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Back Door Man Bass Tab

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Back Door Man - The Doors

Tabbed By: born21239
e-mail: bass21239@gmail.com

There are two basslines on this song.
The most prominent (top half of the notation) is played by
session musician Larry Knechtel on an electric bass guitar with
a pick, and the other (bottom half of the notation) is played by
Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek on a Fender Rhodes Piano Bass. For
the best effect, play his line with your fingers. You can transpose
the strings however you like, as his bassline is not originally
written for the bass guitar. This is just the way I prefer to play 
it and think sounds best.
Listen to the recording to pick up on the exact timbre of the notes.

This is the whole song from beginning to end.
Manzarek's part is at least 99% correct, and Knechtel's part is at 
least 95% accurate. The recording is 4-track and the bass was not 
recorded that well so some of the notes were not discernible, and 
are more the product of educated guesses.
Just to prevent any confusion, note that the A on the bass guitar
at 3:24 does, in fact, come an eighth of a measure after the A5 chord
on the Piano Bass.

Tuning: EADG

0:01
   (Larry Knechtel)
G|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-------------|---------------5-|---------------5-|
E|---5-5-5-5-5-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|
 |
 | (Ray Manzarek)
G|---------------|---------------|-------------------------|
D|---------------|---------------|-------------------------|
A|---------------|---------------|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|
E|---------------|---------------|-------------------------|


0:09
   (LK)
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|---------------5-|---------------5-|---------------5-|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
A|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|


0:17
   (LK)
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|---------------5-|---------------5-|---------------5-|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------14-14-------14-12-|
A|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|-12-12-------12-12-------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|


0:25
   (LK)
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|---------------5-|---------------5-|---------------5-|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-14-|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|


0:33
   (LK)
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|---------------5-|---------------5-|---------------5-|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|


0:41
   (LK)
G|------------------|--------------------------|--------------------------|
D|------------------|--------------------------|--------------------------|
A|------------------|--------------------------|--------------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-8/-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10\5/--|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-12\-|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------------------------|-------------------------|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-------12-12-------12-12-|-------12-12-------12-12-|
E|-------------------------|-10-10-------10-10-------|-10-10-------10-10-------|


0:49
   (LK)
G|-----------------|------------------|--------------------------|
D|-----------------|------------------|--------------------------|
A|---------------5-|------------------|--------------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-8/-|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12\-|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------------------12----|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|-------14-14----------14-|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|-12-12-------12-12-------|


0:57
   (LK)
G|--------------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|--------------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|--------------------------|---------------5-|---------------5-|
E|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-12\-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|----------10----------10-|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|
A|-------12----------12----|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|
E|-10-10-------10-10-------|-------------------------|-------------------------|


1:06
   (LK)
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|---------------5-|---------------5-|---------------5-|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-14-|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|


1:14
   (LK)
G|------------------|-----------------------|----------------------------|
D|------------------|-----------------------|----------------------------|
A|------------------|-----------------------|----------------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-4-4-3-5/-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--|-7/10-10-10-10-10-10-10-12\-|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------------------------|-------------------------|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-------12-12-------12-12-|-------12-12-------12-12-|
E|-------------------------|-10-10-------10-10-------|-10-10-------10-10-------|


1:21
   (LK)
G|-----------------|-----------------|------------------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|------------------------|
A|---------------5-|-----------------|------------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-4-4-5/--|-12-12-12-12--12-12-11\-|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------------------12----|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|-------14-14----------14-|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|-12-12-------12-12-------|


1:29
   (LK)
G|-----------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------------|---------------5-|-----------------|
E|-8-10-10-10--10-10-12\-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|----------10----------10-|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|
A|-------12----------12----|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|
E|-10-10-------10-10-------|-------------------------|-------------------------|


1:37
   (LK)
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|


1:46
   (LK)
G|------------------|---------------------------|--------------------------|
D|------------------|---------------------------|--------------------------|
A|------------------|---------------------------|--------------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-7-7-8-8/-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10\7-5/-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-12\-|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-14-|-----------------------|-------------------------|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-----12-12-------12-12-|-------12-12-------12-12-|
E|-------------------------|-10--------10-10-------|-10-10-------10-10-------|


