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Tame Impala - Alter Ego
                       from their 2010 album 'Innerspeaker'

Guitar 1 - Rhythm
Guitar 2 - Synthy lead guitar


[Intro]

Synth:
This is too fast to play on a guitar (unless you're a really fast player), and wasn't
intended to be played on a guitar, but I've included it anyway. Try to play it with
legato (e.g. slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs etc.):
e|-15-13-12-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------15-13-12----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------14-12--------------------------------12------------------------|
D|-------------------------15-14-12--------------12-14-15--------12--14-------------|
A|----------------------------------15-14-12~~~~~-------------------------15-14-12--|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 1 - play this progression 7 times:
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-1--1-1--1--1.-1--1-1--1-1--1--1.-1--1-1--1-1--1--1-1--0--0--0-0-0-|
G|-2--2-2--2--2.-2--2-2--2-2--2--2.-2--2-2--2-2--2--2-2--0--0--0-0-0-| x7
D|-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3--2--2--2-2-2-|
A|-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3--2--2--2-2-2-|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 1 - and then play this:
e|-------------------------------------------------------|
B|-1--1-1--1--1.-1--1-1--1-1--1--1.-1--1-1--1-1--1--1-1--|
G|-2--2-2--2--2.-2--2-2--2-2--2--2.-2--2-2--2-2--2--2-2--|
D|-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3--|
A|-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3--|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 1:
e|-0--0-0--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
B|-0--0-0--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
G|-1--1-1--6--6-6--4--4-4--4--4-4--4--4-4--4--4-4--4--4-4--4--4-4--5--5-5--5--5-5--|
D|-2--2-2--7--7-7--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
A|-2--2-2--7--7-7--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--|
E|-0--0-0--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|

Guitar 2 - comes in on the fourth repeat of the above chords,
plays throughout the entire chord progression above:
e|-----------------------------|-------3--5b7r5--3-----------|
B|-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|-3--5---------------5--3--5~~|
G|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
D|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
A|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

e|-----------------------------|-------3--5b7r5--3-----------|
B|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|-3--5---------------5--3--5~~|
G|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
D|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
A|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

e|-----------------------------|-------3--5b7r5--3-----------|
B|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~8\5~~~~~~~~~|-3--5---------------5--3--6~~|
G|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
D|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
A|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

e|-----------------------------|-------3--5b7r5--3-------------|
B|~~~~~~~~~~~5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|-3--5---------------5--3--3h5~~|
G|-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|-------------------------------|

e|-----------3/5---------------|-------3-----------------------|
B|~~~~~~~~~5~----5~~~~~~~~~~~~~|-3--5-----5.--5---5/7--5/7--5~~|
G|-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|-------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
B|~~~~~~~~~~~3~~~~~~~~~~~~~~1~~|~~~~~~~~~~~0~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
G|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
D|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
A|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|


[Verse]

Guitar 1:
"Said the voice from afar: 'Don't you know it doesn't have to
Be so hard? Waiting for everyone else a-"
e|-3-------------------------------------------------2-----------|
B|-5---------------------------------5---------------3-----------|
G|-4---------------------------------4---------------X-----------| x2
D|-5---------------------------------4---------------4-----------|
A|-3---------------------------------2---------------2-----------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 1:
"-round to agree, might take too long,
Might take too long'"
When it won't be so..."
e|-3--3-3--3--3-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3------------------2--2--2-2-2-|
B|-5--5-5--5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5--5-5--5-5--5--5--5-5--3--3--3-3-3-|
G|-4--4-4--4--4-4--4-4--4-4--4--4-4--4-4--4--4--4-4--X--X--X-X-X-| x3
D|-5--5-5--5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5--5-5--4-4--4--4--4-4--4--4--4-4-4-|
A|-3--3-3--3--3-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3--2-2--2--2--2-2--2--2--2-2-2-|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 2:
e|----------------------|
B|-3\1------8\5---7\5---|
G|----------------------| x2
D|----------------------|
A|----------------------|
E|----------------------|

Guitar 2:
e|---------------------------------|
B|-3\1----0---/8-5---7\5-5---5-3---|
G|-------------------------------2-|
D|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|


[Pre-chorus]

Guitar 1:
"...hard,
It won't be so hard"
e|-0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
B|-3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
G|-2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
D|-3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--|
A|-0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--|
E|---------------------------------3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|

Guitar 2:
e|------------------|
B|-----5-6----------|
G|-2-3-----3---5-2--|
D|------------------|
A|------------------|
E|------------------|

Guitar 1:
"Well it's true, yes, but you won't get far telling me that you..."
e|-0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0---------------|
B|-1--1-1--1--1-1--1--1-1--1--1-1--1--1-1--1--1-1--1---------------|
G|-2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2---------------|
D|-2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2---------------|
A|-0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0---------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 2:
e|---------------------|
B|-1----3----5----6----|
G|---------------------|
D|---------------------|
A|---------------------|
E|---------------------|


[Chorus]

Guitar 1:
"...are all you're meant to
Be, when the one from my
Dream is sitting right next to
Me and I don't know what to..."
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-1--1-1--1--1.-1--1-1--1-1--1--1.-1--1-1--1-1--1--1-1--0--0--0-0-0-|
G|-2--2-2--2--2.-2--2-2--2-2--2--2.-2--2-2--2-2--2--2-2--0--0--0-0-0-| x4
D|-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3--2--2--2-2-2-|
A|-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3--2--2--2-2-2-|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 1:
"...do"
e|-------------------------------------------------------|
B|-1--1-1--1--1.-1--1-1--1-1--1--1.-1--1-1--1-1--1--1-1--|
G|-2--2-2--2--2.-2--2-2--2-2--2--2.-2--2-2--2-2--2--2-2--|
D|-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3--|
A|-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3--|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 1:
"Oh, alter ego,
Get..."
e|-0--0-0--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
B|-0--0-0--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
G|-1--1-1--6--6-6--4--4-4--4--4-4--4--4-4--4--4-4--4--4-4--4--4-4--5--5-5--5--5-5--|
D|-2--2-2--7--7-7--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
A|-2--2-2--7--7-7--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--|
E|-0--0-0--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|


