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Rollin Stone Tab

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                             Rollin Stone - Waters Muddy
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Tabbed by:Bati
Email:el_nono_pololo@hotmail.com

Tuning:Standard

Muddy Waters recorded this song (a re-working of Catfish Blues) for Chess Records in
1950, and it became one of the most recognizable blues standards ever. It gave a
certain well-known rock band its name (no, not the Beatles, the other one) and it´s
been  covered by many artists through the years. I could´t find a tab for this song,
so I decided to take a shot at it. It isn´t a 100% accurate but it´s the way I play
it and I´ll help anyone trying to learn it. You´ll have to listen to the song at least
a couple of times to get it right. Muddy played fingerstyle,so if you want to get as
close to his tone as possible you should keep that in mind.

The timeline I included was taken from the Chess Box Set version of the song
released in 1990.


It´s in the key of E
                                                          Well   I  wish
e|-------------------------------------------------0-----------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------0----------------------------|
G|---------2b3r2p0----------------2b3r2p0-----0tr1-------------------------|
D|------2----------2------2----2----------2---2----------------------------|
A|------------------------2-------------------2---------------2----2----2--|
E|-3b4----------------------3b4-------------------------------0----0----0--|
 0:00                                                0:07


               I was a Catfish             swimming in a oh, deep blue sea
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--2b3r2p0----------------------2b3r2p0-----------------------------------|
D|----------2--------------------x-------2---------------------------------|
A|------------------2-----2----------------------2-------2------2------2---|
E|------------------0-----0----------------------0--(3)--0--(3)-0--(3)-0---|

                         I would have all you good looking woman  fishin´
e|3-----3----3--3--3----3--0-----------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------2|
A|-----------2--2--2--------------2-----------2-------------2--------------|
E|0-----0----0--0--0----0---------0----(3)----0-----(3)-----0----------3b4-|
 0:17                                                                   0:22

   fishin´ after me             sho´ ´nuff    a- after me
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------2------------------------------------2-------------|
A|--2---x----2-------------2-------2----x-----2-----------------2----------|
E|--0---x----0------3b4----0-------0----x-----0----------3b4----0----------|


    sho´ ´nuff a-after me                                   Oh Lord
e|---------------------------------0-0-0-----------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------2---------------------------------------------|
A|-------2---x---2-------------2----2--------------------------------------|
E|-------0---x---0---------3---0----0--------------------------------------|

                          Oh Lord                  sho´ ´nuff
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--2b3-3-3rb2p0-----------------2b3-3-3rb2p0---------------2b3-3--3rb2p0--|
D|---------------2---------------2-------------2------------2-------------2|
A|----------------------2--x-2---------------------2--x--2-----------------|
E|----------------------0--x-0---------------------0--x--0-----------------|
 0:33

e|-----------0--0-------------------0--0-----------0--0--------------------|
B|-----0-----0--0----------------------------------0-----------------------|
G|-----0tr1--1--1----2b3-3-3rb2p0---------------0tr1-----------------------|
D|-----2-----2--2----2------------2----------/2-2--------------------------|
A|-----2-----2--2-------------------------------2--------------------------|
E|-----0-----0--0-------------------------------0--------------------------|
  0:40


The rest of the song is played in the same way, except for a short instrumental passage, 
is something like:

e|---------3---3--3---3-3------------3--3---3----3------------3--3--3-3----|
B|------2--------------------------------------2---------2-----------------|
G|---0--2------------------2--0--2---------------------0-2----------2------|
D|---0--2--2--2---2---2-2--2--0--2---2--2---2----2-----0-2----2--2--2-2--2-|
A|---0--0--0--0---0---0-0--0--0--0---0--0---0----0-----0-0----0--0--0-0--0-|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
     2:05
e|-------0----------------------------------0--0--------------0--0---------|
B|-------------3b(1/4)-0-3b-0------------------3b--0--3b--3b--3--3---------|
G|-----------------------------3-2-0h1-0-------1---1--1---1---1--1---------|
D|---0h2-2-------------------------------2-----2---------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                           2:17
e|--2---2-2--2-2-2--2--------------------------------------0--0------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------0--0------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------0tr1--1------------|
D|--------------------------------2-3-2-3p2-------------2----------...-----|
A|--------------------------0---3-----------3-2-1-0------------------------|
E|------0----0--0---0---3b4-------------------------0---0------------------|
                                                              2:26

After that it goes back to the main riff, and Muddy sings the verses for the last time.

The ending is like this:

    E       D5     E5  E
e|---------------------12-(let ring)---------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------9-------------------------------------------------------|
D|--2/------7/-----9-------------------------------------------------------|
A|--2/------5/-----7-------------------------------------------------------|
E|--0-------x--------------------------------------------------------------|
   3:01


Any correction, comment, or whatever : el_nono_pololo@hotmail.com

| r  release bend
| /  slide up
| \  slide down
| tr thrill
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  vibrato
| +  harmonic
| x  Mute note
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flibit wrote on March 31 2006, 12:39 pm

Can't quite play it yet, but can tell its right. Good Tab!!

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Jasmith wrote on May 5 2008, 05:18 am

great song great tab!

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willwelsh816 wrote on July 5 2009, 12:25 am

That last note is a Natural Harmonic. Great tab, I've been tryin' to play this for a while. THANK YOU

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