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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. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
                        "Bensusan" by Michael Hedges.
                  Windham Hill recording- Aerial Boundaries

                        Transcribed by Michael Gunter.

Most of the credit for this transcription should go to David Morse
, whose transcription set me on the right track.
I saw a bunch of little problems so I decided to redo it a bit. I know
it's not yet perfect, but hey -- Michael Hedges is too much a god for
us mortals to ever aspire to copy.

One thing I'd really like to know if someone out there does: How does he
get such explosive harmonics (measures 4, 12, 16, etc...)?

Any glaring problems? I'm at .

P.S. I've seen Jeff Lo's partial transcription of "Ragamuffin". I've tried
      to finish it, but I can't. Help!!


Tuning: CGDGAC, capo III
4/4 time, except in measures 18 and 21 (3/4).

| = The quarter note beats.
. = Eighths between beats.
Let notes ring throughout, especially where indicated by ====.


   |   .     |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C-0=====||====-----------------------------|------------------------------0=|
A-------||-------2p0-------------0---------|--------------------------------|
G-------||.-----------0--------------0-----|----------0---------------------|
D-------||.--------------0-h-2-----------3-|------0---------------0---------|
G-------||---0-----------------------------|----------------0---------5-----|
C-------||---------------------------------|--5-----------5---4-------------|


3   |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|===-----------2-----------------|-------------------------12^----|
A|------2p0-------------0---------|-------------------------12^----|
G|----------0---------------0-----|----------0--------------12^----|
D|------------------0-----------3-|------0-------------------------|
G|--0-----------------------------|----------------0---------------|
C|--------------------------------|--5-----------5---4-------------|


5   |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--0-----------------------------|--------------------------------|
A|------2p0-------------0---------|--------------------------------|
G|-----------0--------------0-----|----------0---------------------|
D|--------------0-h-2-----------3-|------0---------------0-------2=|
G|--0-----------------------------|----------------0---------5-----|
C|--------------------------------|--5-----------5---4-------------|


7   |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
D|===---3p2-----0-----------------|--2---3p2-----0-----------------|
G|----------0-----------0---------|----------0-----------0---------|
C|--2---------------5-------4---2-|--2---------------5-------4---2-|


9   |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--4---5p4-----0================-|--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|----------0---------------------|--------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------|--------------------------0-----|
G|----------------------0---------|----5==================---------|
C|--2---------------5-------4---2-|--0====================-----2-/-|


11  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--------------0-----------------|-------------------------12^----|
A|--------0h1-------1-p-0---------|-------------------------12^----|
G|-------0------------------0-----|----------0--------------12^----|
D|------3-----------------------3-|------0---------------0---------|
G|--0-----------------------------|----------------0---------------|
C|--------------------------------|--3-----------3---5-------------|


13  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--------------0--------------10=|===-----------9-----------------|
A|--------0h1-------1-p-0---------|------------------7-p-0---------|
G|-------0------------------0-----|------------------------------0-|
D|------3-------------------------|----------8---------------0-----|
G|--0-----------------------------|-----10-------------------------|
C|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|


15  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--------------0-----------------|-------------------------12^----|
A|--------0h1-------1-p-0---------|-------------------------12^----|
G|-------0------------------0-----|----------0--------------12^----|
D|------3-----------------------3-|------0---------------0---------|
G|--0-----------------------------|----------------0---------------|
C|--------------------------------|--3-----------3---5-------------|


17  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--------------------------------|------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|------------------------| <--This measure
G|----------0---------------0-----|----------0-------------|    is 3/4
D|--0---------------0-------------|--0---------------------|
G|--------------------------------|------------------------|
C|--7-7-7-7-0-0-0-0-7-7-7-7-0-0-5-|--7-7-7-7-0-0-0-0-7--\--|


    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--------------------------------|--------------0---2-h-3-p-2-p-0-|
A|--------------------------------|--------0h1---------------------|
G|----------0---------------0-----|-------0------------------------|
D|--0---------------0-------------|------3-------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
C|--2-2-2-2-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-2-0---0-|--3---------------2-------------|


