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                             If Not For You - Shakey Graves
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This tab is in no way perfect or complete, but I couldn't find anything when I 
wanted to learn how to play this song so I decided I should share what I've got
so far. I figured out the tuning and the chords by watching a live version. I 
tabbed the riffs based on what I heard in the recording and it sounds good when 
I play along, but I'm not 100% sure that they're right.  

Tuning: Open C# (Open D + half step down)

The chords used are C# F and F# with some occasional variations             

C#|-----------------0--4-----5------------------------------------------------|
G#|-----------------0--4-----5------------------------------------------------|
F |-----------------0--4-----5------------------------------------------------|
C#|-----------------0--4-----5------------------------------------------------|
G#|-----------------0--4(5)--5------------------------------------------------|
C#|-----------------0--4-----5------------------------------------------------|



[Intro]

C#|--------------------4--4-3---------------------4p3----4-3------------------|
G#|--------------4--5-----------------------4--5------5-----------------------|
F |---------------------------0-------------0----------------0----------------|
C#|-----------------------------------------0---------------------------------|
G#|---0---0-------------------------------------------------------------------|
C#|-3---4---0--------------------0-3-4-0------------------------0-3-4-0-------|

C#|-------4--4-3---------------------4p3---4p3---4p3---4p3----3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-------------------|
G#|-4--5-----------------------4--5------5-----5-----5-----5--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------------------|
F |-0------------0-------------0----------------------------------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------------------|
C#|-0--------------------------0--------------------------------------0-0-0-0-0-------------------|
G#|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------0----2----4----|
C#|-----------------0-3-4-0-----------------------------------------------------------------------|


[Verse]

Strum/Pick through the chords  C#(16x)  F(12x)  F#(4x)
          (you can play almost any notes as long as you hold the chords and it'll sound good)

The following notes are played while strumming C# (listen to the recording to know when):

C#|-------------------------|  |--------------------------------------------------|
G#|-0--2--4--5---0--2--4--5-|  |--------------------------------------------------|
F |-------------------------|  |--------------------------------------------------|
C#|-------------------------|  |--------------------------------------------------|
G#|-------------------------|  |-0--2--4--5---0--2--4--5--------------------------|
C#|-------------------------|  |--------------------------------------------------|

On the last time through, play only the bass notes of the F and F# chords:
C#|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G#|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
F |---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
C#|---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5----x-x-x-x--|
G#|---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5----x-x-x-x--|
C#|-4---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5--x-x-x-x--|


[Chorus]

Strum the C# chord with energy (not actually sure what chord is used here but C# works well enough for me.
                    If anybody knows what chord it actually is please correct me)

Same as in the verse, the following notes are played while strumming

C#|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G#|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
F |-2-3-2-0-------------------------------------------------------------------|
C#|---------0-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G#|-----------------3--2------------------------------------------------------|
C#|-----------------------3--0-3--0-3--0--------0-0-3-0-3-3-0-----------------|


Using these notes, just play around with strumming, picking, and rhythm and it sounds decent.
(Although nowhere near as good as Shakey)



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| /   slide up
| \   slide down
| h   hammer-on
| p   pull-off
| x   Mute note


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Mikescheidt 10 Feb 05, 2016 07:12 PM

C#|--------------------------------------------------------|
G#|--------------------------------------------------------|
F |-2h3p2-2-0----------------------------------------------|
C#|-----------2-0---0-2-3-2-0------------------------------|
G#|---------------------------0----3--2--------------------|
C#|----------------------------------------3--0-3--0-3--0--|

This is the correction for the chorus tab for above. There is some variation with the low C# string after this in the song, though this is the basis for that riff.

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qpoitras 10 Jun 30, 2017 08:15 PM

Tuning is dadf#ad

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