Southern Nights Intro tab (Jerry Reed Content)

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  1. McGlamRock

    McGlamRock Friend of Leo's

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    I was trying to work up the intro for Southern Nights (that infamous Jerry Reed walkup) and realized what I'd worked up a few years ago (and had posted here) was WAY off the mark.

    This is what I've come up with this afternoon, played as even eighth notes:


    -3--2--0-----------------------
    -----------3--0-----------------
    ----1--2----------3--2--0------
    -4----------------0--1--0-----
    -----------1--2----------------
    ---------------------------------


    There might be some subtle ornamentations toward the end of the riff, but I think this sounds WAY better than what I'd come up with before YMMV
     
  2. codamedia

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    That's the famous Jerry Reed contrary motion lick...

    Just a couple "nit picky" things to point out...
    1. Your bass line should start on the 2nd fret on the low E string and do nothing but climb until the very end.
    2. Your tab is not ending the lick... it should resolve to an E7 chord, which puts the finishing touch on the sound of the lick.
    The trick to these contrary motion licks is to learn it as two lines, then put them together. Each line is very easy to pick out if you concentrate on it individually.
    1. Learn the descending line
    2. Learn the ascending bass line
    3. Put them together (that's the hard part)
    Here is a video that seems pretty accurate to me.

     
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  4. McGlamRock

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    LOL! That's the video that inspired me to learn this lick.

    You're absolutely right about the first three notes needing to be an octave lower.
    When I was playing it with a bass player, the lick sounded less muddy (to my ears) when I played the low note on the 4th and 3rd string. Here is the way Jerry plays it (well closer to Jerry's way)


    -3--2--0--------------------0---
    -----------3--0-------------2---
    ------------------3--2--0---1---
    ------------------0--1--0---0----
    --------0--1--2-------------2---
    -2--4-----------------------0-------
     
  5. gtroates

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    It’s eighth notes from beat one of the last bar of the intro into the one of the next bar (1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 1):

    —3–2–0———————————-
    —————3—0————————
    ————————-3—2—0—-1—
    ——————————0–-1—-2—
    ———-0—1–2—-4——————
    —2–4————————————

    The ascending bassline can be thought of as an E7 scale (also called the E mixolydian mode, the fifth mode of The A major scale) starting on the second degree and adding a chromatic note on the and of two and the and of four. Jazz soloists add chromatics to scales so the chord tones can be delayed to certain beats in this case the root now falls on the one, if the chromatic were taken out it would fall on the fourth beat of the first bar of the lick, which would take out the groove of this lick.
     
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  6. McGlamRock

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    Thanks for tabbing out that lick @gtroates I've been picking it this evening and you got it right
     
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    I’m glad I could help
     
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    It's also apparently important to wear really tight shorts with two tennis balls and a soda can shoved down within.

     
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