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Walkin After Midnight Tab

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The tab contains the guitar's part, along with timing marks for a swung beat, and descriptions of how to play certain improvised parts of the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsRNCvHXHHU. Was this info helpful? Yes No
This is my first tab, and any constructive feedback would be greatly appreciated.  I haven't seen any tabs
that actually show the guitar's part for what it is, but I've figured it out somewhat by listening to the
song.

Enjoy!

For starters, the beat is swung, meaning the beat isn't even. The beat kinda chugs along, with the '+' parts 
between beats being much shorter than the actual beats.  For example, it can be written like this:
"1   + 2   + 3   + 4   +". 

[Intro]
             |1     +  2     +  3      +  4      +  |1     +  2     +  3     +
e|-----------|--------------------------------------|--------------------------|
B|-----------|--------------------------------------|--------------------------|
G|-----------|--------------------------------------|--------------------------|
D|--------10-|10/-14-10------------------7-8-9---7/-|10----10/-13-12-----------|
A|-10-12-----|--------------------------------------|--------------------------|
E|-----------|--------------------------------------|--------------------------|
                                       |--3--|
   4     +  |1     +  2     +  3     +  4     +  |1     +  2     +     3     +
e|----------|------------------------------------|-----------------------------|
B|----------|------------------------------------|-----------------------------|
G|----------|------------------------------------|-----------------------------|
D|-------10-|10-------------10-10/14--10---------|10---------------------------|
A|----------|---------10-12--------------12------|---------13-12---------------|
E|----------|------------------------------------|-----------------------------|

Most, of the song is improvised riffing, mainly working with the 10th and 12th frets on the A 
and D strings, and the 14th fret on the D string.  There is a slide up between the words 'midnight' and 
'searching' at the end of each verse.  After each of these slides, there is a distinct riff (Key Riff) 
that uses the same strings as the ones used for the improvised riffing.

[End of Verse 1]
    2     +  3     +  4     +  |1     +  2     +  3     +  4     +  |1     +
e|-----------------------------|------------------------------------|----------|
B|-----------------------------|------------------------------------|----------|
G|-----------------------------|------------------------------------|----------|
D|--------10-12/-14------------|10--10/----11/----12----------------|----------|
A|--10-12----------------------|----12/----13/----14----------------|----------|
E|-----------------------------|------------------------------------|----------|
                   ...after midnight...       searchin' for you."

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

The other key riffs follow.

[Key Riff 2]

    2     +  3     +  4     +  |1     +  2     +  3     +  4     +  |1     +  2
e|-----------------------------|------------------------------------|----------|
B|-----------------------------|------------------------------------|----------|
G|-----------------------------|------------------------------------|----------|
D|-----------10----------------|10-------10/-14-12------------------|----------|
A|--10-12-------------10----12-|------------------------------------|----------|
E|-----------------------------|------------------------------------|----------|

[Key Riff 3]

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

After the third Key Riff, there is a part for the guitar similar to the intro.  Let's call it the 'Guitar
Bridge.'

[Guitar Bridge]

      4     +  |1     +  2     +  3     +  4     +  |1     +  2     +  3     +
e|-------------|------------------------------------|--------------------------|
B|-------------|------------------------------------|--------------------------|
G|-------------|------------------------------------|--------------------------|
D|----------10-|10/-14-10---------7-8-9----------7/-|10-------10/-13-12--------|
A|-10-12-------|------------------------------------|--------------------------|
E|-------------|------------------------------------|--------------------------|
                                |--3--|
   4     +  |1     +  2     +  3     +  4     +  |1     +  2     +  3      +  4 
e|----------|------------------------------------|-----------------------------|
B|----------|------------------------------------|-----------------------------|
G|----------|------------------------------------|-----------------------------|
D|-------10-|10----------------10-------14----13-|12---------------------------|
A|----------|---------10----12-------12----------|---------12-10---------------|
E|----------|------------------------------------|-----------------------------|

And that's about it!  Once you get the hang of it, it's a pretty simple song.  Now, for the improvised 
parts, I would recommend that typically do runs up along the notes the riffs use, and to do small licks 
sparingly, rather than a complicated guitar part, as that was what the song did.  However, that is entirely 
up to you as the player and guitarist.  Thank you for reading!  If you'd like to figure out, or if you'd 
like me to try and figure out the bass walking, just toss in a comment down below.  Farewell, and happy 
playing!

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

| |-3-| Triplet
| /   Slide up

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