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Pinball Wizard | guitar tab
by The Who
>From Tommy, 1969
Written by Pete Townshend (c)1969 Fabulous Music Ltd.

#----------------------------------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. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#

Previous transcription by:
Marc Hirsh
Mike (sef@icbr.ufl.edu)

==============                                                        
revised by             1998-05-19          Whotabs                    
litgo@aol.com          2002-05-19          www.thewho.net/whotabs     
==============                                                        

Bsus4   7(t)x997x        (verse 1-3)
B       7(t)x987x        (verse 1-3)
G6sus4  3(t)x5530        (verse 2&3)
G6      3(t)x5430        (verse 2&3)
Dsus4   10(t)x12 12 10 x (verse 4)
D       10(t)x12 11 10 x (verse 4)
Csus4   8(t)x10 10 8 8   (verse 4)
C       8(t)x 10 9 8 8   (verse 4)
Bbsus4  6(t)x8866        (verse 4)
Bb      6(t)x8766        (verse 4)
Asus4   5(t)x7750        (verse 1-4)
A       5(t)x7650        (verse 1-4)

Fingering for verse chord shape (e.g., Bsus4, B)

             7x997x    7x987x
             t*rpi     t*rmi 
           * dampen with thumb

[original note: 'e' stands for eighth notes, 's' for sixteenth, `q' 
for quarter, `h' for half, and, yes, even `w' for whole notes. A 
period after a note value means dotted. 
The chord parts are best played with your index finger on the B string,
middle on the G string (using pinky for pull-offs), and ring finger 
on the D string, with the thumb wrapping around and playing the low E 
string. Sounds hard, but gets easier with practice.]
[Strumming: for main pattern (bar10), accent every 3rd 16th -- on '+':
                                      | + / / + / / + / / + + |
                                        e s s e s e s e e s s

[INTRO]
  Bm/F#             Bmsus4/F#         F#7sus4           
  e e e e e e e e   e e e e e e e e   e e e e e e e e  
|-2---------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|
|-3---------------|-3---------------|-2---------------|
|-4---------------|-4---------------|-4---------------|
|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

  F#7               F#m7              Em/F#             
  e e e e e e e e   e e e e e e e e   e e e e e e e e  
|-0---------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|
|-2---------------|-2---------------|-0---------------|
|-3---------------|-2---------------|-0---------------|
|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

  Em/G                F#sus4                F#                   
  e e e e e e e e     e s s e s e s e e e   e s s e s e s e e e  
|-------------------|---0-----------------|---0-0-----0---------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----|
|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4\3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0---|
|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5\4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0---|
|-------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|-------------------|T2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--T7-|

   Bsus4                   B        
   e s s e s e s e e s s   e s s e s e s e e s s x2
||-----------------------|-----------------------||
||-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-||
||.9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8.||
||.9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9.||
||-----------------------|-----------------------||
||T7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-||

      Bsus4                   B
      e s s e s e s e e s s   e s s e s e s e e s s x2
---||-----------------------|-----------------------||
---||-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-||
---||.9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8.||
---||.9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9.||
---||-----------------------|-----------------------||
---||-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-||
   ||[electric guitar]      |                       ||
---||-----------------------|-----------------------||
---||-----------------------|-----------------------||
---||-----------------------|-----------------------||
-7/||/9---------------------|---------------------7/||
---||-----------------------|-----------------------||
-5/||/7---------------------|---------------------5/||

[VERSE 1]

     Bsus4                        B(add4)
Ever since I was a young boy I've played the silver ball.
     e s s e s e s e e s s        e s s e s e s e e s s
   |---0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
   |---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7------|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
   |-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9------|-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-|
   |-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9------|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
   |----------------------------|-----------------------|
   |-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7------|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
   |[electric]                  |                       |
   |----------------------------|-----------------------|
   |----------------------------|-----------------------|
   |----------------------------|-----------------------|
   |/9--------------------------|---------------------6/|
   |----------------------------|-----------------------|
   |/7--------------------------|---------------------4/|

     Asus4                   A
From Soho down to Brighton I must have played them all.
     e s s e s e s e e s s   e s s e s e s e e s s
   |-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
   |-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
   |-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|
   |-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
   |-----------------------|-----------------------|
   |T5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
   |[electric]             |                       |
   |-----------------------|-----------------------|
   |-----------------------|-----------------------|
   |-----------------------|-----------------------|
   |/7---------------------|---------------------4/|
   |-----------------------|-----------------------|
   |/5---------------------|---------------------2/|

      Gsus4                          G
But I ain't seen nothin' like him in any amusement hall.
      e s s e s e s e e s s          e s s e s e s e e s s
    |------------------------------|-----------------------|
    |-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
    |-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--------|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
    |-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--------|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
    |------------------------------|-----------------------|
    |T3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
    |[electric]                    |                       |
    |------------------------------|-----------------------|
    |------------------------------|-----------------------|
    |------------------------------|-----------------------|
    |/5----------------------------|---------------------3/|
    |------------------------------|-----------------------|
    |/3----------------------------|---------------------1/|

