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Dramamine by Modest Mouse
The Moon & Antarctica
Tabbed by Kyle Rex

 I decided to make a comprehensive tab so those that wish to play this song
 don't have to go through all the different tabs in here in order to get it
 right. I tried to get all the little variations in melody that the other
 tabs missed, and more of the background guitar work. I also added some fun
 variations to play at the end of the tab. I think my tab is the closest to
 correct. Enjoy. 

Key: 

<> - Harmonic
b - Bend
~ - Vibrato
x2 - Play twice
/ - Slide up
\ - Slide down

Lyrics (as sung by Isaac Brock)

Traveling, swallowing dramamine 
Feeling spaced, breathing out Listerine 
I'd said what I'd said that I'd tell you
And that you'd killed the better part of me 
If you could just milk it for everything 
I've said what I'd said and you know what I mean 
But I still can't focus on anything 
We kiss on the mouth but still cough down our sleeves 
Traveling, swallowing dramamine 
Look at your face like you're killed in a dream 
And you think you've figured out everything 
I think I know my geometry pretty damn well 
You say what you need so you'll get more 
If you could just milk it for everything 
I've said what I said and you know what I mean 
But I can't still focus on anything 

GUITAR 1 (Bassline)

 Guitar 1 plays a bass line that runs through the majority of the song, it
 establishes the basic 1-2-3 1-2-3 pattern of the song (Changes in the song
 usually happen on the "1" notes of the bass line):

0:00 - 0:08 is when you can hear it clearly

e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|---0---------------------|
D|-2---2---4-----2-----4---|
A|-------5---5-3---3-----5-|
E|-------------------3-----|

   1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3

 (If you are playing on acoustic it sounds more like the album when palm
 muted)

 It plays continuously and doesn't change until

3:25 - 3:29

e|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|---0---0---0---0------------|
D|-----------------4----------|
A|-------------------5--------|
E|----------------------------|
     1   1   1   1 2 3 (rhythm)

3:29 - 4:00

 Here it does the standard bass line but with a rest for the last three
 notes, and then the standard bass line and a variation in place of the
 last three notes.

e|---------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------|
G|---0------------------------0----------------------|
D|-2---2---4-----2----------2---2---4-----2---2/5-5-5|
A|-------5---5-3---3--------------5---5-3---3--------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|

 From 4:00 to 4:15 he just repeats that last variation (note that you can
 play the last two 5s as open on the G-string):

e|----------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------|
G|---0-------------------------0----------------------|
D|-2---2---4-----2---2/5-5-5-2---2---4-----2---2/5-5-5|
A|-------5---5-3---3---------------5---5-3---3--------|
E|----------------------------------------------------|

4:15 - 5:03 he plays the bass line from the beginning

5:03 - 5:10 

Play this twice. That's the end of Guitar 1.

e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-2-2-2-------------------|
A|-------5-5-5-3-----------|
E|-------------------------|

GUITAR 2 (Vibratos, Squeels, Power Chords)

 Vibrato guitar (Guitar 2) comes in. If you don't have a cut away guitar it
 sounds fine if you play b12~ d12~ g12~ g12~, although those are not the
 notes played in the song. Most of the notes are vibrato, though he
 occasionally plays notes as harmonics or mutes. Listen to he song if you
 want to know exactly how he plays it.

0:08 - 0:35

e|-19~---------12~---12~--|
B|-------12~--------------|
G|------------------------|
D|------------------------|
A|------------------------|
E|------------------------|

1:03 - 1:05

e|---------------|
B|---------------|
G|-7-------------|
D|-----7---5-----|
A|---------------|
E|---------------|

1:11 - 1:41 & 2:10 - 2:36

Repeat

e|------------------|
B|------------------|
G|-9---7---9--------|
D|-9---7---9--------|
A|-7---5---7--------|
E|------------------|
   123 123 123 123(bass)

2:38 - 3:04

 Sorry it's all jumbled, it's a simple three chord progression of power
 chords with the bass notes on the A string going A7 A5 A10 A10.

