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                            Tame Impala - Expectation
                        from their 2010 album Innerspeaker

I absolutely love this song, (and the trippy music video that goes along with it) and
have been meaning to tab it for a while. I finally got around to it and tried to
make it as complete as possible, with both guitars, bass and synths. There are
probably some errors somewhere, so if you spot any let me know in the comments and
tell me the corrections that need to be made. If you learn this song, why not record
yourself playing it and upload it to YouTube? Let me know in the comments if you do.

Thanks!

[0:01-0:10]
Guitar:
e|-3-5-|
B|-5-5-|
G|-4-5-|  x8
D|-5-3-|
A|-3---|
E|-----|


[0:11-0:20]
Guitar:
e|-3-5-|
B|-5-5-|
G|-4-5-|  x8
D|-5-3-|
A|-3---|
E|-----|

[0:11-0:20]
Bass:
G|-----|
D|---3-|  x8
A|-3---|
E|-----|


[0:21-0:31]
Guitar:
e|-3--5-3-3--5-|
B|-5--5-5-5--5-|
G|-4--5-4-4--5-|  x4
D|-5--3-5-5--3-|
A|-3----3-3----|
E|-------------|

[0:21-0:31]
Bass:
G|-------------|
D|----3-3----3-|  x4
A|-3------3----|
E|-------------|


[0:31-0:36]
Bass:
G|-5----------|
D|-------3--5-|  x2
A|----3-------|
E|------------|
"Everything you ever told me could've been a lie,
we may never have been in love"


[0:37-0:41]
Guitar:
e|-3--5-3-3--5-|
B|-5--5-5-5--5-|
G|-4--5-4-4--5-|  x2
D|-5--3-5-5--3-|
A|-3----3-3----|
E|-------------|

[0:37-0:41]
Bass:
G|-------------|
D|----3-3----3-|  x2
A|-3------3----|
E|-------------|

[0:37-0:41]
Flangy 2nd guitar:
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------14b16--12---------------12-----14b16r14-12----12--14b16r14-12--------|
D|-14-12-14p12-----------12--14-12--14----14--------------14-----------------14-12--|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
(This guitar is buried back in the mix and is hard to make out due to the heavy use
of effects, so this is just a rough estimation. Play it however you like.)


[0:42-0:46]
Bass:
G|-5-------|
D|-----3-5-|  x2
A|---3-----|
E|---------|
"Stuck on thinking that there is always something to lose,
or a hit from above"


[0:47-0:56]
Guitar:
e|-3--5-3-3--5-|
B|-5--5-5-5--5-|
G|-4--5-4-4--5-|  x4
D|-5--3-5-5--3-|
A|-3----3-3----|
E|-------------|

[0:47-0:56]
Bass:
G|-------------|
D|----3-3----3-|  x4
A|-3------3----|
E|-------------|

[0:47-0:56]
Flangy 2nd guitar:
e|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------12--------------------12--------------|
G|----------12--14b16-14-12-14--12-14----14-12-14-12--12-14----14-12-14-12--|
D|----12-14-----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-14-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-12------12-----------------------------------------------12-12/15-12-----|
G|----14.-----12----12-14-12----------------/12-------12-14-------------14--|
D|---------------14----------14----------14-----14-12-----------------------|
A|------------------------------14-14-14------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

"Or a hit from above"


[0:57-1:02]
Guitar:
e|------------------------|
B|------------------------|
G|------------------------|
D|------------------------|
A|-2-3p2--2-3--2-3p2--2-3-|
E|------------------------|

[0:57-1:02]
Bass:
G|------------------------|
D|------------------------|
A|-3--------------2-------|
E|------------------3-----|


[1:02-1:22]
Guitar:
e|-3--3-5--5-3--3-5-|
B|-5--5-5--5-5--5-5-|
G|-4--4-5--5-4--4-5-|  x8
D|-5--5-3--3-5--5-3-|
A|-3--3------3--3---|
E|------------------|

[1:02-1:22]
Bass:
G|------------|
D|----3-3---3-|  x16
A|-3------3---|
E|------------|
"I don't need what I'm holding,
what I'm holding onto,
I wish I knew,
ohhh"

[1:12-1:22]
Synth:
e|-----------------------------12--------12h13p12--12h13p12--12h13p12--|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------7h9/10/12------------------------------------------|
A|---------5h7/8/10----------------------------------------------------|
E|-3h5/7/8-------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-12\10--10-8-10\8--8\7-7\5-5\3-3\1-1p0-----------|
B|---------------------------------------5\3-3\1---|
G|-------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|
"I wish I knew ohhh"
(Once again, this is buried back in the mix so it's a bit
hard to work out. The very first part is too fast to play on a guitar
(unless you're a really fast player), and wasn't intended to be
played on a guitar, but I've included it anyway.)


