I Want You/She's So heavy

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Re: I Want You/She's So heavy

Postby (jps) » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:37 pm

Listening again with fresh ears, it may well be a chromatic run all the way down to the A! I am working on a fingering for it that works for me, anyway.

Does anyone have an mp3 of the song they can send me, thanks? 8)
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Re: I Want You/She's So heavy

Postby (cjj) » Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:57 pm

jps wrote:Listening again with fresh ears...

Where do ya get those?
:lol: :lol: :lol:

I don't happen to have a copy of the song, but I could make an MP3 from one of the ones out on youtube (or other similar place). Let me know if there's one you particularly like. I can even slow it down (maintaining proper pitch, of course) if you want...
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Re: I Want You/She's So heavy

Postby (jps) » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:23 pm

I remembered Richard Roosa's great thread on Rock Band tracks and got the isolated bass line from it. :D

GOT IT!!! 8)

Hit the open A and let it ring while playing the following run:

B♭- A - A♭- G - G - G♭- F - E - E♭- D - D♭- C - A

The run of notes is played on the G string except for the lower A which is played at the 7th fret on the D string. You will need all four fingers on the fretting hand (no slackers, here :mrgreen: ), play the first four notes then slide down so the pinkie is on the G for the next run of notes then slide down again so that your pinkie is on the E♭ for the last run down; the lower A is played with the ring finger.

Got it? I think I finally do! :mrgreen:

Good workout! :wink: 8) :lol: :twisted: :mrgreen:
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Re: I Want You/She's So heavy

Postby (egosheep) » Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:49 pm

Great Ramp In My Opinion.
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Re: I Want You/She's So heavy

Postby (jps) » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:48 pm

cjj wrote:
jps wrote:Listening again with fresh ears...

Where do ya get those?
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Why, I would think you can find some in your neck of the US. :roll: :mrgreen:
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Re: I Want You/She's So heavy

Postby (coolhandjjl) » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:46 pm

egosheep wrote:


Thanks for posting that. I thought I was getting close, but no cigar. :lol:
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Re: I Want You/She's So heavy

Postby (woodyng) » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:04 pm

that was interesting-! i like the upper register fills at 6.20-6.25,which sound more melodic to my ears,and less of the chromatic stuff. that may be part of the reason i tend to have trouble with this... i tend to want to keep whatever i play in a some type of melody,or maybe i just tend to follow the guitar chords. I still think that this is shredding for Paul,tho. :o :wink:
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Re: I Want You/She's So heavy

Postby (cjj) » Tue Jan 10, 2012 2:37 pm

jps wrote:
cjj wrote:
jps wrote:Listening again with fresh ears...

Where do ya get those?
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Why, I would think you can find some in your neck of the US. :roll: :mrgreen:

Nope, just lots of dental floss...
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Re: I Want You/She's So heavy

Postby (jps) » Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:35 pm

Hot Rats!
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Re: I Want You/She's So heavy

Postby (coolhandjjl) » Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:01 pm

jps wrote:......The run of notes is played on the G string except for the lower A which is played at the 7th fret on the D string. You will need all four fingers on the fretting hand (no slackers, here :mrgreen: ), play the first four notes then slide down so the pinkie is on the G for the next run of notes then slide down again so that your pinkie is on the E♭ for the last run down; the lower A is played with the ring finger.


I knew my JBL's weren't lying, I figured it was something like that.

For now, I'll have to do it glissando style, and once I've got the song nailed, I can work on it that way. No wonder amphetamines became so popular back then. Perhaps I can have a few pots of coffee first. :lol:
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Re: I Want You/She's So heavy

Postby (jps) » Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:05 pm

I was thinking that Paul's part is pretty amazing considering the intake of various particulate matter that had to have enhanced his brain functions. :lol:

Chromatic scales are a great playing exercise! 8) Definitely helps with the speed (and I don't mean the stuff Paul was exercising :mrgreen: ).
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