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PINBALL WIZARD

for Bass

 

Artist: The Who Words and Music by

Album: Tommy PETE TOWNSHED

 

 

q- quarter note (1 beat)

e- eighth note (1/2 beat

s- sixteenth note (1/4 beat)

g- grace note (Play quickly before the following note)

 

(NOTE: In case it helps anybody, I put the chord changes on top of the bass

TABS. That's what the uppercase letters mean. The lowercase letters are the

time values.)

 

The bass comes in after the intro, starting with the verse.

 

VERSE:

 

 

This is over the Bsus4-B chord progression

 

"Ever since I was..........

 

Bsus4 B

q q g e e e e e q q g e e e e

G--------------------|----------------------

D-------6-9-6--------|------6-9-6-----------

A-----7--------7-----|---7---------7--------

E---7------------7-7-|-7---------------7-----

 

"From Soho...........

 

Asus4 A

q q g e e e e e q q g e e e e

G--------------------|-----------------------

D-------4-7-4--------|-----4-7-4-------------

A-----5--------5-----|---5---------5---------

E---5------------5-5-|-5--------------5------

 

"I ain't seen.........

Gsus4 G

q q g e e e e e q q g e e e e

G--------------------|-----------------------

D-------2-5-2--------|----2-5-2--------------

A-----3--------3-----|--3---------3----------

E---3------------3-3-|-3--------------3-------

 

"That deaf............

 

F#sus4

q q g e e e (eighth rest)

G------------------------------------------

D--------1-4-1-----------------------------

A-----2--------2---------------------------

E---2--------------------------------------

 

For the following lines, I haven't given time values because the notes change

with the chord and that is easy to hear.

 

After "Sure plays a mean pinball," play this twice:

 

Riff 2:

B B A D E E

G----------------------------------

D----------------------------------

A---2-2-0-5------------------------

E-----------0-0--------------------

 

 

Play the verse bassline

 

Play Riff 2

 

During "I thought I was.......," Play this 4 times:

 

Riff 3:

D Csus2 G G

G--------------------------------------

D--------------------------------------

A---5-3--------------------------------

E-----------3-3------------------------

 

 

Verse

Riff 2

Riff 3

Verse

Riff 2

 

*** When the song changes keys, There is a guitar part similar to the intro.

DO NOT PLAY DURING THIS. Play when the vocals come in (Like the first verse).

 

Last Verse

 

"Even on my favorite table......."

 

Dsus4 D

q q g e e e e q q g e e e e

G------------------------|-------------------------

D------------------------|-------------------------

A------12-12------12-----|---12-12-------12--------

E---10-------10-10---10--|-10-------10-10---10-----

 

"His diciples lead......."

 

Csus4 C

q q g e e e e q q g e e e e

G---------------------|----------------------------

D---------------------|----------------------------

A-----10-10-----10----|--10-10------10-------------

E---8-------8-8----8--|-8--------8-8----8----------

 

"He's got crazy......."

 

Bbsus4 Bb

q q g e e e e q q g e e e e

G---------------------|----------------------------

D---------------------|----------------------------

A-----8-8------8------|----8-8-----8----------------

E---6-----6-6----6----|-6------6-6----6-------------

 

"That deaf........"

 

Asus4

q q g e e e e

G----------------------------------------------------

D----------------------------------------------------

A-----7-7-----7--------------------------------------

E---5-----5-5---5-------------------------------------

 

After "Sure plays a mean pinball," play this twice:

 

(Again, the notes follow the chord, so I have not put time values.)

 

G--------------||

D--------------|| END OF SONG

A-------3---1--||

E---5-5---1----||

 

A few notes:

 

The verse lines all have the same rythym

 

The verse lines (except for the last) all have the same fingering patters,

they just slide down two frets when the chord changes. The last verse

follows this pattern, but with its own fingering pattern.

 

Questions? Comments? Corrections?

 

John Kingsley

estreeter103@aol.com

 

Have Fun!

 

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