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Einstein On The Beach Tab

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Counting Crows - Einstein on the Beach

This song sounds like it was played either in standard tuning and slowed
down a bit, or detuned and sped up.  To play along, tune all strings 
approximately 1/4 step down from standard.

There are two riffs in this song I thought were worth tabbing out,
besides a few rhythm figures.

Riff 1:


Riff 2:


Rhythm Figure 1:    (p = palm-mute slightly)
         E      A      E      B      E      A      E      B

                p             p             p             p

Rhythm Figure 2:
       C#m  B   A   E               F#m     A

     |--4---2---0---0--|          |--2------5--|
     |--5---2---2---0--|          |--2------5--|
     |--6---4---2---1--|   x 3    |--2------6--|
     |--6---4---2---2--|          |--4------7--|
     |--4---2---0---2--|          |--4------7--|
     |--------------0--|          |--2------5--|

Rhythm Figure 3:
       G#m   A                B    B

     |--4----5--|          |--2----2--|
     |--4----5--|          |--2----2--|
     |--4----6--|   x 3    |--4----4--|
     |--6----7--|          |--4----4--|
     |--6----7--|          |--2----2--|
     |--4----5--|          |----------|

The song starts with Riff 1 fading in, with an acoustic guitar
strumming an E chord fading in behind it.

Then we have the rhythm figure, which might be played by bass only
(I'm not sure), but regardless, Rhythm Figure 1 is what's going on under
Riff 2, which is the first thing when the song proper starts.

For the verses, play Rhythm Figure 1 four times.

The prechorus consists of two lines over which an A chord is played.
Between the two lines, there is a repetition of the rhythm figure, with
half of Riff 2 played over it.

For the chorus, play Rhythm Figure 2.  Over the last line, the 
F#m -> A progression, play Riff 1 a couple of times.

From there it goes back into Rhythm Figure 1 with Riff 2.

(Repeat verse, prechorus, and chorus)

For the bridge, play Rhythm Figure 3.

Under the organ solo, play Rhythm Figure 1 four times.

(Repeat prechorus and chorus)

Then repeat the first half of the bridge (G#m -> A -> G#m -> A)

Then repeat the chorus twice, except after the first one, omit the A chord,
so it goes like this:

C#m -> B -> A -> E  (three times)   ->   F#m
C#m -> B -> A -> E  (three times)   ->   F#m -> A -> E

At this point, the song starts to fade out with the guitar playing an E
chord and the other instruments playing little fills.  That's it!

Questions, comments, corrections, etc. email me: andy719 at hotmail dot com
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chall_99 wrote on March 14 2009, 11:44 pm

this tab is pretty good. though it is hard to follow the text that is correctly stated, but why say it when it could have just been tabbed out. example the bridge could have been tabbed out instead of explained.

but, the riffs are pretty cool and worth while. i like and appreciate the riff 2 that fits with the main E, A, E, B rhythm progression. that makes a nice change up, versus just playing the chords over and over (i'll atleast use it in the solo section).

Tab out the text and this is 5 stars.

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chall_99 wrote on March 15 2009, 12:54 am

Couple more comments...

1) the 1/4 down tuning is the trick. i was trying whole step, 1/2 step up and down and it didn't sound right. 1/4 down bingo! thnx!
2) the B seems like a regular B to me and not suspended as shown (x24442 not x24422)
3) i played with riff 2 to pull out the main notes. came up with following and it seems to make a great main riff to use to clearly define this song:
. E . A . E . B .
. 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

basically removing the extra E notes (2nd fret 4th string) and the G# (6th fret, 4th string) on quarter counts. can add 'em back in, especially the G#, but i like hearing the main riff clean used too

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Othersider wrote on April 13 2009, 01:39 am

Thanks! This was the first tab I submitted, and I think your suggestions are good. I'll try to remember them when I submit tabs in the future.

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