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That said, you’ve inspired me to listen back to the song in question and the (1971 Deep Purple) recording is much more about punch than sustain. On a standard four string bass, my first six notes of the riff (G D G’) would probably be played with first finger on the third fret of the E string, third finger on the fifth fret of the A string and fourth finger on the fifth fret of the D string. The second half of each line is varied each time round but sounds to me like something that is going to require moving around however many fingers you assign per fret.

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BTW, I’m fairly sure that the A# is in fact a Bb (key of Gm).

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For example take the bass tab written on a site of Smoke on the Water, though I do believe this might be how it is played:


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That’s just an easy example off of the top of my head. I don’t really find this to be a debate. It is easy to play this way and the tuning is designed this way on purpose. You can also more easily play without looking at your hand.