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Version combines most parts for acoustic play. Was this info helpful? Yes No
I wanted to create an acoustic tab for those who want to play a 'acoustified' version of the song with the 
different instrument parts together. It may not be accurate as I know I am not the most skilled guitarist, so 
leave any suggestions in the comments below to make it better :) 

Dark Necessities- Red Hot Chili Peppers

[Intro]

This part is played in a quick up-down-up-down strumming pattern

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------| --|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------|   |
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|   |
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------|   |
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------|   |
E|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1------|   |
                                                                             >x2
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------|   |
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------|   |
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|   |
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------|   |
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------|   |
E|-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6------| --|

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| --|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|   |
G|---------------------------------10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-----|   |
D|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----------------------------------------------------|   |
A|---------------------------------8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8------|   |
E|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-----------------------------------------------------|   |
                                                                                            >x2
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|   |
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|   | 
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|   |
D|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-----|   |
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|   |
E|-8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-----| --|


This is the nice bass part they play, otherwise you can just play chords.

       Cm                   Ab                Fm                Ab
e|--------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x----------|
B|-----------M--x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x----------|
G|------5--5-U--x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-3-5------|
D|------5--5-T--x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x----------|
A|------3--3-E--x-x-x-----------3-x-x-x-------1-3-3-x-x-x-----------3-x-x-x----------|
E|--------------x-x-x-------3-4---x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------3-4---x-x-x----------|
strum:  ↓  ↓    ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓


[Verse]
The verses are played the same.

       Cm                   Ab                Fm                Ab
e|--------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x----------|
B|-----------M--x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x----------|
G|------5--5-U--x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-3-5------|
D|------5--5-T--x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x----------|
A|------3--3-E--x-x-x-----------3-x-x-x-------1-3-3-x-x-x-----------3-x-x-x----------|
E|--------------x-x-x-------3-4---x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------3-4---x-x-x----------|
strum:  ↓  ↓    ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓

   Cm   
1. Coming out to the light of day
          Fm          
   We got many moons than a deeper place
        Cm
   So I keep an eye on the shadow's smile
      Ab
   To see what it has to say

   Cm
2. Spinning off, head is on my heart
             Fm
   It's like a bit of light and a touch of dark
           Cm
   You got sneak attacked from the zodiac
         Ab
   But I see your eyes spark

 
    F              G->Abm
e|--1-1-x-x-x-1-1--3--4-4-x-x-x-4-4----|
B|--1-1-x-x-x-1-1--3--4-4-x-x-x-4-4----|
G|--2-2-x-x-x-2-2--3--4-4-x-x-x-4-4----|
D|--3-3-x-x-x-3-3--5--6-6-x-x-x-6-6----|
A|--3-3-x-x-x-3-3--5--6-6-x-x-x-6-6----|
E|--1-1-x-x-x-1-1--3--4-4-x-x-x-4-4----|
    ↓ ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓ ↓ ↓  ↓  ↓ ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓ ↓ ↓

   G
1. You and I both know
   Abm
   Everything must go away

   G
2. Keep the breeze and go
   Abm
   Blow by blow and go away
 
    Fm                Ab
e|---------x-x-x-------------x-x-x----------|
B|---------x-x-x-------------x-x-x----------|
G|-------5-x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-5-3-0----|
D|-------5-x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x----------|
A|---1-3-3-x-x-x-----------3-x-x-x----------|
E|---------x-x-x-------3-4---x-x-x----------|
strum:   ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓
 
   Fm                 Ab
1. Ah, what do you say?
   
   Fm                 Ab
2. Oh what do you say?
   

[Chorus]
Simple strumming and chords are played during the chorus

Ab 
Yeah, you don’t know my mind
F
You don’t know my kind
Cm                   Bb
Dark necessities are part of my design
Ab                      F
Tell the world that I’m falling from the sky
Cm                   Bb
Dark necessities are part of my design

[Verse 2] *SAME AS FIRST VERSE*

       Cm                   Ab                Fm                Ab
e|--------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x----------|
B|-----------M--x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x----------|
G|------5--5-U--x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-3-5------|
D|------5--5-T--x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x----------|
A|------3--3-E--x-x-x-----------3-x-x-x-------1-3-3-x-x-x-----------3-x-x-x----------|
E|--------------x-x-x-------3-4---x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------3-4---x-x-x----------|
strum:  ↓  ↓    ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓

   Cm   
3. Stumble down to the parking lot
          Fm          
   You got no time for the afterthought
               Cm
   They're like ice cream for an astronaut
              Ab
   Well that's me looking for weed

