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Livin Thing Tab

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Includes the violin intro (arranged for guitar), the trumpet fanfare and the opening rhythm guitar part too. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Electric Light Orchestra: Livin' Thing
Written by Jeff Lynne ℗ 1976 Jet Records/United Artists

Transcription: Paul Houghton - octavedoctor@hotmail.co.uk

[Violin Intro] 

    C                  Bbm

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------8-11-11-11-11p9p8-9p8----------------------|
G|--5h6p5p3h5------5/9-----------------------10-------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|



e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------8-9-11-9-8h9p8-----|
G|------------------------------------------10----------------10--|
D|-------------------------7/8h10h11p10p8-------------------------|
A|--7/8----h10h11p10p8\7h8----------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|


    C                          Bbm                   [ Trumpet ]
e|-----------------------20----21-20h21p20-18---------------(17)--|
B|-----------------20--------------------------------18---20------|
G|--17----17-17-17----17----17------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

[Rhythm Guitar Intro]

    F                   G      C        Csus2              G
e|--1--1--1--1--1--1----3--3-|-1-----1--1--1--1--1--1------3--3---|
B|--1--1--1--1--1--1----3--3-|-3-----3--1--3--1--3--3------3--3---|
G|--2--2--2--2--2--2----4--4-|-3-----3--3--3--3--3--3------4--4---|
D|--3--3--3--3--3--3----5--5-|-3-----3--3--3--3--3--3------5--5---|
A|--3--3--3--3--3--3----5--5-|-1-----1--1--1--1--1--1------5--5---|
E|--1--1--1--1--1--1----3--3-|-----------------------------3--3---|


    C        Csus2              G
e|--1-----1--1--1--1--1--1------3--3------|
B|--3-----3--1--3--1--3--3------3--3------|
G|--3-----3--3--3--3--3--3------4--4------|
D|--3-----3--3--3--3--3--3------5--5------|
A|--1-----1--1--1--1--1--1------5--5------|
E|------------------------------3--3------|

Verse:

C 
Sailing away on the crest of a wave 
          Am 
It's like magic 
    Ab 
Oh, rolling and riding and slipping and sliding 
     Fm 
It's magic  

                        
Pre-Chorus:                 

    Em                     Dm 
And you, and your sweet desire, 
            Em   Dm   Em             F      G     C 
You took me,          oh, higher and higher baby,


Chorus:

       Am               F 
It's a living thing, 
       Dm7      Gaug    C 
It's a terrible thing to lose 
       Am               F 
It's a giving thing 
       Dm7      Gaug     C 
What a terrible thing to lose. 
             Bbm    C   Bbm G C G 
I'm taking a dive.  (dive)

                        
Verse:

C
Making believe this is what you've conceived 
          Am
From your worst day, (I'm taking a dive) 
Ab
Moving in line when you look back in time  
       Fm
To the first day, (I'm taking I'm taking) 
 

Pre-Chorus:

    Em                     Dm 
And you, and your sweet desire, 
                   Em                     Dm 
(Don't you do it), don't you do it to me, oh, 
Em         F      G     C 
higher and higher baby


Chorus:

       Am            F 
It's a living thing, 
       Dm7      Gaug     C 
It's a terrible thing to lose 
       Am            F 
It's a giving thing 
       Dm7      Gaug     C 
What a terrible thing to lose. 
             Bbm       F      G C G 
I'm taking a dive. On the sky


Verse:

C 
Taking a dive cause you can't halt the slide 
         Am
Floating down stream, (I'm taking a dive) 
    Ab
Oh, so let her go don't start spoiling the show 
       Fm
It's a bad dream, (I'm taking, I'm taking) 
 

Pre-Chorus:

    Em                    Dm 
And you, and your sweet desire, 
                   Em                     Dm 
(Don't you do it), don't you do it to me, oh, 
Em         F      G     C 
higher and higher baby 


Chorus:

       Am            F 
It's a living thing, 
       Dm7       Gaug    C 
It's a terrible thing to lose 
       Am            F 
It's a giving thing 
       Dm7       Gaug    C 
What a terrible thing to lose. 
       Am            F 
It's a living thing, 
       Dm7      Gaug     C 
It's a terrible thing to lose 
       Am            F 
It's a giving thing 
       Dm7      Gaug     C 
What a terrible thing to lose.



[Chords]

F       133211
G       355433
C       x13331
Csus2   x13311
Am      577555
Ab      466544
Fm      133111
Em      x79987
Dm      x57765
F       x8101010
G       x10121212
Dm7     x57565
Gaug    x6544x
Bbm     x13321



[Performance notes for solo guitar arrangements - plus additional beginners notes]

[1a] If you sing and/or play this song solo, you might like to try the intro using the 'chord melody' 
approach, so I've tabbed out this alternative approach to playing the intro below...



[Intro in 'chord melody' style]

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-(5)-----------------8-11-11-11-11p9p8-9p8----------------------|
G|--5h6p5p3h5------5/9---10------------------10-------------------|
D|--5--------------------11---------------------------------------|
A|--3-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

[1b]Flamenco guitar 'rasgueado' technique* (aka 'raking' the strings) works particularly well for the chord 
melody part as it suits the overall mood and tonality of the piece. It also works very well fingerpicked, 
or try 'sweep picking' it with a plectrum (in other words, use whichever one works best for you). Utilising 
these two methods creates what is known as an 'arpeggio' (an Italian word that translates as 'broken chord').

*Rake the strings by playing the notes rapidly one string at a time (from the lowest string to the highest 
string) in a 'sweeping' or 'brushing' motion with the back of your fingertips. Start with the little finger
and use a downward motion, trying to ensure that each successive finger (rapidly) brushes the same string 
immediately after the one preceding it (creating a kind of 'delay' like effect).



[Tablature Key]

h    Hammer-on
p    Pull-off
/    Slide up
\    Slide down



#----------------------------------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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