Blues tabs

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by SuperFruitig, Dec 3, 2002.

  1. SuperFruitig


    Dec 3, 2002
    i'm looking for some blues tabs, does anyone knows how this tab goes further ?

    A ---4--7---------7--4---4--7--------7--4
    E 5--------------------5-----------------


    it reminds me of elvis :D

    owyeah and has anyone the tabs from the background music from de psx game driver1 ?

    its kinda funky music, really cewl!

    sorry for the bleus, blues screwwup :)
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Is that "French language" Blues ? ;)

    Sacre Bleu!!
  3. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    It looks like a fragment of a riff based blues line - if you can see the pattern, you don't need any more tab to complete the song.

    Take what I assume is the first bar (eight notes, probably slightly swung quavers). You're playing A C# E F# G F# E C#. Every time the guitar plays an A (or A7) chord, the bass plays this pattern. Let's assume you want to play it to a fairly standard blues progression:

    A7 | A7 | A7 | A7 |
    D7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
    E7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |

    (there are lots of potential variations but this is your essential 12 bar blues)

    When the guitar reaches D7, play the same pattern but starting on D - same fret but on the A string. All the other notes are likewise played on the same fret but the next string up. The notes you'll be producing are D F# A B C B A F#.

    Now take the pattern back to start on the E string at the fifth fret for the return to A7. Finally, start the pattern on the A string at the 7th fret (E) - this will give E G# B C# D C# B G#.

    The important thing is that you're playing a pattern - each of the last seven notes is a fixed interval relative to the pitch of the first note of each bar. Thinking of it in scale terms, you're playing root, third, fifth, sixth, flattened seventh (and back again). It's one of the good things about the bass being tuned in consistent intervals across all the strings - a pattern (riff) that works under an X7 chord when started on note X will also work under a Y7 chord when started on note Y.

    A lot of blues can be played by taking a pattern like this and starting it from the appropriate note for each chord; once you can move around fluently, use your judgement to create a few variations to add interest to the line.

    And that's blues bass 101....

  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Eh maintenant, vous n'avez pas les Bleus!