19  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--------------------------------|----------------------0---0-h-2-|
A|--------0h1-p-0-----------------|------0---0-h-1---1-------------|
G|-------0----------------------0-|--0-----------------------------|
D|------3---------------0h1h3-----|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|------------------0-------------|
C|--3---------------2-------------|--3-----------------------------|


21  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--4-p-0-0-5-p-0-7-/---/-|11----------12^===----------11==|
A|------------------------|----12^------------------7^-----|
G|------------------------|--------12^----------7^---------|
D|------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|--2-------3-------------|--------------------------------|
C|------------------------|-0---------------0--------------|
  |.......3/4 time.......|


23  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|===----------12^===----------11=|===-----------9---------------7=|
A|-----12^------------------7^----|-----12^-------------10---------|
G|---------12^----------7^--------|---------12^-------------11-----|
D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
C|--0---------------0-------------|--0---------------0-------------|


25  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|===-----------6====-----------7=|===-----------6---6-----------4-|
A|------9---------------7---------|------9---------------0---------|
G|----------9---------------7-----|----------9---------------7-----|
D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|------------------0-------------|
C|--0---------------0-------------|--0-----------------------------|


27  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--4-----------2---2-----------0==||
A|------5---------------3----------||  Repeat back to first full measure
G|----------5---------------4-----.||   then go on.
D|--------------------------------.||
G|--0---------------0--------------||
C|---------------------------------||


28  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|===-----------------------------|------------------------------0=|
A|------2p0-------------0---------|--------------------------------|
G|----------0---------------0-----|----------0---------------------|
D|--------------0-h-2-----------3-|------0---------------0---------|
G|--0-----------------------------|----------------0---------5-----|
C|--------------------------------|--5-----------5---4-------------|


30  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|===-----------2-----------------|-------------------------12^----|
A|------2p0-------------0---------|-------------------------12^----|
G|----------0---------------0-----|----------0--------------12^----|
D|------------------0-----------3-|------0-------------------------|
G|--0-----------------------------|----------------0---------------|
C|--------------------------------|--5-----------5---4-------------|


32  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--0-----------------------------|--------------------------------|
A|------2p0-------------0---------|--------------------------------|
G|----------0---------------0-----|----------0---------------------|
D|--------------0-h-2-----------3-|------0---------------0-------2=|
G|--0-----------------------------|----------------0---------5-----|
C|--------------------------------|--5-----------5---4-------------|


34  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
D|===---3p2-----0-----------------|--2---3p2-----0-----------------|
G|----------0-----------0---------|----------0-----------0---------|
C|--2---------------5-------4---2-|--2---------------5-------4---2-|


36  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--4---5p4-----0================-|--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|----------0---------------------|--------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------|--2---3p2-----0-----------------|
G|----------------------0---------|----------0-----------0---------|
C|--2---------------5-------4---2-|--2---------------5-------4---2-|


38  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--4---5p4-----0================-|--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|----------0---------------------|--------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------|--2---3p2-----0-----------------|
G|----------------------0---------|----------0-----------0---------|
C|--2---------------5-------4---2-|--2---------------5-------4---2-|


40  |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .    |   .   |   .   |   .   |   .
C|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
D|--2---3p2-----0-----------------|--------------------------------|
G|----------0-----------0---------|----5==========================-|
C|--2---------------5-------4---2-|--0============================-|
                   slow.................|
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21stCenturyKid 15 Apr 05, 2006 11:10 AM

NOt bad a few problems i could put right. the explosive harmonics you talk about are slap harmonics an he uses his first finger holding it rigid and slapping parallel to the frets and releasing really quickly. it takes practice but can be done relatively easy when you work it out

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21stCenturyKid 15 Apr 05, 2006 11:10 AM

quite a few mistakes but basic ideas are solid

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