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Song: Ballroom Blitz
Band: Sweet
Album: Desolation Boulevard

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|  Notation Legend:     |
|-----------------------|

b: bend
p: pull-off
h: pull-off
~: vibrato
/: slide
t: tap
s: slap (bass)
pp: pop (bass)
/////: tremolo picking
=: silence
%: repeat
pm: palm-muted
x: dead note


(Drum Intro: 9 measures)
------------------------

Brian Connolly: "Are you ready, Steve?
Steve Priest:   -Aha
Brian:          -Andy?
Andy Scott:     -Yeah!
Brian:          -Mick?
Mick Tucker:    - OK.
Brian:          -Alright, fellas. Well let's go!

Intro (8 measures):
-------------------

    F5
E |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
B |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
G |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
D |-10-12-13-12-10-|-------%--------|--------%-------|--------%-------|| x2
A |-8--8--8--8--8--|----------------|----------------|----------------||
E |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||

G |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
D |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
A |----------------|-------%--------|-------%--------|--------%-------|| x2
E |-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1|----------------|----------------|----------------||

(If, like me, you tend to find the bass boring, I suggest you follow the
guitar in the verses, like this:
G |----------------|
D |----------------|
A |--3--5-6-5--3---| it's better to do the intro like it is, for rythmic and
E |----------------| melodic reasons, but it's fun to be a bit different in the verse ^^)


Verse (8 measures):
-------------------
   A#5                                 F5
E |-----------------|----------------|----------------|-------------------||
B |-----------------|----------------|----------------|-------------------||
G |-----------------|----------------|----------------|-------------------||
D |-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-|--------%-------|-10-12-13-12-10-|------%------------|| x2
A |-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-|----------------|-8--8--8--8--8--|-------------------||
E |-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|----------------|----------------|-------------------||
 pm |---------------------------------------------------------------------||


G |-----------------|----------------|-----------------|----------------||
D |-----------------|----------------|-----------------|----------------||
A |-----------------|-------%--------|-----------------|--------%-------||
E |-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|----------------|-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-|----------------||

Oh it's been getting so hard, livin' with the things you do to me, aha
Oh my dreams are getting so strange, i'd like to tell you everything I see

Post-Verse (Just drums: 4 measures)
-----------------------------------

Oh, I see a man at the back
As a matter of fact his eyes are red as the sun
And a girl in the corner let no one ignore her
'Cause she thinks she's the passionate one

Pre-Chorus: 6 measures
----------------------


    F5               G5                A#5
E |----------------|------------------|------------------|
B |----------------|------------------|------------------|
G |--10------------|------------------|------------------|
D |--10------------|--6---------------|--8---------------|
A |--8-------------|--6---------------|--8---------------|
E |----------------|--3---------------|--6---------------|
   Oh, yeah,   it was like lightning, everybody was frightening
G |----------------|------------------|------------------|
D |----------------|------------------|------------------|
A |--8-------------|------------------|------------------|
E |----------------|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|

  C5                            F5
|------------------|          |-----------------------|
|------------------|          |-----------------------|
|--5---------------|          |--10-------------------|
|--5---------------|          |--10-------------------|
|--3---------------|          |--8--------------------|
|------------------|          |-----------------------|
And the music was soothing, and they all started grooving
|------------------|          |-----------------||
|------------------|          |-----------------||
|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|          |-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-||
|------------------|          |-----------------||

   F5
E |----------------||
B |----------------||
G |-10-10-10-10----||
D |-10-10-10-10----||
A |-8--8--8--8-----||
E |----------------||
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
G |----------------||
D |----------------||
A |-------%--------||
E |----------------||

Chorus: 8 measures
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E|------------------|-------------------------|----------------|------------------||
B|------------------|-------------------------|----------------|------------------||
G|------------------|------------10-10-10-10/-|----------------|------------------||
D|-5-5-5-5--8-8-8-8-|-5-5-5-5----10-10-10-10/-|---------%------|------------------||
A|-5-5-5-5--8-8-8-8-|-3-3-3-3----8--8--8--8/--|----------------|------------------||
E|-3-3-3-3--6-6-6-6-|-------------------------|----------------|------------------||
  And the man at the back said                And the girl in the corner said
  Everyone attack and it turned into a        Boy, I wanna warn ya,it'll turn
  Ballroom blitz                              into a Ballroom blitz
G |-----------------|------------------|----------------|----------------||
D |-----------------|------------------|----------------|----------------||
A |-----------------|-3-3-3-3--8-8-8-8-|-------%--------|--------%-------||
E |-3-3-3-3-6-6-6-6-|------------------|----------------|----------------||


E |------------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
B |------------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
G |--8-9-10--x-x-x-x-|----------------|----------------|----------------||
D |--8-9-10--x-x-x-x-|-------%--------|-------%--------|-------%--------||
A |--6-7-8---x-x-x-x-|----------------|----------------|----------------||
E |------------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
    Ballroom blitz,  ballroom blitz,  ballroom blitz,  Ballroom blitz

