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daz

Israelites - Desmond Dekker ?

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Im after some music for the bass line for this Desmond Decker classic from waay back in the 1960s when i was a nappy wearing rug rat :) If anyone can help out?
cheers
daz

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I know TABs are frowned upon by some musos on here so ignore [url="http://www.broz-reggae-tabs.com/tablatures/3077-tablature-The-Israelites-Desmond-Dekker"]THIS[/url] if you're one of them.
I haven't checked it for accuracy but hope it helps.

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[quote name='daz' post='1352950' date='Aug 26 2011, 07:58 PM']Im after some music for the bass line for this Desmond Decker classic from waay back in the 1960s when i was a nappy wearing rug rat :) If anyone can help out?
cheers
daz[/quote]

The run-up (what's the technical term?) is C major. Not what you might expect. Make your guitarist/keyboard player do it stacatto!

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[quote name='bremen' post='1352966' date='Aug 26 2011, 08:09 PM']The run-up (what's the technical term?) is C major. Not what you might expect. Make your guitarist/keyboard player do it stacatto![/quote]


+1 for sure !

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As far as i have been able to tell, the main riff is:

Starting on B flat - root, root, fifth, third, (root) root root. Then repeated again on F, then G, then back to B flat for the last time, thereafter adding a C # run on the end as [b]Bremen [/b]said. The run at the end of the sequence is a quickly played C# major scale.

You have to know the song to get the timing right, as it obviously is not stated below in this simple interval thingy.

[u]Riff[/u]
A:-------------5th----3rd-------------
E:-------R-R-----------------R-R--

Edited by daz

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We cover this tune in my reggae covers band..always goes down well although we drop in a bit of the Apache Indian version for good measure :) We just play C maj on the run bit-seems to work well, the other bits are as per that tab above more or less - there is an interesting break as well.

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qeWqYNrS8U"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qeWqYNrS8U[/url]

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Great tune! :) always gets the crowd dancing... even if they do sing Vitalite!

If you play it in Bb then the run up should be on a Db major scale.

Heres a link to my old reggae bands version as I cant seem to manage to embed youtube videos :s

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O7SGhe5blM"]Ali & The Beachcombers - Israelites[/url]

Kev

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