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Title: Bluegrass Safari
Artist: Tony Cox
Album: Looking for Zim
Tabber: Andrew Penney
Instructions: Standard tuning, capo 4th (or 5th) fret
Steel Guitar - Standard Tuning (EADGBe)
Tempo = 240

Notes
-----
This is a lively instrumental fusion of the African 'kwela' sound and
bluegrass style picking patterns, in a 'walking tune' composed by South
African guitarist, Tony Cox.  This piece is reminiscent of the cyclical
walking tunes played by country-dwelling African guitarists as an
accompaniment to the long walks home in some regions.  These use repetitive
cycles of a few chords, with slight variation or progression in notes picked
on each cycle.

This piece is written in the key of E Maj, but played in the key of C with
a capo on the 4th fret. It is meant to be played at a fast walking pace, at
a tempo of at least 230, although Tony has taken to playing it insanely fast
and capo'd at the 5th fret) in recent years.

The composition essentially consists of three four-bar parts (A,B and C)
which are played alternately, revolving around the chords C, G, Am and F
with variation of picking pattern and note emphasis.  So, like bluegrass,
playing it just requires the picking patterns to be learned, and then you
can work on speed and variations.

The chord changes in section A reflect the walking theme, with the fingers
walking sequentially up and down the strings between chords.  One variation
is provided for each section (the 2nd 4 bars in each). The strums in section
C are played by brushing the index finger nail down the strings, followed by
picking the high E on the up stroke.

Tab Legend
----------
T - tempo
M - palm mute

Tune Structure
--------------
Play Sections below in the following order:
  Section A x2
  Section B x2

  Section A x2
  Section B x2

  Section C x2
  Section B x2
  Section C x2
  Section D x2 (Section B with palm mutes of the bass strings)

  Section A x2
  Section B
  Section B modified
  Outro


    Section A
    ---------
    T=240
E ||-3--------------3----------|-----3-----------3----------|
B ||---------------------------|-----------1-----------1----|
G ||----------0-----------0----|--------2-----------2-------|
D ||-------2-----------2-------|--3-------------------------|
A ||-3-------------------------|--------------3-------------|
E ||-------------3-------------|----------------------------|


-----3-----------3----------|-----3-----0----------------|
----------------------------|-----------------3----------|
-----------0-----------0----|-----------------------0----|
--------2-----------2-------|--------0-----------0-------|
--3-------------------------|----------------------------|
--------------3-------------|--3-----------3-------------|


-----3-----------3----------|-----3-----------3----------|
----------------------------|-----------1-----------1----|
-----------0-----------0----|--------2-----------2-------|
--------2-----------2-------|--3-------------------------|
--3-------------------------|--------------3-------------|
--------------3-------------|----------------------------|


-----3-----------3----------|-----3-----0---------------||
----------------------------|-----------------3---------||
-----------0-----------0----|-----------------------0---||
--------2-----------2-------|--------0-----------0------||
--3-------------------------|---------------------------||
--------------3-------------|--3-----------3------------||


  Section B
  ---------
||-0-------------------------|--------1-------------------|
||----------------1----------|-----------------1----------|
||----------------------0----|-----------------------2----|
||-------2-----------2-------|--------3-----------3-------|
||-3-------------------------|--------------3-------------|
||-------------0-------------|--1-------------------------|


--0-------------------------|-----3-----0----------------|
-----------------1----------|-----------------3----------|
-----------------------0----|-----------------------0----|
--------2-----------2-------|--------0-----------0-------|
--3-------------------------|----------------------------|
--------------0-------------|--3-----------3-------------|

                                                          
--0-------------------------|--------1-------------------|
-----------------1----------|-----------------1----------|
-----------------------0----|-----------------------2----|
--------2-----------2-------|--------3-----------3-------|
--3-------------------------|--------------3-------------|
--------------0-------------|--1-------------------------|

