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Independently Happy Acoustic Tab

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"Independently Happy (Acoustic)" by Blue October
(Transcription by AggiePhil--phil@phildorsett.com)
http://www.phildorsett.com/sounds.html

Notes:
• A few things about this tab. First of all, this is an acoustic compilation tab,
meaning that I tried to combine multiple elements from the actual song into a single
guitar part. So there are some elements of the violin part, the bass guitar part, and
the lead guitar part. Next, I don't know if this would work on a guitar with all six
strings, so keep that in mind. Although all the fingerings show the high e string as
muted, I doubt it'd be possible to actually mute it with your fingers. I just don't
have that string at all (nor does Justin of Blue October). With that having been said,
here's the piece...

Intro & Verses ("I feel that it's hard enough to say goodbye...")
(Strum; basically finger G6 (320000) and briefly throw in A notes with your index finger 
the g string at fret 2 to match the violin; accent all strums with this A note in them)

e|---------------------------------------x---x---------------------------------------x-----------------------------------------------|
b|---------------------------------------0---0---------------------------------------1-----------------------------------------------|
g|---------------------------------------2---0---------------------------------------0-----------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------0---0---------------------------------------2-----------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------2---2---------------------------------------3-----------------------------------------------|
E|-------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3---3---------------------------------------x-----------------------------------------------|
--------------------------------------Gadd9--G6----switch b/w Gadd9 & G6 
back to switching b/w Gadd9 & G6--------|

Chorus ("I said I'm finally...happy!")
(Strum; just move your index finger back and forth between the g string and the b string 
to the chords below)
•Play twice; end on a C chord (x3201x) after the second time

e|-------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------x--------|
b|-------1--------0--------0--------0--------0--------0--------0--------0--------|
g|-------0--------0--------2--------0--------0--------2--------x--------0--------|
D|-------0--------0--------0--------0--------0--------0--------0--------0--------|
A|-------2--------2--------2--------2--------2--------2--------2--------2--------|
E|-------3--------3--------3--------3--------3--------3--------3--------3--------|
--------G11-------G6-----Gadd9------G6-------G6-----Gadd9------?--------G6-------|

Repeat Verse


Repeat Chorus


Guitar Solo
(Strum)
•Play twice

e|------x------x------x------x------x------x------x------x------------x------x------x------x------------x------------x-------|
b|------1------0------0------0------1------0------0------0------------1------0------0------0------------5------------6-------|
g|------0------0------2------0------0------0------2------0------------0------0------2------0------------0------------0-------|
D|------0------0------0------0------0------0------0------0------------2------2------2------2------------5------------7-------|
A|------2------2------2------2------2------2------2------2------------3------3------3------3------------7------------8-------|
E|------3------3------3------3------3------3------3------3------------x------x------x------x------------x------------x-------|
-------G11-----G6---Gadd9----G6----G11-----G6---Gadd9----G6-----------C----Cmaj7--Cmaj7/6--Cmaj7--------?----------Fadd2-----|

"So I drive to the edge of my considerate plane..."
(Pick)

e|--------------------------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------------------------|
g|--------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-------|
----------------------------------------------------------|

"I wipe the slate clean..."
(Strum; finger G6 (320000) and briefly throw in A notes with your index finger on the g 
at fret 2 to match the violin; accent all strums with this A note in them)

e|-------x--------x---x----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
b|-------1--------0---0----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
g|-------0--------2---0----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------2--------0---0----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------3--------2---2----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------x--------3---3----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
---------C-----Gadd9--G6----continue to switch b/w Gadd9 & G6 until "I said I'm finally..."--------|

Repeat Chorus ("I said I'm finally...happy!")


Bass Outro

e|-------x--------x--------x--------x--------|
b|-------0--------1--------5--------6--------|
g|-------0--------0--------0--------0--------|
D|-------0--------2--------5--------7--------|
A|-------2--------3--------7--------8--------|
E|-------3--------x--------x--------x--------|
---------G6-------C--------?------Fadd2------|

Repeat Guitar Solo
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Kyle86 wrote on March 19 2008, 06:19 pm

nicely done. i'm not sure about the chorus, but this is a great starting point for anyone wanting to make this song their own.

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