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Tetragrammaton bass

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Song:		Tetragrammaton
Artist:	The Mars Volta
Album:	Amputechture

Tabbed by J. Campbell

Standard tuning

Intro
G --------------------|--------------|--------------------|-------------|
D --------------------|--------------|--------------------|-------------|
A -2---0-2-3-4---4-6--|-----------3--|-----------0---0-2--|-----------3-|
E --------------------|-2---2-3-2----|-4---2-4-2----------|-1---0-1-0---|
Play this four times.


(1:45)
"Tell me it's over..."
G ------4-6-7-4--|----4--9-7-6-7--|---3-4-6------------------|--------------|
D ----4----------|-5--------------|-4------------------------|------7---7-8-|
A -2-------------|----------------|----------7-7--5-5--4-4-4-|-9-10---9-----|
E ---------------|----------------|--------------------------|--------------|

"My heart is darkclots..."
(slightly different than the previous verse)
G ------4-6-7-----|----4--9-7-6-2-|---6-4-3------------------|--------------|
D ----4-------9-7-|-5-------------|-4------------------------|------7---7-8-|
A -2--------------|---------------|----------7-7--5-5--4-4-4-|-9-10---9-----|
E ----------------|---------------|--------------------------|--------------|


(2:30)
Chorus
G -----------------------------------|		G ---------------|
D -----------9-9-----------9-9---9-9-|		D ---------------|
A -----------------------------------|		A --------9-7----|
E -6-7-7-7-7-----6-7-7-7-7-----7-----|		E -7-9/10-----10-|
Play this twice.				            Then play this.
Now play it just like that, two more times.

The fourth time, the bar ends prematurely:
G ------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
D -----------9-9-----------9-9----9-9-|-----------9-9------------9-9--|
A ------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
E -6-7-7-7-7-----6-7-7-7-7-----7------|-6-7-7-7-7------6-7-7-7-7------|


(3:05)
Interlude
G ------4-6-7-4--|----4--9-7-6-7--|---3-4-6------------------|--------------|
D ----4----------|-5--------------|-4------------------------|------7---7-8-|
A -2-------------|----------------|----------7-7--5-5--4-4-4-|-9-10---9-----|
E ---------------|----------------|--------------------------|--------------|

"The sermon goes mourning..."
G ------4-6-7-----|----4--9-7-6-2-|---6-4-3------------------|--------------|
D ----4-------9-7-|-5-------------|-4------------------------|------7---7-8-|
A -2--------------|---------------|----------7-7--5-5--4-4-4-|-9-10---9-----|
E ----------------|---------------|--------------------------|--------------|

"Give me a moment..."
G ------4-6-7------|-----4--9-7-6-2--|---6-4-3-|
D ----4-------9-7--|-5---------------|-4-------|
A -2---------------|-----------------|---------|
E -----------------|-----------------|---------|

The verse ends with a walk that was too long to attach to the previous line:
G -----4-------4-------4-------4-------4-------4-------4---|--------------|
D ---5---5---5---5---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---4-|------7---7-8-|
A -7-------7-------5-------5-------4-------4-------4-------|-9-10---9-----|
E ---------------------------------------------------------|--------------|

(4:12)
Chorus
Exactly as before.


(4:44)
After the chorus, it sounds like the bass is playing backwards.  You can get
sort of the same effect by bending all the notes really hard.  It's not
correct, obviously, but it sounds okay, and I'm not sure how it's done on the
album version.
G ----------------------------|		G ------|
D ----------------------------|		D ------|
A -5^-7^-7^-9^--4^-4^-5^-5^---|		A ------|
E -------------------------5^-|		E --7^--|		
Play this twice.			            And close out with this B.


(4:57)
Next is the phaser solo:
G -----------------------------|----------------------------------|
D ---------9-9-7-7-------------|---------9-9-7-7------------------|
A -----5-9---------9-5-5-7-9---|-----5-9---------9-7--5-5-5-5-5-5-|
E -7-7-----------------------7-|-7-7------------------------------|
Play this three times.

(5:09)
And the segue:
G|-7--------------------------|
D|---9-7--------------7-8-9-8-|
A|-------9-7----7-8-9---------|
E|-----------10---------------|


(5:13)
"Then so long..."
G --------------|---------------------|
D ---9-7--------|---4-2---------0-2-4-|
A -------10-9-7-|-------5-4-2-4-------|
E -7------------|-2-------------------|
Play this four times.

Then play this part one time:
G -------------------------------|
D -----7-9-7------5h7-5------3/4-|
A -0-7----------5----------------|
E ------------3---------2--------|
Now take a well-deserved break until the eight-minute mark.


