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Herbie Hancock — Watermelon Man bass tabs

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Artist: Herbie Hancock
Title: Watermelon Man
Album: HeadHunter
Tabber: Brandon (profound_poet@yahoo.com)

This is a great song, its 6 minutes long, this'll teach you some endurance
I'm not gonna get into the theory of this song, cause it would be like a 2
megabyte text. Anywho.. here we go

ATTENTION!!!
Before you give this tab a bad rating remember, THIS IS FOR THE JAZZ FUSION VERSION!!
not the classic jazz version, if the one your listening to DOES NOT start with funky whistles
its the wrong one..
ATTENTION!!!


Intro

(first bass hit is around 0:45)

G—————————12——13——14————————————————————————————————————
D———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
A———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
E—0h1—————11——12——13————————————————————————————————————

Main Riff

(starts at about 0:55, right before drums come in)


G——————————————12——13——14————————————————————————————————
D————————3———————————————————————————————————————————————
A———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
E—0h1——————————11——12——13————————————————————————————————

Pre—Chorus Type Thing

(starts at 1:44)

G——————7——8—————————————5——6————————————————————————————
D————————————————————————————————————10—————————————————
A———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
E—8————6——7————8—7—6————4——5————6—8—————————————————————

Pre—Chorus Thing Continued

(starts at 2:02)

G——3/43——1—————————————————————————————————————————————
D————————————3——1———————————————————————————————————————
A——————————————————3————————————————————————————————————
E—————————————————————4—————————————————————————————————

Chorus

(at 2:05)
[ATTN: this is just a change between Ab and F#, this may get boring, just improv if you'd
like]

G———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
D———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
A———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
E——44444————22222———————————————————————————————————————

Bridge

(around 2:28)

G—————————————————————12——13——14————————————————————————
D——7——6——5——————————————————————————————————————————————
A———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
E—————————————————————11——12——13————————————————————————

Modified Main Riff

(at 2:33)

G—————————12——13——14————————————————————————————————————
D———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
A——————————————————————————————————————————————————————— PLAY 3 TIMES
E—0h1—————11——12——13————————————————————————————————————

Modified Main Riff part 2

(at 2:42)

G—————————5—6—7—————————————————————————————————————————
D———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
A—0h1——————————————————————————————————————————————————— PLAY 2 TIMES
E—————————4—5—6—————————————————————————————————————————

Modified Pre—Chorus

(starts at 2:56)

G—————7——8——9——10——————————————5——6——7——8———————————————
D———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
A———————————————————————————————————————————————————————
E—8———6——7——8——9————9——8——6————4——5——6——7————7——8———————

Modified Pre—Chorus cont'd

(starts at 3:13)

G——3/43——1—————————————————————————————————————————————
D————————————3—PAUSE—1——————————————————————————————————
A———————————————————————3——1————————————————————————————
E—————————————————————————————4—————————————————————————

[Attn: im not sure what goes on during the next 10 seconds, its very hard to hear, if anyone
figures it out
send me an email, id really like to be able to play that part through]

repeat riffs when necessary. good luck

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Here's the missing “next 10 seconds.” It starts at 3:13.8 and ends at 3:24.0, but I included the preceding measure for context, which is different than the original tab. Just to be clear, my 10-86 corresponds to the original's 3/43–1.

Tabs:
G|--------|--------------|-------------------------------------|
D|--------|8--10-86------|-----------------66-4---6------------|
A|--------|--------68---6|-----------------------6-6-----------|
E|-67-8886|----------68--|4--4-44--4-444444--4--4----44-44-3/16|

I used splitter.ai and Audacity to figure it out. It's three measures of 4/4 plus some weird fractional measure. I marked the measure where it begins, the start of the second measure, and the end of the passage. I didn't take the time to figure out where the intervening two measure end.

I didn't hear it, but I really feel an 8h10 hammer-on in place of that 10 on the D string. See what you think. The 3/16 slide at the end starts slow and then speeds up a bit. I first heard that part as the following:

Tabs:
G|--------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------46|
A|----------------------------------46--|
E|-----------------------------3--46----|

But I'm pretty sure it's a slide.

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