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After Midnight - JJ Cale


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My band doesn't do many covers but this one came up in rehearsal and that intro/verse figure is driving me mad.

 

I can do a sort of fumbled approximation of it but it (E F# G A A B C# D) but this is pretty far away from the tabs I've seen online (https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/j-j-cale/after-midnight-bass-2751288) and I'm now pretty sure that neither I nor the tabs have it right.

 

This feels like the sort of tasteful, musical bass playing that should be getting my head and fingers around - can anyone give me some pointers, please?

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Dankology said:

My band doesn't do many covers but this one came up in rehearsal and that intro/verse figure is driving me mad.

 

I can do a sort of fumbled approximation of it but it (E F# G A A B C# D) but this is pretty far away from the tabs I've seen online (https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/j-j-cale/after-midnight-bass-2751288) and I'm now pretty sure that neither I nor the tabs have it right.

 

This feels like the sort of tasteful, musical bass playing that should be getting my head and fingers around - can anyone give me some pointers, please?

 

 

 

 

Don't overthink this one. Slide from F to A whilst playing the 16th notes, then to the D.

 

EDIT - I probably mean 8th notes, but you know what I mean. My theory doesn't stretch that far.

Edited by wateroftyne
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Isn't it just a sort of deceptively simple double-slide on the E string performed with one finger? 
 

First slide from open E to G, back down a fret, slide up to G#, jump back to D on the A string?

 

Summat like that anyway... I may be a semitone out... but the sort of double-pump left-hand motion being the trick.

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I love that the bass player on this spaces out towards the end and accidentally plays the descending riff a semitone out!

 

The producer obviously liked the take and they stuck with it.

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42 minutes ago, wateroftyne said:

I'm not sure there's an E in there. Sounds like it starts on F to me...?

Listening again I think you're right F F# G A F# G A D. The tone makes the pitch little murky (that's my excuse anyway)

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