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HOLD BACK THE RIVER

As recorded by James Bay
(From the 2014 Album CHAOS AND THE CALM)

Words and Music by James Bay & Ian Archer

Transcribed by Slowhand


Gtr I (D G C F A D) - 'James Bay - Electric Guitar (1 step down)'


 Intro
  Q=133
  N.C.
 4/4
  Gtr I (Clean El. Gtr. / One whole step down: DGCFAD)
  H    E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-8------10---12-|-(12)------15---17-|-(17)------15---12-|-(12)------15---17-|
|-0--------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-7-------9---10-|-(10)------14---15-|-(15)------14---10-|-(10)------14---15-|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|


   +H     E  E E  E    +H      E  E  Q
|-------------------|-------------------|
|-(17)------15---12-|-(12)----12----12--|
|-------------------|-------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|
|-(15)------14---10-|-(10)-------10-----|
|-------------------|-------------------|


   Q    Q    +E  E E E   +E   E  +H.
|----------------------|-----10-(10)----||
|-10---10---(10)-8s7-7-|-(7)------------||
|---------0--(0)-------|-(0)------------||
|--0-------------------|----------------||
|----------------------|----------------||
|----------------------|----------------||
   Q.     E  +H          +W


 1st Verse
  N.C.
  H    E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-8------10---12-|-(12)------15---17-|-(17)------15---12-|-(12)------15---17-|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-7-------9---10-|-(10)------14---15-|-(15)------14---10-|-(10)------14---15-|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|


   +H     E  E E  E    +H      E  E  Q     H     +E  E E E   +E   E  +H.
|-------------------|-------------------|------------------|-----10-(10)----|
|-(17)------15---12-|-(12)----12----12--|-10----(10)-8s7-7-|-(7)------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|------------------|----------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|--0---------------|-(0)------------|
|-(15)------14---10-|-(10)-------10-----|------------------|----------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|------------------|----------------|
                                           W                 +W


  H    E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-8------10---12-|-(12)------15---17-|-(17)------15---12-|-(12)------15---17-|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-7-------9---10-|-(10)------14---15-|-(15)------14---10-|-(10)------14---15-|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|


   +H     E  E E  E    +W           Q  Q  +E  Q   E   +Q     H.
|-------------------|-------------|-5--5--(5)-3---2-|-(2)---10-----------||
|-(17)------15---12-|-(12)--------|-----------------|--------------------||
|-------------------|-------------|-----------0-----|-----0-(0)--(0)-----||
|-------------------|-------------|-0--0---0----0---|-(0)----------------||
|-(15)------14---10-|-(10)--------|-----------------|--------------------||
|-------------------|-------------|-----------------|------------------8-||
                                    Q  Q   E  E Q     +E  E +Q   +Q.   E


 Chorus
  C                                                      G
   W           +H..        E    +W            +H..         E    +W
|-----------|----------------|-------------|-----------------|---------|
|--8--------|--(8)---------8-|--(8)--------|--(8)--------^-8-|--(8)----|
|--9--------|--(9)---------9-|--(9)--------|--(9)--------^-0-|--(0)----|
|-10--------|-(10)--------10-|-(10)--------|-(10)--------^-9-|--(9)----|
|-----------|----------------|-------------|-------------^10-|-(10)----|
|-----------|--------------8-|--(8)--------|--(8)--------^10-|-(10)----|


   +W            +W            +W           H    E  E E  E    +W
|-------------|-------------|-------------|----------------|---------||
|--(8)--------|--(8)--------|--(8)--------|-8------10---12-|-(12)----||
|--(0)--------|--(0)--------|--(0)--------|----------------|---------||
|--(9)--------|--(9)--------|--(9)--------|----------------|---------||
|-(10)--------|-(10)--------|-(10)--------|-7-------9---10-|-(10)----||
|-(10)--------|-(10)--------|-(10)--------|----------------|---------||


 2nd Verse
  N.C.
  H    E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-8------10---12-|-(12)------15---17-|-(17)------15---12-|-(12)------15---17-|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-7-------9---10-|-(10)------14---15-|-(15)------14---10-|-(10)------14---15-|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|


   +H     E  E E  E    +H      E  E  Q     H     +E  E E E   +E   E  +H.
|-------------------|-------------------|------------------|-----10-(10)----|
|-(17)------15---12-|-(12)----12----12--|-10----(10)-8s7-7-|-(7)------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|------------------|----------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|--0---------------|-(0)------------|
|-(15)------14---10-|-(10)-------10-----|------------------|----------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|------------------|----------------|
                                           W                 +W


  H    E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-8------10---12-|-(12)------15---17-|-(17)------15---12-|-(12)------15---17-|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-7-------9---10-|-(10)------14---15-|-(15)------14---10-|-(10)------14---15-|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|


