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Posted 15 April 2016 - 12:00 PM

Hey folks,
Have just been having a dabble with this, but I am struggling a bit with it and hopefully someone can put me straight. I have a pretty good ear and it sounds like the bass is tuned down. I have a 5 string and have been playing along with it, but I am still not sure. Especially the little bass riff at 20 seconds. One of my guitarist buddies has worked it out and he has told me what the notes are, but it is all Greek to me. I work better using tab and I have looked on the net and the ones I have found don't seem to work out. If anyone knows the correct tab for that little riff then I should be able to work the rest out.
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Posted 15 April 2016 - 12:09 PM

It's played on a keyboard on the original.

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 12:15 PM

Can send you my transcription if you want, but it's in standard notation.
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Posted 15 April 2016 - 12:26 PM

I'm sure I used to play it in drop D

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 12:53 PM

If memory serves, the original is in Eb. So it's necessary to tune down a semi, or use drop tuning, then the few flick riffs finger naturally, IIRC. Or persuade the band to play it in E !

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 01:30 PM

I can confirm that it's in Eb. And also sounds great on a fretless.

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 06:40 PM

Thanks for your responses fellas. Much appreciated.
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Posted 18 April 2016 - 11:05 AM

View PostRhysP, on 15 April 2016 - 12:09 PM, said:

It's played on a keyboard on the original.

Yep. So there's not going to be an "original" tab. I'd take the notes and play them where it's most comfortable. If necessary sit with the guitarist and ask him to show you what he worked out.
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Posted 18 April 2016 - 11:17 AM

Time to wheel out my usual 'Black Velvet' story. Back in the day, I was in a covers band with a lot of seasoned musos. Not having a 5-string, they insisted I tune down. 'OK' says I.

At every gig and every rehearsal, I pretended to detune, and just played it at the octave. No-one ever noticed.
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Posted 18 April 2016 - 12:10 PM

View Postwateroftyne, on 18 April 2016 - 11:17 AM, said:

Time to wheel out my usual 'Black Velvet' story. Back in the day, I was in a covers band with a lot of seasoned musos. Not having a 5-string, they insisted I tune down. 'OK' says I.

At every gig and every rehearsal, I pretended to detune, and just played it at the octave. No-one ever noticed.

And that, your Honour, is why I'll never bother with a 5...it's up there with my 'No-One Noticed I Was Playing A 12-String' story... :D

Edited by Muzz, 18 April 2016 - 12:12 PM.

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 02:29 PM

The little riff you are talking about is
5th fret on D string, 5th fret on A string, open E. 4th fret D string, 4th fret A string, open E
5th fret A string, 2nd fret A string, 5th fret A string.
Continue open E string shuffle groove.
If you're playing along to the original, detune your E to an Eb and move fretted notes down a fret (5th to 4th, 4th to 3rd etc)

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 05:01 PM

Play it in Eb .... must be loads of Youtubes on it..?
The hardest part is working out what the drummer thinks the part is....,..

For example, this is 'wrong' https://www.youtube....h?v=KnC6Sfqz6Hc

but if your drummer played it like that, you should be able to make it work.

Depends if you want the bass driving it..or the drums.
The former is harder, but it is a classic part so you have to pull it off.

Edited by JTUK, 03 May 2016 - 05:08 PM.


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Posted 19 October 2016 - 05:04 PM

Defiinately in Eb and the story I heard us that it was played partly on a bass and part on a synth, which is why it is a bit odd to play.









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