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Nirvana
About A Girl

part A (verse):
beat|  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |
 crd|  E5          G          |  E5          G          |
   E|-----------0-----3--3--3-|-----0--0--0-----3--3--3-|
   B|-----------0-----0--0--0-|-----0--0--0-----0--0--0-|
   G|-----------x--0--0--0--0-|--x--x--x--x--0--0--0--0-|
   D|--2--h--2--2--0--0--0--0-|--2--2--2--2--0--0--0--0-|
   A|--2--h--2--h--x-----x----|--2--h--2--h--x-----x----|
   E|--0--h--0--h--3--h--3----|--0--h--0--h--3--h--3----|
 
beat|  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |
 crd|  E5          G          |  E5          G          |
   E|-----0--0--0-----3--3--3-|-----0--0--0-----3--3--3-|
   B|-----0--0--0-----0--0--0-|-----0--0--0-----0--0--0-|
   G|--x--x--x--x--0--0--0--0-|--x--x--x--x--0--0--0--0-|
   D|--2--2--2--2--0--0--0--0-|--2--2--2--2--0--0--0--0-|
   A|--2--h--2--h--x-----x----|--2--h--2--h--x-----x----|
   E|--0--h--0--h--3--h--3----|--0--h--0--h--3--h--3----|
 
 
 
part B (chorus):
beat|  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |
 crd|  C#5         G#5        |  F#5                    |
   E|-------------------------|-------------------------|
   B|-------------------------|-------------------------|
   G|--6--h--6--6-------------|-------------------------|
   D|--6--h--6--6--6--h--6--6-|--4--4-----4--h--4--4--x-|
   A|--4--h--4--4--6--h--6--6-|--4--4-----4--h--4--4--x-|
   E|--------------4--h--4--4-|--2--2-----2--h--2--2--x-|
 
beat|  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |
 crd|  C#5         G#5        |  F#5                    |
   E|-------------------------|-------------------------|
   B|-------------------------|-------------------------|
   G|--6--h--6--6-------------|-------------------------|
   D|--6--h--6--6--6--h--6--6-|--4--4-----4--h--4--4--x-|
   A|--4--h--4--4--6--h--6--6-|--4--4-----4--h--4--4--x-|
   E|--------------4--h--4--4-|--2--2-----2--h--2--2--x-|
 
beat|  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |
 crd|  E5          E5'        |  A5       C5            |
   E|-------------------------|-------------------------|
   B|-------------------------|-------------------------|
   G|-----------x/-9--9--9--x-|-----------5--h--5--5--x-|
   D|--2--h--2--x/-9--9--9--x-|--7--7--7--5--h--5--5--x-|
   A|--2--h--2--x/-7--7--7--x-|--7--7--7--3--h--3--3--x-|
   E|--0--h--0----------------|--5--5--5----------------|
 
 
 
part C (lead):
beat|  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |  1  +  2  +      3  +  4  +  |
 crd|  E5          G          |  E5              G           |
   E|-------------------------|------------------------------|
   B|-------------------------|------------------------------|
   G|-------------------------|-----------------12--h-12--h\-|
   D|--------------5--7--7--7-|/(9)-9--9--9/(12)-h-12--h--h\-|
   A|--------5--7-------------|------------------------------|
   E|--0--h-------------------|------------------------------|
    (turn up distortion just before lead)
 
 
part D (coda):
beat|  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |
 crd|  E5          E5'        |  A5       C5            |
   E|-------------------------|-------------------------|
   B|-------------------------|-------------------------|
   G|-----------x/-9--9--9--x-|-----------5--h--5--5--5-|
   D|--2--h--2--x/-9--9--9--x-|--7--7--7--5--h--5--5--5-|
   A|--2--h--2--x/-7--7--7--x-|--7--7--7--3--h--3--3--3-|
   E|--0--h--0----------------|--5--5--5----------------|
 
beat|  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |  1  +  2  + |
 crd|  C5                     |             |
   E|-------------------------|-------------|
   B|-------------------------|-------------|
   G|--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5-|--5--5--5--x-|
   D|--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5-|--5--5--5--x-|
   A|--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3-|--3--3--3--x-|
   E|-------------------------|-------------|
                      (slows down a bit here)
 
 
part E (coda):
beat|  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  + |
 crd|  E5
   E|-------------------------|
   B|-------------------------|
   G|-------------------------|
   D|--2--h--h--h--h--h--h--h-| (hold for about four measures total)
   A|--2--h--h--h--h--h--h--h-|
   E|--0--h--h--h--h--h--h--h-|
 
