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Machinehead Chords

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Machinehead 
------------
Bush - 16 Stone Album

Std. Tuning

Chords: (all power/5ths)
C#  = x466xx 
A   = 577xxx (or x022xx)
E   = x799xx
B   = 799xxx (or x244xx)
D#  = x688xx
F   = x81010xx
F#m = 244xxx

This is an interpretation of the song for jamming on a single guitar. Chords for all
rhythm sections included. There are some decent tabs out there for this song, but no
chord posts. This is a Bush song, so I won't try to overcomplicate it as others have. I 
found the tabs extremely hard to follow. My goal is to eliminate all the guess work in
offering a complete and intuitive version.

Note: I'm not playing it exactly per the CD. I am playing on acoustic. I also slow the
song down, eliminate some of the shouting/intensity, and it makes an awesome 
alternative version. Can really put a lot of feeling into this song. (Chords should 
work on electric, and cranked up as well)

Section Details

Intro/Main riff: |C# D# >E >F |C# D# >E >F |C#   A    |C#   A    | (x2)

(moderately fast)

 | C#      D#  > E       > F       |       -------------+
:| 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |                    |
e|---------------------------------|                    |
B|---------------------------------|                    |
G|-6---6-x-8-8-/-9-9-9-x-/-10x-10x-|                    |
D|-x---x-x-x-x-/-x-x-x-x-/-x-x-x-x-|                    |
A|-4---4-x-6-6-/-7-7-7-x-/-8-x-8-x-|                    |
E|---------------------------------|: (x2)              |
                                                        |
then...                                                 +---- play twice
                                                        |
 | C#              A               |                    |
:| 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |                    |
e|---------------------------------|                    |
B|---------------------------------|                    |
G|-6(6)6(6)6-x-x-x-----------------|                    |
D|-6(6)6(4)6-x-x-x-7-5h7-5h7-x-x-x-|                    |
A|-4(4)4(4)4-x-x-x-7-5h7-5h7-x-x-x-|                    |
E|-----------------5-5-5-5-5-x-x-x-|: (x2) -------------+
 "(head,   head,   head,   head-head)"
                          "Breathe..." (on last pass)

Verse: |C#    |C#    |A     |A     | (as needed)

("Breathe" Part shown, but same for all verse sections)

"Breathe..."

 | C#                              |       -------------+
:| 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |                    |
e|---------------------------------|                    |
B|---------------------------------|                    |
G|-6(6)6---x-x-x---6-4h6-4h6-x-x-x-|                    |
D|-6(6)6---x-x-x---6-4h6-4h6-x-x-x-|                    |
A|-4(4)4---x-x-x---4-4-4-4-4-x-x-x-|                    |
E|---------------------------------|: (x2)              |
1)"in...   breathe out...   breathe"                    |
2)"in...   breathe out...   breathe"                    |
                                                        +---- play twice
then...                                                 |
                                                        |
 | A                               |                    |
:| 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |                    |
e|---------------------------------|                    |
B|---------------------------------|                    |
G|---------------------------------|                    |
D|-7(7)7---x-x-x---7-5h7-5h7-x-x-x-|                    |
A|-7(7)7---x-x-x---7-5h7-5h7-x-x-x-|                    |
E|-5(5)5---x-x-x---5-5-5-5-5-x-x-x-|: (x2) -------------+
1)"in."  
2)                         "Breathe..." (when repeating)
                   "Tied   to  a......" (before verse 1)    
                   "Deaf, dumb, and..." (before verse 2) 

Chorus: |E   B   |C#   A* | (x4) *A not played on last pass, hold C#

 | E               B               | C#              A               |
:| 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . | 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |
e|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|-9---9---9-x-x-x-----------------|-6---6---6-x-x-x-----------------|
D|-9---9---9-x-x-x-9-9--9--9-x-9-x-|-6---6---6-x-x-x-7-7--7--7-x-7-x-|
A|-7---7---7-x-x-x-9-9--9--9-x-9-x-|-4---4---4-x-x-x-7-7--7--7-x-7-x-|
E|-----------------7-7--7--7-x-7-x-|-----------------5-5--5--5-x-5-x-|: (x3)
1)        "Got a   ma--chine.....   head!...         Better than the.."
2)"rest.           Green   to       red!..           Machine---head"
3)        "Got a   ma--chine.....   head!...    It's better than the.."

then...

 | E               B               | C#                              |
 | 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . | 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |
e|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|-9---9---9-x-x-x-----------------|-6-----x-x-x-x---6~~~~~~~~-------|
D|-9---9---9-x-x-x-9-9--9--9-x-9-x-|-6-----x-x-x-x---6~~~~~~~~-------|
A|-7---7---7-x-x-x-9-9--9--9-x-9-x-|-4-----x-x-x-x---4~~~~~~~~-------|
E|-----------------7-7--7--7-x-7-x-|---------------------------------| (x1)
  "rest.          Green    to        red.            Yea!!!"        
                                                        
Post-chorus/bridge: |F#m   |A      | (x2 or x3, depending)

 | F#m                             | A                      (x x x x)|  (mutes on last pass)
:| 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . | 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |
e|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------| 
G|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D|-4---4---x---4---4---4---x---4-/-|-7---7---x---7---7---7---x---7-\-|
A|-4---4---x---4---4---4---x---4-/-|-7---7---x---7---7---7---x---7-\-|
E|-2---2---x---2---2---2---x---2-/-|-5---5---x---5---5---5---x---5-\-|: (x2-3)
              "I  walk for my  ma--chine."

