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I Was Only Joking Tab

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Song: I Was Only Joking
Artist: Rod Stewart
Tabber: Brittany (questions, comments, hate mail?...bthai22@sbcglobal.net)

I couldn't find any tabs that were correct, let alone in the right key. So, I tabbed it
myself, so you guitarists wouldn't have to rely on the incorrect tabs on here. This is
99.9% correct, if not perfect, trust me. Just listen to the song and you will find that
I am right. As for the solo, I'm pretty sure it is 100% accurate. You will have to figure
out the timing yourself. I've given you everything, just piece it together. If you can't
do even that, I don't know what the hell you're doing with a guitar. 


Tuning: Standard

4/4 Time

Intro
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-9--9-9~~~---9-----9/11--9-9--------9-9-9-9-9/11—9\7-7-7—9hb-7-9hb-7—6h7p6--|
G|----------10----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------9-7-6-9-7-6----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-6-6--------------8-6-5----------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------8-6-4----------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------8-6-4----------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Verses:
4/4 time - figure out the strumming pattern; the chords are all there.
|Bb	|Bbmaj7	|Bb7	|Eb	|
|Ebm	|Bb	|F	|Bb	|

Chorus:
|Eb  F	|Bb	|Eb    F|G	|
|Eb  F	|Bb	|Cm	|Riff	|

Riff
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------5---------5-5-------------------------------------------------------|
E|---6-8---8-6-3-1-----------------------------------------------------------|

Acoustic Solo
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------6-8-6--------6-6-6---8-8/9-8--6-8/9--8--6--4--4-6-7-------|
G|-----------3-3/7-------5-3-3--7-7-7----------------------------------------|
D|-------3-5-----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-1-3/5---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------------------------------6~~|
B|--6-7-6---7-6----------------------------6--4-------------------------6----|
G|--------8-----8-8-8-7-5--------5-7-5-3-7------7-5---------------3-3/7------|
D|------------------------8—7-8---------------------8---------3-5------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------1-3/5----------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--10-11-13-13-13-----------13-11-10----11-10-------------------------------|
B|--------------trem.picking----------13-------13--11-11-11------------7-----|
G|----------------------------------------------------------10-8-8---8-------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--6-6/8--6--5-6-13-13---15--17-----------18--------------------------------|
B|----------------------------trem.picking-trem.picking----------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Electric Solo
e|-18-18-18b-18-18-----------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------18b~~~~~~~~~-16-18-18br-16-15~~~~~~~-15-16-16b-15-16b-15--|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


e|-----------------------------------------------------6------6--------------|
B|-16-15\13-11~~11h13-13b--13-13~~~-11-10-11-13-11-10----6------6------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------7~~----7~~8b------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------8-10--|
B|----------------6-6~~~~--------------------------------------8-10-11-------|
G|-8-8~~~~~~~~7-7--------8-7-3/5/7~~~~~~~~~~~~~---------7-8-10---------------|
D|---------------------------------------------5-7-8-10----------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-11/13-11-10---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------11~~~~10h11p10-----------11-13-13br-11-11~~~~~~~--------------|
G|----------------------------10-12-12~~---------------------------3-3/5-3---|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------5-----------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------6-------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------13b~~~~----1818b-18------|
B|---6-8-6----------------------------11-13-13br-11--------18b---------------|
G|-7-------7-5\3\------3-3/5---3-5/12----------------------------------------|
D|-------------------5-------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------/6---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-18/20--18-16-15-18-16-15~~~-15-16~~~--------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------3-5-7-5-3-----------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------5-3-----3-------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------3/5---------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

| /  slide up
| \  slide down
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  vibrato
| hb half bend
| b  full bend
| br bend/release
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mustang97wdc 106 wrote on November 19 2005, 02:20 pm

Your version is far from perfect. To play this song properly, you have to capo the first fret or tune up 1/2 step.

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energyman65 11 wrote on October 26 2012, 09:18 pm

the acoustic and electric solos are pretty accurate!

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