How to Play Funeral Bell by Black Label Society (Guitar Lesson)


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Nick Catanese

Funeral Bell

Learn this Black Label Society classic from band member Nick Catanese. This song was released on The Blessed Hellride in 2003 and features a grooving chunky main riff nicknamed "the bison riff". This is one of Nick's favorite songs to play live, because the crowds love this riff.

Taught by Nick Catanese in Metal Songs With Nick Catanese seriesLength: 14:17Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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Christopher 1272Christopher 1272 replied on September 3rd, 2016

Great lesson,thanks for sharing

grwuorinengrwuorinen replied on November 28th, 2012

Jeez, what do you gotta do to get that harmonic on the low E when it's downtuned that far? Just have the action 9 feet high or what?

stringthingstringthing replied on January 17th, 2013

I use what I call a "pinging" technique. ZZ Top uses this style alot. Imediately after picking the note I dampen it lightly with my thumb, strumming hand, same way harmonics are done over fretboard. Takes a little practice but not that hard. Hope this helps

reganrawrreganrawr replied on November 26th, 2012

Do you guys back off the treble with the tone knobs? I find I get a much better "growl" backing the treble all the way off, at least on the guitar I play it on.

stringthingstringthing replied on November 21st, 2012

I agee, great song for a guitar, been working on it since I found it. Had a little problem with the tuning at first, but now sounds great on my guitar and amp. Thanks for the lesson Nick

hubihubi replied on November 20th, 2012

After, you did should a nice job I know I can. WTF does this mean?

supaflysupafly replied on November 21st, 2012

it was obviously a typo, dude. All of us understood what he was trying to say.

jburdjburd replied on November 20th, 2012

One of my favorite BLS songs...great lesson!

dave420234dave420234 replied on November 19th, 2012

fucking awesome , its about time...SDMF

reganrawrreganrawr replied on November 19th, 2012

Sweet, As a new BLS fan I couldn't decide which song to learn first off The Blessed Hellride. I do now. Nice job too Nick and thanks.

CraigMR76CraigMR76 replied on November 18th, 2012

Awesome! Glad to have you here Nick.

marcdmarcd replied on November 18th, 2012

!!This Rocks!!

keith mcknightkeith mcknight replied on November 18th, 2012

Nice job teaching Nick. When I first saw you play I thought no way I can do that. After, you did should a nice job I know I can.

blinkyblinky replied on November 18th, 2012

Great song, went perfectly with my Sunday morning tea. No, really it did. Wonder if my Tele can sound anything like that. Some folks are going to love this, I am going to try parts of it for fun.

Metal Songs With Nick Catanese

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Learn Black Label Society and Speed X songs from guitarist Nick Catanese.



Lesson 1

Funeral Bell

Learn this Black Label Society classic from band member Nick Catanese. This song was released on The Blessed Hellride in 2003 and features a grooving chunky main riff nicknamed "the bison riff"....

Length: 14:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Stillborn

Nick Catanese teaches you how to play the radio hit "Stillborn" off Black Label Society's 4th record The Blessed Hellride.

Length: 7:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Overlord

Learn this killer track from Black Label Society. Nick shows you how to play all of the rhythm parts to this song as well as the part of the solo that he doubles with Zakk Wylde.

Length: 22:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Suicide Messiah

Learn this monstrous metal tune from Black Label Society's Mafia album.

Length: 11:26 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Speed

Learn "Speed" from Nick Catanese's band Speed X. This song features a main riff modeled after a revving engine and a blistering solo from "The Evil Twin" himself.

Length: 14:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Flat Black

Learn how to play this killer metal tune from Nick Catanese's side project Speed X.

Length: 14:26 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Nick Catanese View Full Biography Nick "Evil Twin" Catanese is the rhythm/lead guitarist in Zakk Wylde's "Black Label Society". He is known for his unique ability to double Wylde's ripping solos live and in the studio.

As a member of "BLS", Nick has had the privilege to share the stage with some of the industries greatest players and legends such as: Ozzy Osbourne, Slipknot, Disturbed, Marylin Manson, Drowning Pool, and Black Sabbath.

Nick appeared in the 2000 film "Rock Star" as Xander Cummings, the guitarist in Mark Wahlberg's band.

Currently, Nick is touring the world with BLS as well as his own band, Speed X.

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