Pictures Of Matchstick Men

Pictures Of Matchstick Men Bass Tab


As recorded by Status Quo

Words and Music by Francis Rossi

Transcribed by Slowhand

Gtr I (E A D G) - 'Alan Lancaster - Bass'

  Gtr I

  Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E S S E E E   Q  Q  Q  E E   Q  Q  Q  E E

  Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E S S E E E

  Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E S S E E E

  Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E S S E E E

  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  Q     Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  E E

  Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  E E   Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  E E Q  E E

  Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E S S E E E   Q  Q  H

  Q  Q  H       W          W          W

  W          Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E S S E E E   Q  Q  Q  E E

  Q  Q  Q  E E    E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   Q  Q  E E E E

  Q  Q  E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   Q  Q  H

  Q  Q  H       Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  Q  Q  E E   Q  Q  Q  Q

  Q  Q  Q  E E   Q  Q  Q  Q    Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  E E

  Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  E E

  Q  Q  H      W          W          W

  Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E Q  E E   Q  E E S S E E E

Duration Legend
W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura
+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the
duration for.  Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests.  Multi-
bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for.  Low
melody durations appear below the staff

Tablature Legend
 h   - hammer-on
 p   - pull-off
 b   - bend
 pb  - pre-bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 /\  - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
 s   - legato slide
 S   - shift slide
  - natural harmonic
[n]  - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
 ~   - vibrato
 tr  - trill
 T   - tap
 TP  - trem. picking
 PM  - palm muting
\n/  - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
 \n  - tremolo bar down
 n/  - tremolo bar up
/n\  - tremolo bar inverted dip
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
 <>  - volume swell (louder/softer)
 x   - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
 o   - on rhythm slash represents single note slash

Misc Legend
 |  - bar
||  - double bar
||o - repeat start
o|| - repeat end
*|  - double bar (ending)
 :  - bar (freetime)
 $  - Segno
 &  - Coda
Tempo markers -  = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths
Bass Tabs
TitlePictures Of Matchstick Men
ArtistStatus Quo
Tablature TypeASCII Tab
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a. Strings:

Bass tab consists of horizontal lines representing the strings of the bass guitar. The lowest-pitched string (usually the E string) is at the bottom, and the highest-pitched string (usually the G string) is at the top.

b. Numbers:

Numbers on the lines indicate which fret to play on a specific string. For example, if you see "3" on the E string, it means you should press down the third fret on the lowest string.

2. Reading Bass Tab Example

In this tab:

  • Play the note on the 1st fret of the E string.
  • Play the open E string.
  • Play the 3rd fret on the A string.
  • Play the 1st fret on the A string.

3. Playing Techniques

a. Hammer-ons and Pull-offs:

Hammer-ons are represented by an "h" (e.g., 5h7 means play the 5th fret and hammer onto the 7th fret). Pull-offs are represented by a "p" (e.g., 7p5 means play the 7th fret and pull off to the 5th fret).

b. Slides:

Slides are often indicated by an "/" or "\\" between two numbers (e.g., 5/7 means slide from the 5th fret to the 7th fret).

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