tabbed by: Kane Bochatyn (JenoUnion)

This is my fairly accurate rendition of Fade to Black by Metallica on bass. It is based
of the original master track played
by Cliff Burton on the Ride the Lightning album. The link to listen to the bass alone is here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yQP08QsKVw.
While the other tabs on this site are good, they aren't perfect,
and I'm trying correct a couple of things.
You might need to listen to the recording for some parts to get the right timing, but 
almost 100%.


Intro (in unison with the drums)
G|-----------------------|
D|-----------------------|
A|-----------------------|
E|---------5-7-----------| Play x4


Intro End
G|-----------------------|
D|--------------------2~-|
A|--------------2~--2----|
E|--1~--1-4~--4----------| Play x1


Verse Intro
G|---|--------|-----------|
D|---|-----R--|-----------|
A|-0~|--------|-----------|
E|---|--------|--3-5*-5~--| Play x1


Verse 1
G|--------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------|
A|-0~---0-2-3~--3-2-----3-2---------/7\-|
E|------------------3~------0~---0*-----|

G|--------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------|
A|-0~---0-2-3~--33h5--------------/7----|
E|--------------------3~--5-3-0~------0-|

G|----------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------|
A|-0~---0-2-3~--3-2-------------------5-7-|
E|------------------3~---5-3-0~---5h7-----|

G|-------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------|
A|-0~---00-2-3~--33h55-----------------------|
E|---------------------3~--5-3-0~---3*s--7*s-|

G|---------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------|
A|-0~---0-2-3~--33-2----33-2------77-----|
E|-------------------3~------0~-------0--|

G|---------------------------------------|
D|-----------------5h7h5---5~------5h7h5-|
A|-0~---0-2-3~--/7-------7------/7-------|
E|---------------------------------------|

G|-----------------------|
D|-----------------------|
A|-----------------------|
E|--0-0-0-0-0-0-12-12/---|


Chorus 1 Riff Play through x2
G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------|
A|--0--0-0------5-3---3-3------5-0---0-0--5--5h7-|
E|----------003-----------003--------------------|

G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----33-2-0--0-0-------5-3---33------5-0--0-0--|
E|-0-0--------------003-----------003------------|

G|-----------------------|
D|-----------------------|
A|--00--------------777/-|
E|-----3-2-0~------------|


Verse 2
G|--------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------|
A|-0~--0-2-3~--3-5------------------/7--|
E|-----------------3~--3--5-3-0~--0-----|

G|-------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------|
A|-0~--0-2-3~--33h5--------------77----|
E|------------------3~--5-3-0~------0--|

G|---------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------|
A|-0~--00-5-3~--55h3-----------------/12-|
E|-------------------3~-3-5--5-0~--0-----|

G|---------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------|
A|-0~--0-2-3~--3-5-----------------------|
E|-----------------3~--5-3-0~--3*s--/7*s-|

G|---------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------|
A|-0~--0-2-3~--33-2-------------5h7------|
E|------------------3~--5-3-0~------5h7--|

G|-----------------------------------|
D|----------------5h7h5---5~---5h7h5-|
A|-0~--0-2-3~--/7-------7------------|
E|-----------------------------------|

G|-----------------------|
D|-----------------------|
A|-----------------------|
E|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-12/-----|

Chorus 2
G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------|
A|--0--0-0------5-3---3-3------5-0---0-0--5--5h7-|
E|----------003-----------003--------------------|

G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----33-2-0--0-0-------5-3---33------5-0--0-0--|
E|-0-0--------------003-----------003------------|

G|-------------------|
D|-------------------|
A|--00---------------|
E|-----3-2-0~--------|

G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------|
A|--0--0-0------5-3---3-3------5-0---0-0--5--5h7-|
E|----------003-----------003--------------------|

G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---5h7------3-2-0~-0-0-----5-3---3-3------5-0---0-0--00--------|
E|-0-----0-0-------------003-----------003----------------3-2-0~-|


Bridge
G|------|-----------------------|
D|------|--999--777--555--444-5-|
A|--7~--|-----------------------|
E|--0~--|-----------------------|

G|----------------------------------|
D|----------------------------5-4~--|
A|-5-7------7-------5-7-------------|
E|-----0-0-----0-0-------0-0------0-|

G|----------------------------4-|
D|------------999-777-555-444---|
A|-5*-5-5~----------------------|
E|------------------------------|

G|-----------------------------------|
D|----------------------------5-4/12-|
A|-5-7------7-------5-7--------------|
E|-----0-0-----0-0-------0-0---------|

G|-------------------------------|
D|------------999-777-555-444--5-|
A|-5*-5-5~-----------------------|
E|-------------------------------|

