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Strange Brew Chords

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TITLE         : STRANGE BREW
WRITTEN BY    : Clapton/Collins/Pappalardi
PERFORMED BY  : CREAM
ALBUM         : DISRAELI GEARS album. Released in November 1967
GUITAR CHORDS : A7=xx2223, D7=xx0212, E7=022130, A11=[3]00000

INTERPRETED BY: Monsty :)

To my mind it's no point in having reams of TABs showing complex fretboard fingerings if 
don't know and
understand the underlyling structure and chords of the song. Once you've got that, the 
is easy (ha ha ..)

First of all, it's not "complicated". What makes it sound "complex" is the basic 
structure
with the overlay of Bass and of course the Lead (Solo) guitar. You can, however, get a 
rendition,
also using an acoustic guitar, with this simple and effective playing technique.
If you don't want to play the "fiddly bits" (riffs) ... just play the chords; it sounds 
as good.
- Try it. Play along to the record. It works.
Some TABs show the song being played around the 4th/5th & 7th frets using D7#9, A7 and 
etc.
This is not neccessary and the chord inversions at those positions don't produce the 
sound - which is what you want isn't it ?-)

- If you like it so far, I can post the Solo guitar bits - they're also (made:-) simple !-)


[ ] = Optional - You can play them if you wish. You can also alternate during the song
                 - It makes it more interesting; play if you like, don't play if you're 
:)
                 - The optional [~] vibrato, after the H2 Hammer-on, gives it extra 
& feel.
( ) = not required - It's the top 3 strings (1st, 2nd & 3rd) that give the distinctive 
sound.
                     - Immediately after stiking the strings - STOP (i.e. MUTE)
                     - Should be played with (a bit of) distortion + some nice reverb.

         When A7 is indicated play this

1st E|--------3--------------------------|
2nd B|--------2--------------------------|
3rd G|--------2---------0-[0]-H2[~]------|
4th D|-------(2)---0-H2------------------|
5th A|-0-[0]-----------------------------|

         When D7 is indicated play this

    E|--------2--------------------------|
    B|--------1--------------------------|
    G|--------2---------0-[0]-H2[~]------|
    D|-0-[0]-------0-H2------------------|
    A|-----------------------------------|
    E|-----------------------------------|

         When E7 is indicated play this

    E|--------0--------------------------|
    B|--------3--------------------------|
    G|--------1----------0-[0]-H2[~]-----|
    D|-------(2)---0-H2------------------|
    A|-------(2)-------------------------|
    E|-0-[0]-----------------------------|


INTRO :

A7(x4) D7(x2) A7(x2)

E7           D7                          A7(x2)
Strange brew killin' what's inside of yo-u


VERSE-1
        A7                   D7
She's a witch of trouble in electric flue
       A7                    A7                  D7(x2)
In her own mad mind she's in love with you, with you
                   A7(x2)
Now what you gonna do
E7           D7                          A7(x2)
Strange brew killin' what's inside of yo-u


VERSE-2
      A7                         D7
She's some kind of demon dustin' in the flue.
       A7                    A7               D7(x2)
If you don't watch out it'll stick to you, to you
                      A7(x2)
What kind of fool are you
E7           D7                          A7(x2)
Strange brew killin' what's inside of yo-u


Guitar Solo Over : (i.e. same as INTRO w/o words)

A7(x4) D7(x2) A7(x2)

E7           D7                          A7(x2)


VERSE-3
     A7                      D7
On a boat in the middle of a raging sea
          A7                  A7           D7(x2)
She would make a scene for it all to be ig-nored
                    A7(x2)
And wouldn't you be bored
E7           D7                          A7 (Strike then Mute)
Strange brew killin' what's inside of yo-u

PAUSE

A7 (strike)


VERSE-4
A7           D7
Strange brew
A7           A7           D7           D7
Strange brew              Strange brew
A7           A7
Strange brew

E7           D7                          A7 (Strike then Mute)
Strange brew killin' what's inside of yo-u


Outplay ... then finish on chord of A11


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Monsty wrote on December 13 2008, 08:30 am

TIP : play the chords as shown in the text (not the UG chord diagrams)

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J-Smack wrote on October 25 2009, 06:41 pm

This is a great way to explain the song. I love it. 5 stars.

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