 
 
TAB Legend:
  h    = hold fretted note (or let open note ring), do not pick
  m/(n)= pick note at fret m, slide up to fret n (do not pick twice)
  n\   = pick note at fret n, slide down (to wherever)
  x    = pick string, but muffle with finger so note doesn't sound
 
 
 
CRD chart
---------
      E A D G B E
E5:   0 2 2 x 0 0
G:    3 x 0 0 0 3
C#5:  x 4 6 6 x x
G#5:  4 6 6 x x x
F#5:  2 4 4 x x x
E5':  x 7 9 9 x x
A5:   5 7 7 x x x
C5:   x 3 5 5 x x
 
 
 
LYR
---
verse 1:
| 1 +  2   + 3     +   4 + | 1    +   2  +     3 + 4 +   |
| I          need  an      | ea---sy     friend    I     |
| do         with  a       | hand to     lend      I     |
| do         think you     | fit  this   shoe      I     |
| do         what  you     | have a      clue            |
 
verse 2:
| 1 +  2   + 3     +   4 + | 1    +   2  +     3 + 4 +   |
| I'm        stand-ing     | in   your   light     I     |
| do         hope  you     | have the    time      I     |
| do         pick  up      | num--ber    two       I     |
| do         keep  a       | date with   you             |
 
chorus:
| 1 +  2   + 3     +   4 + | 1    +   2  +     3 + 4 +   |
|      I'll  take  a---ad--|-van--tage   while           |
|      You   hang  me      | out      to dry         But |
| I    can't see       you | ev'--ry     night           |
| Free                     |                      (I     |
| do)                      |                             |
 
coda:
| 1 +  2   + 3     +   4 + | 1    +   2  +     3 + 4 +   |
|      I'll  take  a---ad--|-van--tage   while           |
|      You   hang  me      | out      to dry         But |
| I    can't see       you | ev'--ry     night       No  |
| I    can't see       you | ev'--ry     nigh------------|
 
| 1 +  2   + 3     +   4 + | 1   +    2  +  |
| ----------(t)            |                |
 
| 1 +  2   + 3     +   4 + | 1   +    2  +     3 + 4 +   |
| Free                     |                       I     |
| do                       |                       I     |
| do                       |                       I     |
| do                       |                       I     |
| do                       |                             |
 
 
 
ARRANGEMENT
-----------
             LYR       TAB part
             ---       --------
intro         -        A A
verse        verse 1   A A
chorus       chorus    B A
verse        verse 2   A A
chorus       chorus    B A
lead          -        C C C C
chorus        -        B A
verse        verse 1   A A
chorus/coda  coda      B D A A E


From: psalzman@sfsuvax1.sfsu.edu (Peter Salzman)
Subject: CRD: About A Girl

If someone emails me the lyrics, I'll turn this into a really nice TAB
(instead of a spartan CRD).  I don't want to offend anyone, but I can't
imagine this taking someone more than 2 min to strumm out, unless they
don't have the album I guess.  Oh well.  Have no clue to the lyrics,
sorry.   There doesn't seem to be any chorus.

Song: About A Girl
Artist: Nirvana    written by Kurt Cobain
CRD'er: Peter Jay Salzman psalzman@stars.sfsu.edu

cut time                 <----    
E-G back and forth 8 times   | 
drum roll on 4; enter on 5   | 
                             | 
E-G back and forth 8 times   |  
lyrics start on 1            | 
                             |  back to here 
C# G# F#  2 times            | 
                             | 
E  A  C   1 time  ------------


This loop is done 4 times, then the E-G thing back and forth 8 times
while he sings (what I think is) Adieu.  The drum queues apply only to
the first time the loop is played.  Guitar solo is done during the 3rd
loop, on the 2nd E-G thing, for the rest of the loop.  I'll transcribe 
the guitar solo on the tab if someone sends me the lyrics, but the solo 
is based on the Em scale for the E-G thing and then goes into power chords, 
following the song chords (ie- C# G# F# C# G# F# E A C).

