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If Not For You Chords

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     If Not For You – Bob Dylan
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Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: Standard

Bob Dylan
If Not For You (1970)
(Dylan)

From: "New Morning"

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CHORDS

Dylan doesn't use barree with some of the chords but leaves the high
strings open:

        E-A-D-G-B-e
G#m    (4)6-6-4-0-0
F#m    (2)4-4-2-0-0

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INTRO
| E   B | A   B |
| E   B | A   B |
| E   B | A | 
| G#m | F#m | 
| G#m | F#m | 
| E   B | A   B |
| E   B |


VERSE
A           E
 If not for you
B A                  E
    Babe, I couldn’t find the door
B A               E
    Couldn’t even see the floor
A               G#m
 I’d be sad and blue
F#m        [ E ]
 If not for you


INTERLUDE
| E   B | A   B |
| E   B |


VERSE
A           E
 If not for you
B A                E
    Babe, I’d lay awake all night
B A              E
    Wait for the mornin’ light
A            G#m
 To shine in through
F#m                  G#m
 But it would not be new
F#m      [ E ]
 If not for you


INTERLUDE
| E   B | A   B |
| E   B | A |


MIDDLE 8
A
 If not for you
E
 My sky would fall
B                  E
 Rain would gather too
A                         E
 Without your love I’d be nowhere at all
F#                     B
I’d be lost if not for you
        A         G#m    F#m 
And you know it’s true


INTERLUDE
| B A | G#m F#m | B A | G#m F#m |
| B A | G#m F#m | E Esus4 | E |


MIDDLE 8
A
 If not for you
E
 My sky would fall
B                  E
 Rain would gather too
A                         E
 Without your love I’d be nowhere at all
F#                     B
I’d be lost if not for you
        A         G#m    F#m 
And you know it’s true


INTERLUDE
| B A | G#m F#m | B A | G#m F#m |
| B A | G#m F#m | E Esus4 | E |


VERSE
A           E
 If not for you
B A              E
    Winter would have no spring
B A                   E
    Couldn’t hear the robin sing
A                       G#m
 I just wouldn’t have a clue
F#m                      G#m
 Anyway it wouldn’t ring true
F#m      [ E ]
 If not for you


OUTRO
A           E
 If not for you
B A            E
    If not for you
B A            E
    If not for you

(repeat and fade)
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lcook1227 90 wrote on May 4 2015, 07:07 pm

Not sure I understand. You describe an F#m and a G#m with the notes, but then you call them F#madd11 and G#maddB13. Where is the add 11 and the add B13 and what is add B13? I'm not being a wise guy, just asking the question.

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maguri 34,106 wrote on May 5 2015, 12:13 am, edited at 12:14 am

The open strings add these notes. A regular F#m chord for example is played 2-4-4-2-2-2 consisting of the notes f#-c#-f#-a-c#-f#. The shape suggested here is different: (2)4-4-2-0-0 consisting of the notes f#-c#-f#-a-b-e. The open strings add the notes of b and e which are not part of the basic f# minor triad f#-a-c#. The e is the 7th. The b is the 4th or (in the octave) 11th. As the chord features these notes, the chord name has to reflect this.

The same is true for the G# chord (4)6-6-4-0-0, g#-d#-g#-b-b-e. The note that is added to the basic G# minor triad g#-b-d# is the e. The note of e is not even part of the g# minor scale. It is the flattened 6th or (in the octave) 13, it is the added b13.

This reads awfully theoretical; hope it helps nontheless.

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Leeannerhymes 35 wrote on March 4 2016, 12:56 pm

Can you please put all the chords in blue as they don't transpose otherwise. Thanks.

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