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Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Mama Cass (singer in The Mamas & The Papas, gone solo)
single released in 1968

transcribed by Olive7#5, july 2006
olive71k at hotmail.fr (replace at by @)

This is my first ASCII tab and I'm a little frustrated because it's almost
impossible to transcribe rhythm with ASCII characters. (and it's very long
to write too ;) So here's the chords and notes.

This piece was a bit tricky to transcribe because of the unusual jazzy chord
progression for a pop song (in fact it's a 1930s jazz song with a pop/soul
arrangement by Mama Cass and mates) and the open strings. The trickiest part
was definitely the G#6/G6 measure with the anticipated G6 chord, really
confusing to transcribe. I think I'm pretty close to what is played on the
record.

Play it with a swing (triplet) feel. Note the open strings to facilitate 
position changes. Use your thumb for G#6, G6, G#, G, F, Fm, F#m chords or use
barre chords if you prefer. This is a great song and if you're reading this
you must like it too. Now the big stuff:


*** Chord chart (4/4)

   Intro

   (G) | C / B7 | G#6 / G6 | C / B7 | G#6 / G6 |


   Verse 1

   | C / B7 | G#6 / G6 | C / B7 |   A7   |
   |   F    |    Fm    | C / G# |   G    |

   You can add a 6th to the F & Fm chords (F6, Fm6); it goes great
   with the melody. You can also play G#7 and G7 instead of G#6, G6, G#, G.


   Verse 2

   | C / B7 | G#6 / G6 | C / B7   |   A7   |
   |   F    |    Fm    | C / G#-G | C / E7 |

   In measure 7 of verse 2, C two beats, G# one beat, G one beat.
   Last measure leads to the bridge:


   Bridge

   | A / F#m | Bm / E7 | A / F#m | Bm / E7 |
   | A / F#m | Bm / E7 | A / F#m | G# / G  |

   The bridge is based on a classic jazz I-vi-ii-V progression in the key of A
   (A-F#m-Bm-E7). Guitar chords are nearly impossible to hear in the recording,
   so voicings are just suggestions.
   You can add a 7th to minor chords (F#m7, Bm7).


*** Chord voicings

         C                    B7                  G#6                   G6

  X________O_____O     X__X___________       __X___________       __X___________
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
1 |  |  |  |  @  |   4 |  |  @  @  @  @   4 @  |  |  |  |  @   3 @  |  |  |  |  @
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  @     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |  |  @  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  @  |  |     |  |  |  @  |  |
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |  @  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  @  |  @  |     |  |  @  |  @  |
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
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  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|


         B7                   A7                   F                    Fm

  X___________O__      X__O_____O_____O      __X___________       __X___________
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
1 |  |  @  |  |  |   1 |  |  |  |  |  |   1 @  |  |  |  @  @   1 @  |  |  @  @  @
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |  @  |  @  |  @     |  |  @  |  @  |     |  |  |  @  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  @  |  |  |     |  |  @  |  |  |
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|


         G#                   G                    E7                   A

   __X___________       __X___________      O______________O     X__O___________
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
4 @  |  |  |  @  @   3 @  |  |  |  @  @   1 |  |  |  @  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |  |  |  @  |  |     |  |  |  @  |  |     |  @  @  |  |  |   2 |  |  @  @  @  @
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |  |  @  |  |  |     |  |  @  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  @  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
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  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  @
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|


         F#m                  Bm7

   __X___________      X_____O________  
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  | 
2 @  |  |  @  @  @     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__| 
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |  |  |  |  |  |   2 |  @  |  @  |  @
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|
  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
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  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|
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  |  |  |  |  |  |     |  |  |  |  |  |
  |__|__|__|__|__|     |__|__|__|__|__|



*** tab intro - fingerstyle

         (G)                    C           B7             G#6         G6

E --------------------------||--0--3--------5-----------|-----4-----------3--------|
B --------0-----0-----0-----||-----------0-----4--------|--------6-----5-----------|
G -----------0-----0-----0--||--------0--------------0--|-----------4--------4--0--|
D --------------------------||--------------4-----4-----|--------------------------|
A --------------0-----2-----||--3-----------------------|--------------------------|
E --------3-----------------||--------------------------|--4-----------3-----------|
                                                                    ^ change position here


    C            B7            G#6         G6

E -----0--------5-----------|-----4-----------3--------||
B --1--------0-----4--------|--------6-----5-----------||
G --------0-(0)----------0--|-----------4--------4--0--||
D --------------------4-----|--------------------------||
A --3-----------------------|--------------------------||
E --------------------------|--4-----4-----3-----------||


*** tab verse 1

    C           B7             G#6         G6             C           B7

E -----0--------5-----------|-----4-----------3--------|--------------------------|
B --1--------0-----4--------|--------6-----5-----------|--1--1-----------0--------|
G --------0--------------0--|-----------4-(4)----4--0--|-----------0-----------0--|
D --------------4-----4-----|--------------------------|--------2-----------------|
A --3-----------------------|--------------------------|--3-----------2-----2-----|
E --------------------------|--4-----------3-----------|--------------------------|


    A7                         F                          Fm

E -----0-----------0--------|-----1--------------------|--------1-----------------|
B --------2-----0-----------|--------1--------1--------|-----1-----1--------------|
G -----------0--------2--0--|-----------2--2--------2--|--1--------------1-----0--|
D --------------------------|--------------------3-----|--------------------3-----|
A --0-----------0-----------|--------------------------|--------------------------|
E --------------------------|--1-----------1-----------|--------1-----1-----------|


    C           G#             G

E -----------------4--------|-----3-----------3-----3--||
B -----1--------4-----------|--------3-----3h5---3h5---||
G -----------0--------5--4--|-----------4--------------||
D --------2-----------------|--------------------------||
A --3-----------------------|--------------------------||
E --------------4-----------|--3-----------3-----3-----||
                                           ^ hammers


For verse 2 and the rest of the song, mix fingerstyle arpeggios in the style of verse 1
and strumming. Have fun ;)

Olive7#5
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Stodaz wrote on December 26 2007, 07:29 am

this is really excellent work...must have taken long time good job :)

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TBezza wrote on November 7 2008, 11:13 am

Awesome.

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