                                                           
--0-------------------------|---------------------------||
-----------------1----------|-----3-----0-----3---------||
-----------------------0----|-----------------------0---||
--------2-----------2-------|--------0-----------0------||
--3-------------------------|---------------------------||
--------------0-------------|--3-----------3------------||


  Section C
  ---------
         Index finger strum and pick
||-------3--------3--3--3----|-----3--3--3-----3--3--3----|
||-------1-----------1-------|--------1-----------1-------|
||-------0-----------0-------|--------2-----------2-------|
||-------2-------------------|--3-------------------------|
||-3-------------------------|--------------3-------------|
||-------------3-------------|----------------------------|


-----3--3--3-----3--3--3----|-----3-----0----------------|
--------1-----------1-------|-----------------3----------|
--------0-----------0-------|-----------------------0----|
----------------------------|--------0-----------0-------|
--3-------------------------|----------------------------|
--------------3-------------|--3-----------3-------------|


--------3--------3--3--3----|-----3--3--3-----3--3--3----|
--------1-----------1-------|--------1-----------1-------|
--------0-----------0-------|--------2-----------2-------|
--------2-------------------|--3-------------------------|
--3-------------------------|--------------3-------------|
--------------3-------------|----------------------------|


-----3--3--3-----3--3--3----|-----------0---------------||
--------1-----------1-------|-----3-----------3---------||
--------0-----------0-------|-----------------------0---||
----------------------------|--------0-----------0------||
--3-------------------------|---------------------------||
--------------3-------------|--3-----------3------------||

                                                         
  Section D (Section B with palm muting of the bass strings)
  ---------
||---------------------------|-----1-----0----|----------------------------|
||----------------1----------|----------------|-----------------1----------|
||----------------------0----|----------------|-----------------------0----|
||-------2M----------2-------|-----3-----3----|--------2M----------2-------|
||-3M------------------------|----------------|--3M------------------------|
||-------------0M------------|--1M------------|--------------0M------------|

                                                                           
-----3-----0----------------|----------------------------|-----1-----0----|
-----------------3----------|-----------------1----------|----------------|
-----------------------0----|-----------------------0----|----------------|
--------0-----------0-------|--------2M----------2-------|-----3-----3----|
----------------------------|--3M------------------------|----------------|
--3M----------3M------------|--------------0M------------|--1M------------|

                                                           
----------------------------|---------------------------||
-----------------1----------|-----3-----0-----3---------||
-----------------------0----|-----------------------0---||
--------2M----------2-------|--------0-----------0------||
--3M------------------------|---------------------------||
--------------0M------------|--3M----------3M-----------||
                                                         
  Section B modified
  ---------                                                
||----------------------------|--------1-------------------|
||--1--------------1----------|-----------------1----------|
||-----------------------0----|-----------------------2----|
||--------2-----------2-------|--------3-----------3-------|
||--3-------------------------|--------------3-------------|
||--------------0-------------|--1-------------------------|

                                                          
--0-------------------------|-----3-----0----------------|
-----------------1----------|-----------------3----------|
-----------------------0----|-----------------------0----|
--------2-----------2-------|--------0-----------0-------|
--3-------------------------|----------------------------|
--------------0-------------|--3-----------3-------------|

                             T=200 slowing to                            
--0-------------------------|--------1-------------------|
-----------------1----------|-----------------1----------|
-----------------------0----|-----------------------2----|
--------2-----------2-------|--------3-----------3-------|
--3-------------------------|--------------3-------------|
--------------0-------------|--1-------------------------|

T=100 slowing to                                   T=30
--0-------------------------|-----------------0----------||
-----------------1----------|-----3-----0-----------3~---||
-----------------------0----|----------------------------||
--------2-----------2-------|--------0-----------0-------||
--3-------------------------|----------------------------||
--------------0-------------|--3-----------3-------------||


  Outro
  -----
||----------------------------||
||--------------1-------------||
||-----------0--0-------------||
||--------2-----2-------------||
||-----3--------3-------------||
||--3-------------------------||
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