   +H     E  E E  E    +W           Q  Q  +E  Q   E   +Q     H.
|-------------------|-------------|-5--5--(5)-3---2-|-(2)---10-----------||
|-(17)------15---12-|-(12)--------|-----------------|--------------------||
|-------------------|-------------|-----------0-----|-----0-(0)--(0)-----||
|-------------------|-------------|-0--0---0----0---|-(0)----------------||
|-(15)------14---10-|-(10)--------|-----------------|--------------------||
|-------------------|-------------|-----------------|------------------8-||
                                    Q  Q   E  E Q     +E  E +Q   +Q.   E


 Chorus
  $
  C
  E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    +E   Q   E  E  E  E  E
|------------------------|-------------------------|
|----8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|--(8)--8---8--8--8--8--8-|
|----9--9--9--9--9--9--9-|--(9)--9---9--9--9--9--9-|
|---10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-(10)-10--10-10-10-10-10-|
|------------------------|-------------------------|
|-8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|--(8)--8---8--8--8--8--8-|


                                                   G
   +E   E  Q   E  E  E  E    +E   E  E  E  +E   Q   E
|-------------------------|---------------------------|
|--(8)--8--8---8--8--8--8-|--(8)--8--8--8--(8)--8---8-|
|--(9)--9--9---9--9--9--9-|--(9)--9--9--9--(9)--9---0-|
|-(10)-10-10--10-10-10-10-|-(10)-10-10-10-(10)-10---9-|
|-------------------------|------------------------10-|
|--(8)--8--8---8--8--8--8-|--(8)--8--8--8--(8)--8--10-|


   +E   E  E  E  +E   E  E  E    +E   Q.    +E   E  E  E
|-----------------------------|--------------------------|
|--(8)--8--8--8--(8)--8--8--8-|--(8)--8-----(8)--8--8--8-|
|--(0)--0--0--0--(0)--0--0--0-|--(0)--0-----(0)--0--0--0-|
|--(9)--9--9--9--(9)--9--9--9-|--(9)--9-----(9)--9--9--9-|
|-(10)-10-10-10-(10)-10-10-10-|-(10)-10----(10)-10-10-10-|
|-(10)-10-10-10-(10)-10-10-10-|-(10)-10----(10)-10-10-10-|


                       D             Dadd9       C
   +E   Q   E  +E   Q   E    +E   Q   E  E  E  E  E
|-------------------------|----------12-12-12-12----|
|--(8)--8---8--(8)--8--10-|-(10)-10--10-10-10-10--8-|
|--(0)--0---0--(0)--0--11-|-(11)-11--11-11-11-11--9-|
|--(9)--9---9--(9)--9--12-|-(12)-12--12-12-12-12-10-|
|-(10)-10--10-(10)-10-----|-------------------------|
|-(10)-10--10-(10)-10--10-|-(10)-10--10-10-10-10--8-|


   +E   E  E  E  E  E  E  E    +E   Q   E  E  E  E  E
|---------------------------|-------------------------|
|--(8)--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|--(8)--8---8--8--8--8--8-|
|--(9)--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-|--(9)--9---9--9--9--9--9-|
|-(10)-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-(10)-10--10-10-10-10-10-|
|---------------------------|-------------------------|
|--(8)--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|--(8)--8---8--8--8--8--8-|


                                                   G
   +E   E  Q   E  E  E  E    +E   E  E  E  +E   Q   E
|-------------------------|---------------------------|
|--(8)--8--8---8--8--8--8-|--(8)--8--8--8--(8)--8---8-|
|--(9)--9--9---9--9--9--9-|--(9)--9--9--9--(9)--9---0-|
|-(10)-10-10--10-10-10-10-|-(10)-10-10-10-(10)-10---9-|
|-------------------------|------------------------10-|
|--(8)--8--8---8--8--8--8-|--(8)--8--8--8--(8)--8--10-|


   +E   E  E  E  +E   E  E  E    +E   Q.    +E   E  E  E
|-----------------------------|--------------------------|
|--(8)--8--8--8--(8)--8--8--8-|--(8)--8-----(8)--8--8--8-|
|--(0)--0--0--0--(0)--0--0--0-|--(0)--0-----(0)--0--0--0-|
|--(9)--9--9--9--(9)--9--9--9-|--(9)--9-----(9)--9--9--9-|
|-(10)-10-10-10-(10)-10-10-10-|-(10)-10----(10)-10-10-10-|
|-(10)-10-10-10-(10)-10-10-10-|-(10)-10----(10)-10-10-10-|


                                             To Coda
                       D             Dadd9       C
   +E   Q   E  +E   Q   E    +E   Q   E  E  E  E  E
|-------------------------|----------12-12-12-12-----||
|--(8)--8---8--(8)--8--10-|-(10)-10--10-10-10-10-----||
|--(0)--0---0--(0)--0--11-|-(11)-11--11-11-11-11-----||
|--(9)--9---9--(9)--9--12-|-(12)-12--12-12-12-12-10--||
|-(10)-10--10-(10)-10-----|--------------------------||
|-(10)-10--10-(10)-10--10-|-(10)-10--10-10-10-10--8--||