 
    F              G->Abm
e|--1-1-x-x-x-1-1--3--4-4-x-x-x-4-4----|
B|--1-1-x-x-x-1-1--3--4-4-x-x-x-4-4----|
G|--2-2-x-x-x-2-2--3--4-4-x-x-x-4-4----|
D|--3-3-x-x-x-3-3--5--6-6-x-x-x-6-6----|
A|--3-3-x-x-x-3-3--5--6-6-x-x-x-6-6----|
E|--1-1-x-x-x-1-1--3--4-4-x-x-x-4-4----|
    ↓ ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓ ↓ ↓  ↓  ↓ ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓ ↓ ↓

   G
3. Turn the corner and
   Abm
   Find the world and show command

    Fm                Ab
e|---------x-x-x-------------x-x-x----------|
B|---------x-x-x-------------x-x-x----------|
G|-------5-x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-5-3-0----|
D|-------5-x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x----------|
A|---1-3-3-x-x-x-----------3-x-x-x----------|
E|---------x-x-x-------3-4---x-x-x----------|
strum:   ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓
 
   Fm              Ab
3. Playing the hand

[Chorus] *PLAYED THE SAME AS FIRST CHORUS*
Ab      
Yeah, you don’t know my mind
F
You don’t know my kind
Cm                   Bb
Dark necessities are part of my design
Ab                      F
Tell the world that I’m falling from the sky
Cm                   Bb
Dark necessities are part of my design

[Interlude]
D#
Do you want this love of mine?
C# 
The darkness helps to sort the shine
Fm                                  Ab
Do you want it, do you want it now?
D#
Do you want it overtime?
C#
The darkness helps to sort the shine
F                                  Ab
Do you want it, do you want it now?

[Verse 3] *PLAYED THE SAME AS FIRST VERSE*

       Cm                   Ab                Fm                Ab
e|--------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x----------|
B|-----------M--x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------------x-x-x----------|
G|------5--5-U--x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-3-5------|
D|------5--5-T--x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x----------|
A|------3--3-E--x-x-x-----------3-x-x-x-------1-3-3-x-x-x-----------3-x-x-x----------|
E|--------------x-x-x-------3-4---x-x-x-------------x-x-x-------3-4---x-x-x----------|
strum:  ↓  ↓    ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓

   Cm   
4. Pick you up like a paperback
            Fm          
   With the track record of a maniac
          Cm
   So I’m moving in and we unpack
            Ab
   It’s the same as yesterday

 
    F              G->Abm
e|--1-1-x-x-x-1-1--3--4-4-x-x-x-4-4----|
B|--1-1-x-x-x-1-1--3--4-4-x-x-x-4-4----|
G|--2-2-x-x-x-2-2--3--4-4-x-x-x-4-4----|
D|--3-3-x-x-x-3-3--5--6-6-x-x-x-6-6----|
A|--3-3-x-x-x-3-3--5--6-6-x-x-x-6-6----|
E|--1-1-x-x-x-1-1--3--4-4-x-x-x-4-4----|
    ↓ ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓ ↓ ↓  ↓  ↓ ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓ ↓ ↓

   G
4. Honey where we roll
   Abm
   Everything must go away

    Fm                Ab
e|---------x-x-x-------------x-x-x----------|
B|---------x-x-x-------------x-x-x----------|
G|-------5-x-x-x-3-5-------5-x-x-x-5-3-0----|
D|-------5-x-x-x-----------5-x-x-x----------|
A|---1-3-3-x-x-x-----------3-x-x-x----------|
E|---------x-x-x-------3-4---x-x-x----------|
strum:   ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓           ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓
 
   Fm                 Ab
4. Ah, what do you say?

[Chorus] *PLAYED THE SAME AS FIRST CHORUS*
Ab
Yeah, you don’t know my mind
F
You don’t know my kind
Cm                   Bb
Dark necessities are part of my design
Ab                      F
Tell the world that I’m falling from the sky
Cm                   Bb
Dark necessities are part of my design

[Outro: Guitar Solo]

e|-11-11-10-10-8-8-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------11-11-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------10h12-12-12-8h10-10-10------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------8h10-10-10--------------------------------|x4
A|--------------------------------------------------------8h10-10-10-6h8-8-8-------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------6h8-8-8----|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------3h5-5-5-5-----------------3h5-5-5-5------------------3h5-5-5-5---------------3h5-5-3-2-3---|x2
A|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3--------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-----------3-3-3-3-3-3-3--------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


e|-------------1h3-3-3-------------1h3-3-3--------------1h3-3-3--------------1----------|
B|-1-1-1-1-1-1---------1-1-1-1-1-1---------1h3h1-1-1-1-1---------1-1-1-1-1-1---4-3-4-1~-|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


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DHI00021 90 Sep 05, 2016 11:34 PM

I haven't got a guitar with me, so I can't play it for myself, but it looks as if you've done the solo correctly but it's back to front. Cheers

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janineanne312 36 Sep 06, 2016 06:35 AM

I didn't even notice that thank u!

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DHI00021 90 Sep 06, 2016 07:21 AM

No problem :)

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