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                             FAKE FROWNS - Death Cab for Cutie
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Tabbed by: A.J. Conner
Email: ajconner123@gmail.com

Fake Frowns
Death Cab for Cutie
Something About Airplanes
1998

(An attempt).

Tuning: Standard

 VERSE

   Guitar 1 - Riff 1 (twice)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--3----3-3-3----3-3-8--8-8-8--8--8-8-8--9--9-9-9--9-9-9--------------------|
G|--0----0-0-0----0-0-x--x-x-x--x--x-x-x--9--9-9-9--9-9-9--------------------|
D|--2----2-2-2----2-2-7--7-7-7--7--7-7-7--9--9-9-9--9-9-9--------------------|
A|--3----3-3-0----0-0-0--0-0-0--0--0-0-0--7--7-7-7--7-7-7--------------------|
E|--3----3-3-2----2-2------------------------------(7)-(7)-------------------|
    
   Riff 2 (twice)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--3----3-3-3----3-3-8--8-8-8--8--8-8-8--10--10-10-10--9-9-9----------------|
G|--0----0-0-0----0-0-x--x-x-x--x--x-x-x--10--10-10-10--9-9-9----------------|
D|--2----2-2-2----2-2-7--7-7-7--7--7-7-7--10--10-10-10--9-9-9----------------|
A|--3----3-3-0----0-0-0--0-0-0--0--0-0-0--8---8--8--8---7-7-7----------------|
E|--3----3-3-2----2-2--------------------------------------------------------|


   Guitar 2 - Riff 1 (twice, play with guitar 1)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---10--10--10--10--10--10--12--12--12--12--12--12--------------------------|
A|--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12---------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---10--10--10--10--10--10---9--9--9--9--9--9-------------------------------|
A|--12--12--12--12--12--12--11-11-11-11-11-11--------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

  Riff 2 (twice, play with guitar 1)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---10--10--10--10--10--10--12--12--12--12--12--12--------------------------|
A|--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12---------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---10--10--10--10--10--10--12--12--12--12--12--12--------------------------|
A|--12--12--12--12--12--12--14--14--14--14--14--14---------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 CHORUS

  Guitar 1
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------0-0-0---|
G|-----------0------------------0------------------0-----------------------0-|
D|------2--2---2----2-----2---2---2----2-----2---2---2---2-----2---2---------|
A|--0-0--0--------0----------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------3-3---3--------3---1-1---1-------1---1-1---1-----------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----|
B|---------------------------------------------------------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----|
G|-----------0------------------0------------------0-------1-1-1-1-1-1-1-----|
D|------2--2---2----2-----2---2---2----2-----2---2---2---2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----|
A|--0-0--0--------0----------------------------------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----|
E|--------------------3-3---3--------3---1-1---1-------1---0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----|


  Guitar 2 - Weird octave slides that are rarely on beat. (play with guitar 1)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--5/-7/-9\--5-5--7/-9\-5--7--9---------------------------------------------|
D|--x/-x/-x\--x-x--x/-x\-x--x--x---------------------------------------------|
A|--3/-5/-7\--3-3--5/-7\-3--5--7---------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

  Rinse and repeat until the interlude...

  Guitar 2 (quietly as guitar 1 rests, play 3 times)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------1-1--------1-1-1-0------1-1--------1-1-----1-------------------------|
G|----------2-----------------------2----------0-0---------------------------|
D|--3-3--------3-3-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------0-0--------2-2-----------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

  Guitar 1 re-enters: (play twice)
e|--13-13-------13-13----13-13-------13-13-----------------------------------|
B|--------13--13-----13-------13--13------13---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----12--12--12--13--13--13--15--15--15--13--13--13-------------------------|
G|--14--14--14--14--14--14--14--14--14--14--14--14---------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

  Guitar 1: LOUD (play 8 times. after that, play the 2nd part with the sliding octaves
  4 more times)
e|-----------15-------15----15----------15-------15----15--------------------|
B|------------x--------x-----x-----------x--------x-----x--------------------|
G|--14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14--------------------|
D|--15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15--------------------|
A|---x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--x--------------------|
E|--13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13--------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--14/15-15-15-14\7-7--14/15-15-15-14\7-7-----------------------------------|
A|--0----0--0---0--0-0--0----0--0---0--0-0-----------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

  End the interlude with:
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------17----17----17----17--------------------------------------------|
D|--14/15-15----15----15----15-----------------------------------------------|
A|--0-----0-----0-----0-----0------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 2: (play with guitar 1, LOUD, rest at end of interlude)
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--------------------------|
G|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------------------------|
D|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--------------------------|
A|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--------------------------|
E|--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--------------------------|
   
e|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------------------------|
B|--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--------------------------|
G|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------------------------|
D|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------------------------|
A|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|




Jump right back into the main riff, play it 4 times, 
end by walloping out an E chord.

Good luck, this song is tough.

| () optional note
| /  slide up
| \  slide down
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  vibrato
| +  harmonic
| x  Mute note
===============================================================================  
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Paul Lambeth wrote on August 15 2013, 07:09 pm

"Guitar 2 - Weird octave slides that are rarely on beat." - I've been listening and have concluded that that section is regular, but just strangely in a kind of 7/8 (or 14/16) pattern over the top of it. The pattern is made up of those octaves you wrote in that sequence, to the rhythm 3-2-3 2-2-2 (total 14), with slides in between.

It's a little tricky to play because you have to think in a different rhythm to the standard 3/4 of the chorus, but it resolves itself by the time the chorus is over. Well done, Death Cab - that's some clever rhythm work.

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hendrixfreak93 wrote on August 16 2013, 09:14 am

Great job deciphering that! I would never have been able to figure out that rhythm; it is indeed tricky to play. Thanks for your contribution! I also think the second chord in the verse should be 2x023x instead of the 20203x that I originally tabbed, after viewing mxerscott's new tab for the chords of this song.

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