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  • This tab is using a custom tuning based on Open D that lowers both A's to G's.

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Direct transposition of my original tuning tab for this song (ver.7) into near standard tuning. All notes remain the same. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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                             PROMISE - Ben Howard
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Tabbed by: luffacoustic

Tuning: D A D G B d (Standard tuning with both E's dropped to a D), it is also in 8/8 time.

Before I start I would like to say that this tab is a transposition of what Ben plays into
(near enough) standard tuning. There are advantages to playing it in this tuning, namely
that the strings have higher tension so can sound stronger and the last part is easier to play.

I originally learnt the song from another tab on here but don't think any of the others get it
quite right all the way through. My tab is that with improvements I have found through playing
and then adapting the whole thing for standard tuning. This is done so that all notes are
the same, i.e. it sounds (hopefully!) identical to the original.

If you can drop down to the proper tuning it is well worth it. To do this is very easy, drop 
down to CFCGFC (low to high) with capo on 2nd fret. Then shift any notes in the tab on the 2nd
and 5th strings up two frets and swap the tab for 2nd and 3rd strings round. That may sound
confusing but give it a go and you should work it out in no time.


Intro/Verse:
This is very simple, all you do is take the index finger on and off the 6th string 9th fret.
For singers, note that the lines starting with 'Meet' and 'Promise' begin on an open 6th while 
'Winter', 'Shelter', 'Surface' and the humming start with the 9th fret on 6th string held.
I've included the lyrics to the first couple of lines to help, Capitalised letters indicate
that the start of the word is in line with the note it is sung on.

d|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------10---------------10--------------10---------------10-------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----0----------0-----0----------0-----0---------0-----0----------0-|
A|---9----------9-----9----------9-----9---------9-----9----------9---|
D|-0-----0----0-----0-----0----0-----0----0----0-----0-----0----0-----|
oh Meet                                                           me

d|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------10---------------10--------------10---------------10-------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----0----------0-----0----------0-----0---------0-----0----------0-|
A|---9----------9-----9----------9-----9---------9-----9----------9---|
D|-9-----9----9-----9-----9----9-----9----9----9-----9-----9----9-----|
   There      Bundles of flowers we'll wait through the hours of

d|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------10---------------10--------------10---------------10-------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----0----------0-----0----------0-----0---------0-----0----------0-|
A|---9----------9-----9----------9-----9---------9-----9----------9---|
D|-0-----0----0-----0-----0----0-----0----0----0-----0-----0----0-----|
   Cold

d|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------10---------------10--------------10---------------10-------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----0----------0-----0----------0-----0---------0-----0----------0-|
A|---9----------9-----9----------9-----9---------9-----9----------9---|
D|-9-----9----9-----9-----9----9-----9----9----9-----9-----9----9-----|
   Winter    she'll Howl @ the walls Tearing down doors of              time


Bridge (part 1):
This short section is where there is transposing into standard tuning poses the greatest 
difficulty to the player. Although this is quite a difficult shape to make, it is possible
with practice.

d|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------10------------------10------------------10------------------10--------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------0------------0------0------------0------0------------0------0------------0-|
A|----7------------7------7------------7------7------------7------7------------7---|
D|-11-----11----11-----11-----11----11-----11-----11----11-----11-----11----11-----|
nd Maybe                              just Maybe                            i'll come Home

This is an alternative version if can't make that tricky shape needed above, it doesn't sound
quite as nice but most people probably won't notice the difference:

d|-----------0------------------0------------------0------------------0--------| (there is also
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|  an A (the right
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|  note) at 14th
D|------0-----------0------0-----------0------0-----------0------0-----------0-|  fret 3rd string 
A|----7-----------7------7-----------7------7-----------7------7-----------7---|  for those with
D|-11-----11---11-----11-----11---11-----11-----11---11-----11-----11---11-----|  monster hands)

