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Ramon Casiano chords

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There is no strumming pattern for this song yet. and get +5 IQ
Shout out to 11Eleven11 who sorted out most of the chord progression 
which I'm basing this off of.

Here, I have what Cooley is playing. The other guitars are
playing slight variations.

He is playing variations on C, G, and F chords in the verses.

However, note that DBT tunes their guitars down an entire step (two semitones).
That means, the tuning low to high on record is: D, G, C, F, A, D

I never bother tuning down my guitar as it sounds great in standard tuning.
But if you've always wondered why your versions of DBT songs don't sound 
*just right* -- there ya go. 

Throughout, he is suspending or adding a 7th or a 9th to produce a 
variation on the main chord -- which sounds great.

Gsus2           30003x
G7sus2          300031
Fmaj7           x33210
Fmaj7sus2       x33010
C               x32010
Cadd9           x30010
Bb              x13331

Here is the pattern played throughout. Any time I just have "G", "F", or "C"
below, it means play this pattern. The key to getting the rhythm right
is to emphasize the second and third part of the patterns with up-strums.
For example, in the intro he is simply doing single strums: down, up, up.
Listen to get it just right:

G:      Gsus2           G7sus2          Gsus2
F:      Fmaj7           Fmaj7sus2       Fmaj7
C:      C               Cadd9           C


G       F
G       F               (Repeat into part twice. First time is single
                        down or up strokes, breaking into a full strum 
                        second time through)

[Verse 1]
F                       G
It all started with the border
G                               F
And that's still where it is today
F                         C
Someone killed Ramon Casiano
C                     G
And the killer got away
Down by the Sister Cities river
G                                 F
Two boys with way more pride than sense
F                             C
One would fall and one would prosper
C                     G
Never forced to make amends

F C G 

[Verse 2]
He became a border agent
G                        F
And supplemented what he made
F                      C
With creative deportation
C                        G
And missing ammo by the case
Since Bullet ran the operation
G                            F
There's hardly been a minute since
F                             C
There ain't a massing at the border
C                            G
From Chinese troops to terrorists


G                          F
He had the makings of a leader
F                     C
Of a certain kind of men
C                             F
Who need to feel the world's against him
F                     C
Out to get 'em if it can
C                             Bb
Men whose triggers pull their fingers
Bb                             C
Men who would rather fight than win
C                   G
United in a revolution
G                       F
Like in mind and like in skin


[Verse 3]
It all started with the border
G                            F
And that's still where it is today
F                        C
Down by the Sister Cities river
C                        G
What for sure no one can say
But killing's been the bullet's business
G               F
Since back in 1931
F                       C
Someone killed Ramon Casiano
C                           G
And Ramon still ain't dead enough


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11Eleven11 164 Dec 11, 2016 08:47 PM

This is great. Thanks for the shout out.

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AlanRHay 10 Feb 13, 2017 06:47 PM

Great Job, not easy (impossible?!) to play until you figure out they have the guitars tuned down!

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