While this is a bass part, I have actually practiced this riff on both my regular guitar and my bass. I’ve used tablature, as well as this playthrough video, to learn most of the song. There is one little part that is tripping me up. I was hoping that someone here could help me tease out the exact rhythm and notes going on. The tablature online all disagree with one another, and they are the simple kind, not the kind accompanied by standard notation or rhythm marks, so they don’t help with the rhythm at all.
This is probably the best possible video. It’s the artist who wrote the song, and has performed it for decades, with close-ups of both of his hands. The way he holds his hands, though, don’t always make it easy to see where he is fretting.
There are two riffs that make up the first part of the video, until about 1:17. I have them down. The chorus then starts, with a different riff at that point (1:17 or so). I have the first part of the chorus down, which repeats a couple of times… but then there is an… exit to the chorus? (The bit right before it returns to the intro riff.) That’s the part I’m having trouble with.
So, the chorus, it’s this same riff repeated 3? times, but then with this different ending before returning to the main/intro riff. So, the whole chorus is from about 1:17 to 1:41. The part I can’t figure out is the final three seconds or so, from 1:37 to 1:41.
The basic chorus riff, that repeats, seems to be A on the 5th fret of the E string x 8 (8th notes?), then F on the 3rd fret of the D string x 6 8th notes, then single 8th notes on 3rd fret of the A to a G on the 3rd fret of the E string
Chorus. This, x3, but with an extra ending tacked on the third time.
This little bit is the part I am unsure about, and it only lasts a few seconds. I think it’s a G, but up one octave, so… Fret 5 of the D string.
D String: =5=5=5=5=5=5=5=5=
I think he plays it twice the speed of those previous groupings, so maybe 16th notes? I just can’t tell if there’s more of a rhythm to it, other than just straight 8th notes. And, I thought maybe he’s hitting some other notes too? I don’t know. Any help would be great. I’m really racking my brain here.