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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
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 jamesb@nevada.edu
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This is what I've come up with for Big Head Todd and the Monsters
song "Bittersweet" from their latest album.  I make no guarrante as
to the accuracy, but it sounds pretty close when I play along with
the song.  Please E-Mail/Post me any corrections....


The basic riff:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  G        D              Am  C

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

A slight variation on the above ending:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 C

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

Bridge:
~~~~~~~
I know this is not correct, but it is the basic notes.  In reality
he shifts his hand positions up the neck as he plays it, and ends
up with a F-major bar chord on the 5th fret.

 C            G         Dm

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


Solo:
~~~~~
I don't have the solo completely worked out, but the basic chords
on the intro are the F-major (5 5 7 5 6 5 ) and G-major
(7 7 9 7 8 7) bar chords on the 5th and 7th frets respectively.

After the bridge, the solo starts out like this:

F

---------------------------------------------|
------6------6------6------------------------|
---------------------------------------------|
---7------7------7---------------------------|   etc.....
---------------------------------------------|
---------------------------------------------|

Really snap the F on the B-string.  This leads into a rhythm
pattern with the G and F bar chords and a little riff that goes
kind of like this:


-------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------------6-6-6---6/7-------|
------------5-5-5---7-------5---7----------------------|  repeat
----5---7----------------------------------------------|  as
-------------------------------------------------------|  necessary
-------------------------------------------------------|

I'm not really sure on the rest of the solo.... If anyone else can
decipher it and post it, I'd appreciate it......  I know it's just
some basic chords but I can't get it to sound just right.

I've been using a combination of the following chords:

x x x 7 8 10
x x x 7 8 7
x x x 7 8 8
x x x x 8 7
x x x x 7 5
x x x x 5 3
x x x x 10 8
x x x x 12 10
x x x x 15 15

I know there is more to it though....


That's what I've come up with.... Any comments, questions, or
corrections are welcome....


Paul J. Michell
PMICHELL@VAX1.UMKC.EDU
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onslow 10 Jun 26, 2007 11:10 AM

i listen to big head todd alot and your right its not great but its close

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dusttopia 31 Sep 22, 2013 08:20 PM

Intro should go like this:

Intro:                                                                 x4

e|--3--3~-3----2--2---2-3-2-------------------------------------------------|
B|--0--0~-0----3--3---3-3-3------1-1-0h1----------1-------------------------|
G|--0--0~-0----2--2---2-2-2------2-2-0h2--------0--0h2h0--------------------|
D|-------------0--0---0---0------2-2-0h2--2---2---------0h2h0---------------|
A|-----------------------------------------3--------------------------------|
E|3-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

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dusttopia 31 Sep 22, 2013 08:33 PM

That's more or less the main riff too. The solo is just chord shapes based off the e minor pentatonic and it doesn't really matter too much what you play, just solo over the little riff. For the record I think it does start with this:

x x x 12 x 15

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