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Epitaph Tab

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NOTES: 1) I'm pretty sure it's called an 'F#m+(Add B)'...it's a thoroughly Fripp chord
       2) Let the notes of the guit-arpeggios ring out as long as possible
       3) Try the guit-arpeggios on a 12 string if possible :)

First the chords:

  Em  F#m+(Add B) Am  B+  B  Bm C
  0      x        0   x   2  2  x
  0      0        1   4   4  3  1
  0      2        2   0   4  4  0
  2      0        2   1   4  4  2
  2      2        0   2   2  2  3
  0      2        x   x   x  x  x

The vocal sections:

Em                    F#m+(Add B)       Am              B+  B
The wall on which the prophets wrote is cracking at the seams
Upon the instruments of death the sunlight brightly gleams
When every man is torn apart with nightmares and with dreams
Will no one lay the laurel wreath as silence drowns the screams

Em                      Bm
Confusion will be my epitaph
As I walk a cracked and broken path               C                      Bm
If we make it we can all sit back and laugh but I fear tomorrow I'll be crying

Em                    F#m+(Add B)       Am              B+  B
Between the iron gates of fate the seeds of time were sown
And watered by the deeds of those who know and who are known
Knowledge is a deadly friend when no one sets the rules
The fate of all mankind I see is in the hands of fools  (mellotron buildup of
                                                         C + Cm???)

This acoustic guitar arpeggio also appears at the songs beginning...



Em                      Bm
Confusion will be my epitaph
As I walk a cracked and broken path               C                      Bm
If we make it we can all sit back and laugh but I fear tomorrow I'll be crying
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NewYork_Snow 10 wrote on February 8 2013, 06:34 pm

Suppose you drop the first and third strings one half step each. Then you can play the recurring arpeggio easily in the open position with two fingers on the left hand for each of the four chords. Start with an E7 shape: same as E-major with the D string open. Then the middle finger goes to F# on the low E string while the pinky finger covers the third fret on the third string. Next, make an am7 shape: same as a-minor with the third string open. And finally, the middle finger goes to B on the fifth string and the forefinger goes to D# on the fourth string. On the first and third chords, the forefinger does a descending slur on the first fret.

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