Orion - Metallica

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by Jamey Pittman, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. Jamey Pittman

    Jamey Pittman

    Jan 14, 2016
    Contains both standard notation and TAB (see attached .PDF). The instrumental 'Orion' is by far the brightest jewel in Cliff Burton's musical crown. The entire 6/8 interlude is masterfully composed around Cliff's melodic bass lines, and his blistering bass solo near the end of that section is so intricate, fast, and seamless that it's usually mistaken for a guitar. I did not bother to transcribe Cliff's harmonized bass track that was overdubbed over the last few bars of his solo; adding a second instrument adds extra staff lines to the entire score, which is a huge waste of space just to transcribe a handful of harmony measures. For now, I leave that as an exercise for the reader. ;)

    All transcriptions are made with MuseScore 2.0, an excellent (and free) music composition program. Anyone interested in the MuseScore file for this song can send me a PM.

    Here's Cliff's isolated bass track for reference:

    And here's the list of other transcriptions I've submitted to the forum:
    Funk #49 - James Gang
    Creeping Death - Metallica
    Battery - Metallica
    Master of Puppets - Metallica
    Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
    Rocket Queen - Guns N' Roses
    Mr. Brownstone - Guns N' Roses



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    Last edited: Feb 13, 2016
  2. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy It is better to go unnoticed, than to suck Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Chicago Illinois
    Absolutely amazing. This really moves me.
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  3. Ninevolt


    Nov 26, 2015
    Groovy! Snagged a copy TYMV!, gonna fiddle with it. I love that song.
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  4. OUTSTANDING bass score. Thanks for sharing with us
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