(7:30-ish)
After some solo guitar, there's a short part that sounds as though the bass
string is being loosened.  Or the guy has a tremolo bar.  I'm not sure.
Either way, I don't know how to tab it.


(7:55)
Chorus
Same as usual.


(8:26)
"Sulking drained the fall of my pale will..."
G ---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
D ---------------------------|-----------------------------------|
A ---------5-----------------|--------------8--------------8-8-7-|
E -7-7-7-7---7-4-4-4-4-5-5-4-|-/10-10-10-10---10-9-9-9-9-9-------|
Play this a total of nine times...

(9:08)
Then play this part:
G -----------------------------------------------|
D -----------------------------------------------|
A ---------3-3-2-2---------1-1-0-0---------------|
E -5-5-5-5---------3-3-3-3-------------5-5-5-5-5-|

(9:19)
Then it repeats, but changes out a couple of notes:
G -------------------------------|-----------------------------------------|
D -------------------------------|-----------------------------------------|
A -------------------------------|---------------------------------8-8-7-7-|
E -7-7-7-7-7-7-7-4-4-4-4-4-5-5-4-|-/10-10-10-10-10-10-10-9-9-9-9-9---------|
Play this four times...

(9:45)
Then play this:
G -----------------------------------------------|----------------|
D -----------------------------------------------|----------------|
A ---------3-3-2-2---------1-1-0-0---------------|----------------|
E -5-5-5-5---------3-3-3-3-------------5-5-5-5-5-|-7--5-7--7--5-7-|

(9:58)
And another round.
G -------------------------------|-----------------------------------------|
D -------------------------------|-----------------------------------------|
A -------------------------------|---------------------------------8-8-7-7-|
E -7-7-7-7-7-7-7-4-4-4-4-4-5-5-4-|-/10-10-10-10-10-10-10-9-9-9-9-9---------|
Play this part again, a total of four times...

(10:22)
Then play this:
G ---------------------------------------------|----------------------------|
D ---------------------------------------------|----------------------------|
A ---------3-3-2-2---------1-1-0-0-------------|----------------------------|
E -5-5-5-5---------3-3-3-3-----------5-5-5-5-5-|-7--5-7--7--5-7-5-7--7--5-7-|


(10:45)
Another bass walk:
G ----------------------------|
D ----------------------------|
A -5------5------4------4-----|
E ---5-7----5-6----2-3----2-3-|
Play this four times.


(11:06)
"Wait till I get my hands on you..."
G -------------------------------|----------------------------------|
D -------------------------------|----------------------------------|
A -------------------------------|-----4-5-5-7-4-4-7-4-4-7-4-4--2---|
E -7--7-7---7--7-7---7--7---7--7-|-5-5----------------------------2-|
Play this two times.

(11:51)
G ------------------|		G -----------------|
D ------------------|		D ---7-8---5-7-7-7-|
A ---9-10---7-9-9-9-|		A -5-----4---------|
E -7------6---------|		E -----------------|
Play this four times.		Then play this four times.
Now play it just like that, two more times.


(14:23)
"Unwrap my corpse..."
G -------------------------------|-----------------------------------------|
D -------------------------------|-----------------------------------------|
A -------------------------------|---------------------------------8-8-7-7-|
E -7-7-7-7-7-7-7-4-4-4-4-4-5-5-4-|-/10-10-10-10-10-10-10-9-9-9-9-9---------|
Play this four times.

A short rest, then:
G ---------------------------------|-----------|-----------------|
D ---------------------------------|-----------|-----------------|
A ---------3-3-2-2---------1-1-0-0-|-----------|-2-----3---1-1-0-|
E -5-5-5-5---------3-3-3-3---------|-5-5-5-5-5-|-----3-----------|


(15:09)
Outro
G --------------------|--------------|--------------------|-------------|
D --------------------|--------------|--------------------|-------------|
A -2---0-2-3-4---4-6--|-----------3--|-----------0---0-2--|-----------3-|
E --------------------|-2---2-3-2----|-4---2-4-2----------|-1---0-1-0---|
Play it three times.
The song ends ringing the B from the first measure.

            
            
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JP240Z 10 Jul 11, 2009 09:13 AM

well its such a long song i havent got to all of it yet but for what ive looked at not a bad tab some things may be off but its close enough you can figure it out...well done

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SirToasty 10 Jan 24, 2014 08:44 AM

The segue at 5:09 or so is this:

G||-16-14-16----------------------------15~|
D||----------14-12-11----------14-12-14----|
A||-------------------13-12-10-------------|
E||----------------------------------------|

Haven't worked out a fingering that works really great but those are the notes.

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