1:54
   (LK)
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5/--|-12-12-12-12--12-12-11-|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------------------12----|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|-------14-14----------14-|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|-12-12-------12-12-------|


2:02
   (LK)
G|-----------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------------|---------------5-|---------------5-|
E|-8-10-10-10--11-12-10\-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|----------10----------10-|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|
A|-------12----------12----|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|
E|-10-10-------10-10-------|-------------------------|-------------------------|


2:10
   (LK)
G|-----------------|------------------|------------------|
D|-----------------|------------------|------------------|
A|---------------5-|------------------|------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-8---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0/-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0/-|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|


2:18
   (LK)
G|------------------|------------------|------------------|
D|------------------|------------------|------------------|
A|------------------|------------------|------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0/-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0/-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0/-|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|


2:26
   (LK)
G|------------------|-----------------|---------------------------|
D|------------------|-----------------|---------------------------|
A|------------------|-----------------|---------------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0/-|-5-5-5-5-5-7-8-9-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10\7-5/-|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-----------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-14-|-------14-14-------14-12-|-----------------------|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|-----12-12-------12-12-|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|-10--------10-10-------|


2:34
   (LK)
G|--------------------------|-------------------|-----------------|
D|--------------------------|-------------------|-----------------|
A|--------------------------|-------------------|-----------------|
E|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-12\-|-/5-5-5-5-5-5--10\-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5/--|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|
A|-------12-12-------12-12-|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|
E|-10-10-------10-10-------|-------------------------|-------------------------|


2:42
   (LK)
G|------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------|
D|------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------|
A|------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------|
E|-12-12-12-12--12-12-11\-|-8-10-10-10--10-10-12\-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------------------12----|----------10----------10-|-------14-14-------14-12-|
A|-------14-14----------14-|-------12----------12----|-12-12-------12-12-------|
E|-12-12-------12-12-------|-10-10-------10-10-------|-------------------------|


2:50
   (LK)
G|----------------------|--------------------|----------------------|
D|----------------------|--------------------|----------------------|
A|----------------------|--------------------|----------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5/12-14\-|-/5-5-5-5-5-5-8/15--|-12\-/5-5-5-5-5-/13\--|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-12-|-----14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12--------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|
E|-------------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------|


2:58
   (LK)
G|-------------------|-----------------|--------------------------|
D|-------------------|-----------------|--------------------------|
A|-------------------|-----------------|--------------------------|
E|-/5-5-5-5-5-5-/14--|-5-5-5-5-7-7-8-9-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10\-5/-|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|-----------------------|
D|-------14-14-------14-12-|-------14-14-------14-12-|-----------------------|
A|-12-12-------12-12-------|-12-12-------12-12-------|-----12-12-------12-12-|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|-10--------10-10-------|


3:06
   (LK)
G|------------------------|----------------------|------------------|
D|------------------------|----------------------|------------------|
A|------------------------|----------------------|------------------|
E|-10-10-10-10-10-10-12\--|-/5-5-5-5-5-5-/15-15\-|-/5-5-5-5-5-5-5/--|
 |
 | (RM)
G|-----------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------|
D|-----------------------|-----14-14-------14-12-|-----14-14-------14-12-|
A|-----12-12-------12-12-|-12--------12-12-------|-12--------12-12-------|
E|-10--------10-10-------|-----------------------|-----------------------|


3:14
   (LK)
G|--------------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
D|--------------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
A|--------------------------|---------------------|---------5-5-6-6-|
E|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-11\-|-8-10-10-10--10-10\--|-5-5-8-8---------|
 |
 | (RM)
G|---------------------|---------------------|----14-12----------------|
D|-----12-12-----12----|-----10--------12----|----------14-12----------|
A|------------------14-|--------12--------10-|-12-------------15-12----|
E|-12--------12--------|-10--------10--------|----------------------12-|


3:22
   (LK)
G|-------------|-----------------|---|
D|-------------|-----------------|---|
A|-5-----------|-----------------|---|
E|---8-5-5---5-|-(5)-55555555555-|-5-|
 |
 | (RM)
G|------------------|-------------|------|
D|--------------14--|-(14)--------|-(14)-|
A|----12-12-12--12--|-(12)--------|-(12)-|
E|-15---------------|-------------|------|
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