     F#7sus4                   F#7
That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pin-
     e s s e s e s e e s s    w
   |-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|-0---------------------|
   |-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|-2---------------------|
   |-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--|-3---------------------|
   |-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--|-4---------------------|
   |------------------------|-----------------------|
   |T2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|-2---------------------|
   |[electric]              | w                     |
   |------------------------|-----------------------|
   |------------------------|-----------------------|
   |------------------------|-----------------------|
   |/4----------------------|-----------------------|
   |------------------------|-4---------------------|
   |/2----------------------|-2---------------------|

  B   A D     E              B   A D     E
  ball.  
  e q q q e   q e. s e e q   e q q q e   q e. s e e q
|-------2---|-0-0--0-0-0-0-|-------2---|-0-0--0-0-0-0--|
|-2-2-2-3---|-0-0--0-0-0-0-|-4-4-2-3---|-0-0--0-0-0-0--|
|-4-4-2-2---|-1-1--1-1-1-1-|-4-4-2-2---|-1-1--1-1-1-1--|
|-4-4-2-0---|-2-2--2-2-2-2-|-4-4-2-0---|-2-2--2-2-2-2--|
|-2-2-0-----|-2-2--2-2-2-2-|-2-2-0-----|-2-2--2-2-2-2--|
|---------0-|-0-0--0-0-0-0-|---------0-|-0-0--0-0-0-0--|
|[electric] |              |                           |
| e q q q e | w            | e q q q e | w             |
|-----------|-0------------|-------2---|-0-------------|
|-------3---|-0------------|-------3---|-0-------------|
|-4-4-2-2---|-1------------|-4-4-2-2---|-1-------------|
|-4-4-2-0---|-2------------|-4-4-2-0---|-2-----------7/|
|-2-2-0-----|-2----------x-|-2-2-0---2-|-2-------------|
|---------0-|--------------|---------0-|-0-----------5/|

[VERSE 2; elec: harmonic B string 12th fret each measure]

He stands just like a statue, becomes part of the machine
Feeling all the bumpers, always playing clean
He plays by intuition, the digit counters fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball

[CHORUS]
        E  F#   B  B          E      F#   B B
He's a  pinball wizard, there has to be a twist. 
        q  q    e  q.         q   e  q    e q.     
    -0|-0--2----------------|-0---0--2------------|
    -0|-0--2----4--4---4--4-|-0---0--2----4-4-4-4-|
    -1|-1--3----4--4---4--4-|-1---1--3----4-4-4-4-|
    -2|-2--4----4--4---4--4-|-2---2--4----4-4-4-4-|
    -2|-2--4----2--2---2--2-|-2---2--4----2-2-2-2-|
    -0|-0--2----------------|-0---0--2------------|
      |[electric]           |                     |
      | q  q    e  q.       | q   e  q    e q.    |
    --|-------------------0-|-----0---------------|
    --|-------------------0-|-----0---------------|
    -1|---------4--4------1-|-----1-------4-4-4---|
    -2|-2--4----4--4------2-|-----2-------4-4-4---|
    -2|-2--4----2--2--------|-2---2--4----2-2-2---|
    -0|-0--2----------------|-0---0--2-----------0|

  E   F#   B  B         G             D     Dsus4   D
A pin-ball wizard's got such a supple wrist
  q   q    e  q.        q    q q  q   e e e q q e   q e. s e e q
|-0-0-2-2-------------|-3----3-3--3-|-2-2-2-3-3-0-|-0-2--2-2-2-2--|
|-0-0-2-2--4--4-------|-3----3-3--3-|-3-3-3-3-3-3-|-3-3--3-3-3-3--|
|-1-1-3-3--4--4-------|-0----0-0--0-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2--2-2-2-2--|
|-2-2-4-4--4--4-------|-0----0-0--0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0--0-0-0-0--|
|-2-2-4-4--2--2-------|-------------|-------------|---------------|
|-0-0-2-2-------------|-3----3-3--3-|-------------|---------------|
|[electric]           |             |[electric]   |               |
| q   q    e  q.      | w           | w           |               |
|---------------------|-3-----------|-------------|---------------|
|---------------------|-3-----------|---7-7h8-7h8-|-7-------------|
|---1------4--4-----4-|-0-----------|-------------|---------------|
|---2------4--4-----4-|-0-----------|---7-7h9-7h9-|-7-------------|
|-2-2-4-4--2--2-----2-|-------------|-------------|---------------|
|-0-0-2-2------------3|-3-----------|-------------|---------------|

[BRIDGE]
  D          Cadd9 (G) D          Cadd9 (G)  
  How do you think he  does it?(I don't know)
|--------0-----------|----------0------------|
|--------3-------3---|----------3-------3----|
|-----2--------0-----|------2---------0------|
|-0------------------|-0---------------------|
|------------3-----2-|------------3--------2-|
|-------------------3|----------------------3|
 [electric tacit]

