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Jumping jack flash

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by bassmodder, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. I feel SO odd posting this...

    Maybe my stereo is having trouble sounding right with this one...

    Is Jumping jack flash "between" steps? It sounds right in Bb and Eb.

    Others are telling me "E" or half a step up from what I am hearing on the CD

    So if someone would be so kind as to post the chord progression for the song, I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you in advance!
  2. sedan_dad


    Feb 5, 2006
    You know , I'm not sure but E sounds right.
  3. I wonder if it is like Brown eyed girl. I know that one was between F# and G. I stepped it down to F#
  4. oldrocker


    Feb 13, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    I think the recorded version is is Bb. I play it half a step up in B.
    The Verse is B and the progression for the chorus for me is D A E B x2, or Db Ab Eb Bb playing to the record.
  5. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    They were just out of tune.
    I assume it's in Bb. Back then, most of the songs were in keys like..F, Bb, G, or E.

    Just an assumption though.
  6. Thank you guys so much!

    I toyed with it a little more with mixcraft and bent the pitch little. Sounds much closer to the progression that Mark and Old Rocker were speaking about.

    Which is more common to play live?

    As per the record or 1/2 step up?
  7. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    Depends if you have a keyboard player.
    If you play in B, they'll kill you.
  8. It sounds right in Bb...I just tested my bass and found it is out of tune 12 cents up :smug:
  9. Jumping Jack Flash is between B and Bb. I just found this out the hard way.
    I play in a three piece band so, instead of the regular bassline (which is
    pretty lame), I more or less have to mimic the rhythm guitar. I'm trying
    to play along and it's just weird. I can't quite get the right notes. Most
    tablature says it's B; although I did find one that insists it is Bb.

    So I drop it into Apple Logic and shift the Rolling Stones music up a
    semitone to see if I can play along in B. It's still sounding weird.

    So I try shifting the original Rolling Stones music up by a quarter tone.
    Now, everything sounds great when I play in B.

    I figure I must not be the only person who knows this so I do a little
    Googling and, sure enough, I am not alone. This link says, "For
    unknown reasons, the officially released version plays somewhat
    slower, thus changing the key from B to in between B-flat and B."

    There is even some controversy involving this topic with the Whoopi
    Goldberg movie "Jumpin' Jack Flash" where they get a password (B flat)
    from the song as the song is said to be in the key of B-flat, but in
    reality it is recorded in the key of B.

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