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Posted 26 August 2011 - 06:58 PM

Im after some music for the bass line for this Desmond Decker classic from waay back in the 1960s when i was a nappy wearing rug rat :) If anyone can help out?
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Posted 26 August 2011 - 07:02 PM

I know TABs are frowned upon by some musos on here so ignore THIS if you're one of them.
I haven't checked it for accuracy but hope it helps.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 07:09 PM

View Postdaz, on Aug 26 2011, 07:58 PM, said:

Im after some music for the bass line for this Desmond Decker classic from waay back in the 1960s when i was a nappy wearing rug rat :) If anyone can help out?
cheers
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The run-up (what's the technical term?) is C major. Not what you might expect. Make your guitarist/keyboard player do it stacatto!
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Posted 26 August 2011 - 07:46 PM

There was me thinking his ears were alight....Great tune
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Posted 27 August 2011 - 08:17 AM

View Postbremen, on Aug 26 2011, 08:09 PM, said:

The run-up (what's the technical term?) is C major. Not what you might expect. Make your guitarist/keyboard player do it stacatto!


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Posted 27 August 2011 - 07:05 PM

As far as i have been able to tell, the main riff is:

Starting on B flat - root, root, fifth, third, (root) root root. Then repeated again on F, then G, then back to B flat for the last time, thereafter adding a C # run on the end as Bremen said. The run at the end of the sequence is a quickly played C# major scale.

You have to know the song to get the timing right, as it obviously is not stated below in this simple interval thingy.

Riff
A:-------------5th----3rd-------------
E:-------R-R-----------------R-R--


Edited by daz, 28 August 2011 - 03:38 AM.

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 08:27 PM

We cover this tune in my reggae covers band..always goes down well although we drop in a bit of the Apache Indian version for good measure :) We just play C maj on the run bit-seems to work well, the other bits are as per that tab above more or less - there is an interesting break as well.


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Posted 02 September 2011 - 05:41 AM

Great tune! :) always gets the crowd dancing... even if they do sing Vitalite!

If you play it in Bb then the run up should be on a Db major scale.

Heres a link to my old reggae bands version as I cant seem to manage to embed youtube videos :s

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