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Sign O The Times bass

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SIGN O' THE TIMES (Bassline)

As recorded by Prince
(From the 1987 Album SIGN O' THE TIMES)

Words and Music by Prince

Transcribed by Slowhand


Gtr I (E A D G) - 'Prince - Synth Bass'


 Intro
  Q=97
 4/4
  Gtr I (Synth Bass arr. for Bass Gtr.)
  Wx5          Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|------------|--------5-----------------|--------5---5--------------|
|------------|------------------1---3---|------------------1---3----|
|------------|----------3---3-----------|--------------3------------|
|------------|--------------------------|---------------------------|


  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|--------5-----------------|
|------------------1---3---|
|----------3---3-----------|
|--------------------------|


  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|--------5---5-------------|--------5-----------------|
|------------------1---3---|------------------1---3---|
|--------------3-----------|----------3---3-----------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|


                                                        1st Verse
  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S    W
|--------5---5-------------|--------5-----------------||------|
|------------------1---3---|------------------1---3---||------|
|--------------3-----------|----------3---3-----------||------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------||------|


  W          W          W          W
|----------|----------|----------|------|
|----------|----------|----------|------|
|----------|----------|----------|------|
|----------|----------|----------|------|


                                   Interlude
  W          W          W            W
|----------|----------|----------||-------|
|----------|----------|----------||-------|
|----------|----------|----------||-------|
|----------|----------|----------||-------|


  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|--------5-----------------|--------5-----------------|
|------------------1---3---|------------------1---3---|
|----------3---3-----------|------------3-3-----------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|


  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|--------5-----------------|--------5-----------------|
|------------------1---3---|------------------1---3---|
|----------3---3-----------|------------3-3-----------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|


  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|--------5-----------------|--------5-----------------|
|------------------1---3---|------------------1---3---|
|----------3---3-----------|------------3-3-----------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|


                             2nd Verse
  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S    W          W          W
|--------5-----------------||----------|----------|------|
|------------------1---3---||----------|----------|------|
|----------3---3-----------||----------|----------|------|
|--------------------------||----------|----------|------|


  W          W          W          W
|----------|----------|----------|------|
|----------|----------|----------|------|
|----------|----------|----------|------|
|----------|----------|----------|------|


             Interlude
  W           Q  E S S E S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|----------||--------5---------------|--------5------------------|
|----------||----------------1---3---|------------------1---3----|
|----------||----------3---3---------|----------3---3------------|
|----------||------------------------|---------------------------|


  Q  E S S E S S S S S S   H    S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S E E E
|--------5---------------|------5---------------|--------5---5-------|
|----------------1---3---|--------------1---3---|----------------1-3-|
|----------3---3---------|----------3-----------|--------------3-----|
|------------------------|----------------------|--------------------|


  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S E E E   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|--------5-----------------|--------5---5-------|--------5-----------------||
|------------------1---3---|----------------1-3-|------------------1---3---||
|----------3---3-----------|--------------3-----|----------3---3-----------||
|--------------------------|--------------------|--------------------------||


 Chorus
  Q  E S S S S S S Q    S S E Q  H      S S E Q  H      S S E Q  H
|--------5------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------------|-3-3-----------|-3-3-----------|-3-3-----------|
|------------3-3------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
|---------------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|


  S S E Q  H      W          W          W
|---------------|----------|----------|------||
|-3-3-----------|----------|----------|------||
|---------------|----------|----------|------||
|---------------|----------|----------|------||


 Interlude
  W          Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S E
|----------|--------5-----------------|--------5---5------------|
|----------|------------------1---3---|------------------1---3--|
|----------|----------3---3-----------|--------------3----------|
|----------|--------------------------|-------------------------|


                             3rd Verse
  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S    W          W          W
|--------5-----------------||----------|----------|------|
|------------------1---3---||----------|----------|------|
|----------3---3-----------||----------|----------|------|
|--------------------------||----------|----------|------|


