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Decode Bass

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                As a bass player, when I heard this song,
I was immediately pretty positive that I
heard their bass player play a low B flat
in this song, and not a higher one.

Having watched a video of this song done live,
I am even more convinced that this song is actually
played in Bb and not drop D or C#, and as such,
I will tab out how I feel the song is really played.
I will not claim that this is note-for-note how they play it
because without knowing them personally, that isn't possible,
but after listening to it, and playing along with it,
I am convinced I hear a low Bb in this song.

Tuning:
Low to high; Bb-Eb-Ab-Db
Five-string bass standard tuning, then a half step down

Band enters - :14

Verse (whole section x2)

     E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E--|
Db--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb---3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|
Bb--------------------------------------------------------------------|

     E-E-E-E         E-------E----------------------------------------|
Db--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb---7-7-7---------------------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|
Bb---------0---------0-------0----------------------------------------|


Bridge

     W      W      W      E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E--|
Db-----------------------------------------------------------|
Ab-----------------------------------------------------------|
Eb---3------0-------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|
Bb-----------------0-----------------------------------------|


Chorus (whole section x2)

     Q---Q---Q---Q---E.--S-Q---Q---|
Db---------------------------------|
Ab-------------------------4---5---|
Eb---3---3---3---3---3---3---------|
Bb---------------------------------|

Db---------------------------------|
Ab---------------------------------|
Eb---0---0---0---0---0---0-0---0---|
Bb---------------------------------|

Db---------------------------------|
Ab---------------------------------|
Eb-----------7---7---------7---7---|
Bb---0---0---0---0---0---0-0---0---|

Db---------------------------------|
Ab---------------------------------|
Eb---2---2---2---2---2---2-2---2---|
Bb---------------------------------|

Break: Listen to the timing in the song
for the lengths of these. I am not 100%
sure if these are being strummed or held out,
but I believe they are single sustained notes.
Do whatever makes you happy!

Db---------------------------------|
Ab---------------------------------|
Eb---7------9----5-----------------|
Bb---------------------------------|

Verse (whole section x2)

     E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E--|
Db--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb---3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|
Bb--------------------------------------------------------------------|

     E-E-E-E         E------------------------------------------------|E
Db--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb---7-7-7---------------------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|
Bb---------0---------0-------0----------------------------------------|

Bridge


     W      W      W      E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E--|
Db-----------------------------------------------------------|
Ab-----------------------------------------------------------|
Eb---3------0-------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|
Bb-----------------0-----------------------------------------|


Chorus (whole section x2)

     Q---Q---Q---Q---E.--S-Q---Q---|
Db---------------------------------|
Ab-------------------------4---5---|
Eb---3---3---3---3---3---3---------|
Bb---------------------------------|

Db---------------------------------|
Ab---------------------------------|
Eb---0---0---0---0---0---0-0---0---|
Bb---------------------------------|

Db---------------------------------|
Ab---------------------------------|
Eb-----------7---7---------7---7---|
Bb---0---0---0---0---0---0-0---0---|

Db---------------------------------|
Ab---------------------------------|
Eb---2---2---2---2---2---2-2---2---|
Bb---------------------------------|

Guitar Solo: (whole line twice)
This switches to half-time here;
I'll list these notes as half notes (2 beats)
but this is an approximation, you can
hear the articulation if you listen,
so you can time it exactly with the
band without needing to count.

Db--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb---3---3---3---3---0---0---0---0-------7-------7----2---2---2---2---|
Bb-----------------------------------0---0---0---0--------------------|

Break: (twice)
If you had any doubts at all about
Paramore playing in a low Bb, please
pay close attention to this section.
Listen to the bass guitar at this point,
and how deep that Bb is. This is why I believe
this song is played in Bb!

     W     W     W     W
Db--------------------------------|
Ab--------------------------------|
Eb---3-----0-----------2----------|
Bb---------------0----------------|

Final Chorus (whole section x3)

     Q---Q---Q---Q---E.--S-Q---Q---|
Db---------------------------------|
Ab-------------------------4---5---|
Eb---3---3---3---3---3---3---------|
Bb---------------------------------|

Db---------------------------------|
Ab---------------------------------|
Eb---0---0---0---0---0---0-0---0---|
Bb---------------------------------|

Db---------------------------------|
Ab---------------------------------|
Eb-----------7---7---7---7-7---7---|
Bb---0---0---0---0---0---0-0---0---|

Db---------------------------------|
Ab---------------------------------|
Eb---2---2---2---2---2---2-2---2---|
Bb---------------------------------|

Outro: (x4)
I'm not honestly sure how to list the
rhythm here in note value, so instead
I will direct you to the song.
The timing isn't too difficult though

Db------------------------------------------|
Ab------------------------------------------|
Eb---3---5---0----7--2---3---7---2---2---5--|
Bb------------------------------------------|

End with:

Db--------------|
Ab--------------|
Eb---0---0---0~-|
Bb--------------|

Symbols Used:
W = Whole note
H = Half note
Q = Quarter note
E = Eighth note
S = Sixteenth note
~ = Let note ring
            
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