Ending: (not right, but sounds cool/better than nothing...)

 | E               B               | C#             (A)              |
 | 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . | 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . |
e|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G|-9---9---x-------4---4---x-------|-6~~~~~~~~------(2)------/-------|
D|-9---9---x-------4---4---x-------|-6~~~~~~~~------(2)------/-------|
A|-7---7---x-------2---2---x-------|-4~~~~~~~~------(0)------/-------|
E|---------------------------------|---------------------------------| (x1)

then...

 | E               B               | C#  |
 | 1 . & . 2 . & . 3 . & . 4 . & . | 1 . |
e|---------------------------------|-----|
B|---------------------------------|-----|
G|-9~--------------4~--------------|-6~~-|
D|-9~--------------4~--------------|-6~~-|
A|-7~--------------2~--------------|-4~~-|
E|---------------------------------|-----| (end)

That's it, now here's the complete song with chords & lyrics...

***

Bush - Machine Head

Intro:

|C# D# >E  >F  |
|C# D# >E  >F  |
|C#     A      | (over "head, head, head, head-head")
|C#     A      | (over "head, head, head, head-head")
          
|C# D# >E  >F  |
|C# D# >E  >F  |
|C#     A      | (over "head, head, head, head-head")
|C#     A      | (over "head, head, head. Breathe..")           

Verse 1: (each chord listed for a measure)

       |C#    
Breathe in, breathe out
       |C#
Breathe in, breathe out
       |A               |A            
Breathe in        

       |C#    
Breathe in, breathe out
       |C#
Breathe in, breathe out
       |A               |A            
Breathe in 

         |C#                     |C#               |
Tied to a wheel, my fingers gotta feel
A                            |A
Bleeding through a tourniquet smile
           |C#                     |C#
I spin on a whim, as I slide to the right
 |A                     |A
I felt you like electric light
     *(|C# D# >E  >F   ) 
       |C#
For our love
     *(|C# D# >E  >F   )
       |C#
For our fear
     *(|C#               A                  |C#       A        |)
       |A                                   |A                 |
For our rise against the years and years and years

* can fit a single pass of intro riff over this section as alternative

Chorus:

E       B       |C#      A              |
  Got a ma-chine-head,   better than the
E       B       |C#      A              |
rest    Green to red,    machinehead
E       B       |C#      A              |
  Got a ma-chine-head,   better than the
E       B       |C#                     |
rest    Green to red     (Yea!)

F#m               |A            |
  I walk from my machine
F#m               |A            |
  I walk from my machine

[Intro riff]

C# D# >E  >F  
C# D# >E  >F  
C#     A       
C#     A       

Verse 2:

        C#
Breathe in, breathe out
        C#
Breathe in, breathe out
        A                A
Breathe in

              C#
Deaf dumb and thirty
              C#
Starting to deserve this
A                        A
Leaning on my conscience wall
              C#
Blood is like wine
                    C#
Unconscious all the time
     A      
If I had it all again
              A
I'd change it all

Chorus:

E       B      C#    A               
  Got a machinehead, better than the rest
E       B       C#   A
       Green to red, machinehead
E       B      C#         A               
  Got a machinehead, it's better than the rest
E       B       C#
       Green to red, ..yea

F#m                A
  I walk from my machine
F#m                A
  I walk from my machine

Verse 3: (just the breathe stuff and only 1 time)

        C#  
Breathe in, breathe out
        C#
Breathe in, breathe out
        A                       A
Breathe in, breathe in, breathe in....!!!

Chorus:

E       B      C#    A
  Got a machinehead, better than the rest
E       B      C#    A
      Green to red,  machinehead
E       B      C#         A
  Got a machinehead, it's better than the rest
E       B      C#     A*                    * keep playing chorus through, with A chord
      Green to red, ..yea

E       B      C#    A
  Got a machinehead, better than the rest
E       B      C#    A
      Green to red,  machinehead
E       B      C#    A
  Got a machinehead, better than the rest
E       B      C#    A
      Green to red,  machinehead..

E       B       C#    A
Yea yea yea yea-yea.  Better than the rest
E         B         C#    A
Head head head head-head  Better than the rest
E         B         C#    A
Head head head head-head  Better than the rest
E         B         C#    (no A, hold C#)
Head head head head-head  

F#m                A
  I walk from my machine
F#m                A
  I walk from my machine
F#m                A
  I walk from my machine

E   B   C#~  (A)
E   B   C#~~~~~

*End*
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Bitterzoet wrote on July 28 2011, 01:28 pm

Great job. Very complete effort, I thinks it works well as I played it.

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Sherlock_Hulk wrote on April 5 2013, 10:29 am

Wow... When you said intermediate you meant it...

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chall_99 wrote on April 8 2013, 12:05 pm

Sherlock, I think you mean that as a negative. Sometimes there are only advanced tabs out there. I find the basics are missed unless you can follow them. So, in this case there are several advanced to refer to after (hopefully) mine helps get people who need it started. I personally spend my first couple hours on an advanced tab trying to decipher and pull out the rhythm chords, sections, and timing. Sometimes I share that effort after doing so - at least that's my goal for almost all my tab/chord posts.

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