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                       Tame Impala - The Bold Arrow of Time
                        from their 2010 album Innerspeaker

Intro:
The bends in the main riff are quarter step bends, which is basically bending to
halfway between the two notes, which are G and G# in this instance. It's used a lot
in blues playing (listen to the main riff to Spoonful by Cream to get a good
example). The bend is only slight, so don't over-think it.
Guitar 1:
e|----------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------|
G|-----10--12b12.5--12--10~---------------| x4
D|-12-----------------------12-10-12------|
A|----------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------10--|

Guitar 1 and 2:
e|----------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------|
G|-----10--12b12.5--12--10~---------------| x2
D|-12-----------------------12-10-12--12--|
A|------------------------------------12--|
E|------------------------------------10--|

Guitar 1 and 2:
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------| x4
D|---------------------------------12--|
A|-----8--10b10.5--10--8~----------12--|
E|-10---------------------10-8-10--10--|

Verse:
"Overhead ether flow, moment colours run, time so slow"
e|-10--------10--------------10----|
B|-10------------10----------12----|
G|-10----------------10------12----|
D|-10--------------------10--12----|
A|-12------------------------10----|
E|-10------------------------------|

"Slow"
Guitar 1 and 2:
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------| x4
D|---------------------------------12--|
A|-----8--10b10.5--10--8~----------12--|
E|-10---------------------10-8-10--10--|

First mini guitar solo:
Guitar 1:
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------| x4
D|-------------------------------------|
A|-----8--10b10.5--10--8~--------------|
E|-10---------------------10-8-10--10--|

Guitar 2:
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-12--------10.--12~~~~-10h12--10h12--10h12--10h12--10h12--10h12--10~~~~--|
D|-----12-10---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-10--------------------------------------10/12--12/15~~~~-|
A|-----12-10----------------8--10--12~~~~~------------------|
E|-----------10--10-8-10------------------------------------|

Verse:
"I've never seen the arrow of time fly so low"
Guitar 1 and 2:
e|-10-------10---------------10----|
B|-10------------10----------12----|
G|-10----------------10------12----|
D|-10--------------------10--12----|
A|-12------------------------10----|
E|-10------------------------------|

"Low"
Guitar 1:
e|-------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------12--|-----------------------------------|
A|-----8--10b10.5--10--8~----------12--|-----8--10b10.5--10--8~------------|
E|-10---------------------10-8-10--10--|-10---------------------10-8-10----|

Second mini guitar solo:
Guitar 1:
e|-------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------12--|-----------------------------------|
D|-----8--10b10.5--10--8~----------12--|-----8--10b10.5--10--8~------------|
A|-10---------------------10-8-10--10--|-10---------------------10-8-10----|
E|-------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|

Guitar 2:
e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-10-10--12b14---10/12-12-10/12--10/12-10/12-10/12--10/12----|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 1:
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|
D|-----10--12b12.5--12--10~------------|
A|-12-----------------------12-10-12---|
E|-------------------------------------|

Guitar 2:
e|-----------------------------------|
B|--------10~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~---|
G|-12b14-----------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|

Pre-bridge/solo section:
"And time flows on"
Guitar 1 and 2:
e|----------------|
B|----------------|
G|----------------|
D|---------5------|
A|-8---7---5------|
E|-6---5---3------|

Guitar 1 and 2:
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------|
A|-----8--10b10.5--10--8~--------------|
E|-10---------------------10-8-10--10--|

Guitar 1:
e|-----------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----8--10b10.5--10--8~------------|
E|-10---------------------10-8-10----|

Guitar 2:
e|------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------13-------|
G|---------------------------15b17r15-|
D|---------------10~~~~---------------|
A|----------/12-----------------------|
E|------------------------------------|

Bridge/solo section:
Guitar 1 and 2:
e|-------------|
B|-------------|
G|-11-11--9-11-| x8
D|--X--X--X--X-|
A|-12-12-10-12-|
E|-10-10--8-10-|

Guitar 1:
e|-------------|
B|-------------|
G|-------------| x8
D|-12-12-10-12-|
A|-------------|
E|-10-10--8-10-|

Guitar solo:
Guitar 1:
e|---------------|
B|---------------|
G|---------------| x6
D|-7--7--7-7-7-7-|
A|-7--7--7-7-7-7-|
E|-5--5--5-5-5-5-|

Guitar 2:
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-10-----10-----10----10----10----10------10-----10-----10----10----10----10------|
G|-12b14--12b14--12b14-12b14-12b14-12b14---12b14--12b14--12b14-12b14-12b14-12b14---|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-10-----10-----10----10----10----10------10-----10-----8-----8-----8-----8-------|
G|-12b14--12b14--12b14-12b14-12b14-12b14---12b14--12b14--10b12-10b12-10b12-10b12---|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-8------8------5---5---5---5-----6-----6-----6----6----6----6------|
G|-10b12--10b12--7b9-7b9-7b9-7b9---8b10--8b10--8b10-8b10-8b10-8b10---|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------|
B|-5--/6/7/8----6h8-10--\6-\5---|
G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|------------------------------|
E|------------------------------|

