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National Anthem bass

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The National Anthem
By Radiohead
From their "Kid A" album
Tuning: Standard (EADG)

There is one riff repeated throughout the entire song. 
I have listed a few different ways how to play the riff.

Start at 0:02 and end at 5:11 into the song.

[Method 1]
G|------------------------------| This is the easiest way to do it,
D|-4-000--4-0000--3-000--2-0000-| but it can get a bit boring.


[Method 2]
D|-4------4-------3-------------| I play the song this way because it keeps
A|---555----5555----555--7-5555-| my fingers moving instead of just staying
E|------------------------------| in one place.
[Note] This 7 can be played as 2 on the D string, but I find this way easier.

[Method 3]
D|-----------------------------------------| Colin plays it like this live.
[Note] This 7 can be played as 12 on the E string if you think that's easier.
[Note] 101010 is played as 10-10-10, not 1-0-1-0-1-0.
Once you choose which method you want to play with, have fun playing along
to arguably one of the easiest basslines ever created.

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MadClownDisease 583 Jan 09, 2007 07:46 AM

Hoorah the right tab has been approved. I suppose I didn't need it as I already knew but now everyone can enjoy it.

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jockmock 142 Dec 17, 2007 10:46 AM

I think the absolutely correct way of playing it is by tuning the E string down to D and then play method nr 1 on that

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Paul Lambeth 660 Feb 23, 2008 06:47 PM

The absolutely correct way to play it is the way Colin plays it (obviously). Also it sounds best to make full use of the E string, as it adds to the distortion effect.

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