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The Acoustic Part:

 

The first thing you need to do is re-tune the strings to E A B G B D#;

this then allows you to play the following chords (the names of which may

well be wrong!):

 

      Bmaj     Badd11     F#6      Emaj7      G#m    F#m7add11

D#|----0----|----0----|----0----|----0----|----0----|----1----|

B |----0----|----0----|----2----|----0----|----0----|----0----|

G |----8----|----9----|----3----|----1----|----2----|----2----|

B |----0----|----0----|----4----|----0----|----2----|----2----|

A |----9----|----9----|----4----|----2----|----x----|----x----|

E |----7----|----7----|----2----|----0----|----2----|----2----|

(These are easier to play if you use your thumb to fret the notes on the E

string)

 

And the song goes:

 

Intro:      [B, Badd11] (x2)

 

Verse:      [B, F#6, Emaj7] (x4)

 

Chorus: [Emaj7, G#m, F#6] (x3), then Emaj7

 

Verse

 

Chorus

 

Verse

 

Middle: (same chords as verse progression; play twice)

 

Outro:      B, F#m7add11, Emaj7

 

 

 

The Electric Part:

 

The bit on the electric guitar is (supposedly) in standard tuning

(ie. E A D G B E), and therefore, to play along with the chords above, the

chords need to be played as below (not sure if these are right):

 

      Bmaj     Badd11     F#6      Emaj7      G#m    F#m7add11

E |----x----|----0----|----2----|----0----|----4----|----2----|

B |----4----|----4----|----4----|----0----|----4----|----2----|

G |----4----|----4----|----3----|----1----|----4----|----2----|

D |----4----|----4----|----4----|----1----|----6----|----2----|

A |----2----|----2----|----x----|----2----|----6----|----2----|

E |----x----|----x----|----2----|----0----|----4----|----2----|

 

 

In addition, below is the riff used in between sections of the song:

 

(N.B. b = bend string; r = release bend; ~ = keep string bent;

/ & \ = slide up/down)

 

      B

E |-----7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--|---7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7/---|

B |-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|---0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0----|

G |--9b11~11~11~11~11~11~11~11~~|~~11~r9--9--9--9--9--9--9/---|

D |-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

A |-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

E |-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

 

      F#6

E |----11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11--|--11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11\---|

B |-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|---0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0----|

G |-13b15~15~15~15~15~15~15~15~~|~~15r13-13-13-13-13-13-13\---|

D |-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

A |-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

E |-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

 

      Emaj7

E |-----2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2--|---2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2\---|

B |-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|---0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0----|

G |---4b6~~6~~6~~6~~6~~6~~6~~6~~|~~~6~r4--4--4--4--4--4--4\---|

D |-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

A |-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

E |-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

 

      B

E |-----7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7--|---7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7----|

B |-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|---0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0----|

G |--9b11~11~11~11~11~11~11~11~~|~~11~r9--9--9--9--9--9--9----|

D |-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

A |-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

E |-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

 

 

And (finally!) this is the little lick that gets played over the chorus:

 

      Emaj7                   G#m        F#6

E |--16--16--16--16--16--16--16--16--|--16--16--16--16--16--14--14/16--|

B |----------------------------------|---------------------------------|

G |--16--16--16--16--16--16--16--16--|--16--16--16--16--16--15--15/16--|

D |----------------------------------|---------------------------------|

A |----------------------------------|---------------------------------|

E |----------------------------------|---------------------------------|


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