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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. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
Song : High Head Blues 
Authors : The Black Crowes
Person who had nothing better to do but transcribing a song : Wim Heylen (wheylen@zorro.ruca.ua.ac.be)

I transcribed the song for two guitars. To play it, invite a friend to play the other part,
turn off the speaker with the guitarpart you're playing, or just play both guitars at the
same time (which is in fact, quite difficult).
The bars you see are not really bars in the strict 4/4-measure meaning. They just indicate 
small pieces of music that belong together. Just listen to the record and you'll know what
I mean. 
The most difficult feature of the song is probably the rhythm. It was in fact rather
impossible to write the exact rhythm down. Again, listening to the record is a good solution.

Here we go:



INTRO
e:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
B:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
G:------5-----------5--|------5-----------5--|------5-----------5--|
D:---4-----5-----4-----|---4-----5-----4-----|---4-----5-----4-----|
A:5-----------5--------|5-----------5--------|5-----------5--------|
E:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|

e:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
B:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
G:second-guitar-doesn't-play-anything-yet...-|---------------------|
D:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
A:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
E:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------|




e:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------------|
B:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------------|
G:------5-----------5--|------5-----------5--|------5-----------5--------|
D:---4-----5-----4-----|---4-----5-----4-----|---4-----5-----4-----------|
A:5-----------5--------|5-----------5--------|5-----------5--------------|
E:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------------|
                                                                    
e:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------------|
B:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------6-6-6-|
G:---------------------|bass begins...-------|---------------------5-5-5-|
D:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------4-4-4-|
A:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------5-5-5-|
E:---------------------|---------------------|---------------------------|




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

e:---------------------------|--------------------|
B:---------------------6-6-6-|--------------------|
G:---------------------5-5-5-|--------------------|
D:---------------------4-4-4-|--------------------|
A:---------------------5-5-5-|--------------------|
E:---------------------------|--------------------|



FIRST VERSE  : I have tried to write down the first and second guitar in a relative way. 
This means that, when a note from the first guitar stands right on top of a note of the
second guitar, that these notes should be played simultaneously. The easy way : listen to
the song, turn your speakers down one at a time to hear each guitar separately (you must 
have stereo, off course).

e:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G:-------5-------5---------------5-------5---------------5-------5-----------|
D:---4-5---5---4-------------4-5---5---4-------------4-5---5---4------------2|
A:-5---------5-------------5---------5-------------5---------5------------3--|
E:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
          Sometimes...    (lyrics are with the Amorica-CD)
e:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:-6-6-6----------------------------6-6-6-------------------6-6-6------------|
G:-5-5-5--------------5-------------5-5-5-----5-------------5-5-5----3-------|
D:-4-4-4------------5---5-4---------4-4-4---5---5-4---------4-4-4--3---3-2---|
A:-5-5-5--------------------5-------5-5-5-----------5-------5-5-5----------3-|
E:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|




e:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G:---3-------3--------------5-------5--------------5-------5--------------5--|
D:-3---3---2------------4-5---5---4------------4-5---5---4------------4-5---5|
A:-------3------------5---------5------------5---------5------------5--------|
E:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:------4-4-4------------------6-6-6------------------6-6-6------------------|
G:------3-3-3----5-------------5-5-5----5-------------5-5-5----5-------------|
D:------2-2-2--5---5-4---------4-4-4--5---5-4---------4-4-4--5---5-4---------|
A:------3-3-3----------5-------5-5-5----------5-------5-5-5----------5-------|
E:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


                     repeat this entire part, for the second half of verse 1

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

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


               chorus : chords
e:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G:------5--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D:--4-5---5-4---C-C-C-C-C/D-D-F-F-F-F/G-G--------------3---F-F-F-F/G---------|
A:5------------------------------------------3---3---3---5-------------------|
E:-----------------------------------------5---5---5-----------------0-1-0-1-|
                        A charmed life it is....  
e:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G:------5-------Second guitar plays the same as the first guitar-------------|
D:--4-5---5-4----------------------------------------------------------------|
A:5--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:---------------------------------------------------------------------------|




e:------------------------------------------------------------|
B:-----------------------------------6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6|
G:--------------------3------2---3---5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5|
D:----G-G-F--------2h3-3-2--1---2----4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4|
A:----------0-1-2-3--------2---3-----5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5|
E:0-1---------------------------------------------------------|

e:------------------------------------------------------------|
B:------------------------------------------------------------|
G:------------------------------------------------------------|
D:------------------------------------------------------------|
A:------------------------------------------------------------|
E:------------------------------------------------------------|


That's about it as far as licks are concerned. The structure of the song is as follows :

INTRO
VERSE 1 (twice the lick transcribed above)
CHORUS
VERSE 2 (once the lick transcribed above; half as long as the first verse)
CHORUS

SOLO, accompanied by the following chords :

D7 E7 D7 B7
D7 E7 D7 C7 B7 C7

I have not transcribed the solo. If you can play a bit of sologuitar, you should be able to
improvise one that sounds just like it quite easily. Just keep in mind what chords the other
guitar is playing.
I have not actually transcribed the second verse, or chorus, but if you can play the riffs
above, you can play the entire song, all you have to do is a bit of puzzling it all together.

Any suggestions, additions or complaints are welcome. Have fun.
Wim Heylen 
Ristenstraat 14
2270 Herenthout
Belgium
wheylen@zorro.ruca.ua.ac.be

            
            
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lsw444 154 Oct 04, 2006 04:20 AM

Can you just have another look over the chorus section - FFFG and GGF bit? I am not sure about it. I will try to go over it over the weekend. Other than that (which just could be me) great tab, and you're write about the solo - just D minor pentatonic with regular blues phrases.

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