e|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-9-99--7-77--12121212121212-9-99--7777--1212121212121212--|
D|-9-99--7-77--12121212121212-9-99--7777--1212121212121212--|
A|-7-77--5-55--10101010101010-7-77--5555--1010101010101010--|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|

 3:06 - 3:12

e|---------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------|
G|-9b9---7b7---12b12---12b12---9b9---7b7---12--|
D|-9b9---7b7---12b12---12b12---9b9---7b7---12--|
A|-7b7---5b5---10b10---10b10---7b7---5b5---10--|
E|---------------------------------------------|

Gentle, almost inaudible harmonics until 3:52

3:52 - 3:55

e|---------------------------|
B|----------<5>-<5>----------|
G|-<5>-<5>-------------------|
D|-------------------<5>-<5>-|
A|---------------------------|
E|---------------------------|

 And then there are some more light harmonics until 4:16. I can't hear them 
 well enough to figure out what notes they are, and they don't seem to have
 a specific pattern.

4:12 

 19 on the high e is played softly

4:16 - 4:27 & 4:40 - 5:01

 Same notes as the intro (0:08-0:35), just with more harmonics and palm
 mutes on the occasional note. Harmonics on the fifth fret at 5:08 on D
 string and then G string, and that's the end of Guitar 2.

GUITAR 3 (Melody, Backing, Solo)

 Guitar 3 plays harmonics for the part in parenthesis, the part that sounds
 kind of like a piano. It does not play the notes that are not in
 parenthesis, I just leave those in to show the rhythm.

0:14 - 0:16 & 0:30 - 0:31

e|-19~---------12~---------12~-----------|
B|-------12~------(12)--------(12)-------|
G|------------(12)---(12)-(12)----(12)---|
D|---------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------|

0:36 - 1:10

 Main Melody

e|-----------------------------|------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|------------------------------|
G|-9-7-9/12-9-7----------------|-9-7-9/12-9-7---9-7-0--7-5-0--| x2
D|----------------9-7---7-9----|------------------------------|
A|--------------------10----10-|------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|------------------------------|
  Riff 1          Riff 2         Riff 1         Riff 3           


e|---------------------|
B|---------------------|
G|---------------------|
D|-9-7---7----9\5------|
A|-----7---10----------|
E|---------------------|
  Riff 4

e|-----------------------------|------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|------------------------------|
G|-9-7-9/12-9-7----------------|-9-7-9/12-9-7---9-7-0--7-5-0--|
D|----------------9-7---7-9----|------------------------------|
A|--------------------10----10-|------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|------------------------------|
  Riff 1          Riff 2         Riff 1         Riff 3  

e|-----------------------------|------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|------------------------------|
G|-9-7-9/12-9-7----------------|-9-7-9/12-9-7---12~-----------|
D|----------------9-7---7-9----|------------------------------|
A|--------------------10----10-|------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|------------------------------|
  Riff 1          Riff 2         Riff 1         End note  
     

1:20 - 1:21

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

1:27 - 1:38

 Riffs in this order: 1 2 1 3 1 2 1 (same as main melody after riff 4
 without the end note)

1:42 - 2:10

 Repeat main melody (0:36 - 1:10)

2:22 - 2:30

 Riffs 1 2 1 3

2:42 - 3:05

 You can hear him bending power chords in the background of the main guitar
 if you listen carefully. This is the only part of the tab I am unsure of,
 so feel free to leave suggestions in the comments:

 The parenthesis part is only played at the beginning.

e|---------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------|
G|-9b---7b---12b---(12b)---9b---7b---12b-------|
D|-9b---7b---12b---(12b)---9b---7b---12b---5---|
A|-7b---5b---10b---(10b)---7b---5b---10b---5---|
E|-----------------------------------------3---|

 Solo

3:13 - 3:28

e|------------------------------------------|
B|-12-10--8-7-8--7--------------------------|
G|-----------------7--7-5-4-5--7-5-4--5p4---|
D|----------------------------------------5-|
A|------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------|
G|-12-10--8-7-8--7--------------------------|
D|-----------------7--7-5-4-5--4-5-7--5p4---|
A|----------------------------------------5-|
E|------------------------------------------|

