- I Can't Tell You Why
(Live) - bass TAB
Here's a really good song for new guys to learn and play along with.
In here is a couple little nuggets for you young guns - lead in notes and an alternate Major scale pattern than the usual one. Experienced players can skip ahead to the second post... Lead in notes
: Timmy B uses lead in notes quite a bit in this song. Look on the staff for any #'s or b's - those are lead in notes. They are usually part of a two eighth-note walk into the next chord change. Lead in notes aren't necessarily in key but are usually, but not limited to, chromatic notes. Think of them as rungs in a ladder - you want to go from the ground to the roof (one chord to the next) and the lead in notes are rungs in a ladder - not part of the house (the house being the metaphor for the key the song is in - G). I hope that makes sense.
Others here can explain this much better than I can.
-=- Alternate Major scale pattern
: Nine times out of ten a teacher or a book will show the major scale pattern like this:
With the root note - 3rd fret G on the low E string in this example (because the song is in the key of G) - fretted with the middle finger.
Now try this next pattern fretting the G with your index finger:
It's all the same notes just played in different spots on the neck. I like that pattern much more than the 'classic' one because there's always 3 notes per string and it lends itself to smooth, slick playing. The 3 note per string thing will become important later on in your studies - especially if you have limited hard drive space in your brain like me.
Keep that^ in mind when jamming along and Timmy B's playing will open up to you.
Ah - smart student! You say, "Well, just make the 'classic' pattern 3 notes per string". You can add the Low F# (with your index finger) to the 'classic' pattern. If I'm not mistaken you have just created the Locrian scale. Someone else is gonna have to straighten me out on the technicalities of that but there you go! Extra credit.