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Here are the tabs for The Fray's Heartbeat: (including 3 guitar parts)
There were no real tabs yet, so I learned this by ear, so I'm really sorry
if there are mistakes or if it's not 100%
the way how The Fray play it!

Check out my cover on youtube:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHpK3OcZu4A

(I don't own good recording gear, hope you still enjoy!!!)


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Guitar1:
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Tuning: Standard
Capo 2nd
Clean or slighty distorted

Chorus:
Chord structure:

       Em7     C add9     G     G sus2

e|------3---------3-------3--------3--------------------|
B|------3---------3-------3--------3--------------------|
G|------0---------0-------0--------2--------------------|
D|------2---------2-------0--------0--------------------|
A|------2---------3-------2--------0--------------------|
E|------0-----------------3--------3--------------------|

Recommended strumming pattern:

D D DU U UD DUDU

The chords change at the beginning/end of the pattern AND at the 2nd Up stroke!!!

For example: Em7: D D DU
             C add9: U UD DUDU
             G: D D DU
             G: sus2: U UD DUDU

To get the feeling of the rhythm right you have to lift up your fingers a
lil at the 2nd up stroke of the pattern. That catches the tune pretty good in my opinion!
(hard to explain.. check out my cover to make sure!)

Verse:

Chords of the chorus palmmuted, downstrums only
(I let the very last 3 strokes of the G sus2 ring out.. only the D G B and high E string)

....

2nd Chorus ending, right before the bridge:

play a...

C add9
G
Em7

...and let it ring out... (1 Downstrum each)



Bridge:

        E5              G sus 2

e|-------------------------3------|
B|-------------------------3------|
G|-------------------------2------|
D|------2------------------0------|
A|------2-------------------------|
E|------0-------------------------|
        PM

stay a while on the E powerchord with palmmuted downstrums only, at the end play the G sus2
like above kinda open...

After that another chorus..

End the song with 1 Downstrum each on:

C add9
G
Em7

... that's it! :)

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Guitar2:
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Tuning: Standard
distorted

Not 100% sure what's going on there during the chorus,
but I play an A powerchord (as an octave higher) which sounds pretty nice:


Chorus:

        A5

e|-----------------|
B|-----------------|
G|------14---------|
D|------14---------|
A|------12---------|
E|-----------------|

strum that chord open, lift up your fingers at certain points to catch the tune 
correctly... (same pattern like guitar 1)


Verse:

e|----------------5-----------------|
B|----------------------------------|
G|----6---6-7---6----6---6-7---6----|  Play this 9 times until you go
D|----------------------------------|  into the next chorus
A|----------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------|

(at the 2nd verse this is played 11 times, if I counted correctly..)

2nd Chorus ending, right before the bridge:

1 Downstrum each on:

        A5   A5      (no idea how that last chord is called, but it sounds nice played clean..)

e|------------------------|
B|------------------------|
G|------14---14------13---|
D|------14---14------14---|
A|------12---12------12---|
E|------------------------|



Bridge:

        E5

e|--------------------------|
B|--------------------------|
G|--------------------------|
D|------2-------------------|
A|------2-------------------|
E|------0-------------------|
        PM

stay a while on the E powerchord with palmmuted downstrums only, at the end play
the E powerchord kinda open, right before you go into the last chorus...

Ending:

1 Downstrum each on:

        A5           A maj Triad (sounds nice with an open D in the base!! )

e|----------------------9------|
B|----------------------10-----|
G|------14-----13-------9------|
D|------14-----14-------0------|
A|------12-----12--------------|
E|-----------------------------|


... that's it! :)

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Guitar3:
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Tuning: Standard
distorted

The fun part in the very beginning of the song:


e|---------------------------------------|
B|----9b10--9--7~~~--9b10--9--7--5~~~----|
G|---------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------|

b  = bend to..
~~ = let ring


Verse (this could be part of the piano, but I clearly hear this on the recording, and it 
kicks in a bit after guitar 2...) sounds sweet...
1st time: around 0:30
2nd time: around 1:34

e|---------------------------------------|
B|------------10-------------------------|
G|----9h11--9----9h11--9-----------------|  Repeat it 5x
D|---------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------|

h = hammer on..

In the end this is played again, including the ending of the song:

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----9b10--9--7~~~--9b10--9--7--5~~~--9b10--9--7--5-------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------6-6b7--6--4--2~~~-|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|


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This is how I play the song. This was learned by ear! so I'm aware that it's probably 
not 100%
the way how The Fray play it.

Check out my cover on youtube:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHpK3OcZu4A


Hope you enjoy it!
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thund3r86 41 Nov 03, 2011 04:06 PM

There's a little mistake for the bridge part of guitar 2:

Since there's no capo you have to play a F# powerchord instead of an E... that's all. (basically same like guitar 1)

Bridge:

F#5

e|--------------------------|
B|--------------------------|
G|--------------------------|
D|------4-------------------|
A|------4-------------------|
E|------2-------------------|
PM

Sorry for that!!

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Aussie_Bassist 567 Nov 07, 2011 03:52 AM

This is, by far, the most confusing tab I have ever attempted to read.

Wow.

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Mobius1 10 Aug 27, 2013 11:37 PM

Yeah, what? I'd suggest adding lyrics with the chords over them because I doubt many will get what you talking about...

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