3:29 - 3:44

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-16-14----16-14----12-12----12-12----16-14----16-14----12-12----|
D|-------14-------14-------14-------14-------14-------14-------14-| x2
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

3:44 - 3:51

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-16----------14----12-12----12-12----16-14----16-14----12-12----|
D|----------------14-------14-------14-------14-------14-------14-|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

4:27 - 4:45

 Riffs 1 2 1 3 1 2 1 3 4 (Main melody up to riff 4)

4:47 - 4:55

e|---------------------------|
B|---------------------------|
G|-9-7-0--7-5-0--------------|
D|--------------9-7---7------| 
A|------------------7---10--7|
E|---------------------------|
   Riff 3       Riff 4 Variation


4:55 - 4:59

 Play Riff 3 and then Riff 4 (the original Riff 4 not the variation)

5:03 & 5:06

D|-9\5-|

5:20 - 5:40

 The ending noise is not a guitar, but you can make a noise like it doing
 this:

e|-10/14-|
B|-7/11--|
G|-------|            

END TAB
END TAB
END TAB
END TAB
END TAB
END TAB


 Here are some fun variations I made to give it a different sound while
 playing live.

GUITAR 1

 I made this simple fingerpicking variation of the bass riff. Play the
 normal bass riff twice at the beginning of the song and then begin playing
 this:

e|-------------------------|
B|-0-----------------------|
G|---0---------0-----0-----|
D|-2---2---4-----2-----4---|
A|-------5---5-3---3-----5-|
E|-------------------3-----|

   1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3
(Do not palm mute for the fingerpicking)

GUITAR 2

3:06 - 3:13

 I figured Guitar 2 could do this before the solo instead of just copying
 what Guitar 3 is doing at that part. Strum once on time with each bass
 note. Heavy palm mute:

   Em  D   G      Em  D   G
e|-000-222-333333-000-222-3-----|
B|-000-333-333333-000-333-3-----|
G|-000-222-000000-000-222-0-----|
D|-222-000-000000-222-000-0-----|
A|------------------------------|
E|------------------------------|

GUITAR 3

 Variation on solo I made inspired by the way Modest Mouse plays it live
 sometimes (look up Dramamine Bumbershoot 2009 on youtube).

3:29 - 3:44

e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-16-14----16-14----12-12----12-12----|
D|-------14-------14-------14-------14-|
A|-------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-16-14----16-14----12h14p12h14----12h14p12h14-------------|
D|-------14-------14----------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|
   1  2  3  1  2  3  1     2      3 1
(Hammer fast so it fits in with the timing)

e|-------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------15-|
G|-16-14----16-14----12-12----12-12----|
D|-------14-------14-------14----------|
A|-------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-16-14----16-14----12h14p12h14----12h14p12h14-------------|
D|-------14-------14----------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|

 That is my tab! I hope you have as much fun playing this as I have had.
 Please rate and comment. Thank you.

P.S. Yes, I do think I know my geometry. Pretty damn well.
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Kyle Rex wrote on January 28 2010, 02:18 am

This is embarrassing. Author here, the song is actually off the album "This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing to Think About". I got carried away while making the tab and just put the name of my favourite Modest Mouse album.

Also, while I am here I think it would be good to mention that all the power chords in this song are actually octave chords, meaning the middle notes are muted out.

Also, you may find it easier to play this part of the solo this way:

Guitar 3

3:29 - 3:44


B|-12-10----12-10-----8--8-----8--8----12-10----12-10-----8--8----|
G|-------9---------9--------9--------9--------9--------9--------9-| x2


and 3:44-3:51 the same way just with a rest.

I would love to have some comments and ratings on my first tab by the way.

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skorza wrote on August 1 2011, 03:52 pm

Really good tab, thanks man!

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ledradiofloyd wrote on May 7 2013, 11:21 pm

The ping parts of the song are act on the 15th frets, not the 12th.

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