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Paul McCartney is a better bass player than most people give him credit for. This song
in particular is a good example of his ingenuity. You will notice that I
chose to play some of the high notes on the lower strings because it rings out a
thicker tone than if played on the high strings. This is what it sounds like McCartney
doing.

Tabbed by: BASSteve

Tuning: EADG

Time signature: 4/4

r = rest (listen for duration)
h = hammer on
p = pull off
/ = slide (low to high)
\ = slide (high to low)
^ = bend (listen for pitch and release charateristics)
()= note inside parenthesis not plucked or hammered on
{}= note inside pointed parenthesis still ringing from previous measure

* My tabs are meant to be read in conjunction with listening to the song. In other words,
there are no specific notations to account for note / rest duration. However, you will
find that I’ve made an attempt to strategically space the notes and rests within their 
respective measures in order to represent the appropriate durations.



  “Bil_____________________ly_______________________Shear________________s.”
G|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
D|r-----------------------|r-----------------------|r-----------------------|
A|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
E|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|r-----------------------|14----------13----r-----|11\---r-----------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------2-----r-----|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|16----------------------|14----r----16-r-14\(11)9|------------9-----------|
|------------14----------|------------------------|7-----r-----------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|


                                                           “Oh_____I get by
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|-----------------14-----|------------9-----------|------14-r--14-r--14\---|
|9-----r----12h14--------|9-----r-----------------|7--r--------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|----------------------5-|


 with a little help from my friends.”
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|5--r--5--r------5-------|7--r--7--r--7--r4-7\----|5--r--5--r------5-------|
|------------5--r--5--r5-|----------------------5-|------------5--r--5--r5-|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|---14-13-r--11-r--9\(7)/|
|7--r--5--r--4--r4-------|------4--r--7--r7-4--r4-|7-----------------------|
|------------------7\----|5--r--------------------|------------------------|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|9-----------------------|{9}---------------------|------------9-----------|
|------------------------|------------------------|7--------r--------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|-----------16^-p14------|------------9---------9-|-----------14-r-13-11-r-|
|9--r--------------16-14-|9-----r-----------------|7-----------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------9-----------|-----------16-r-14------|------------9---------9-|
|7-----r-----------------|9--r--------------16-14-|9-----r-----------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|


         “No_____I get by with a little help from my friends.”
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------14-r--14-r--14\---|------------------------|------------------------|
|7--r--------------------|5--r--5--r5-----5-------|7--r--7--r--7--r4-7\----|
|----------------12------|------------5--r--5--r5-|----------------------5-|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|5--r--5--r------5-------|7--r--7--r--7--r4-7--r4-|------4--r--7--r7-4--r4-|
|------------5--r--5--r5-|------------------------|5--r--------------------|


             “Do  you____need___________an – y_____bod - y?”
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------11---9-8-r--|------------------------|
|7--r--7--r--7--r4-7--r--|4---------------------7-|9-----------7---6-4----/|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------11---9-8-r--|
|7--r--7--r7-5--r--5--r5-|------------------------|4---------------------7-|
|------------------------|5--r--5--r--5--r--5--r5-|------------------------|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|9-----------7---6-4----/|7--r--7---7-5--r--5--r--|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|5---0-5---0-5---0-5---0-|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------9--9--r-----|-----------------14-----|------------9-----r-----|
|7-----r-----------------|9-----r----12h14--------|9-----r-----------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|--------15^p14----------|------------9--9--9-----|-----------------14-----|
|7-----r--------16-14--9-|7-----r-----------------|9-----r----12h14--------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|


                                  “Oh___I get by with a little help from my
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------9-----r---9-|------14-r--14-r--14\---|------------------------|
|9-----r-----------------|7--r--------------------|5--r--5--r------5-------|
|------------------------|----------12----12----5-|------------5--r--5--r5-|


 friends.”
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|7--r--7--r--7--r4-7\----|5--r--5--r------5-------|7--r--5--r--4--r4-------|
|----------------------5-|------------5--r--5--r5-|------------------7---r-|


                                      “Do you_____need___________an – y____
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------11---9-8-r--|
|------4--r--7--r7-4--r4-|7--r--7--r--7--r4-7--r--|4---------------------7-|
|5--r--------------------|------------------------|------------------------|


 bod – y?”
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|9-----------7---6-4----/|7--r--7--r--5--r--5--r5-|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|5--r--5--r--5--r--5--r--|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------11---8-8-r--|------------------------|------------------------|
|4---------------------7-|9-----------7---6-4----/|7--r--7--r7-5--r--5--r5-|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|


             “Oh___I get by with a little help from my friends.”
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|7--r--7--r--7--r--7--r--|------------------------|------14-r--14-r--14\---|
|----------------7-------|5--r--5--r------5-------|7--r--------------------|
|----------------------5-|------------5--r--5--r5-|----------12----12----5-|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------14-r--14-r--14\---|------------------------|
|5--r--5--r------5-------|7--r--------------------|------4--r--7--r7-4--r4-|
|------------5--r--5--r5-|----------12----12----5-|5--r--------------------|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|7--r--7--r--7--r4-7--r--|5--------------------r--|------------------------|
|----------------------5-|------------------------|5-----------------------|



|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|5-r---5-r---5-r---5-r---|7-r---7-r---7-r---7-r---|2-----------------------|
|----3-----------3-------|----5-----------5-------|------------------------|
|------------------------|------------------------|------------------------|



|------------------------|
|{2}---------------------|
|------------------------|
|------------------------|

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saturns_bassman 789 Dec 04, 2005 11:22 PM

why do that when you can just set the tone on your bass??

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BASSteve 1,328 Dec 08, 2005 05:57 PM

I tried doing that (with the Bass and the amp) but it didn't give the same sound as actually playing on the low strings. Of course, the fact that I have a $300 dollar Yamaha bass doesn't help. I'm currently in the market for a ........ well ........ nicer bass.

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jamiet17 61 Dec 29, 2006 11:13 AM

i wouldnt call this tab advanced..

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