  D          Cadd9 (G)  D
  What makes him so    good?
|                    | q    e e q |
|------0-------------|-0--------0-|
|------3---------3-3-|-3----3-3-3-|
|----2---------0-0-0-|-2----2-2-2-|
|-0------------0---0-|-0----0-0-0-|
|------------3-----2-|------------|
|-------------------3|------------|

[VERSE 3; elec: harmonic B string 12th fret palm mute each beat]

He ain't got no distractions, can't hear no buzzers and bells
Don't see no lights a-flashin', plays by sense of smell
Always gets a replay, never seen him fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball

[repeat CHORUS]
I thought I was the Bally table king
But I just handed my pinball crown to him

[acoustic]
| D    Dsus4 | D            x x |
[electric]
|--2---2h3--0|-----0----3-------|
|---3--------|------3-----------|
|----2----2--|--2----0----------|
|-0----------|-0----------------|
|------------|------------------|
|------------|------------------|

|| Dsus4                 | D                     ||
   e s s e s e s e e s s   e s s e s e s e e s s x4
||-10--------------------|-10--------------------||
||-10--------------------|-10--------------------||
||.12--------------------|-11-------------------.||
||.12--------------------|-12-------------------.||
||-----------------------|-----------------------||
||-10T-------------------|-10--------------------||
||[electric guitar]      |                       ||
||-----------------------|-----------------------||
||-----------------------|-----------------------||
||-----------------------|-----------------------||
||/12*-------------------|--------------------10/||
||-----------------------|-----------------------||
||/10*-------------------|---------------------8/||
[*2nd, 3rd and 4th repeats only]

[VERSE 4]
     Dsus4                  D
Even on my favorite table,  he can beat my best
     e s s e s e s e e s s  e s s e s e s e e s s |
   |-10-------------------|-10--------------------|
   |-10-------------------|-10--------------------|
   |-12-------------------|-11--------------------|
   |-12-------------------|-12--------------------|
   |----------------------|-----------------------|
   |-10T------------------|-10--------------------|
   |[electric guitar]     |                       |
   |----------------------|-----------------------|
   |----------------------|-----------------------|
   |----------------------|-----------------------|
   |/12-------------------|---------------------8/|
   |----------------------|-----------------------|
   |/10-------------------|---------------------6/|

      Csus4                   C
His disciples lead him in and he just does the rest
      e s s e s e s e e s s   e s s e s e s e e s s |
    |-8---------------------|-8---------------------|
    |-8---------------------|-8---------------------|
    |-10--------------------|-9---------------------|
    |-10--------------------|-10--------------------|
    |-----------------------|-----------------------|
    |-8T--------------------|-8T--------------------|
    |[electric guitar]      |                       |
    |-----------------------|-----------------------|
    |-----------------------|-----------------------|
    |-----------------------|-----------------------|
    |/10--------------------|---------------------6/|
    |-----------------------|-----------------------|
    |/8---------------------|---------------------4/|

         Bbsus4                 Bb
He's got crazy flipper fingers, never seen him fall
         e s s e s e s e e s s  e s s e s e s e e s s |
       |-6--------------------|-6---------------------|
       |-6--------------------|-6---------------------|
       |-8--------------------|-7---------------------|
       |-8--------------------|-8---------------------|
       |----------------------|-----------------------|
       |-6T-------------------|-6T--------------------|
       |[electric guitar]     |                       |
       |----------------------|-----------------------|
       |----------------------|-----------------------|
       |----------------------|-----------------------|
       |/8--------------------|---------------------6/|
       |----------------------|-----------------------|
       |/6--------------------|---------------------4/|

     Asus4                    A5                    D D  C  F 
That deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball.........
     e s s e s e s e e s s    w    
   |-0----------------------|-0-------------------|-2-2--0--1-|
   |-5----------------------|-5-------------------|-3-3--1--1-|
   |-7----------------------|-6-------------------|-2-2--0--2-|
   |-7----------------------|-7-------------------|-0-0--2--3-|
   |------------------------|---------------------|------3----|
   |-5T---------------------|-5T------------------|---------1-|
   |[electric guitar]       |                     |           |
   |------------------------|---------------------|-2-2-------|
   |------------------------|---------------------|-3-3--1--1-|
   |------------------------|---------------------|-2-2--0--2-|
   |/7----------------------|---------------------|-0-0--2--3-|
   |------------------------|---------------------|------3--3-|
   |/5----------------------|-5-------------------|---------1-|

  Bb     Bbsus4                 Bb   Bbsus4 Bb Bbsus4 Bb Bbsus4
|----------------|------------|----3---4---|------------|------|
|--3-----4-------|--------1h3-|-3---1---1--|1h3--4------|------|
|----1-----1-----|-1--1-------|---1--1---1-|----1-----1-|---1--|
|------1-----1h3-|---3--3-----|------------|-------1h3--|-3----|
|-1--------------|--1--1------|------------|---1--1-----|--1---|etc.
|----------------|------------|------------|------------|------|

[note: for stage versions, end with Amaj7:  x02224]


=============
litgo@aol.com

#----------------------------------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. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#

            
            
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