[1:23-1:28]
Guitar:
e|----1---------------------------|
B|----1---------------------------|
G|----1---------------------------|
D|----3---------------------------|
A|----3---------------------------|
E|----1---------------------------|

[1:23-1:28]
Bass:
G|--------5-3---------3-----------|
D|------------5-3-3-5-------------|
A|----3---------------------------|
E|--------------------------------|

[1:27-1:28]
Fuzz guitar:
e|------------------|
B|------------------|
G|------------------|
D|-7/9-9-9-7--7/10--|
A|------------------|
E|------------------|
(This is probably the least audible,
most buried back in the mix, part of
the song, but there's a very barely
audible fuzzed out guitar that plays
this just before the synth bit below.
Not important or necessary to playing the
song, but I've included it for the sake
of completeness.)

Synth:
e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------7h9/10/12--|
A|------------------------5h7/8/10------------|
E|----------------3h5/7/8---------------------|
"But meanwhile"
(Just like before, this is played very, very fast,
and is too hard to play on guitar, but I've included it anyway.)


[1:28-1:47]
Guitar:
e|-0--0--5--3--3--5-|
B|-1--0--5--5--3--5-|
G|-2--0--5--4--4--5-|  x4
D|-2--2--3--5--5--3-|
A|-0--2-----3--5----|
E|----0--------3----|

[1:28-1:47]
Bass:
G|------------------|
D|----------------5-|  x4
A|-0-----3-----3----|
E|----0-----3-------|
"Fluctuations are aching my soul,
expectation is taking its toll,
expectation is taking its toll,
'cause everything you ever told me could've been a lie, we may..."


[1:48-1:55]
Guitar:
e|-3-5-|
B|-5-5-|
G|-4-5-|  x4
D|-5-3-|
A|-3---|
E|-----|
"never have been in love"


[1:55-2:00]
Guitar:
e|-3-5-3-5-|
B|-5-5-5-5-|
G|-4-5-4-5-|  x2
D|-5-3-5-3-|
A|-3---3---|
E|---------|
(Quicken tempo)


[2:01-2:10]
Guitar:
e|-3--5-3-3--5-|
B|-5--5-5-5--5-|
G|-4--5-4-4--5-|  x4
D|-5--3-5-5--3-|
A|-3----3-3----|
E|-------------|

[2:01-2:10]
Bass:
G|-------------|
D|----3-3----3-|  x4
A|-3------3----|
E|-------------|

[2:01-2:10]
Guitar:
e|-----------5-|
B|-----------5-|
G|-----------5-|  x4
D|-----------3-|
A|-------------|
E|-------------|
(There is a very subtle, barely
noticeable backwards guitar that
fades in on each repeat. This isn't
essential to playing the song, but
it is a cool little thing you could
include and exaggerate using a flange
and volume pedal or the volume
switch on your guitar to fade into
the chord.)


[2:11-2:26]
Guitar:
e|-3-3--3-|
B|-3-3--5-|
G|-3-3--5-|  x12
D|-5-5--5-|
A|-5-5--3-|
E|-3-3----|

[2:11-2:26]
Bass:
G|--------|
D|--------|  x12
A|----3-3-|
E|-3------|
"And now I'll escape,
I'll never ever have to see a
disappointed face,
no one to please,
every now and then,
it feels like..."


[2:26-2:32]
Bass:
G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|----0--1--1---0-1-3-------1---3--5-10-8--7--10-|
A|-3---------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|
 "In all of the universe, there is nobody for me"
(Play each note in time with the word that is below it,
e.g. for "universe", "u" is 0, "ni" is 1, and "verse" is 3;
or for "nobody", "no" is 5, "bod" is 10, and "y" is 8.
Try singing the words as you play it to learn it quicker.)


