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Little Green Bag Bass Tab

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By the George Baker Selection
Available most recently on the _Reservoir Dogs_ soundtrack (MCA Records)
Transcribed by DanAmrich@aol.com

Much of the cool groove on this song is achieved by judicious use of hammer-ons
and pull-offs, some of which may prove tricky to beginners. But hey, a good way
to practice, right? I play it with my fingers instead of a pick. Remember:

h = hammer-on
p = pull-off

Once you play this, you might ask "Why not go for the open string instead of the
fifth fret?" Because it doesn't sound open to me--each note in this song is very
clipped and sharp; there's no resonance of open strings. I think the bassist here
is fretting most of the notes. And for economy's sake, it's often easier to fret
the fifth fret on the string next to the one you're playing than it is to skip
over and hit an open one two strings away. But hey, play it however you like!

Opening riff:

G ---------3----------------------------------------3---------------|
D --5--3-5---5-3-5---5-3---------------3-------3-5----5-------------|
A -----------------------3-5----5--3-5---5-3-5----------------------|
E ------------------------------------------------------------------|

Standard riff from that point on (0:09):

G --------------h3---------------------------------------------------|
D -0h3-5--3h5--5--5--0h3h5----------5h7----------h3-----------3-4-5--|
A -------------------------3-4-5--------5--3h5--5--5--0h3h5----------|
E -------------------------------------------------------------------|

There are variations on this throughout, which I will not go into because they're
all pretty small, but this is the core. You'll hear various one-note differences
on the beginning of the second half; for instance, I don't think he plays that 5h7
on the D ever again--it's -7-7- or -0h3h5- on the A etc. But you can use the core
of this for the whole song and vary it to taste with a minor pentatonic scale.

When the guitar plays in harmony at 0:46, play the simpler opening riff.

        "Looking for some happiness but there is only loneliness to find..."
G --------------------------------------------------------------------|
D -0-2-4-5-----4h5-----4-5-----5------------4-7-----------------------|
A ---------4h5-----4h5-----4h5---0h2-3-4-5----------------------------|
E --------------------------------------------------------------------|

                        "Jump to the left, turn to the right..."
                                             v--This slide's so subtle, you can
skip it
G -------------------------------------------4/3\4-----h4-------------|
D -0-0-4-7--0--4-7---4-7--------5-----5--0-2--------2-2---------------|
A -----------------------5-4-3----0-3---------------------------------|
E --------------------------------------------------------------------|

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

During the guitar solo at 1:14, repeat, it and then play it again when the vocals
return. Again, there are variations, but you can use the above as a roadmap.

The rest of the song is repetitions of what you've already played, except for one
pesky key change at 2:42. That's simple--play the entire chorus section ("Looking
for some happiness") up one fret. The only thing you can't do is the open D string,
so don't--just riff on 5 and 8 for longer.

Now all you have to do is learn how to fade out.  :)  I'm open to all comments and corrections!

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lowbudgetband wrote on April 21 2007, 01:42 pm

Nice work. Just remember that after the chorus with the key change, it goes back down to the original key for the guitar solo/outro. When my band plays it, we play the whole solo at the end and finish with a G chord and a magnificent cymbal crash, which is a lot easier than fading out.

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kaptink wrote on June 14 2007, 09:06 am

looks good. I think the name of the technique used at the subtle little slide and back after the 1:00 mark is reffered to as a shake rather than a slide.

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BassFaceBass wrote on November 23 2007, 02:57 pm

thats amazing... now all i need to do is watch the film!!
(im too scared!)

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