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The main riff in Going to a Go-Go

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by u84six, Aug 8, 2012.


  1. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    US
    What do you think it is? ;)

    The problem is that every mp3 I have, you can barely hear the bass. I don't know if it's d-e-g-bb-g-e-g g b-c-c#-d g

    or if it's

    d-e-g-bb-g-f-g g b-c-d-e g

    or neither! lol
     
  2. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    US
    Now I'm hearing: d-f-g-bb-g-f-g g b-c-d-f-g :) Any of those work, but what is he actually doing?? lol
     
  3. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    US
    Ok, I'm convinced it's d-f-g-bb-g-f-g g b-c-c#-d- g unless someone can prove otherwise. ;)
     
  4. obimark

    obimark Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2011
    Listen to the Live version it is a little easier to make out the bass. Wyman is definetley not mixed right on many of the stones recordings...
     
  5. PlayTheBass

    PlayTheBass aka Mac Daddy Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    Carmichael, CA
    A bad mix indeed, but here's my vote for the basic line: :)

    G|--------------------------|------------------------|
    D|------------4-------------|------------5--5--4-----|
    A|7-----7-----------0-------|------5--7-----------0--|
    E|--------------------7-----|---7--------------------|


    Mac
     
  6. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    US

    Which part are you playing? And I'm actually referring to the Miracles version (hence the Jamerson reference). Sorry, should have been more clear. I still think it's what I have in my 3rd post.
     
  7. PlayTheBass

    PlayTheBass aka Mac Daddy Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    Carmichael, CA
    I checked out the live Stones version, sorry. Always best to post a link to take out the guesswork... and I'm still missing the Jamerson reference, but anyway, just fling a link, and we can check it out.
     
  8. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    US
    You're right! No Jamerson reference. That was another post... sorry!

    Anyhow, here's the link. It's a simple riff, just can't hear it on my laptop speakers!

     
  9. PlayTheBass

    PlayTheBass aka Mac Daddy Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    Carmichael, CA
    Alright, now we're going to a go-go! :) Here's what it sounds like to me, I think basically the same as your last version:

    G|------------------------|----------2/3-----------|
    D|------------------------|------3--5-----5--3--5--|
    A|-------------3--4--5----|---5--------------------|
    E|3--------6-----------3--|------------------------|


    That little A to Bb is a quick slide (i.e., A is a grace note).
     
  10. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    US
    Hmm, interesting. The notes are a bit different from what I'm hearing. Then again, I can't really hear the bass through my speakers. hehe
     
  11. PlayTheBass

    PlayTheBass aka Mac Daddy Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    Carmichael, CA
    OK, I gave it a more careful listen and man, this is a slippery one! I found a part where that 2nd note of the first measure was a little more clear, and I think it is indeed a B-natural. It sounds like sometimes he's sliding from the Bb, though. And the top note in the second bar is sometimes slid (or a hammer-on?) into B-natural, and sometimes not, but man, it's hard to hear for sure. That's the way it is on the pickup measure when it's mixed higher.

    And you were right the first time on the E in the 2nd measure, 2nd note -- not an F.

    This one seems right to me. See what you think.

    G|------------------------|----------3/4-----------|
    D|------------------------|------2--5-----5--3--5--|
    A|---------2--3--4--5-----|---5--------------------|
    E|3--------------------3--|------------------------|
     
  12. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    I'm pretty sure it goes like this (the tablature staff shows the way I would play it, of course):

    GoingToAGo-Go.
     
  13. PlayTheBass

    PlayTheBass aka Mac Daddy Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    Carmichael, CA
    lol This has been a good one. Yeah, I still hear the Bb on top too like I first did, but sometimes it sounds like he slides into the B-natural.

    All the other notes we agree on, so that's progress.

    Minor point, but it's a two-bar phrase, and the first bar of the phrase is the low G one (reverse from above).
     
  14. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    Sometimes it sounds like the first beat of the second measure isn't played like two eighth notes but a quarter note.
     
  15. PlayTheBass

    PlayTheBass aka Mac Daddy Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    Carmichael, CA
    Agreed, that's how I heard it.
     
  16. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    I respectfully disagree. On my headphones, it's pretty clear that there's an eighth note rest at the beginning of the first measure of the riff throughout the song. Sometimes the last eighth note of the second measure is slightly longer, so it crosses the first beat (but no attack at the downbeat, anyway).
     
  17. PlayTheBass

    PlayTheBass aka Mac Daddy Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    Carmichael, CA
    OK, really under the microscope now... in bar 4, I believe he is bending the Bb, and it doesn't quite make it to B, but it gets close. I listened over and over to a couple other places, like at the 0:52 mark, and he just keeps it on Bb, like my first transcription -- I think that's the safe way, and that makes Alvaro's fingering look like the way to go. Makes it sound a little fatter, too, which works well for this groove.
     
  18. PlayTheBass

    PlayTheBass aka Mac Daddy Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2004
    Carmichael, CA
    Just check out the form of the song... 4-measure drum intro, then 4 measures with the rhythm section, 4 measures with the backing vocals before the lead enters, then 12 measures before the break, etc. Each time the bass does the second measure as a pickup line leading to the start of the groove.
     
  19. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    US
    And because he loved playing the open position, I bet the D and the high G are played open and he never goes higher than the 4th fret (the C# on the A string is as high as he goes up the fretboard).
     
  20. u84six

    u84six Nobody panic, the bass player is here! Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    US
    This is how I hear it:

    G|----------------0----3----0----------0-----------------------------
    D|-----0----3---------------------3------------------------------0---
    A|------------------------------------------------------2--3--4-------
    E|---------------------------------------------3----------------------3
     

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