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Rusty Cage Bass Tab

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     RUSTY CAGE - Soundgarden
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Tabbed by: Brandon
e-mail: brandonvin@gmail.com

This song has one of my favorite bass tones.
You can use a pick or fingers, whatever you like.. what you need to do is
hit the strings as hard as possible, so that they make that "clank" noise on the frets,
and add some of an overdrive/distortion effect. anyway, here's the tab.

Tuning: Standard EADG

/   Slide up
\   Slide down
h   Hammer on
~   Let note ring
^   1/4 bend
x   Muted note


BEGIN WITH:
G|-----|-----------------|
D|-----|-----------------|
A|-----|-----------------|
E|-5/7-|-7h9-5h7-5---5h7-|
   + 4   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  

VERSE (repeat many times)    
G|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----7h9---------|
A|-----------------|-----------------| (put an accent on the 3rd beat of 2nd measure)
E|-7-7-7-7---7-5/7-|-7h9-----5---5h7-| (add a ton of your own variations on the rhythm 
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +    of the 7's on the E!!)
                             >

Sometimes you can switch it up like this, to keep it interesting:

G|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-7h9-----7h9-----|-----7h9---------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----5/7-----5/7-|-7h9-----5---5/7-|
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
                             >

CHORUS
G|-----------------|---------|-----------------|
D|-12--12----------|---------|-----------------|
A|---------14\-----|---------|---------------8-|
E|-------------0/--|-5~------|-----------------|
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 2 3 4   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 

G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----7h9---------| this last measure
A|---8-7-7-5-5-----|-5---5~----------|-----------------| is only on
E|-------------5/7-|--(7)--------5/7-|-7h9-----5---5h7-| the 1st time
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

After the first chorus, return to verse part. 2nd time, you go to the bridge.

BRIDGE    
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|---------5-7---8-|---9-5-----------|
E|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7---------|-------5h7---7-7-| do this kind of thing a few times..
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 

until:
G|-----------------|---------11~-----|-----------------|---------|---------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|---------9-~-----|-------------7~--|---------|---------|-----------------|
A|---------5-7---8-|---9-5-----------|-5-7---8---9-0~--|---------|---------|-----------------|
E|-7-7-7-7---------|-------7---------|-----------------|---------|---------|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 2 3 4   1 2 3 4   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

After the bridge, the chorus again:
G|-----------------|---------|-----------------|
D|-12--12----------|---------|-----------------|
A|---14----14\-----|---------|---------------8-|
E|-------------0/--|-5~------|-----------------|
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 2 3 4   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 

G|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------| tempo slows down...
A|---8-7-7-5-5-----|-5---5^----------|
E|-------------5/7-|---7-------------|
   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


The transition to the breakdown:

G|---------|------------|-----------|-----------------|
D|---------|------------|-----------|-----------------|
A|---------|-5^---------|---7^------|-----5-------5---|
E|-7-------|-------7----|---------7-|---7-----7-------|
   No clue how to count this bit.     1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +



BREAKDOWN:

At the beginning you play the simplest form:

  3/4           5/4                   3/4                        5/4
G|-------------|---------------------|-------------|------------|---------------------|
D|-------------|---------------------|-------------|------------|---------------------|
A|-------5-----|---------5------/12--|-------5^----|-------7^---|-------5^--------5---|
E|-5-----------|-7-----7-----7-------|-7-----------|-7----------|-7-----------7-------|
   1 + 2 + 3 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 +   1 + 2 + 3 +   1 + 2 + 3 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 +   
(tempo varies a lot)


By the end, it's more intense and you will play it like this:

  3/4           5/4                   3/4                        5/4
G|-------------|---------------------|-------------|------------|---------------------|
D|-7-----------|---------------------|-------------|------------|-----------------0/--|
A|-0-----5-----|---------5------/12--|-------5^----|-------7^---|-------5^------------|
E|-------------|-7-----7-----7-------|-7---x-------|-7---x-0----|-7---x-------7-------|
   1 + 2 + 3 +   1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 +   1 + 2 + 3 +   1 + 2 + 3 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 

Finish with the chorus and that's it!
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