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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Jason Newstedt of Metallica: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

I saw Metallica perform at the Worcester Centrum on December 22, 1991 as a junior in high school.  I was blown away by their intensity and musicianship.  While all four of them were phenomenal, it was the bass and drums that were really driving the bus that night.

The number one challenge I face as a tuba player, whether it be as a soloist, in a brass quintet, or in a large ensemble, is articulation and clarity.  This is the case for all bass clef instruments.

This clip is the isolated bass track from Metallica's Jason Newstedt on the song "Blackened" from their album ...And Justice For All.  It is a great example of how super clean articulation can aid a bass clef instrument in groove and drive.  If you play any instrument in any genre with this kind of intensity, you tend to get compensated for your interests.