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Radiohead — Pyramid Song (ver 2) bass tabs

BASS TAB:

BAND: Radiohead
SONG: Pyramid Song
ALBUM: Amnesiac

TAB BY: Paul Simpson (paul_the_bass_guy@hotmail.com)

The timing in this song is absolutely superb. It took me aaaaaaaages
to figure it out. The time signature is 11/8 so there are 11 beats
in a bar and a quarter note represents 2 beats (instead of the usual 1).
The tempo is about 155 — 160 beats/min.

The music starts on beat 5 (ie: there is an anacrusis)

Alright, the bass starts at about 1:58
You can play some of this an octave higher if you want, but all Es
should be E string open.

G—————————————————|—————————————————————————|————————
D—————————————————|—————————————————————————|————————(the other 7 beats
A—————————————————|—————————————————————————|———————— of this bar are
E—2———2———3———————|—5———5———5———3———3———————|—3———3—— at the start)
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1 2 3 4

Every second time through this riff play |—2———2—— instead of 3.

Alright, so play the above riff 3 times, then, when the lyrics start:

G—————————————————|—————————————————————————|————————
D—————————————————|—————————————————————————|————————
A—————————————————|—————————————————————————|————————
E—2———2———3———————|—5———5———5———3———3———————|—2———2——
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1 2 3 4

****
G—————————————————|—————————————————————————|————————
D—————————————————|—————————————————————————|————————
A—————————————————|—————————————————————————|————————
E—2———2———0———————|—0———0———3———3———3———————|—3———3——
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1 2 3 4

Alright, now play the above 2 riffs over and over for a while.

Then, when all the orchestra and stuff stops, finish at the end of
the bar with "****" above it and then play:

G—————————————————————————|————————————————————————|
D—————————————————————————|————————————————————————|
A—————————————————————————|————————————————————————|
E—0———0———3———3———2———————|—————————2———————0——————|
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Play the above 2 times, then play just the first bar again (but with
no 2)

Then:

G—————————
D—————————
A—————————
E—3———3———
1 2 3 4

Then play the intro riff over and over until the end.

Yeah, so the actual playing of this song isn't that hard, but
getting the hang of the rhythm is. Something like this is
indicative of Radiohead's high class musicanship.

Alright, so if you have any questions or just want to e—mail me
or something, then go ahead: paul_the_bass_guy@hotmail.com


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