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#----------------------------------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. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: ryan@wrcs1.urz.uni-wuppertal.de (Roisin Ryan)

       		      Motorcycle Emptiness
	                      by
	           the Manic Street Preachers 

                  (music James Dean Bradfield)



      	           transcribed by Matt Bennett
		   
                            5/7/94



 Riff 1                  x x     x x     x x        Riff 2 
-----|-------------|--------------------------------------|-------
-----|-------------|-2h4-4-4-4h6-6-6-6h8-8-8-8h9/11-------|-------
-----|-------------|--------------------------------------|-------
-9^9-|-7h9p7h9-9^9-|--------------------------------13^13-|-11h13p
-----|-------------|--------------------------------------|-------
-----|-------------|--------------------------------------|-------
      twice                                                twice 

                  x x     x x     x x            Riff 3
------------|----------------------------------|-------|-----------
------------|-2h4-4-4-4h6-6-6-6h8-8-8-8h9/11-8-|-------|-----------
------------|----------------------------------|-12^12-|-12h14p12--
11h13-13^13-|----------------------------------|-------|-----------
------------|----------------------------------|-------|-----------
------------|----------------------------------|-------|-----------
                                                        twice

----------|
----------|
h14-12^12-| ascending run as above
----------|
----------|
----------|

INTRO and FIRST verse

Riff 1    Riff 2    Riff 3

SECOND verse

Riff 1    Riff 3    Riff 2

CHORUS consists of simple chord progression based on E major


SOLO

----------------------------|------------------------------------
-12-(12)^12--9---9-12-15^15-|-14-(14)^14--12-10-10^10----------12
---------------9------------|-------------------------11-11/13---
----------------------------|------------------------------------
----------------------------|------------------------------------
----------------------------|------------------------------------


                         =
-------------------------/--15--\--------------------------------
-12-(12)^12--9---9-12--15--------15-----trill-section------------
---------------9-------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------



OUTRO
   
----|-------------|----------------------------------------------
-12-|-12p10-------|----------------------------------------------
----|-------13-11-|-13-12^12--13-^-13-11h13p11h13-13^13----------
----|-------------|----------------------------------------------
----|-------------|----------------------------------------------
----|-------------|----------------------------------------------
     x6

--------------------|-----------------10-10^10-p8h10p8--8h10p8h10
--------------------|-/10-12p10h12p10----------------------------
---9-6-9--9/11^11-9-|--------------------------------------------
-9------------------|--------------------------------------------
--------------------|--------------------------------------------
--------------------|--------------------------------------------


-10^10-|--------------------|-------------|
-------|--11-(11)-----------|-------------|
-------|--11^-9----------9--|------9-9----|
-------|------------9h11----|-9h11--------|
-------|--------------------|-------------|
-------|--------------------|-------------|
        repeat over and over   



NOTES:  I transcribed this using a classical guitar, and 
consequently had some problems with the fast, high neck section 
at the end of the solo. It's just a matter of getting the 
rhythm, so as soon as i get hold of my electric i'll complete 
this part and send it in.
	When i've seen this played live, James doesn't mute the 
notes on the ascending part of the main riff. I actually think 
it sounds better that way. 
	At a gig in Bournemouth a couple of years ago, i saw 
Richey play the opening couple of bars of this song. Curious 
because he was famed for just standing there pouting, and 
playing air-guitar to a backing tape. Anyone know what his 
playing is like these days?



TAB guide:

9^9      bend up one whole step and return

  /
10       bend up one whole step
   =
  / 
10       bend up one half step

9/11     slide from ninth to eleventh

x        play noted 'palm-muted'


Reach me on temporary email - ryan@wrcs1.urz.uni-wuppertal.de


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superfrood2000 50 Jun 30, 2003 08:00 PM

this is terrible. the end of the solo is totally wrong. it's just 12h15p12----
------------------------------------15^-
repeated over and over for a while. not that stuff you've got. also the main riff is wrong (it's in Amaj!).
also, who knows what ritchey's playing is like? no-one knows where he is!!!

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superfrood2000 50 Jun 30, 2003 08:00 PM

sorry, i just read the date. apologies, but it is still an incorrect tab

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benthegrunge 270 Jun 20, 2008 06:23 AM

r there any tabs 4 this song that arent wank?(no offense)

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