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Plasticities Tab

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                             “Plasticities” - Andrew Bird
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Tabbed by: Justin Weleski
Email: jmw59@pitt.edu

Tuning: Standard

This is my favorite song off the new album, “Armchair Apocrypha”.  Enjoy!

Andrew Bird plays this song differently live, but all the notes are the same in this tab.

Intro/Verse (slight palm-mute) (pick each note singly)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---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-----8--8--8--8--8--------------------------|
E|-6--6--6--6--6--6--6--6--6--6--6--6--8--8--8--8--8--8------------------------|

Verse (piano riff) (watch the timing, it is tricky at first)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------7--------------7-8-7--------------2---------------------------------|
A|---5--8----8-----5--8---------8---------3----3-------------------------------|
E|-6-------------6-------------------1--5--------------------------------------|

Verse (when Andrew sings, “Chin, chin”, play this)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------10-7---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----5--8-------10-8----------------------------------------------------------|
E|--6--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Pre-Chorus
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---5----8----5----8----------------------------------------------------------|
A|---5----8----5----8----------------------------------------------------------|
E|---3----6----3----6----------------------------------------------------------|

Chorus
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----10--7-----10--7--5--10--7--5-----5--7-7--7-8-7-5------------------------|
A|------------------------------------8-------------------8--------------------|
E|--6----------1---------------------------------------------------------------|

Post-Chorus
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------8-------------------------------------|
E|--6p5-6p5--6-5-3-1----8-8-8-10-12--------------------------------------------|

Post Chorus (second post-chorus, end with this fill)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------8-------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------8--10-12----12-10-8------------------------------------------|
E|--8-8-8-10-12------------------------12--------------------------------------|

Bridge (part 1)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--6-----1-----8-----13--12---------------------------------------------------|

Bridge (part 2)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----7--5------5--3----------------7---8-7-----------------------------------|
A|----------------------------7-8-10---------10--8-7---------------------------|
E|--6----------1---------8-----------------------------10----------------------|

Bridge (riff at the very end)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--9h10----10p8--6--8h10------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Go back to the verse after the bridge.


| /  slide up
| \  slide down
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  vibrato
| +  harmonic
| x  Mute note
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Phiddler 81 Sep 24, 2007 05:11 PM

Great tab. He usually plays it on the the first 5 frets, but you have all the notes right. Thanks alot!

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volcom_sk83r 10 Mar 02, 2011 12:12 AM

--7--7--7--7--7-
-5--5--5--5--5--
6--6--6--6--6--6
sounds like it should be
--14--14--14--14--14
-12--12--12--12--12
13--13--13--13--13--13
along with the part after that going up to
--14--14--14--14--14
-15--15--15--15--15
15--15--15--15--15--15

6p5-6p5--6-5-3-1
this is how I play that part
5h6-5h6--6-5-3-1

and there's something missing before the outro but I just can't figure it out. Should I be playing bridge 2 until the outro? I've been doing that and it sounds close. This is a great tab though. 5 stars!

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UncleDarren 22 Jun 02, 2011 11:46 AM

Great tab, much appreciated.

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