Paul Simon - Call me Al TAB

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Turlu, Nov 20, 2001.

  1. Turlu

    Turlu Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2000
    Ottawa, Ontario CANADA

    I do not know if I post at the right forum but anyway, is there someone who can provide me with a good TAB for the song of Paul Simon - Call me Al.

    The one on TalkBass is not correct and I can not find another one.

    Please, let me know or even better, send me the TAB file via e-mail. The version I have starts in F key.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Player


    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
    It looks like that tab is an octave higher than it should be.
  3. Turlu

    Turlu Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2000
    Ottawa, Ontario CANADA
    I agree with you Player, I realized that as well when reading the Tab.

    But, I think that the solo part is not correct even if it`s an octave higher and try to transpose it at the right octave.

    Let me know if you find a good TAB.
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...there was a Bakhiti Kumalo piece in Bass Player mag regarding that 'solo'. Supposedly, it's a 2-bar solo/ad lib SPLICED 'in reverse'...hence, the 4-bar solo we all hear on the record, or sumthin' like that.
    If you want specifics, I'll dig that issue out.

    BTW, the 'best' "You Can Call Me Al" solo I've heard was pulled of by Oteil Burbridge when he played in an '80s bar band here in Va. Beach...& no, he did it nothing like the record! ;)
  5. I heard the same story about the reverse tape.
    If you listen close it sure does sound like it is a fact.
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Yeah I remember that - I think that as you pointed out this is a great example of the utter futility of trying to play exactly like the record.

    OK studying what others have done is useful but only if you can apply it to your own playing!

    I'm sure that the vast majority of people would prefer to hear Oteil doing his thing, to someone who was trying and undoubtedly failing to duplicate exactly what was on the record! ;)
  7. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    There was a big discussion about this in a thread about a year ago. The thread was about your favorite bass solo, and I mentioned that I really liked Khumalo's solo, which began a discussion about how it was recorded, and then blah blah blah.....
  8. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    I have a live video of the "Graceland" concert, in which he sticks a solo in "The Boy in the Bubble" which isn't present on the studio recording. I think that was the exact moment I wanted a fretless bass. I know this isn't really relevant to the thread, but I thougt it would be cool to say. :D
  9. booty35

    booty35 Guest

    Sep 27, 2001
    Lincoln, IL
    So does anyone have it?
  10. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    try to find (buy) the sheet music for it somewhere, for one, youll learn something other than how to play the song from the sheet music, two, tabs on the net are more often than not wrong, and third, see #1
  11. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    But even with the sheet music it's still impossible to play something that was chopped up, edited and played backwards on some parts!! :D

    However, as most of us have already pointed out - why would you want to - work out your own solo!!
  12. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    good point
  13. Ciaran


    Apr 4, 2001
    I realise that ,at this point, this post is completley dead.
    None the less....I feel I should point out that are 2 basses at work in that song.>
    Bakithi- 4 string
    Paul Simon- 6 string
  14. regarding the splicing of the is indeed true...but by gum he can do it live to... i have the video :)
    and like a true show off, he does it twice in the song instead of once ala the recording......well i would to, its a cool solo/fill :)

  15. It's True, It's True, the recording was spliced, if you slow it down you can hear the notes are backwards. BUT It is possible to play the solo live. BK can do it and I have seen a couple people cover it and play the notes correctly, well I have actually seen 2 people do this. I still can't pull it off, but my new band is doing a Paul Simon Medly and they want to use that solo as a break point to mix songs.
  16. that when paul simon employed Baghiti Kumalo, he was the only fretless player in south africa............................just a nugget of info there! :)

  17. uglybassplayer


    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    Another confirmation... Yes, in the studio version the first part was spliced and played back in reverse. And I've seen Khumalo play both parts live (not "quite" as perfect as the original, but close enough for rock & roll).