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Hi all

Really struggling to replicate that awesome intro riff from JJ on No More Heroes. Seems like it is 'just' a rapid shred down the G string but man it is fast. I tried using a delay effect but still cant get it to sound right. I'm using a pick. Any tips please guys and gals?

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Ah JJ - one of my fave bass players! In fact, probably the man who made me want to play bass, and sound like him...
Love the song, haven't played it in years. I seem to recall never really "nailing" that intro riff - just playing some rapid notes, with a pick, around A and B on the G string. Of course, youtube wasn't around back when I played it - so that's my suggestion anyway; see if there's any footage of JJ himself playing it live, or if there's someone on there who has made a video bass lesson? Worth a try....

Funny enough I saw the Stranglers recently, and watched out for a few details like that; eg, which part of the neck he plays such & such a riff etc. And I don't recall him moving his left hand that much when playing NMH

Best of luck :)

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I just play the first note on open G then press down on the 12 fret and run up to the 3rd fret stay on that for a couple of notes then lift off for one note, I think JJ lifts on and off a few times while he's running up the neck as well, but I cock it up if I try that, another little cheat I've found is on the outro, I think JJ plays GBbGFG (and at the end of the chorus) I find it easier to play GBbGEG.

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This is superfluous twiddling and doesn't form any important function in the song. So leave it out.

No band that I've been in has wanted to stick this on the front of the intro when we've done this song.

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[font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Its basically Doe rae me fa so la ti doe backwards, with an open G or 2 in between.[/font]

[font=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]I think[/font]

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he does it different live, sounds to me like there may be 2 bass tracks on the studio version, could well be wrong on that one though I usually am

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It isn't that neat on the original. I play it basically by tremolo picking. The notes alternate between two open Gs and the fretted note, with the fretted note coming first. Think of it as a spikey triplet pattern.

I think the pattern is fretted as 12-0-0-10-0-0-8-0-0-7-0-0-3-0-0-3-0-0-3-0-0-0* on the G.

*The last 0, aka open G, is played in unison with the 3rd fret F on the D string. This discordant pairing is allowed to ring out, through the snare on the intro.

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[quote name='Hobbayne' timestamp='1478267443' post='3168039']
The bass intro to Princess of The Streets is a work of art. :happy:
[/quote]

I second that - one of the best intros I've ever heard :)

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