UG Weekend Bass Riff: Part 9

Ultimate Guitar


The Ytse Jam - Dream Theater. This weekend riff is 2 riffs and the solo (for anyone who's feeling brave enough) from the instrumental. The Ytse Jam off Dream Theater's first album When Day And Dream Unite. These riffs feature many different time signatures, keys ignatures, tempos and everything else you would expect from Dream Theater so these riffs can be quite difficult to get your head around.


The first riff is mainly in D harmonic minor as it has the raised seventh but there are also a few chromatic notes in the second bar. This can be hard to count as the time signature changes from 7/4 to 11/8, however to play its fairly straightforward. When fretting the notes you should use your first and second fingers when the notes are a semitone apart and you should use your first and third fingers when the notes are a whole tone apart. You should also aim to pick each note individually rather than pulling off or hammering on between them.

The second riff uses a Phrygian Dominant shape and starts on A for the first 4 bars and moves up to E for the next four bars. The time signature remains in 3/4 for all the bars so its much easier to count. When fretting the notes you should use your third finger to fret the first note and use most appropriate finger to fret the other notes and in the fourth bar you should move it up to the second finger playing the first note the play the next notes accordingly, the same shape is repeated in the next four bars with E as the root. The solo is pretty hard to get, it also has changing time signatures and uses a range of techniques such as tapping, this was only included because I know some people will want it as I haven't seen it tabbed in many places. The solo is complete improvisation so actually learning it note for note is very hard. If you want to try improvising your own solo he uses the D minor scale for most of it and uses D Phrygian Dominant in bars 4 and 5.

Gear Info:

On this album Myung used a 4-string Musicman Stingray and he changed to a 6 string for the next album, he also uses Mesa-Boogie amps.

Audio & Tab:

1. Riffs 125 bpm    7/4      S  S  E E  S  S  E E  S  S  E  S  S  E  S  S  E  S  S  E ||------------------------------------------------------------| ||o-12-11-12-0-14-12-14-0-15-14-15-17-15-17-15-14-15-14-12-14-| ||o-----------------------------------------------------------| ||------------------------------------------------------------|

11/8    S  S  E E  S  S  E  S  S  E  S  S  E  S  S  E |------------15-14-15-14-12-14-12-11-12------------|| |-12-11-12-0----------------------------15-14-15--o|| |-------------------------------------------------o|| |--------------------------------------------------||

   3/4     E S S E S S E E   E S S E S S E E   E S S E S S E E   E E E E E E ||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------| ||o-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------| ||o-----------------|---------------4-|-----------------|-----4-5-7-8-| ||--5-5-5-5-5-5-6-3-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-6---|-5-5-5-5-5-5-6-3-|-5-6---------|

  E S S E S S E E   E S S E S S E E   E S S E S S E E   E E E E E  E |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------|| |-----------------|---------------6-|-----------------|-----6-7-9-10-o|| |-7-7-7-7-7-7-8-5-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-8---|-7-7-7-7-7-7-8-5-|-7-8----------o|| |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------|| Click here to get a midi file of the tab above.

2. Solo 160 bpm 4/4    Q   E.  S  E  S  S  E  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E |-14--14--14-14-14-14-14-15-|-15-15-15-15-15-17-17-19-| |---------------------------|-------------------------| |---------------------------|-------------------------| |---------------------------|-------------------------|

                              6/4                                                             |--3--|    Q   E.  S  E.  S  E  S  S    E  E  S  S  E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E |-19--19--19-19--19-19-17-19-|-20-19-17-17-19----19-----------------------| |----------------------------|----------------20----20-19-12-12-12-12-12--| |----------------------------|--------------------------------------------| |----------------------------|--------------------------------------------|

4/4                                              |--3--|  E  S  S  Q   E  S  S  S  S  E   S  S  S  S  E  E  E  S  S  S  S  S  S  S |15-14-12-14-------------14-17-|14-15--14-12-------------12-14-15-15-19-17| |------------12-13-15-16-------|-------------15-14-15-15------------------| |------------------------------|------------------------------------------| |------------------------------|------------------------------------------|

                                        |--3--|    S  S  S  S  S  S  E  S  S  S  S  E  S  S  S |-15-17-15-14-12-12----14-14-15-17-19-15p12h15-| |-------------------15-------------------------| |----------------------------------------------| |----------------------------------------------|

6/4                                                            4/4       T     T     T     T                |-----5-----|  |-----5-----|    S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  E  E  E  Q     Q  H. |-12-17p12-17p12-15p12-19p12-12s15h17h19p15s12h15-17-----------|----------| |----------------------------------------------------15-13-12--|-12\------| |--------------------------------------------------------------|----------| |--------------------------------------------------------------|----------| Click here to get a midi file of the tab above.

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    im not sure but i think he uses a phaser on the solo but its just a quess as i ahvent herd the rael version for a while, but u knwo if u aheva phaser try it out see if it sounds any good
    Chorus oh ok but im sure he uses fingers iv seen a video of the The Ytse Jam like if you search bass solo on imesh
    i think he uses a phaser on the solo
    Sounds more like a chorus to me, but good guess. It also sounds like he plays with a pick just on this song. Damn, I'm printing this out... need something to impress the teacher with at band practice...
    Sweet dude, that's one of the coolest things i've ever heard.
    pretty cool. but not very difficult...but it's lovely shit!
    Theyre the note length, so Q is quarter note, E is eighth etc.
    I'm kinda a bass n00b... could anyone tell me what the Q, the E and the S above the tab stand for? thx
    he does play with his finger. its awesome to see some dream theater on here