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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by snatch, Oct 5, 2000.

  1. snatch


    Sep 24, 2000
    YES! I figured out a part to a SONG! YES!!! well, all u old(hehe) guys must be thinking "yea...so?" but this is the first time ive figured out a part to a song! its called "NIB" by ozzie ozbourne and Primus, i think it goes like this, but my bass is out of tune so...


    Im pretty sure thats it, it souns almost the excact same thing on my bass, bass RULZ <img src="http://www.angelfire.com/wv/barlament/images/dancingalien.gif">
  2. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    Snatch...great going! I have been playing music for a LONG time :)...but still remember the very first song that I worked out for myself. Keep up the good work...:)
  3. Umm...a little tip. It'll be easier to figure out tunes if your bass is in tune. Part of figuring out tunes is hearing the intervals between notes and being able to finger those intervals without hunting and pecking. If you're out of tune you make that a lot harder.
  4. hey i just figured out NIB by PRiMuS with OzzY and here is my version. look for it soon in the tabs section. *(this is just the intro)*
    h means hammer on
    (standard tuning)




    (i'm not sure about the last little scale-thingie but it sounds allright to me! (if the last seven doesnt work then make it a five or whatever floats yer boat)) have fun f****'n around. i warm up with this little bass line it is sooo cool.

  5. lump


    Jan 17, 2000
    St. Neots, UK

    MM is right - tune yer bass, dude. It'll make it a lot easier. You've got the intervals right (good job!), but your bass is about a step off.

    slipknot229 is closer, but I'm purdy sure Lester is playing down in first position (judging by the tone and the ascending riff). The whole song is in Em7, with the occasional flat 5 (E half-diminished). Here's the scale when played down there (E,F#,G,A,[Bb],B,C,D,E, lather, rinse, repeat):


    (The [ ]'s are the flat fives).

    And here's the ascending "scalie thing":


    See? Easier that way, ain't it?

    The whole song is built around these two chords, solos and all. Here's a hint for the anti-theory crowd - old Geez didn't just come up with this by accident; he knew what he was doing. I'm not criticizing - you youngsters (no, not you, Deynn ;)) are doing a good job with your ears. But if you learn a little theory, you'll save yourself a lot of time hunting and pecking.


    [Edited by lump on 10-15-2000 at 06:15 AM]
  6. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    yes...it IS amazing...how much easier playing becomes...when one knows about litle things, such as "intervals". ;)
  7. Player


    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
    Is this the same NIB that Sabbath (Geezer Butler) did?
  8. lump


    Jan 17, 2000
    St. Neots, UK
    That's the one, Paul. Ozzy and Primus covered it for a recent Sabbath tribute album. I actually like it better than the original. Les is his usually sloppy self, but it works in this case (love Sabbath I do, they were never the tightest band in the world). With the effects it's kinda hard to ID the bass, but it's one of the fretted fours.

    I haven't bothered to work out the solo intro (kinda pointless without the effects), but the rest is pretty much just an Em jam with lots of box patterns. I guess the point I was trying to make to the tab crowd (no offense) is that if you don't have any context, it sounds impossibly difficult, and would take a hundred years to 'scribe out note by note. But if you know what he's doing (and my analysis is pretty rough), it's really a pretty easy tune. It would take maybe an hour to come up with a cover that was close enough to fool the non-bass players in the crowd.

    But I guess that's the goal of most people - to play something that sounds really impressive, but you secretly know is easy (which also means you can execute it without screwing it up).

    I'll leave the Jaco to the REAL bass players...

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