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Bass Line for "Cherub Rock" by the Smashing Pumpkins.

As taken from Guitar World magazine.

2/2 time

Tuning: Normal

E  A  D  G

w= Whole Note
h= Half Note
q= Quarter Note
e= Eighth Note
s= Sixteenth Note
.= Play note for 1 & 1/2 times the value before it.
/= Slide Up
\= Slide Down



Pattern 1:

  e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|----7--7-----7--7-----7--|-7--7--7-----7--7--7-----|
|-0--------0--------0-----|----------0-----------0--|

Pattern 2:

  e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e    e  e  e  e  e  q.
|-------------------------|--------------------|
|-------------------------|--------------------|
|----7--7-----7--7-----7--|-7--7--7-----7--7/--|
|-0--------0--------0-----|----------0---------|

Pattern 3:

  e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|--------------------------|
|-------------------------|--------------------------|
|-------------7-----------|--------------7--7--7--7--|
|-0--0--0--0-----0--0--0--|-(0)-0--0--0--------------|

Pattern 4:

  e  q    e  e  e  e  e    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|------------------------|--------------------------|
|------------------------|--------------------------|
|------------7--7--7-----|-------------7--7--7------|
|-0--0----0-----------0--|-0--0--0--0----------(0)--|

Pattern 5:

  e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------7--7--7-----|-------------7--7--7--7--|
|-0--0--0--0-----------0--|-0--0--0--0--------------|

Pattern 6:

  e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------7--7--7-----|-------------------------|
|-0--0-----0-----------0--|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|

Pattern 7:

  e  e  e  e  q.       e    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|------------/7-----------|-------------7--7--7--7--|
|-0--0--0--0-----------0--|(0)-0--0--0--------------|

Pattern 8:

  h           e  e  e  e    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-5-----------5--4--2-----|-------------------------|
|----------------------5--|-5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--|

Pattern 9:

  e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------7--7--7-----|-------------7--7--7-(7)-|
|-0--0--0--0-----------0--|-0--0--0--0--------------|

Pattern 10:

  e  e  q     e  e  e  e    e  e  e  e  h
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------7--7-(7)----|-------------7-----------|
|-0--0--0--------------0--|-0--0--0--0--------------|

Pattern 11:

  e  e  e  e  q     e  e    e  e  e  e  h
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------7-----------|-------------7-----------|
|-0--0--0--0--------0--0--|-0--0--0--0--------------|

Pattern 12:

  e  e  e  e  q     e  e    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------7-----------|-------------7--7--7--7--|
|-0--0--0--0-------(0)-0--|(0)-0--0--0--------------|

Pattern 13:

  e  e  e  e  q     e  e    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------7-----------|-------------------------|
|-0--0--0--0--------0--0--|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|

Pattern 14:

  h           q.       e    e  q     e  q    q
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-5-----------5\----------|-------------------------|
|----------------------5--|-5--5-----5--5----5------|

Pattern 15:

  q     e  e  q     e  e    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-5-----5--5--5-----------|-------------------------|
|------------------(5)-5--|-5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--|


Pattern 16:

  q     e  e  q     e  e    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------7-----------|-------------------------|
|-0-----0--0--------0--0--|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|

Pattern 17:

  h           q.       e    e  q     e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-5-----------5\----------|-------------------2--2--|
|----------------------5--|-5--5-----5--5--5--------|

Pattern 18:

  q     e  e  e  e  e  e    e  q     e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|----------------2--5-----|-------------------------|
|-3-----3--3--3-----------|-------------------3-----|
|----------------------3--|(3)-3-----3--3--3--------|
                                               (rest)

Pattern 19:

  q     e  e  q     e  e    e  q     e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-5-----5--5--5-----------|-------------------2-----|
|-------------------5--5--|-5--5-----5--5--5--------|
                                               (rest)

Pattern 20:

  h           e  e  e  e    e  q     e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|----------------2--5-----|-------------------------|
|-3-----------3-----------|-------------2--2--3--3--|
|----------------------3--|-3--3-----3--------------|

Pattern 21:

  h           e  e  e  e    e  q     e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|---------------(4)-7-----|-------------------------|
|-5-----------5-----------|-------------------2--2--|
|----------------------5--|-5--5-----5--5--5--------|

Pattern 22:

  q     e  e  q     e  e    e  q     e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-3-----3--3--3-----------|-------------2--2--3--3--|
|-------------------3--3--|-3--3-----3--------------|

