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Billy Ocean - When the going gets tough

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by Oliver, Mar 22, 2004.


  1. Oliver

    Oliver

    Jun 21, 2003
    Perth, Australia
    I would really appreciate some help with this main riff played at the start and throughout the song

    So far i got.

    G-------------------------------
    D--------2----------------------
    A -----2-------2-4---2-4---2-4-
    E -0-4-------4-----4-----2------

    Is this right?

    Havent been playing for long so my "ear" isnt that good

    please help, its a wicked riff

    oli :bassist:
     
  2. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    It's been quite awhile & I don't have a bass here at work, so-

    The part in RED-
    Try E(Open)-G# (4th fret on the E-string)-B (2nd fret on the A-string).

    The part in BLUE-
    Try G#(4th fret on the E-string)-B(2nd fret on the A-string)-C#(4th fret on the A-string)
     
  3. Oliver

    Oliver

    Jun 21, 2003
    Perth, Australia
    Thanks Jim:), I'll give it a shot
     
  4. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Groovy-
    Try this...



    G-------------------------------
    D--------2----------------------
    A -----2-------4-4---2-4---2-4-
    E -0-4-------0-----0-----2------
     
  5. Oliver

    Oliver

    Jun 21, 2003
    Perth, Australia
    hehe they both sound good to me. What do u think is the closest jim?
     
  6. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Geez...going by what I recall-
    The above(I guess). ;)

    BTW, the note highlighted in RED...when played on a synth, that particular note is
    "shaked" with the keyboard's 'pitch wheel'. Again, IIRC!
    ;)


    BTW, if you're wondering what is a "shake"-
    Listen to EW&F's "Shining Star"...the verse has Verdine White banging on the OPEN "E" while adding a counter voice on the "G"-string by 'shaking' on th "D"(7th fret) &/or "E"(9th fret).
    Play the "E" on the "G"-string(9th fret) with your pinky & then rapidly move it back & forth(the whole distance doesn't move more than about an inch).

    Damn...hadda EDIT!
     
  7. Oliver

    Oliver

    Jun 21, 2003
    Perth, Australia
    thanks a lot Jim.

    thanks again
     
  8. Dave Sexton

    Dave Sexton

    Dec 22, 2016
    This is it:

    G-------------------------------
    D-------------------------------
    A -------7-------4-----2---2-4-
    E -0-47-----0-4---0-4---4------