Heavy chord section:
Guitar 1 and 2:
e|-------------|
B|-------------|
G|-11-11--9-11-| x16
D|--X--X--X--X-|
A|-12-12-10-12-|
E|-10-10--8-10-|

Guitar 1 and 2:
e|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------| x3
D|-12-12-12--10--12-12-12--10---12-12-12--10-12--10-12--10--|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|-10-10-10---8--10-10-10---8---10-10-10---8-10---8-10---8--|

Guitar 1:
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-12-12-12--10--12-12-12--10---12-12-12--10-12--10-12--10---12--|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-10-10-10---8--10-10-10---8---10-10-10---8-10---8-10---8---10--|

Guitar 2:
Strum the ending chord really hard and rapidly:
e|-------------------------------------10101010101010101010-10--|
B|-------------------------------------10101010101010101010-10--|
G|-------------------------------------11111111111111111111-11--|
D|-12-12--12-12--10--12-12--12-12--10--12121212121212121212-12--|
A|-------------------------------------12121212121212121212-12--|
E|-10-10--10-10---8--10-10--10-10---8--10101010101010101010-10--|

"da  da  da  da  da  da da da  da"

Guitar 1 and 2:
e|--------|
B|--------|
G|--------|
D|-12-----|
A|-12-----|
E|-10-----|

Main song outro:
Guitar 1 and 2:
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------| x3
D|---------------------------------12--|
A|-----8--10b10.5--10--8~----------12--|
E|-10---------------------10-8-10--10--|

Guitar 1 and 2:
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-----10--12b12.5--12--10~------------|
G|-11--10--12b12.5--12--10~-11--9-10---|
D|-12-----------------------12-10-12---|
A|-------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------|

End on:
Guitar 1:
e|------------|
B|------------|
G|------------|
D|------------|
A|-8~~~~~~~~~~|
E|------------|

Synth and acoustic guitar outro/interlude:
Acoustic guitar plays this:
e|---------------5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--|
B|-3-3--3--3--3--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--|
G|-4-4--4--4--4--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--|
D|-5-5--5--5--5--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--|
A|-5-5--5--5--5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|

And then play this whole chord progression twice:
e|----------------------3--3--2-2--2-2--2-2--2-2--2-2--1-1--1-1--1-1--1-1--|
B|-5-5--5-5--5-5--1--1--5--5--3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--|
G|-5-5--5-5--5-5--2--2--5--5--4-4--4-4--4-4--4-4--4-4--3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--|
D|-7-7--7-7--7-7--3--3--5--5--4-4--4-4--4-4--4-4--4-4--3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--|
A|-7-7--7-7--7-7--3--3--3--3--2-2--2-2--2-2--2-2--2-2--1-1--1-1--1-1--1-1--|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------------------5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--|
B|-1-1--1-1--1-1--1-1--3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--|
G|-2-2--2-2--2-2--2-2--4-4--4-4--4-4--4-4--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--|
D|-3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--7-7--|
A|-3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Synth lead:
e|-8---8/10-8/10--10/12-10/12-----------------8---8-------|
B|-----------------------------10---8-10-11--11--11--11---|
G|---------------------------------------------------10---|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

e|-13/15-13/15--12/14-12/14--10---------------8/10--|
B|--------------------------------8/10-8/10---------|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

e|-8---8/10-8/10--10/12-10/12-----------------8---8-------|
B|-----------------------------10---8-10-11--11--11--11---|
G|---------------------------------------------------10---|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

e|-13/15-13/15--12/14-12/14--10---------------|
B|--------------------------------8/10-8/10---|
G|--------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------|

Fade out.


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| /   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 (mute note after playing it)

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Stereojunkie wrote on July 14 2014, 05:49 pm

Great tab mate, love this song!

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pmccormack wrote on July 30 2014, 10:51 am

Great tab! But I'm almost positive the outro/interlude chords are:


G D Am F C Bm A# F
E|-----5---5---1---3---2---1---1-------
B|-3---7---5---1---5---3---3---1-------
G|-4---7---5---2---5---4---3---2-------
D|-5---7---7---3---5---4---3---3-------
A|-5---5---7---3---3---2---1---3-------
E|---------5---1---------------1-------


And in that order (strumming subjective)

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Psyche-Guitar wrote on July 31 2014, 02:28 am

You're totally correct! I was never 100% sure on that bit, and I tabbed this when my ear training wasn't that great. Thanks for fixing that up for me.:)

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