 Interlude
  N.C.
  H    E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-8------10---12-|-(12)------15---17-|-(17)------15---12-|-(12)------15---17-|
|-0--------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-7-------9---10-|-(10)------14---15-|-(15)------14---10-|-(10)------14---15-|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|


   +H     E  E E  E    +H      E  E  Q
|-------------------|-------------------|
|-(17)------15---12-|-(12)----12----12--|
|-------------------|-------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|
|-(15)------14---10-|-(10)-------10-----|
|-------------------|-------------------|


   Q    Q    +E  E E E   +E   E  +H.
|----------------------|-----10-(10)----||
|-10---10---(10)-8s7-7-|-(7)------------||
|---------0--(0)-------|-(0)------------||
|--0-------------------|----------------||
|----------------------|----------------||
|----------------------|----------------||
   Q.     E  +H          +W


 Bridge
  G
   W           +W            W           +W
|-----------|-------------|-----------|---------|
|--8--------|--(8)--------|--8--------|--(8)----|
|--0--------|--(0)--------|--0--------|--(0)----|
|--9--------|--(9)--------|--9--------|--(9)----|
|-10--------|-(10)--------|-10--------|-(10)----|
|-10--------|-(10)--------|-10--------|-(10)----|


  C                         Am
   W           +W            W           +W
|-----------|-------------|-----------|---------|
|--8--------|--(8)--------|-10--------|-(10)----|
|--9--------|--(9)--------|--9--------|--(9)----|
|-10--------|-(10)--------|-10--------|-(10)----|
|-----------|-------------|--0--------|--(0)----|
|--8--------|--(8)--------|-----------|---------|


  G
   E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|
|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|
|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-|
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|


   E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|
|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|
|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-|
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|


                                                           D.S. al Coda
  C                                                   Am
                                                                 6/4
   E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    W           +W.
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-----------|----------||
|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|-10--------|-(10)-----||
|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-|--9--------|--(9)-----||
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-10--------|-(10)-----||
|-------------------------|-------------------------|--0--------|--(0)-----||
|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|-----------|----------||


   Bridge
    &
    G
   4/4
     E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
||--------------------------|-------------------------|
||o--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|
||---0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|
||---9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-|
||o-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
||--10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|


   E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|-------------------------|--------------------------|
|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--|
|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|
|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--|
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--|
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--|


  C
   E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|
|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-|
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-|


 1.
  Am                        D
   E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E    E  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
|-------------------------|--------------------------||
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-o||
|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9-|-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11--||
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12--||
|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-|-------------------------o||
|-------------------------|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--||


  2.
  Am
                           6/4
   W           +W            +W.
|-----------|-------------|---------||
|-10--------|-(10)--------|-(10)----||
|--9--------|--(9)--------|--(9)----||
|-10--------|-(10)--------|-(10)----||
|--0--------|--(0)--------|--(0)----||
|-----------|-------------|---------||


 Outro
  N.C.
 4/4
  H    E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E    +H     E  E E  E
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-8------10---12-|-(12)------15---17-|-(17)------15---12-|-(12)------15---17-|
|-0--------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
|-7-------9---10-|-(10)------14---15-|-(15)------14---10-|-(10)------14---15-|
|----------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|


   +H     E  E E  E    +H      E  E  Q     Q    +Q     H        +W
|-------------------|-------------------|--------------------|---------*|
|-(17)------15---12-|-(12)----12----12--|-10---(10)---10-----|-(10)----*|
|-------------------|-------------------|-----------0-(0)----|--(0)----*|
|-------------------|-------------------|--0-----------------|---------*|
|-(15)------14---10-|-(10)-------10-----|--------------------|---------*|
|-------------------|-------------------|--------------------|---------*|
                                           Q.       E +H


Duration Legend
---------------
W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura
+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the
duration for.  Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests.  Multi-
bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for.  Low
melody durations appear below the staff

Tablature Legend
----------------
 h   - hammer-on
 p   - pull-off
 b   - bend
 pb  - pre-bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 /\  - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
 s   - legato slide
 S   - shift slide
  - natural harmonic
[n]  - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
 ~   - vibrato
 tr  - trill
 T   - tap
 TP  - trem. picking
 PM  - palm muting
\n/  - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
 \n  - tremolo bar down
 n/  - tremolo bar up
/n\  - tremolo bar inverted dip
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
 <>  - volume swell (louder/softer)
 x   - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
 o   - on rhythm slash represents single note slash

Misc Legend
-----------
 |  - bar
||  - double bar
||o - repeat start
o|| - repeat end
*|  - double bar (ending)
 :  - bar (freetime)
 $  - Segno
 &  - Coda
Tempo markers -  = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths
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DanG13 10 Oct 08, 2015 02:17 AM

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