[2:32-2:41]
Guitar:
e|-3-3--3-|
B|-3-3--5-|
G|-3-3--5-|  x8
D|-5-5--5-|
A|-5-5--3-|
E|-3-3----|

[2:32-2:41]
Bass:
G|--------|
D|--------|  x8
A|----3-3-|
E|-3------|


[2:42-3:02]
Guitar:
e|-3--5-3-3--5-|
B|-5--5-5-5--5-|
G|-4--5-4-4--5-|  x8
D|-5--3-5-5--3-|
A|-3----3-3----|
E|-------------|

[2:42-3:02]
Bass:
G|-------------|
D|----3-3----3-|  x8
A|-3------3----|
E|-------------|
"I told myself I wouldn't care,
no, I wouldn't care,
but when she said she'd come around
I combed my hair,
yes, I checked my hair"


[3:02-3:07]
Guitar:
e|------------------------|
B|------------------------|
G|------------------------|
D|------------------------|
A|-2-3p2--2-3--2-3p2--2-3-|
E|------------------------|


[3:08-3:12]
Guitar:
e|----1------------3-|
B|----1------------5-|
G|----1------------5-|
D|----3------------5-|
A|----3------------3-|
E|----1--------------|

[3:08-3:12]
Bass:
G|-------------------|
D|-------------------|
A|-----------------3-|
E|----1--------------|
"Ooh and meanwhile"


[3:13-3:17]
Guitar:
e|-1---------3-|
B|-1---------5-|
G|-1---------5-|
D|-3---------5-|
A|-3---------3-|
E|-1-----------|

[3:13-3:17]
Bass:
G|-----5-3---5-|
D|---------3---|
A|-------------|
E|-1-----------|
"Meanwhile"


[3:18-3:22]
Guitar:
e|---------|
B|---------|
G|-------1-|
D|----3----|
A|---------|
E|-1-------|

[3:18-3:22]
Bass:
G|-----5-3---5----3-5-|
D|---------3----3-----|
A|--------------------|
E|-1------------------|
"Meanwhile"

Fuzz guitar:
e|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|----------------------------|
D|-7/9-9-9-7--7/10--10-10--10-|
A|----------------------------|
E|----------------------------|
(This is that barely audible fuzzed out guitar again.)


[3:22-3:23]
Synth:
e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------7h9/10/12--|
A|------------------------5h7/8/10------------|
E|----------------3h5/7/8---------------------|
"But meanwhile"
(This is that super fast synth fill again.)


[3:23-3:33]
Synth:
e|-0--0--5--3--3--5-|
B|-1--0--5--5--3--5-|
G|-2--0--5--4--4--5-|  x2
D|-2--2--3--5--5--3-|
A|-0--2-----3--5----|
E|----0--------3----|
"Fluctuations are aching my soul,
expectation is taking its toll"


[3:33-3:43]
Synth:
e|-0--0--5--3--3--5-|
B|-1--0--5--5--3--5-|
G|-2--0--5--4--4--5-|  x2
D|-2--2--3--5--5--3-|
A|-0--2-----3--5----|
E|----0--------3----|

[3:33-3:43]
Guitar:
e|---------------------|
B|---------------------|
G|---------------------|  x2
D|----------------5----|
A|-0-----3-----3-------|
E|----0-----3----------|
"fluctuations are aching my soul,
expectation is taking its toll"


[3:43-4:14]
Synth:
e|-0--0--5--3--3--5-|
B|-1--0--5--5--3--5-|
G|-2--0--5--4--4--5-|  x6
D|-2--2--3--5--5--3-|
A|-0--2-----3--5----|
E|----0--------3----|

[3:43-4:14]
Guitar:
e|-0--0--5--3--3--5-|
B|-1--0--5--5--3--5-|
G|-2--0--5--4--4--5-|  x6
D|-2--2--3--5--5--3-|
A|-0--2-----3--5----|
E|----0--------3----|

[3:43-4:14]
Bass:
G|------------------|
D|----------------5-|  x6
A|-0-----3-----3----|
E|----0-----3-------|
"fluctuation is making me old,
expectation is taking its toll,
fluctuations are aching my soul,
expectation is taking its toll,
fluctuations are aching my soul,
expectation is taking its toll"