G|----------------------------------|
D|----------------------------5-4~--|
A|-5-7------7-------5-7-------------|
E|-----0-0-----0-0-------0-0------0-|

G|----------------------------4-|
D|------------999-777-555-444---|
A|-5*-5-5~----------------------|
E|------------------------------|

G|-----------------------------------|
D|----------------------------5-4----|
A|-5-7------7-------5-7--------------|
E|-----0-0-----0-0-------0-0-------0-|

G|-------------------------------|
D|------------999-777-555-444--5-|
A|-5*-5-5~-----------------------|
E|-------------------------------|

G|-----------------------------------|
D|----------------------------5-4/12-|
A|-5-7------7-------5-7--------------|
E|-----0-0-----0-0-------0-0---------|

G|-----------------------------4--|
D|------------999-777-555-444-----|
A|-5*-5-5~------------------------|
E|--------------------------------|

G|----------------------------------|
D|----------------------------5-4~--|
A|-5-7------7-------5-7-------------|
E|-----0-0-----0-0-------0-0------0-|

G|-------------------------------|
D|------------999-777-555-444-5--|
A|-5*-5-5~-----------------------|
E|-------------------------------|


Bridge II
G|------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------|
A|---------7~--------------------------5~---|
E|-0-0-0-0-------0-0-0-0-3-2~--0-0-0-0------|


G|-------------------4----|
D|---999-777-555-444------|
A|------------------------|
E|------------------------|

G|------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------|
A|---------7~--------------------------5~---|
E|-0-0-0-0-------0-0-0-0-3-2~--0-0-0-0------|

G|------------------------|
D|---999-777-555-444-5----|
A|------------------------|
E|------------------------|

End Bridge
G|---------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------|
A|-2-2-0h2-2-2-0h2--0-0---2-0--0-0--0--0-0--0-0---0--|
E|----------------------0-----------------------0----|

G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|-3--3-3--3-3-0h3--3-3-0-3-5--5-5--5--3-5--5-5-3-5-|

G|-------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-2-2-0h2-2-2--2-0h2--0-0---2-0--0-0--0--0-0--0-0---0---|
E|-------------------------0-----------------------0-----|

G|---------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|-3--3-3--3-3--333-3--3-3-3-0-3-3--5-5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|

G|------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------|
A|-2-2-0h2-2-2--2-0h2--0-0---2-0--000--0--0-0--0-0---0--|
E|-------------------------0-----------------------0----|


G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3-0-3-5--5-5--5--5-5--5--|

Bass Fill
G|---------------------|
D|---------------------|
A|-------------------5-|
E|-5-0-3-5-3-5-7-5-7---|

Solo Backing
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-2-222-222-222-222-222-222-222-222-|
E|-----------------------------------|

G|-------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------|
A|-220-000-000-000-000-000-000---|
E|-------------------------------|

G|------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------|
A|-00---------------------------------------|
E|---3-333-333-333-333-333-333-333-335------|

G|-----------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------2---------|
E|-555-555-555-555-555-555-555-55----------|

G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-2-222-222-222-222-222-222-222-222-|
E|-----------------------------------|

G|-------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------|
A|-220-000-000-000-000-000-000---|
E|-------------------------------|

G|------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------|
A|-00---------------------------------------|
E|---3-333-333-333-333-333-333-333-330------|

G|------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------2----|
E|-000-000-0-0-000-000-000-000-00-----|

G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-2-222-222-222-222-222-222-4-5-4-0-|
E|-----------------------------------|

G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-000-000-000-000-000-002-4-2-0-----|
E|-------------------------------3---|


G|------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------|
A|-00---------------------------------------|
E|---3-333-333-333-333-333-333-333-335------|


G|-----------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------2---------|
E|-555-555-555-555-555-555-555-55----------|

...

Continue gallops until fade out. If listening to the non-fade out version, end with this:

G|-------------------||
D|-------------------||
A|----2~---------2-2-||
E|--55---------------||

And that's it! Did it all in one session so there's a
couple of mistakes (especially in the End Bridge as far as timing and notes sync in) but
it seems just fine. Enjoy!


Key
====
#h# - hammer-on/pull-off (i.e. 5h7h5)
#* - staccato (i.e. 5* sounds cut short)
#~ - let note ring (i.e. 2~)
/# or #\ or /#\ - slide up to/down from note
#s - harsh slap sound, used in single notes and w/ staccato
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josep94 wrote on March 10 2010, 08:18 pm

Best bass tab for fade to black obviously... five stars :)

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josep94 wrote on March 16 2010, 10:56 pm

Can you maybe tab the rest of the gallop part?

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widenaren wrote on July 28 2012, 03:38 pm

sounds perfect to me.

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