G |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
D |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
A |--6-7-8---------|-------%--------|--------%-------|--------%-------||
E |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||

Pre-Verse (4 measures): Intro (2 measures guitar alone, 2 measures guitar + bass)
-----------------------

Verse (8 measures):
-------------------

I'm reaching out for something
Touching nothing's all I ever do
Oh, I softly call you over
When you appear there's nothing left of you, aha

Post-Verse (4 measures):
------------------------

Now the man in the back
Is ready to crack as he raises his hands to the sky
And the girl in the corner is ev'ryone's mourner
She could kill you with a wink of her eye

Pre-Chorus (6 measures):
------------------------

Oh yeah, it was electric, so frightfully hectic
And the band started leaving, 'cause they all stopped breathing

2nd Chorus (4 measures)
-----------------------

E|------------------|-------------------------|----------------|------------------||
B|------------------|-------------------------|----------------|------------------||
G|------------------|------------10-10-10-10/-|----------------|------------------||
D|-5-5-5-5--8-8-8-8-|-5-5-5-5----10-10-10-10/-|---------%------|------------------||
A|-5-5-5-5--8-8-8-8-|-3-3-3-3----8--8--8--8/--|----------------|------------------||
E|-3-3-3-3--6-6-6-6-|-------------------------|----------------|------------------||
   And the man at the back said                 And the girl in the corner
   Everyone attack and it turned into a         Boy, I wanna warn ya,it'll
   Ballroom blitz                               turn into a  Ballroom blitz
G |-----------------|------------------|----------------|----------------||
D |-----------------|------------------|----------------|----------------||
A |-----------------|-3-3-3-3--8-8-8-8-|-------%--------|--------%-------||
E |-3-3-3-3-6-6-6-6-|------------------|----------------|----------------||

Bridge (10 measures):
---------------------

E |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
B |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
G |-8-9-10---------|------------8-9-|-10-----------8-|------------8-9-||
D |-8-9-10---------|------------8-9-|-10-----------8-|------------8-9-||
A |-6-7-8----------|------------6-7-|-8------------6-|------------6-7-||
E |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
   Ballroom Blitz!
G |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
D |-1-2-333333333-1|-3333333333-1-2-|-333333333333-1-|-3333333333-1-2-||
A |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
E |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||

E |----------------|----------------|-------------------|----------------||
B |----------------|----------------|-------------------|----------------||
G |-10-----------8-|------------8-9-|--10-8----------8~-|----------------||
D |-10-----------8-|------------8-9-|-------8--10p8-----|-------%--------||
A |-8------------6-|------------6-7-|-8------------10---|----------------||
E |----------------|----------------|-------------------|----------------||

G |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
D |-3333333333333-1|-3333333333-1-2-|-333333333333-1-|-3333333333-1-2-||
A |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
E |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||

E |----------------|----------------|
B |----------------|----------------|
G |-10-10-10-10----|----------------|
D |-10-10-10-10----|-------%--------|
A |-8--8--8--8-----|----------------|
E |----------------|----------------|
                    Oh Yea
G |----------------|----------------|
D |-3333333333333--|-33333333333333-|
A |----------------|----------------|
E |----------------|----------------|

Pre-Chorus (5 measures)
------------------------

Chorus (8 measures)
-------------------

Pre-Outro (4 measures):
---------------------

E |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
B |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
G |-x-x-x-x-x-x-8--|-10-x-x-x-x-x-8-|-10-x-x-x-x-x-8-|-10-------------||
D |-x-x-x-x-x-x-8--|-10-x-x-x-x-x-8-|-10-x-x-x-x-x-8-|-10-------------||
A |-x-x-x-x-x-x-6--|-8--x-x-x-x-x-6-|-8--x-x-x-x-x-6-|-8--------------||
E |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
   It's It's Ballroom Blitz x3                        Yea it's a Ballroom Blitz
G |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
D |-3333333333333-1|-3333333333333-1|-3333333333333-1|-33333333333333-||
A |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||
E |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------||

Outro (17 measures - Fade Out):
-------------------------------

4 measures ---> Intro
13 measures ---> Intro + Outro Solo

The Outro Solo is basic F pentantonic, It's funner to improvise it then
do the original so I won't tab it. But to give you an idea, the beginning
goes like this:

E |--------------------------------||
B |--------------------------------||
G |--10p8-10p8-----10p8-10p8-------||
D |--------------------------------||
A |-8----------6/8-----------------||
E |--------------------------------||
and then he does a pentantonic descent kinda like this:

E |----------------||
B |----------------||
G |---10p8---------||
D |--------10-8/6--||
A |-8-------------8||
E |----------------||

Play around with it, making something up that sounds cool. Enjoy!
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cono the guitar wrote on June 19 2007, 05:09 pm

This tab is awsome. This song is awsome. This band is awsome.
Good job

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mattiasb wrote on July 9 2007, 01:58 pm

it sounds good to me

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drummz11 wrote on April 28 2008, 09:28 pm

i think the main riff/intro is played in the seventh position and has the added 7th on the low E string. then everything thing is shifted down the neck. it just sounds better to me

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