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*Great new band from Las Vegas*
Title: Somebody Told Me
Artists: The Killers
Album: Hot Fuss
Transcribed by: Erin Cox

In order to play this catchy post-80's nostalgic new wave pop mix you have to play every 
using a downstrum technique. Not only is this tedious but it's fun! Kinda 
song shifts along with power 5's in a continuous and relentless 4/4 meter in the key of F#major.

Tuning: E standard (E A D G B E)

Intro
  C#5                     D#5    E#5  F#5  X2
|-------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------|
|-6-----------------------8------10----11---|
|-6-----------------------8------10----11---|
|-4-----------------------6-------8-----9---|
|-------------------------------------------|
  1  &  2  &  3  &  4  &  etc...etc...etc.. (all downstrums!!)


  F5        F#5   G#5   F#5   F5    F#5   G#5  G#5
|---------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------|
|-10--------11----13----11----10----11----13---13---|
|-10--------11----13----11----10----11----13---13---|
|--8---------9----11-----9-----8-----9----11---11---|
|---------------------------------------------------|
   1 2 3 4 etc...etc...etc...etc...etc...etc..etc...

For this next part after the intro where he sings, "Breakin' my back just to know
your the guitarist uses a harmonic technique to get that cool helicopter effect.
To do this hold your fingers over the strings loosely, not pressing down enough
to get sound from the actual notes, but tight enough to not hear open strings vibrate...easy smeasy right?

I've transcribed it hear to show the parts of the neck Keuning (guitarist) is hovering 
and the parts he's "sliding" to.

|-------------------------------------------|
|-15-\-----9-\-----7-\-----3----------/-5---|
|-15--\----9--\----7--\----3---------/--5---|
|-15---\---9---\---7---\---3--------/---5---|
|-15----\--9----\--7----\--3-------/----5---|
|-15-----\-9-----\-7-----\-3------/-----5---|

(Hold each of these harmonics for a 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & count while sliding. Don't reach the 
chord until you finish the counting slide of the other chords. This is the only part of 
song that requires you to utilize upward and downward strumming in a fast pace.)

  F5        F#5   G#5   F#5
|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|
|-10--------11----13----11---|
|-10--------11----13----11---|
|--8---------9----11-----9---|
|----------------------------|
   1 2 3 4 etc...etc...etc...

                                        X2
|-----------------------------------------|
|-15-\-----9-\-----7-\-----3----------/-5-|
|-15--\----9--\----7--\----3---------/--5-|
|-15---\---9---\---7---\---3--------/---5-|
|-15----\--9----\--7----\--3-------/----5-|
|-15-----\-9-----\-7-----\-3------/-----5-|

  F5        F#5   G#5   F#5
|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|
|-10--------11----13----11---|
|-10--------11----13----11---|
|--8---------9----11-----9---|
|----------------------------|
   1 2 3 4 etc...etc...etc...

|-----------------------------------------|
|-15-\-----9-\-----7-\-----3----------/-5-|
|-15--\----9--\----7--\----3---------/--5-|
|-15---\---9---\---7---\---3--------/---5-|
|-15----\--9----\--7----\--3-------/----5-|
|-15-----\-9-----\-7-----\-3------/-----5-|


"Bring it back down, bring it back down tonight "
|-4---------------4-----4----6-------8---------|
|-4---------------4-----4----6-------8---------|
|-6---------------6-----6----8------10---------|
|-6---------------6-----6----8------10---------|
|-4---------------4-----4----6-------8---------|
|----------------------------------------------|
  1 & 2 & 3 & 4 etc...etc... 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

|-4-----------------4-----4----4---------|
|-4-----------------4-----4----4---------|
|-6-----------------6-----6----6---------|
|-6-----------------6-----6----6---------|
|-4-----------------4-----4----4---------|
|----------------------------------------|
  1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & etc...etc... 1 & 2 &

(You play both these parts using downstrums...I know, I did say it would get tedious but 
stays fun.)

"We'll somebody told me"
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-8-----------------4-----6-----3-----8-----4-----6---|
|-8-----------------4-----6-----3-----8-----4-----6---|
|-6-----------------2-----4-----1-----6-----2-----4---|
  1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & etc...etc...etc...etc...etc...etc...  (all downstrums)

F5          F#5          G#5            F#5
|-------------------------------------------|
|-15-\-----9-\-----7-\-----3----------/-5---|
|-15--\----9--\----7--\----3---------/--5---|
|-15---\---9---\---7---\---3--------/---5---|
|-15----\--9----\--7----\--3-------/----5---|
|-15-----\-9-----\-7-----\-3------/-----5---|

  F5        F#5   G#5   F#5
|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|
|-10--------11----13----11---|
|-10--------11----13----11---|
|--8---------9----11-----9---|
|----------------------------|
   1 2 3 4 etc...etc...etc...

|-------------------------------------------|
|-15-\-----9-\-----7-\-----3----------/-5---|
|-15--\----9--\----7--\----3---------/--5---|
|-15---\---9---\---7---\---3--------/---5---|
|-15----\--9----\--7----\--3-------/----5---|
|-15-----\-9-----\-7-----\-3------/-----5---|

"Bring it back down, bring it back down tonight "
|-4---------------4-----4----6-------8---------|
|-4---------------4-----4----6-------8---------|
|-6---------------6-----6----8------10---------|
|-6---------------6-----6----8------10---------|
|-4---------------4-----4----6-------8---------|
|----------------------------------------------|
  1 & 2 & 3 & 4 etc...etc... 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

|-4-----------------4-----4----4---------|
|-4-----------------4-----4----4---------|
|-6-----------------6-----6----6---------|
|-6-----------------6-----6----6---------|
|-4-----------------4-----4----4---------|
|----------------------------------------|
  1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & etc...etc... 1 & 2 &

The lead part, which is not really a lead but more just playing single notes in a melody.

                                                           X2
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-8-8-8-6-----8-8-8-6-----8-8-8-6-6---6---8-8-8-6-6---6-----|
|-----------------------------------8---8-----------8---8---|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|

                  X6
|-------------------|
|-------------------|
|-------------------|
|-8-8-8-6-6---6-----|
|-----------8---8---|
|-------------------|

"We'll somebody told me"                                  X6
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-8-----------------4-----6-----3-----8-----4-----6-----3---|
|-8-----------------4-----6-----3-----8-----4-----6-----3---|
|-6-----------------2-----4-----1-----6-----2-----4-----1---|
  1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & etc...etc...etc...etc...etc...etc...etc... (all downstrums)
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Rockn_Clay wrote on October 14 2004, 12:00 am

wat the bloody hell

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BranD wrote on March 30 2005, 12:00 am

Nice work! I never can get the "hovering/sliding" part to sound right though. Do you have any more tips for that?

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samlynch wrote on August 10 2005, 12:00 am

sorry, but this is crap

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