Flashlight bass tabs

Flashlight bass tabs

This is an update of the original tab, by Matt Clark 

Notes:The original tab had the notes wrong, and he neglected
to include any of the variations.
Basically, play the main riff mostly, but you can play
any of the variations whenever. But if you're playing
along with the CD, you have to be careful of when you
play Variation 2, or it won't sound right.

r = rest
L = lift off (just lift your finger off the fret)
~~ = vibrato (or trill down to the next lower fret)
__/ = tie

Here's the main riff for the song:
| e e e e e e e e e q. e e e e
G ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
D ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
A ——3——3——1——1———————————————————————0——1——2—————————————————————————————————————
E ——————————————3——3——2——2——1—————1——————————————————————————————————————————————
> r

Variation 1:
| e e e e e e s s e e q. e e e e
G ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
D ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
A ——3——3——1——1——————————————————————————0——1——2——————————————————————————————————
E ——————————————3——3——2——3——2——1—————1———————————————————————————————————————————
> r

Variation 2:
| e e e e e e e e e e s s s s h
G —————————————————————————————————————————3~~3~~————————————————————————————————
D ————————————————————————————————3L—2L—1——__/——————————————————————————————————
A ——3——3——1——1———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
E ——————————————3——3——2——2——1————————————————————————————————————————————————————
> r

Variation 3:
| e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e
G ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
D ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
A ——3——3——1——1————————————————————0——0——1——1——2——2———————————————————————————————
E ——————————————3——3——2——2——1——1—————————————————————————————————————————————————

Variation 4:
| e e e e e e e e e q. e e e e
G ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
D ————————0——0——1——1——2——2——3—————3——————————————————————————————————————————————
A ——3——3—————————————————————————————0——1——2—————————————————————————————————————
E ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
> r

Created with Fast Tab, by Emmanuel Thioux

Flashlight Bass Tabs

Flashlight Bass Tabs

Introduction to Flashlight by Parliament-Funkadelic

If you’re a fan of funk and soul music, chances are you’ve heard of Parliament-Funkadelic. This legendary band, led by George Clinton, created some of the most iconic songs of the 70s and 80s, including the classic tune ‘Flashlight’.

‘Flashlight’ is a funky, bass-driven song that is a favorite among bass players. In this tutorial, we’ll go through the bass tabs for ‘Flashlight’ step by step, teaching you how to play this classic tune.

How to Play the Flashlight Bass Tabs

Before we dive into the tabs, let’s first go over the basic structure of ‘Flashlight’. The song is in the key of D, and the bass line revolves around the D minor pentatonic scale. The tempo is around 110-120 BPM.

The main bass riff is relatively simple, using only four notes. Here’s how to play it:

  1. Start on the fifth fret of the A string (D note)
  2. Slide up to the seventh fret of the A string (E flat note)
  3. Play the fifth fret of the D string (A note)
  4. Slide up to the seventh fret of the D string (B flat note)

Repeat this riff throughout the song, with slight variations here and there.

Aside from the main riff, there are a few other parts of the song that require different bass lines. Here are the tabs for those sections:
















Practice each section separately before putting the whole song together.

Transition Words for Bass Tab Tutorial

When learning how to play a new song on the bass, it’s important to take your time and practice each section slowly and carefully. Here are some transition words you can use to help you transition between different parts of the song:

  • Next
  • After that
  • Moving on to
  • Now onto
  • Continuing with
  • Last but not least
  • Finally

By using these transition words, you can make your bass tab tutorial flow smoothly and be easier to follow for your readers.


Now that you’ve learned how to play the bass tabs for ‘Flashlight’ by Parliament-Funkadelic, it’s time to put your new skills to the test. Practice playing along with the song until you can play it smoothly and confidently.

Remember to take breaks and practice slowly at first. As you get more comfortable with the song, you can gradually increase your speed and add your own variations.

With enough practice, you’ll be able to play the bass tabs for ‘Flashlight’ like a pro. Good luck and have fun!

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