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This is the song "Hold On" by Alabama Shakes
from the album 'Boys & Girls' - http://alabamashakes.bandcamp.com/

Song tabbed by Johnny Cosmic
http://johnnycosmic.bandcamp.com/



The song basically alternates between two chords

      C/G         F

e|-----0----------1-------|
B|-----1----------1-------|
G|-----0----------2-------|
D|-----2----------3-------|
A|-----3----------3-------|
E|-----3------------------|

[The strumming pattern gets a little different during the bridge,
but it's the same chords.  The thing that spices it up is the
dynamics from the verse to chords (soft to loud) and the
lead guitar that dances around the melodies]

Intro Lead Guitar

e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------|
A|------7-------3-----------------3-3--|
E|--5--------5-------5---3-----5-------|

[Verse]

C/G                       F
Bless my heart, Bless my soul
C/G                                  F
Didn't think I'd make it to 22 years old
C/G                          F
There must be someone up above
C/G                                         F
sayin' Come on Brittney, You got to come on up


[Chorus] 
(guitar lead tab at the bottom)

C/G                    F    C/G     
You've got to hold.......   on
F                  C/G      F     
Yeah you've got to hold   on

[C/G - F]


[Verse]

C/G                               F
So bless my heart and bless yours too
C/G
I don't know where I'm gonna go,
                            F
Don't know what I'm gonna do
C/G                           F
Well, must be somebody up above
C/G                                              F
sayin' Come on Brittney, You've got to come on up


[Chorus]

C/G                    F    C/G     
You've got to hold.......   on
F                  C/G      F     
Yeah you've got to hold   on


[Bridge]
(heavier guitar strums with a cool pause corresponding to the 'wait' lyric)

                     C/G     F
Yeah you've got to.. wait
              C/G     F
you've got to wait
                  C/G     F
But I don't wanna wait
            C/G     F
Don't wanna.. wait


[Verse]

C/G                          F
So bless my heart, bless my mind
C/G                                      F
I got so much to do, I aint got much time
C/G                          F
Well, must be somebody up above
C/G                                          F
sayin' Come on girl, You've got to get back up


[Chorus]

C/G                    F    C/G     
You've got to hold.......   on
F                  C/G      F     
Yeah you've got to hold   on


[Bridge]
(heavier guitar strums with a cool pause corresponding to the 'wait' lyric)
                     C/G     F
Yeah you've got to.. wait
               C/G     F
you've got to wait
                  C/G     F
But I don't wanna wait
            C/G     F
Don't wanna wait


[Ending]

C/G                       F
You've got to hold…….. on   [repeat]




Basic LEAD PART For the CHORUS

each time he plays it slightly different, but this will get you in the ballpark.
don't slide the 10/12.  do hammer on's to get the right jimi hendrix guitar style he's doin


First part     REPEAT 2xs
e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------|
D|--------10--------10----------------|
A|--10/12-----10/12-----10/12---------|
E|------------------------------------|

Fill 1 & 3
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------10--12----------------|
D|--------10--------10----12--14----------------|
A|--10/12-----10/12-----------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------|

Fill 2
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------12--10---9------------|
D|--------10--------10----14--12---10-----------|
A|--10/12-----10/12-----------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------|

Fill 4
      *bend(hold.......)
e|-----------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------13-13--13-12----|
G|-----------12------------------/12---14-14--14-12-12-|
D|---12*(14)------14*(12)---10---/14----------------14-|
A|-----------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------|

            
            
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Lunasco_23 187 Apr 17, 2012 09:27 AM

Great tab thanks you really got me on the right track for this song. But there's just some things missing here and there so that's what the 4 is for. Still it's great

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caw1 120 Jun 08, 2013 11:17 AM

actually its basically everything ya need to know, it could be better if you put the chords in with the words. and the fills/lead bits in order by how the song goes.

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