Pattern 23:

  q     e  e  q.       e    e  q     e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-5-----5--5--------------|-------------------2-----|
|-------------3--------5--|(5)-5-----5--5--5--------|
                                               (rest)

Pattern 24:

  q     e  e  q     e  e    q     e  e  q     e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-3-----3--3--3-----3--3--|-3-----3--3--3-----3--3--|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|

Pattern 25:

  q     e  e  q     e  e    q     e  e  h
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------5-----------|
|-3-----3--3--3-----3--3--|-3-----3--3--------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|

Pattern 26:

  e  e  e  e  e  e  q       e  e  e  e  h
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------7-----7-----|(7)-7--7--7--5-----------|
|-0--0--0--0----(0)-------|-------------------------|

Pattern 27:

  h           e  e  e  e    e  e  e  e  q     e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------2--3--|-3--3--3--3--------------|
|-5-----------5--5--------|-------------3-----5--5--|

Pattern 28:

  h           e  e  e  e    e  e  e  e  e  e  q
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-5-----------5--5--------|-------------------2-----|
|------------------(5)-5--|-5--5--5--5--5--5--------|

Pattern 29:

  e  q     e  q     e  e    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------7-----------|-------------7--7--7--7--|
|-0--0-----0--------0--0--|-0--0--0--0--------------|

Pattern 30:

  h           q     e  e    e  q     e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-5-----------5-----------|-------------------------|
|-------------------5--5--|(5)-5-----5--5--5--5--5--|

Pattern 31:

  e  q     e  q     e  e    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------7-----------|-------------7--7--7--7--|
|-0--0-----0--------0--0--|-0--0--0--0--------------|

Pattern 32:

  e  q     e  q     e  e    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------7-----------|-------------------------|
|-0--0-----0--------0--0--|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|

Pattern 33:

  q     e  e  q     e  e    h           e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-3-----3--3--3-----------|-------------------------|
|-------------------3--3--|(3)----------3--3--5--5--|

Pattern 34:

  h           e  e  e e     e  q     e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-5-----------5--5--------|-------------------2-(2)-|
|-------------------5--5--|-5--5-----5--5--5--------|

Pattern 35:

  q     e  e  e  e  e  e    e  q     e  e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|----------------2--5-----|-------------------------|
|-3-----3--3--3-----------|-------------2--2--3--3--|
|----------------------3--|-3--3-----3--------------|

Pattern 36:

  q     e  e  e  e  e  e    e  q.       e  e  e  e
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-5-----5--5--5-(5)-------|-------------------2-(2)-|
|-------------------5--5--|-5--5--------5--5--------|

Pattern 37:

  q     e  e  q     e  e    q     e  e  h
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-3-----3--3--3-----3--3--|-3-----3--3--------------|
|-------------------------|-------------3-----------|

Pattern 38:

  e  e  e  e  q     e  e    e  e  e  e  h
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------7-----------|-------------5-----------|
|-0--0--0--0--------0--0--|-0--0--0--0--------------|

Pattern 39:

  h           h             q
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-7-----------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------0-----------|-0-----------------------|
                                  (-------rest------)

And now playing order:

 1 (x3) | 11     | 18     | 14     | 22     | 31     | 34
 2      | 12     | 19     | 11     | 23     | 30     | 35
 3      | 11     | 20     | 12     | 24     | 32     | 34
 4      | 13     | 21     | 15     | 11 (x2)| 30     | 35
 5      | 14     | 22     | 11     | 25     | 33     | 34
 6      | 11     | 23     | 16     | 26     | 34     | 35
 5      | 12     | 24     | 17     | 27     | 35     | 36
 7      | 15     | 11 (x3)| 18     | 1 (x4) | 34     | 37
 8      | 11     | 12     | 19     | 28     | 35     | 11 (x7)
 9      | 16     | 11     | 20     | 29     | 34     | 38
 10     | 17     | 13     | 21     | 30     | 35     | 39


That's it! An extremely complex song to say the least
(but what else can you expect from Billy Corgon?)

Anyways, have fun with it...




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InsomniaJunkie 10 Aug 24, 2008 01:21 PM

Really difficult to read and find your placement since no verse, chorus etc labels.

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bt108 10 Sep 27, 2008 12:57 PM

i agree i wish it had where the chorus and stuff were

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aidan.zpeel 986 Apr 15, 2015 03:50 PM

Lack of formatting. Way to complicated to read or understand. Tabs are stop on but pointless way to layout the tabs. Surely could have been simplified in some way or another

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