Before anyone argues with me whether it's E or Em, I'm 90% sure it's
E.  The reason for the minor tonality is a pretty ingenious (or lucky?) 
trick Cobain played with chords.  G happens to be the minor 3rd of E.  
Therefore, even though he plays an E, the tonality of the passsage is 
minor.  I wonder if he was aware of this...
-------
From: wolser@rpi.edu

CRD-About A Girl

>From Nirvana's Bleach 
(also featured on Nirvana's 1993 MTV Unplugged performance)


Intro: Em G Em G Em G Em G

Em G      Em   G
I need an easy friend

Em   G      Em      G
I do with a hand to lend

Em   G         Em       G
I do think you fit this shoe

Em   G        Em     G
I do what you have a clue

C#        G#        F#
I'll take advantage while

C#          G#     F#
You hang me out to dry

Em                  A     C     Em  G  Em  G
But I can't see you every night free

Em  G  Em  G
I do

Em  G        Em      G
I'm standing in your light

Em   G        Em       G
I do hope you have the time

Em   G       Em     G
I do pick up number two

Em   G      Em        G
I do keep a date with you


C#        G#        F#
I'll take advantage while

C#          G#     F#
You hang me out to dry

Em                  A     C     Em  G  Em  G
But I can't see you every night free

Em  G  Em  G
I do

Solo: Repeat 3x (s=slide up)
E ------------------------|-
B ------------------------|-
G ----------------7--7s9--|-
D -----5-7-7s9--9---------|-
A -7-7--------------------|-
E ------------------------|-

(Repeat verse 1)

C#        G#        F#
I'll take advantage while

C#          G#     F#
You hang me out to dry

Em                  A     C     
But I can't see you every night

Em              A     C     
I can't see you every night

Em  G  Em  G
Free

Em  G  Em  G
I do

Em  G  Em  G
I do

Em  G  Em  G  Em
I do


Notes:
All apologies for incorrect lyrics -- this is just how I hear 
them.  No one knows for sure what they are, anyway.

On Bleach, they play this song in standard tuning (EADGBE), 
but on Unplugged they played it a half-step down (Eb Ab Db Gb 
Bb Eb).  

Some say the Em is actually an E or an E5.  Try 'em all and see what
sounds best to you.
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InsaneAntilope wrote on July 9 2004, 12:00 am

this is almost like it...its better than the first one with 29 votes... trust me ive seen the book and hes definately wrong, ures isnt perfect, but its closer to the book. and i dont wanna be like those assholes who are like ure so wrong u suck and *** cuz thats gay... so good job

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chall_99 wrote on April 13 2009, 11:09 am

This song is pretty easy. You can almost use any to get the E/Em - G verse, C# - G# - F# prechorus, and E - A - C chorus down. I give this one 5 stars for that, because it covers all aspects in the various versions (from chords to tabs, plus timing). No other version needed to get the basics down. What I'm trying to work out now are the details that add the edge/flare to this classic.

I found if strumming, the E sounds better than the Em in the verses. Anyone agree? So, E replacing Em's throughout. However, trying to play like the song (broken down clearly in terms of magnifying the guitar on Guitar Hero World Tour, btw) there is a definite hold/pause on the first verse strum. I think it is a completely open E (000000) then a quick hammer on of Em (022000). This is followed by a quick palm-mute and switch to G, so it's hard to catch exactly what is going on (in terms of std E, power chord E, or Em). But, I think I figured that out.

Next is the C#, C#, G#, F# chorus part. Strummed that is okay, but there is way more going on here on the first measure of C#'s. Anyone got that figured out (the bass line does not stay on C#).

Then there is the E, E, A, C chorus part. Again, yes, in strumming simplicity, but not in detail. E, G, A, C works with the bass notes, but a full switch to G doesn't sound as good as staying on E if solo strumming. So who's got it figured out?

Back to my first comment, this is the best tab (to me) to use to get About a Girl down. And that's all chord posts should do in my mind, so 5 stars. The details are uncovered in the comments. I like that Ultimate Guitar will let Fender24 update his tab if the public comments point out a way to improve his original post.

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