             Interlude
  W           Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|----------||--------5-----------------|--------5-----------------|
|----------||------------------1---3---|------------------1---3---|
|----------||----------3---3-3---------|------------3-3-----------|
|----------||--------------------------|--------------------------|


                                                        Chorus
  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S    Q  E S S S S S S Q
|--------5-----------------|--------5-----------------||--------5---5-5--------|
|------------------1---3---|----------------1---3-----||-----------------------|
|----------3---3-3---------|----------3-3-------------||------3----------------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------||-----------------------|


  S S E Q  H      q  Q  H      S S E Q  H      W
|---------------|------------|---------------|------|
|-3-3-----------|-3----------|-3-3-----------|------|
|---------------|------------|---------------|------|
|---------------|------------|---------------|------|


                                                           Interlude
  S S E Q  Q  +S  S E   S S E Q  Q  +S  S E   q  Q  H       W
|---------------------|---------------------|------------||------|
|-3-3------5--(5)-----|-3-3------5--(5)-----|-5----------||------|
|---------------------|---------------------|------------||------|
|---------------------|---------------------|------------||------|


  q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|--------5-----------------|
|------------------1---3---|
|-3--------3---3-----------|
|--------------------------|


  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|------5-----5-------------|--------5-----------------|
|------------------1---3---|------------------1---3---|
|--------------3-----------|----------3---3-----------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|


  H    S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|------5---------------|------5-----5-------------|--------5---5--------------|
|--------------1---3---|------------------1---3---|------------------1---3----|
|----------3-3---------|--------------3-----------|--------------3-3----------|
|----------------------|--------------------------|---------------------------|


                             4th Verse
  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S    H    S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|------5-----5-------------||------5---------------|------5-----5--------------|
|------------------1---3---||--------------1---3---|------------------1---3----|
|--------------3-----------||----------3-3---------|--------------3------------|
|--------------------------||----------------------|---------------------------|


  H    S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|------5---------------|------5-----5-------------||
|--------------1---3---|------------------1---3---||
|----------3-3---------|--------------3-----------||
|----------------------|--------------------------||


 Outro
  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   q  E S S E S S S S S S
|------5-----5-------------|--------5----------------|
|------------------1---3---|----------------1---3----|
|--------------3-----------|-3--------3---3----------|
|--------------------------|-------------------------|


  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S q    Q  E S S S S S S q
|------5-----5-------------|------5-----5-5-5-8--|------5-----5-5-------|
|------------------1---3---|---------------------|------------------1---|
|--------------3-----------|------------3-3---6--|------------3-3-------|
|--------------------------|---------------------|----------------------|


  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|--------5-----------------|
|------------------1---3---|
|----------3---3-----------|
|--------------------------|


  Q  E S S S S S S S S S S   Q  E S S S S S S S S S S
|--------5-----------------|--------5-----------------*|
|------------------1---3---|------------------1---3---*|
|------------3-3-----------|----------3---3-----------*|
|--------------------------|--------------------------*|


Duration Legend
---------------
W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura
+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the
duration for.  Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests.  Multi-
bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for.  Low
melody durations appear below the staff

Tablature Legend
----------------
 h   - hammer-on
 p   - pull-off
 b   - bend
 pb  - pre-bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 /\  - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
 s   - legato slide
 S   - shift slide
  - natural harmonic
[n]  - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
 ~   - vibrato
 tr  - trill
 T   - tap
 TP  - trem. picking
 PM  - palm muting
\n/  - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
 \n  - tremolo bar down
 n/  - tremolo bar up
/n\  - tremolo bar inverted dip
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
 <>  - volume swell (louder/softer)
 x   - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
 o   - on rhythm slash represents single note slash

Misc Legend
-----------
 |  - bar
||  - double bar
||o - repeat start
o|| - repeat end
*|  - double bar (ending)
 :  - bar (freetime)
 $  - Segno
 &  - Coda
Tempo markers -  = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths

            
            
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