Bridge (part 2):
Exactly the same fingering shape as in the Intro/Verse part. I have used the marking 
|--| to denote a triplet in the tab directly below it.

     |--|
d|----------0---------------0---------------0---------------0-------|
B|-----10-----------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------0---------------0---------------0---------------0-|
D|----0-----------------0---------------0---------------0-----------|
A|---9----------9-----9---------9-----9---------9-----9---------9---|
D|-0------0---0-----0-----0---0-----0-----0---0-----0-----0---0-----|

     |--|
d|----------0---------------0---------------0---------------0-------|
B|-----10-----------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------0---------------0---------------0-----------0-----|
D|----0-----------------0---------------0---------------0-----------|
A|---9----------9-----9---------9-----9---------9-----9---------x---|
D|-9------9---9-----9-----9---9-----9-----9---9-----9-----9-----x---|

     |--|
d|----------0---------------0---------------0---------------0-------|
B|-----10-----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------- -0---------------0---------------0-----------0-----|
D|----0-----------------0---------------0---------------0-----------|
A|---9----------9-----9---------9-----9---------9-----9---------x---|
D|-0------0---0-----0-----0---0-----0-----0---0-----0-----0-----x---|

     |--|
d|----------0---------------0---------------0---------------0-------|
B|-----10-----------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------0---------------0---------------0-----------0-----|
D|----0-----------------0---------------0---------------0-----------|
A|---9----------9-----9---------9-----9---------9-----9---------x---|
D|-9------9---9-----9-----9---9-----9-----9---9-----9-----9-----x---|


Chorus/Outro:
Here, this tuning makes it easier to play than in the original tuning if you use you 
middle and ring finger for the bass strings.
I'm pretty sure each round Ben plays it slightly differently, there is lots of room for 
improvisation and uniqueness here. Nonetheless, I've tabbed out a guideline with a few 
variations to get you going. Towards the end he starts slowing it down and dropping notes, 
bringing back the 1st 3rd 4th (although I think he plays 5th sting 9th fret instead this 
time). Just listen to the song to get the jist and carry on grooving as long as you want!

     |--|                               |--|
d|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----10-----8-----7-------7h8p7---------10-----8-----7-------7h8p7-----|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----0----------------------------------0-------------------------------|
A|---9------9---x-------x---------x-----9----------x-------x---------x---|
D|-0------0-----x-0-----x-0-------x-0-0--------0---x-0-----x-0-------x-0-|

     |--|                               |--|
d|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----10-----8-----7-------7h8p7---------10-----8-----7-------8\7-----|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----0----------------------------------0-----------------------------|
A|---9----------x-------x---------x-----9----------x-------x-------x---|
D|-9------9-9---x-9-----x-9-------x-9-9--------9---x-9-----x-9-----x-9-|

     |--|                               |--|
d|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----10-----8-----7-------7h8p7---------10-----8-----7-------8---10---|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----0----------------------------------0------------------------------|
A|---9------x---x-------x---------x-----9----------x-------x------------|
D|-0--------x---x-0-----x-0-------x-0-0------0-0---x-0-----x-0----------|

     |--|
d|--------------------------0--------------------------------------|
B|-----10-----8-----7-------------------10-----8-----7-------8--\7-|
G|----------------------------0------------------------------------|
D|----0------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---9----------x-------x-------9----------------------------------|
D|-9--------9---x-9-----x-9-------9-9--------9-----9-------9-------|

Finish on open 6th after a round up on 9th fret for maximum drama!

************************************
| \   slide down
| h   hammer-on
| p   pull-off
| x   thumb slap or stopped strum
************************************

            
            
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ae4527 10 Sep 02, 2016 03:11 PM

Thank you so much for this tab! It's beautiful.

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dgerardi15 10 Sep 28, 2016 08:36 PM

For those of us who aren't as skilled.... would you be willing to make a tab for this in the "proper" tuning you mention in your opening notes?

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