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Tic bass

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For this song, a 4-string bass in drop-D tuning is required. Not the hardest song to play but the chorus is a bit tricky, which is probably due to Helmet's use of odd time signatures. Through some trial and error I was able to tab this song by ear. If there are any mistakes please let me know in the comments. Was this info helpful? Yes No
[Verse 1]   (0:00 to 0:34)

G|---------------|--------------|
D|---------------|--------------| x4
A|---------------|--------------|
D|----0-0-4-0-0--|---0-0-5-0-3--|
   
G|---------------| 
D|---------------| x1   
A|---------------|        
D|--0-0-4-0-0----|       



[Chorus 1]   (0:35 to 0:46)

G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------| x3
A|-----------------------------------|
D|--5-0-5-4-0-4-3-0-2-1-1-0-1-0-1-2--|

G|------------------|    
D|------------------| x1   
A|------------------|      
D|--5-0-5-4-0-3-2-1-|




[Verse 2]   (0:47 to 1:13)

G|------------|-----------|
D|------------|-----------| x4
A|------------|-----------| 
D|--0-0-5-0-3-|-0-0-4-0-0-|




[Chorus 2]   (1:14 to 1:33)
           
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------| x5
A|-----------------------------------|
D|--5-0-5-4-0-4-3-0-2-1-1-0-1-0-1-2--|


G|------------------------------|   
D|------------------------------| x1 
A|------------------------------|   
D|--5-0-5-4-0-4-3-0-1-1-1-1-1-1-|



[Guitar Solo]  (1:34 to 1:59)

G|---------------------------|------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------|------------------------------------| x2
A|---------------------------|------------------------------------|  
D|-0--0-0-12-0-0-10-10-0-6-5-|-0-0-0-0-12-0-0-10-10-10-0-3-0-3-0--|


G|---------------------------|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
D|---------------------------|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------| x1
A|---------------------------|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------|
D|-0--0-0-12-0-0-10-10-0-6-5-|-0-0-0-0-12-0-0-10-10-10-0-3-3-3-0-|-0-0-0-12-0-0-10-10-10-10-0-6-5-|

G|----------------------------|   
D|----------------------------| x1
A|----------------------------|  
D|-0-0-0-0-12-0-0-10-10-10-10-|



[Chorus 3]  (2:00 to 2:26)



           (2:00 to 2:06)
G|-----------------------------------|     
D|-----------------------------------| x2  
A|-----------------------------------| 
D|--5-0-5-4-0-4-3-0-2-1-1-0-1-0-1-2--|


                     (2:07 to 2:13)    
G|--------------------------|----------------------------------------------|      
D|--------------------------|----------------------------------------------| x1  
A|--------------------------|----------------------------------------------|      
D|--5-0-5-4-0-4-3-0-2-1-1-0-|-1-0-1-2/12-12-11-10-10-10-9-8-7-7-7-7-6-6-6--|       


         (2:14 to 2:26)
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------| x3
A|-----------------------------------| 
D|--5-0-5-4-0-4-3-0-2-1-1-0-1-0-1-2--|

G|------------------------------| 
D|------------------------------| x1  
A|------------------------------|   
D|--5-0-5-4-0-4-3-0-1-1-1-1-1-1-|





[Outro] (2:27 to 3:40)
         
        (You can play the outro in one of two ways. You can just pluck/strum open notes
         on the low D-string to wrap up the song or you can improvise here a bit. On the
         record it sounds like Henry Bogdan improvises a bit. Either way is acceptable. 
         The outro feels like Free Time, hence why you can improvise the outro.
         I'll tab out both ways below.)


  (PM------------------------------------------------------------------------|)

G|----------------------------------|------------------------------------------|  (If playing with a 
D|----------------------------------|------------------------------------------|   pick, play these  
A|----------------------------------|------------------------------------------|   notes with a palm
D|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|   mute.)



                                   
G|---------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|  
D|---------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|   
A|---------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|  
D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-3-0-0-1-0-0-h1/12-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-10-11-12--|   

G|---------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|  
D|---------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|   
A|---------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|  
D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-3-0-0-5-0-0-h1/12-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|   




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| h   Hammer-on
| /   Slide up
| \   Slide down
| PM  Palm mute

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zakkbassist 409 Aug 01, 2017 11:05 PM

Phenomenal tab, I've been waiting for someone to get the chorus right for almost 4 years now. I've tabbed out a lot of their music for bass but never got around to Tic.

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thewayoftheass 102 Aug 07, 2017 01:21 AM

Thanks a lot!! I didn't think I would ever get a comment on this tab or my others. Yeah, the chorus was really tricky for me at first, I had to play through the song many, many times -- and I had to work it all out by ear. Oh and I've seen your tabs for some Helmet songs and you did a great job on your tab. I learned how to play Biscuits for Smut with your tab! Thanks again for the comment

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