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   A Day In The Life - By The Beatles - Preformed by Jeff Beck

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Tabbed by:C0ff1nca3
Email:dead_headx@yahoo.com

Tuning:Standard

Time:4/4

*=with text equals note about staff below * above and in text indicates exact 
point being referred to.

Several * have a note that says "lick here". I did not tab these licks or the bluey solo aside from
its start and end. What we have here is the melody with notes matched exactly to Jeff's.
The method of play is not always the same as Jeff's due to the fact he has a tremolo system
far beyond what most have. You can chose to use bends and whammy to get the notes that
I would otherwise pick if you want.
Jeff at point slides and bend to notes that he picked before, you can throw that 
in if you want or not
again I just wanted to provide an exact note reference for the core song.
This is pretty close to exactly how its played, especially compared to the other tabs I found.

This is the performance I tabbed below. Its the version he played at Ronnie Scott's. I 
find it to be one of the most powerful performances I've seen.
I was in awe when I first watched the dvd.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPBqk-0gWfQ&feature=player_embedded#!

e-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
b-----3---5--3-5----0---------------------------------------------------|
g---4---4---4---4----0------4-5-4------------4-4------------------------|
d---------------------0--5--------7-5-7--2------------------------------|
a-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------|


                    *lick played
e------------------------------------------------------------|
b-----3---5---3-5--------------------------------------------|
g---4---4---4-----4----*------4-5-4------------4-5-4---------|
d---------------------------5--------7-5----5-------7-5-7-2--|(whammy bar to get "-graph man")
a------------------------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------------------------|

    * lick played *at this point begin using whammy bar and/or bends to play bits half steps
e----------------------------------------------------------------------|
b------3---5--3/5------------------------------------------------------|
g-*--4---4---4-----4-------4-5-4-------------4-4-----------------------|
d-----------------------5--------7-5-7---2-----------------------------|
a----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------------------------|

                           * Jeff uses whammy bar and/or bends
e-----------------------------------------------------------------------*3-----------|
b-----3---5---3-5--------5--3------------------------------------------*5------------|
g---4---4---4----4------------4------4-5-4-2---2--4p3h4p3h4 4p3h4p3h4----------------|
d-------------------------------5--5---------5---------------------------------------|
a------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e----------------12-------12-------------------------------------------|
b-----12--15--12----12-15----12------12h13p12--------------------------|
g---------------------------------12-----------14--12--14-----16-16----|
d---------------------------------------------------------14-----------|
a----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------------------------|

                                  *lick played
e----------------12-------12------------------------------------------------------15----15----|
b-----12--15--12----12-15----12------12h13p12-12--------------------------------17----17--17--|
g-----12--14---------------------*--12----------14-12-14--15h16p15h16p15h16p15----------------|
d---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
a---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

   *slight volume fade then increase with more reverb
e-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
b-12b13r12b13r12b13r12b13r12b12r12-----x--------------------------------------|
g--------------------------------------xwhammy dive bomb----------------------|
d--------------------------------------x--------------------------------------|
a-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

    *start at 1 and bar all strings and climb slowly while using whammy vibrato
e---x--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
b---x--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
g---x--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
d---x--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
a---x--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E---x--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

                   *higher portion of a chord full Emin chord rings and gets whammied or wha-ed
e---------------------------------------------------------------x--|
b---------------------------------------------------------------x--|-whammy on e and b
g------------------------------------------------------------------| to achieve melodic
d---5--2----2--3--5--7--5--2-------*---5--2----2--3--5--7--5--2----|
a---5--2----2--3--5--7--5--2-----------5--2----2--3--5--7--5--2----|
E---3--0----0--1--3--5--3--0-----------3--0----0--1--3--5--3--0----|


e-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
b-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
g--13--15----13h15p13h15--13h15p13-13h15--13----------------------------------|
d--------------------------------------------14--11--14-----------------------|
a-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e---------------------------------------------------------------|
b---16-16-16-16-16-12-13-11-11---16-16-16-16-16-12-13-11-11-----|
g-*-16-16-16-16-16-13h14-11-11---16-16-16-16-16-13h14-11-11-----|squeal
d---------------------------------------------------------------|
a---------------------------------------------------------------|
E---------------------------------------------------------------|

                                 *whammy bar used to bend down to 11 and return to 14
e-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
b-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
g--13--15----13h15p13h15--13h15p13-13h15--13----------------------------------|
d--------------------------------------------14--11--14-----------------------|
a-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

   *quick slide on low E to start
e--------------------------------------------------------------|
b---16-16-16-16-16-12-13-11-11---16-16-16-16-16-12-13-11-11----|
g-*-16-16-16-16-16-13h14-11-11---16-16-16-16-16-13h14-11-11----|
d--------------------------------------------------------------|
a--------------------------------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------------------------|


e----------------------------12b15b17b15r12---------------|
b-15b17---15-13-12---12--15-------------------------------|
g---------------------------------------------------------|whammy dive and strike some on chord
d-----------------------------------------------------12--|
a-----------------------------------------------------12--|
E-----------------------------------------------------10--|

Solo                            *Dmaj/Bmin penta blues jam for several bars
e-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
b----------------5p3h5p3---------------------------------15---------------------|
g------------4-------------------*---------------------14---14-16-14------------|
d--2--/--2-4----------------------------------------14-------------14--19/21----|
a-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


e---------------------|
b---------------------|
g--9--7--5--7---------|
d--9--7--5--7--5------|
a--7--5--3--5--5------|
E--------------3------|

                 *whammy used to add effect/vibrato
e----------------------------------------------------------------------|
b-----3---5--3-5-------------------------------------------------------|
g---4---4---4----4----------4-5-4------------4-4-----------------------|
d-----------------------5--------7-5-7--2------------------------------|
a----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------------------------|


                                  *lick played
e----------------12-------12------------------------------------------------------15----15---------|
b-----12--15--12----12-15----12------12h13p12-----------------------------------17---17----17--12--|
g-----12--14---------------------*--12----------14-12-14--16p15h16p15h16p15h16p--------------------|
d--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
a--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e---------------------------------------|
b--13p12h13p12h13p12h13p12h13p12h13p12--|continue adnausium or go into pure whammy guitar noise
g---------------------------------------|continue to increase speed till song ends
d---------------------------------------|
a---------------------------------------|
E---------------------------------------|


 *start at 1 and climb while using whammy vibrato
e----|
b-x--|
g-x--|
d-x--|hold rhythm at highest point
a----|
E----|

   B5
e--------------------------------|
b--------------------------------|
g--4-----------------------------|
d--4-----------------------------|
a--2-----------------------------|
E--------------------------------|

*cut out after a little bit and hit a B5 on time with band and use whammy to 
extend sustain of chord and carry into
feedback, then use whammy to extinguish

************************************

| /   slide up
| \   slide down
| h   hammer-on
| p   pull-off
| ~   vibrato
| +   harmonic
| x   Mute note
| b   Bend
| pb  Pre-bend
| br  Bend release
| pbr Pre-bend release
| brb Bend release bend

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fenderspeed 12 wrote on April 5 2012, 01:08 am

Dude, thank you so much, i just heard this on the last episode of Californication, and wanted to play this so bad!

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rising_force2 18 wrote on June 14 2013, 05:20 am

lovely song woooooooooooow

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kdc2ks 11 wrote on March 18 2014, 06:50 am

10/10 cheers mate!

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