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21St Century Schizoid Man tab

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I used 3 versions of Schizoid Man to transcribe this:
  1) Studio : _In the Court of the Crimson King_
  2) Live : Providence disc from the amazing new _Great Deceiver_ boxed set
                (also the same version originally released on _USA_)
  3) Live : My *Alltime Favourite* version from _Earthbound_

NOTES:  1) Standard bar chords unless otherwise noted
        2) This transcription isn't rigidly Beginning -> End.  I'll write it by
                section then assume knowledge of repeating parts...


First the chords:
The main chordal riff in 4/4:
1   2       3     4|1  2  3  4
C   A# C D# A#  C  |F   F#   G

Alternate used before vox:
1   2       3     4  1  2    3 4
C   A# C D# F   G   |13---14---15---|
            |16*--17*--18-----------| *Bend each 1 whole step
            |-----------------------|
            |-----------------------|
            |-----------------------|
            |-----------------------|

Vocal Section Chord from hell:
  Interpretations of this chord are legendary, this one sounded best to me:
                x
                8
                8
                10
                10
                8
                Cat's foot etc...

Exit main chordal riff:
F F# G : Repeat 6 times, increase tempo then...


Unison run section 1 (rhythm sorta notated by the 1-2-3-4)

  1       2     3       4      1       2     3     4
e|----------------------------|--------------------------|
B|--------4-5-6---------------|--------4-5-6-------------|
G|5-5-5-5-------5-5-5-5-4-3---|5-5-5-5-----------3---3-4-|
D|--------------------------5-|--------------4-5---5-----|
A|----------------------------|--------------------------|
E|----------------------------|--------------------------|

e|----------------------------|------------------6---6-7-|
B|--------4-5-6---------------|--------4-5-6-7-8---8-----|
G|5-5-5-5-------5-5-5-5-4-3---|5-5-5-5-------------------|
D|--------------------------5-|--------------------------|
A|----------------------------|--------------------------|
E|----------------------------|--------------------------|

  1       2     3      4       1       2     3             4
e|----------------------------|-----------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------|--------------/tri\--/tri\--/tri\--/tri\-|
G|--------3-4-5---------------|--------3-4-5-0-3-3--0-3-3--0-3-3--0-3-3-|
D|5-5-5-5-1-2-3-5-5-5-5-4-3---|5-5-5-5-1-2-3----------------------------|
A|3-3-3-3-------3-3-3-3-2-1-0-|3-3-3-3----------------------------------|
E|--------------------------3-|-----------------------------------------|
Play chords loose and sloppy    tri=triplets


Unison run section 2 (rhythm sorta notated by the 1-2-3-4)

  1        2        3        4         1        2        3        4
e|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
B|11-------11-------11----------------|11-------11-------11----------------|
G|---11-12----11-12----11-12-11-10----|---11-12----11-12----11-12-11-10----|
D|---------------------------------13-|---------------------------------13-|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------10-|11-------11-------11----------------|
G|12-------12-------12-------11-12----|---11-12----11-12----11-12-11-10----|
D|---13-15----13-15----13-15----------|---------------------------------13-|
A|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------|----|
B|11-------11-------11---------------------|
G|---11-12----11-12----11-12-11-10---------| Vibrato and Feedback like a Madman
D|---------------------------------13-\-/--|then you're on your own...
A|-----------------------------------------| ...for this is the Solo from Hell :)
E|------------------------------------|----|

...And speaking of hell, here are the inhumanly fast parts...

 Fast1*
e|--------------------------------------------3-|
B|------------------------/tri\-------3---3-6---|
G|----------------3---3-5-3-5-3---3-5---5-------|
D|--------3---3-5---5-----------5---------------|
A|--1-3-5---5-----------------------------------|
E|3---------------------------------------------|
*The rhythm is correct so if you play the triplet at the indicated time
  (and allow 1 note length) you should be dead on.
   The notes themselves are pretty close but open to interpretation...

 Fast2**
e|--------------------------------------------3---------------|
B|------------------------/tri\-------3---3-6---2-1-----------|
G|----------------3---3-5-3-5-3---3-5---5------------3-0------|
D|--------3---3-5---5-----------5-------------------------3-0-|
A|--1-3-5---5-------------------------------------------------|
E|3-----------------------------------------------------------|
**Same as * except last 7 notes are definitely correct

 Fast3
e|------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------|
G|--------3-0-7-0-5-0-3-0-5-0-7-0-----------|
D|--1-3-5-------------------------3-0-------|
A|3-----------------------------------4-3-1-|
E|------------------------------------------|

 Mute1
e|------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------|
D|--------3-0-7-0-5-0-3-0-5-0-7-0-3-0-------|
A|--1-3-5-----------------------------4-3-1-|
E|3-----------------------------------------|

 Stop & Go
e|----1-----1-|----1-------|----1-3-------------|----1-3-------------|
B|1-3---1-3---|1-3---3-2-1-|1-3-----2-1---------|1-3-----2-1---------|
G|------------|------------|------------3-0-----|------------3-0-----|
D|------------|------------|----------------3-0-|----------------3-0-|
A|------------|------------|--------------------|--------------------|
E|------------|------------|--------------------|--------------------|

The order for the inhumanly fast section:
  Fast1, Fast2, Fast3, Fast1, Stop&Go, Mute1, Mute1, Fast3, Fast1, Stop&Go

Then back into the unison runs, vox, and opening chords.  By the time the song
 ends you should have either achieved enlightenment or neurotic breakdown :)
  One thing's for sure, if you make it all the way through, you're well on
   your way to becoming a 21st Century Schizoid Man...Have fun!



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thylacine 10 Aug 12, 2004 08:00 PM

The fast bits are so impossible to play! But great job on the tab...

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kmaster 1337 30 Nov 06, 2005 11:33 AM

it will take me a while to master some of this

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lavaxtris1 220 May 06, 2010 11:34 AM

the chord played during the vocals is Eb/C (Cm7???)
im prtty sure.

e-6--
A-4--
D-3--
G-5--
B-3--
E----

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