[4:14-4:19]
Synth:
e|-0--0--5--3--3--5-|
B|-1--0--5--5--3--5-|
G|-2--0--5--4--4--5-|
D|-2--2--3--5--5--3-|
A|-0--2-----3--5----|
E|----0--------3----|

[4:19-4:24]
Synth:
e|-5----------------|
B|-5----------------|
G|-5----------------|
D|-3----------------|
A|------------------|
E|------------------|

The song fades out at this point, and then eventually fades back into this:

OUTRO:
------

[4:30-4:38]
Guitar with flange:
e|-3-3--3-|
B|-3-3--5-|
G|-3-3--5-|  x6
D|-5-5--5-|
A|-5-5--3-|
E|-3-3----|


[4:38-4:51]
Guitar with flange:
e|-3-3--3-|
B|-3-3--5-|
G|-3-3--5-|  x10
D|-5-5--5-|
A|-5-5--3-|
E|-3-3----|

[4:38-4:51]
Bass:
G|----------|
D|-10-10-10-|  x10
A|----------|
E|----------|


[4:51-5:37]
Guitar with flange:
e|-3-3--3-|
B|-3-3--5-|
G|-3-3--5-|  x36
D|-5-5--5-|
A|-5-5--3-|
E|-3-3----|


[4:51-5:42]
Bass:
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----0-1-1-0--1-3---1-3-5--5/10-8-7--7/10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|  x5
A|-3------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|


[5:37-5:48]
Two guitars:
e|-3-3--3-|
B|-3-3--5-|
G|-3-3--5-|  x8
D|-5-5--5-|
A|-5-5--3-|
E|-3-3----|
(A second guitar doubles this, one with flange and one clean)

[5:43-5:53]
Bass:
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----0-1-1-0--1-3---1-3-5--5/10-8-7--7/10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
A|-3------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

[5:48-5:53]
Synth:
e|------------------------------------3-------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------3-------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------3-------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------5-------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------5-------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------3-------------------------------------|
(Synth starts playing at the part where
the bass slides from the 7th to the 10th fret)


[5:48-5:58]
Two guitars:
e|-3-3--3-|
B|-3-3--5-|
G|-3-3--5-|  x8
D|-5-5--5-|
A|-5-5--3-|
E|-3-3----|

[5:53-5:58]
Bass:
G|-----------------------------------|
D|----0-1-1-0--1-3---1-3-5--5/10-8-7-|
A|-3---------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|

[5:53-6:00]
Synth:
e|-----------------------------------3-|
B|-----------------------------------5-|
G|----------------------5------------5-|
D|-----------------------------------5-|
A|-2--3---2--3---2--3------3---------3-|
E|-------------------------------------|


************************************

| /   slide up
| \   slide down
| h   hammer-on
| p   pull-off
| ~   vibrato
| +   harmonic
| x   Mute note
| b   Bend
| pb  Pre-bend
| br  Bend release
| pbr Pre-bend release
| brb Bend release bend
| .   staccato

************************************


Please leave comments and feedback and rate my tab;
I'm genuinely interested to know if this helped/didn't
help/lead to you nailing the song/picked up any errors
in the tab/picked up any chicks with your
epic guitar skills, etc.:p

Thanks! And go buy Tame Impala's album 'Innerspeaker'.
It's mind-blowing and definitely worth the money!
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Guru.Guitar.Boy wrote on December 15 2011, 10:14 am

This is a great tab except the part when he plays this:

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

I Think its actually:

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

and even though it sounds right i think he actually tunes a step down but then plays it a step higher than you normally would. But great tab really!

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Psyche-Guitar wrote on December 15 2011, 08:16 pm

You might be onto something there. It's pretty hard to hear with the flange effect on the guitar. Both sound good though; and it's a pretty minor detail, so I guess you could play it either way.

Also, Tame Impala play in D standard which is two frets down. I figured most people wouldn't want to tune down, so I just tabbed it in standard to make it easier. The low D and D# notes aren't actually played in this song, so you can play it in standard. If you want to play it like they do, just tune all the strings down a step and then play everything in this tab a step up. E.g. main chords would be played at the 5th fret instead of the 3rd fret.

Thanks for the feedback, dude! I appreciate it!

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Psyche-Guitar wrote on August 13 2012, 11:01 pm

Guitar Guru Boy is correct. I updated the tab to fix up the rhythm, and I also noticed that I messed up a few chords! D'oh!

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