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House Of Fun Bass Tab

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Song: House of Fun
Artist: Madness
Tabbed by: Þórir H. Bergsson

Since I could not find a bass tab for this song anywhere I decided to tab it myself.
It's as exact as it gets, in my opinion, but I can always be wrong so please comment on it.
This song is mighty fun and, if done well, the bass can doodle a bit in between these 
which are all exactly like on the record.
You can move the notes lower or higher on the neck of the bass as you wish, but since 
tends to play higher up on the neck and I hate two-digid numbers in tabs I wrote it like this:
Remember: to get the timing right you need to listen to the song. Have fun, cheers!

Intro:

   D               Am
G|---------------------------------|
D|-----7-7-6-7---------5-5-6-7-----|
A|-5-----------7-8-3-----------6-7-|x2
E|---------------------------------|

  B                Bb
G|---------7-8-----------------6-7-|
D|-------------8-9---------7-8-----|
A|-----9-9-------------8-8---------|
E|-7---------------6---------------|


Verse:

   D               Am
G|---------------------------------|
D|-----7-7-6-7---------5-5-6-7-----|
A|-5-----------7-8-3-----------6-7-|x2
E|---------------------------------|

   F               E
G|-------------5---------------5---|
D|-----7-7-6-7---7-----6-6-5-6---6-|
A|-8---------------7---------------|
E|---------------------------------|


Fill:

   D               Am
G|---------------------------------|
D|-----7-7-6-7---------5-5-6-7-----|
A|-5-----------7-8-3-----------6-7-|x2
E|---------------------------------|


Chorus 1:

   Em      C7      Em      B7
G|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|-7---7-5---------7---7-----------|x2
E|---------8---8-----------7---7---|

   F#m     D#7     F#m     C#7
G|---------------------------------|
D|-4---4-2-------2-4---4-----------|
A|---------5---5-----------4---4---|
E|---------------------------------|

   Em      C7  B7
G|-----------------|
D|-----------------|
A|-7---7-5---------|
E|---------8---7---|


Chorus 2:

   F#m     D#7     F#m     C#7
G|---------------------------------|
D|-4---4-2---------4---4-----------|
A|---------5---5-----------4---4---|
E|---------------------------------|

   F#m     D#7     F#m     C#7
G|---------------------------------|
D|-4---4-2-------2-4---4-----------|
A|---------5---5-----------4---4---|
E|---------------------------------|

   Em      C7  B7
G|-----------------|
D|-----------------|
A|-7---7-5---------|
E|---------8---7---|


Middle:

   A               Ebm
G|-----------------------------|
D|-2-1-------------1-1-1-------|
A|-----4-0-----0-4-------------|
E|-----------------------------|

   A               F#m
G|-----------------------------|
D|-2-1-----------2-4-4-4-------|
A|-----4-0-----4---------------|
E|-----------------------------|

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

   G               A
G|-----------------------------|
D|---5---5---------------------|
A|-------------------0-0---0---|
E|-3---3-----------------------|


Chorus 3/Outro:

   Em      C7      Em      B7
G|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|-7---7-5---------7---7-----------|
E|---------8---8-----------7---7---|

   Em      C7      Em      B7
G|---------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------0-2-|
A|-7---7-5---------7---7-----4-----|
E|---------8---8-----------7-------|

   F#m     D#7     F#m     C#7
G|---------------------------------|
D|-4---4-2---------4---4-----------|
A|---------5---5-----------4---4---|x2
E|---------------------------------|
                            ...repeat and fade out


SONG LINEUP:
------------

Intro

Verse

Fill

Verse

Chorus 1

Fill

Verse

Chorus 2

Bridge (same as Intro)

Middle

Verse

Chorus 3/Outro
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mighty lord o 31 Mar 13, 2011 10:09 AM

Hi, great tab
Here's just a few things I noticed:

That first phrase in the intro should be played three times, to make four phrases (including the last phrase before the vocals come in) instead of the three phrases used in the verse. (I hope that makes sense)

Also, that third phrase in the chorus could be played on the E and A strings, just a few semitones higher than the first two phrases. This is much easier when changing between the two phrases, especially as this is quite a quick paced-piece.
Basically, it could look like this:


F#m D#7 F#m C#7
G|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|-9---9-7---------9---9-----------|
E|---------10--10----------9---9---|


Having said this, the fill you have used in the outro should really look like this if you are to play the above tab on the E and A strings instead of the A and D strings:

Em C7 Em B7
G|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|-7---7-5---------7---7-------5-7-|
E|---------8---8-----------7-9-----|


I also play the chorus a little differently, like so:

Em C7 Em B7
G|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|-7---7-5-------5-7---7-5-------5-|x2
E|---------8---8-----------7-7-8---|

F#m D#7 F#m C#7
G|---------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|-9---9-7---------9---9-----------|
E|---------10--10----------9---9---|

Em C7 B7
G|-----------------|
D|-----------------|
A|-7---7-5---------|
E|---------8---7---|


Sorry about the long comment. :)

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