One – Metallica – BeatsSteve Ley
"One" is a dynamic piece that moves through several different meters and moods. It was Metallica's first Top 40 hit-single and the first song for which a video clip was made. The song also earned the band members their first-of-many Grammys (in the Best Metal Performance category) in the year after its release.
The verse beat (above) is played with many simple, yet effective variations. It is first heard around the 1:15 mark.
Probably the most distinctive beat in the song is heard from around the 4:20 mark, when Lars plays sextuplets with his bass drums in rhythm with the guitars (see below).
After playing these four measures of 6/4, the meter switches to common-time. Lars plays two measures on his own (at 4:33) before the guitars re-enter.
The final part of the song, which features two guitar solos, is played with a double-time feel.
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