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Bass Lessons — A Basic Tumbao Groove bass tabs

(submitted by just3boyz)
This tab illuastrates how to play a basic Tumbao.
The Tumbao is a basic Afro—Cuban rhythm.
The main characteristic about the tumbao is that you don't hit on 1.

I will use this symbol to represent how long you hold the notes out: ~

We will use G as the root for all of these examples.

This is the most common pattern (it works over major and minor chords)

G|————||————————————————|————————————————||
D|————|o————————————5~~~|~~~~~~——————————o|
A|————|o——————5~~~~~————|——————5~~~~~————o|
E|3~~~||~~~~~~——————————|————————————3~~~||
|4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |

Here is a variation using a ninth instead of the octave

G|————||————————————————|————————————————||
D|————|o————————————7~~~|~~~~~~——————————o|
A|————|o——————5~~~~~————|——————5~~~~~————o|
E|3~~~||~~~~~~——————————|————————————3~~~||
|4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |

Here's a variation for diminished chords

G|————||————————————————|————————————————||
D|————|o————————————5~~~|~~~~~~——————————o|
A|————|o——————4~~~~~————|——————4~~~~~————o|
E|3~~~||~~~~~~——————————|————————————3~~~||
|4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |

Here's a vaiation alternating between the nineth and major tenth.

G|————||————————————————|————————————————|————————————————|————————————————||
D|————|o————————————7~~~|~~~~~~——————————|———————————/9~~~|~~~~~~——————————o|
A|————|o——————5~~~~~————|——————5~~~~~————|——————5~~~~—————|——————5~~~~~————o|
E|3~~~||~~~~~~——————————|————————————3~~~|~~~~~~——————————|————————————3~~~||
|4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |

Here's a vaiation alternating between the nineth and minor tenth.

G|————||————————————————|————————————————|————————————————|————————————————||
D|————|o————————————7~~~|~~~~~~——————————|———————————/8~~~|~~~~~~——————————o|
A|————|o——————5~~~~~————|——————5~~~~~————|——————5~~~~—————|——————5~~~~~————o|
E|3~~~||~~~~~~——————————|————————————3~~~|~~~~~~——————————|————————————3~~~||
|4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |

here's a variation using a 1,4,5 progression

|G maj |C maj |D maj
G|————||————————————————|————————————————|————————————————|————————————————||
D|————|o————————————5~~~|~~~~~~——————————|——————2~~~~—————|————————————————o|
A|————|o——————5~~~~~————|——————5~~~~~3~~~|~~~~~~—————5~~~~|~~~~~~——————————o|
E|3~~~||~~~~~~——————————|————————————————|————————————————|——————5~~~~~3~~~||
|4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |

You can take this basic rhythm and apply all types of different intervals over it.
As long as the rhythm is the same, you are still playing a tumbao.
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