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Frank Ocean bass tabs for Pyramids

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Tuning: Standard (E A D G)



Tuning: Standard EADG

(Part I)
4/4 timing starts at 0:17
Small clap on every 8th beat

(Bridge)
Bass Riff 1: Bass comes in a 0:54 after 64 beats (4/4 16 times)

Try to slap/pop the hammered on notes on the G string
   1 +  2  e  +   3  4   1 +  2 e    +     3 4
G|-----------9h10----------------------------9h10----------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---8-8--------------8----------------8-8---------------8-------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
   1 + 2 e   + 3 4  1 +   2 e   +  3  +  4  +
G|----------5h6-----------------------5h6----------------6--------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----4-4------------4---------4-4--------------4-----------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    1 +  2 e  +  3 4 + a   1 +  2 e   +    3 4
G|--------4h5-------------4h5----------4h5---------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---3-3----------3-----------------3-3-------------3----------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
   1 +  2 e  +  3 4  1 +  2 e   +  3 +  4 +
G|----------2h3-----------------------2h3------------3--------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---1-1-----------1-----------1-1------------1---------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|

Bass Riff 2: 1:11
Weird timing here. Just follow along until the next change
(it’s not the exact same as the song, but I think it fits)

G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------6-----------------------------------------------------|
A|----8-8-8---8--------8--4-4-3--------1-1-1--1-3-1----------------------| x2
E|-------------------------------------------------------4-4-3-----------|

(Verse 1)
Bass Riff 3: 1:29
Back to 4/4 timing. The synth part has the melody, but the bass part follows almost exactly the same.
The drums/high hat in the back are laying down the rhythm, so follow that for the tempo
   1 2  3  4 +  1  2 3 4 +
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----1--3---4----8\6----------------6---------------------------|
  1  +   2   3    4 + a
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------1-----3---4--------8\6/8--------------------------------|
   1 2+ 3  + 4 +     1 2 + 3 +  4 + (slide down on the + of those beats)
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----8—8\------8---8\---------8—8\------8---8\------------------|
   1 2 + 3  +  4 +    1  2 +  3 +  4 +
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------| x2
E|----6—6\-------6----6\-------6----6\-------6---6\--------------|

(Hook)
32 beats of rest (4/4 8 times)
Bass Riff 1: 2:23
Try to slap/pop the hammered on notes on the G string
   1 +  2  e  +   3  4   1 +  2 e    +     3 4
G|-----------9h10----------------------------9h10----------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---8-8--------------8----------------8-8---------------8-------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
   1 + 2 e   + 3 4  1 +   2 e   +  3  +  4  +
G|----------5h6-----------------------5h6----------------6--------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----4-4------------4---------4-4--------------4-----------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
    1 +  2 e  +  3 4 + a   1 +  2 e   +    3 4
G|--------4h5-------------4h5----------4h5---------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---3-3----------3-----------------3-3-------------3----------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
   1 +  2 e  +  3 4  1 +  2 e   +  3 +  4 +
G|----------2h3-----------------------2h3------------3--------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---1-1-----------1-----------1-1------------1---------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|

(Verse 2)
Bass Riff 3: 2:40
2x (same as before)
Back to 4/4 timing. The synth part has the melody, but the bass part follows almost exactly the same.
The drums/high hat in the back are laying down the rhythm, so follow that for the tempo
   1 2  3  4 +  1  2 3 4 +
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----1--3---4----8\6----------------6---------------------------|
  1  +   2   3    4 + a
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------1-----3---4--------8\6/8--------------------------------|
   1 2+ 3  + 4 +     1 2 + 3 +  4 + (slide down on the + of those beats)
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----8—8\------8---8\---------8—8\------8---8\------------------|
   1 2 + 3  +  4 +    1  2 +  3 +  4 +
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------| x2
E|----6—6\-------6----6\-------6----6\-------6---6\--------------|

(Outro)
64 beats of rest (4/4 16 times)
Then play a distorted version of the first two lines of Bass Riff 3 starting at 3:51
It’s a little bit different than the first two lines of Bass Riff 3, but just improvise the riff a little,
and it should be fine
   1 2  3  4 +  1  2 3 4 +
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----1--3---4----8\6----------------6---------------------------|
  1  +   2   3    4 + a
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------1-----3---4--------8\6/8--------------------------------| Play x4

(Part II) and (Segue)
Majestical change starts at 4:28 (synth w/ trumpet stuff)

(Hook)
Club-type music starts at 5:23 (more synth stuff, but it changes and is more upbeat)

No bass throughout this time


You could try to play the low synth part that starts at 5:23,
but it’s a little hard to pick out from all the synth

That’s really it. The first part of the song is the place with the bass



| / slide up
| \ slide down
| h hammer-on

ⓘ Bass guitar tab for 'Pyramids' by Frank Ocean, a male r&b artist from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Frank Ocean was born in 1987.

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