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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. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
#

Date: Tue, 2 Apr 1996 20:59:19 -0500 (EST)
From: Mike Weitman 
Subject: TAB:Free by Phish


Some guy sent me this, and I think it's a great transcription, so here it
is.  The transcriber is mgordon43@aol.com.

Mike
mweitman@bu.edu

heres free
free
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the key to playing this tune effectively is texture.  this song is perfect
for dropping your low e down to d, but trey doesn't do this, probably due
to the continuity problems it would pose.

trey is basically outlining very simple chords above mike's steady d. it's
really extraordinarily simple, phish-wise, but a great tune.  for
guitarists out there who might not automatically notice the arpeggio's,
i've put the chords they refer to in parenthesis.

anyway, so when playing this, let every note ring as long as possible and,
if you're used to playing with your fingers, really snap the strings when
it seems appropriate.


main theme:

   (D)                  (C)              (G)      (D)

e------10--12p10-----------8--10p8------------7--------5-----------|
B----------------10----------------8---8----8---8----7---7---------|
G--/11--------------11--/9-----------9----7--------7---------------|
D------------------------------------------------------------------|
A------------------------------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------------------------------|

  (G)              (D)

e------3--5p3-----------------------------------------|
B----3--------3--------3-----3------------------------|
G--4------------4------2-----2------------------------|
D-------------------0--------0------------------------|
A-------------------0--------0------------------------|
E-------------------------1---------------------------|

theme 2:

   (F)      (G)      (D)

e-------------------------------------|
B---------6--------8-----3------------|
G-------5--------7-------2------------|
D-----3--------5------0---------------|
A---3--------5--------0---------------|
E-------------------------------------|


intro
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main theme  x2

C  G  F  D  x2

theme 2  x4

main theme  x2

theme 2  x4

C  G  F  D  x2

theme 2  x4

verses
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D  C  G  F  x2

G  F  D  x4 (holding D the last time)

(this whole thing repeated twice)

this goes back to half of the intro.


solo
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the only thing i can say is that mike is taking trey's role, impossing
different bass notes over the D.

he seems to like to start out like this:

D  G  F#  F  C ,

slowly progressing to other, sometimes far-flung, stuff.

hope it helps

if you could id like any song not on the net like sleeping monkey or gumbo

later
matt
mgordon43@aol.com
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guitarman47 132 Oct 07, 2005 02:38 PM

isnt it down a half step?

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eman420x 10 May 29, 2009 11:15 AM

EPIC fail studio version is D#

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yesfan3587 10 Sep 29, 2010 08:03 AM

wouldn't call it an epic fail, you can still get the main idea of the song. a decent tab.

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