[Verse]

Guitar 1:
"...them to love you, while they may depending on your
Words and wealth, the only one who's really judging..."
e|-3-------------------------------------------------2-----------|
B|-5---------------------------------5---------------3-----------|
G|-4---------------------------------4---------------X-----------| x2
D|-5---------------------------------4---------------4-----------|
A|-3---------------------------------2---------------2-----------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 1:
"...you is yourself, nobody else,
Nobody else,
If I could part,
It wouldn't be so..."
e|-3--3-3--3--3-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3------------------2--2--2-2-2-|
B|-5--5-5--5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5--5-5--5-5--5--5--5-5--3--3--3-3-3-|
G|-4--4-4--4--4-4--4-4--4-4--4--4-4--4-4--4--4--4-4--X--X--X-X-X-| x5
D|-5--5-5--5--5-5--5-5--5-5--5--5-5--4-4--4--4--4-4--4--4--4-4-4-|
A|-3--3-3--3--3-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3--2-2--2--2--2-2--2--2--2-2-2-|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 2:
e|----------------------|
B|-3\1------8\5---7\5---|
G|----------------------| x2
D|----------------------|
A|----------------------|
E|----------------------|

Guitar 2:
e|------------------------------------------|
B|-3\1---0h1-0h1-0---/10-5---8\5-5--7\5-5\3-|
G|------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------|
B|-3\1-1---1/3-0--/10-10\5-5/8-5--5/10-8\5-5-7--5--3-|
G|---------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------------|
B|-3-\1---0---/8\5-5---7\5-5---5-3---|
G|---------------------------------2-|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|


[Pre-chorus]

Guitar 1:
"...hard,
It won't be so hard"
e|-0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
B|-3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
G|-2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
D|-3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--|
A|-0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--|
E|---------------------------------3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|

Guitar 2:
e|------------------|
B|-----5-6----------|
G|-2-3-----3---5-2--|
D|------------------|
A|------------------|
E|------------------|

Guitar 1:
"Well it's true, yes, but you won't get far telling me that you..."
e|-0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0---------------|
B|-1--1-1--1--1-1--1--1-1--1--1-1--1--1-1--1--1-1--1---------------|
G|-2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2---------------|
D|-2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2--2-2--2---------------|
A|-0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0---------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 2:
e|---------------------|
B|-1----3----5----6----|
G|---------------------|
D|---------------------|
A|---------------------|
E|---------------------|

Guitar 3:
e|---------------------------------|
B|--------1-/5-\3--1-/3-/5---5-/6--|
G|-3-/5----------------------------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|


[Chorus]

Guitar 1:
"...are all you're meant to
Be, when the one from my
Dream is sitting right next to
Me and I don't know what to..."
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-1--1-1--1--1.-1--1-1--1-1--1--1.-1--1-1--1-1--1--1-1--0--0--0-0-0-|
G|-2--2-2--2--2.-2--2-2--2-2--2--2.-2--2-2--2-2--2--2-2--0--0--0-0-0-| x4
D|-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3--2--2--2-2-2-|
A|-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3--2--2--2-2-2-|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 1:
"...do"
e|-------------------------------------------------------|
B|-1--1-1--1--1.-1--1-1--1-1--1--1.-1--1-1--1-1--1--1-1--|
G|-2--2-2--2--2.-2--2-2--2-2--2--2.-2--2-2--2-2--2--2-2--|
D|-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3--|
A|-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3.-3--3-3--3-3--3--3-3--|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|

Guitar 1:
"Oh, alter ego"
e|-0--0-0--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
B|-0--0-0--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
G|-1--1-1--6--6-6--4--4-4--4--4-4--4--4-4--4--4-4--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--|
D|-2--2-2--7--7-7--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|
A|-2--2-2--7--7-7--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--5--5-5--|
E|-0--0-0--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--3--3-3--|

Guitar 1 - end with this chord:
e|-3-----|
B|-5-----|
G|-4-----|
D|-5-----|
A|-3-----|
E|-------|



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| h  Hammer-on
| r  Release
| b  Bend
| /  Slide up
| \  Slide down
| ~  Vibrato
| .  Staccato (play quickly, then mute) 
| X  Mute note

************************************
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meltingcomputer 75 wrote on July 25 2013, 01:27 pm

I really appreciate this tab but I think it would be a bit easier to read if the repeated chords were written out once and indicated how many times they are repeated/for how many more counts rather than repeated (example: 3rd line of guitar 1)
thanks!

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Psyche-Guitar 2,987 wrote on July 25 2013, 08:50 pm

I don't really understand what you mean? Can you explain it a bit better?

I've tabbed out all the chords based on the rhythm that they are strummed with. It shouldn't be hard to work out how many bars they are played for when you're playing along. I think it's actually super easy to follow, but I don't fully understand what you mean.

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danelectro1193 12 wrote on April 17 2014, 08:30 pm, edited at 08:38 pm

I believe the tuning used in this song is actually a whole-step down, which may be the case for all Tame Impala songs, but the proper voicing of the chords are inaccessible from standard tuning. The song begins on Fmaj7, which is: xx5432
This is strummed under the fast keyboard melody that starts the song. The instrumental opening then alternates between a very pretty but obscure voicing of F6 (I say obscure because you won't find this particular version of the chord in Ultimate Guitar's own chords library), which is: 055430
And G6, which is: x04420

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