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How Soon Is Now Chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
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Date: 17 Oct 96 00:30:00 EDT
From: john dioso <76711.2312@CompuServe.COM>
To: "Robert \"Robman\" Svihla" 
Subject: how soon is now


Hey, Jennifer, I've been playing this song for a good decade now, and I'll be
damned if what I play matches Johnny Marr note for
note. The chords, ostensibly, are F#, A, and B in the verse, and C#m, E, and
F# in the chorus (the "You shut your mouth" bit).
Played straight, it sounds horrendously wrong. But with the right rhythm, you
can approach Johnny-ness.

I read in a "Guitar" magazine profile of Johnny five or six years ago that he
actually played this song with his guitar tuned to an
open E (that is, strumming all the open strings would be an E chord; so the
strings were tuned, from lowest to highest,
E-B-E-G#-B-E). It's a tuning that Bo Diddley used in many of his songs, and
if you listen carefully, you'll notice the "Bo Diddley
beat" lurking behind this mope-rock anthem (try playing the song to the
rhythm of "Born to Hand Jive" from "Grease," and you'll get
the picture. Anyway, on to the song.

chords (in standard tuning, BTW):
  verse  chorus
  F# A B D A C#m E
E-2  - - - 5  4  0
B-2  2 4 7 5  5  0
G-3  2 4 7 6  6  1
D-4  2 4 7 7  6  2
A-4  0 2 5 7  4  2
E-2  - - - 5  -  0

The opening "riff" is just the F# chord (2nd fret position) with loads of
reverb, another way to get that "wavy" feeling from just
playing the one chord is to position your hand to play the F# as I've shown
you above, except hammer on the first-finger barre on
the 2nd fret to begin the riff (^ = downstroke. v = upstroke):

 |F#  ^ v ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ | do this twice; the second time the lead guitarist (on
tour, Johnny) plays:
E-----2-2-2-2-2-2-2 | (4/5\4) just before the rhythm guitarist (on tour,
Craig Gannon) plays the next chords
B-----2-2-2-2-2-2-2 |
G-3---3-3-3-3-3-4-3 |
D-4---4-4-4-4-2-2-2 |
A-4---4-4-4-4-4-4-4 |
E-0(H)2-2-2-2-2-2-2 |

so the chord sequence for the intro and verse is:
|F#|F#|F#|A/B/|

                         How Soon Is Now ?

         F#
I am the son and the heir
     A               B          F#
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
                        A B
Of nothing in particular

D             A
You shut your mouth, how can you say
C#m E                 F#
I go about things the wrong way ?
     D                      A
I am Human and I need to be loved
C#m       E             |F#|F#|F#|A/B/|
Just like everybody else does

         F#
I am the son and the heir
     A               B          F#
Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
I am the son and heir
                            A B
Oh, of nothing in particular

D             A
You shut your mouth

D             A
You shut your mouth, how can you say
C#m E                 F#
I go about things the wrong way ?
     D                      A
I am Human and I need to be loved
C#m       E             |F#|F#|F#|A/B/|
Just like everybody else does

D                               A
There's a club if you'd like to go
               C#m      E          F#
You could meet somebody who really loves you
       D
So you go, and you stand on your own
A
And you leave on your own
        C#m              E
And you go home, and you cry
                |F#|F#|F#|A/B/|
And you want to die

D                              A
When you say it's gonna happen "now"
C#m          E            F#
Well, when exactly do you mean?
         D                  A
See I've already waited too long
C#m E           F#
And all my hope is gone

D             A
You shut your mouth, how can you say
C#m E                 F#
I go about things the wrong way ?
     D                      A
I am Human and I need to be loved
C#m       E             |F#|F#|F#|A/B/|
Just like everybody else does

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andy_flash wrote on October 25 2004, 12:00 am

wow, put a tremelo effect on, an play that f# power chord, its sounds absolutly amazing! nice work.

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soldmysuol wrote on July 15 2007, 02:35 pm

i got confused when you said its played in a different tuning... figured out this tab is in standard tuning when i started to play and nothing sounded right lol

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alirexrock23 wrote on May 13 2013, 10:52 am

He shows how to play it on youtube from the video 'It might get loud' and others. I know on record he uses a capo but he plays it on the video using his new signature model and a twin reverb with the tremolo on, E with an add on pinky finger on the 3rd string 2nd fret a couple of times, slides up to G then A, and back again.He makes it sound so good but your tablature does too. I have come to the onclusion that he definately plays it more than one way but to be honest, I'm playing your version.

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