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One Way Road tab

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Song Title: One Way Road
Artist: John Butler Trio
Tuning: D,G,D,G,B,D

Key:
+ Harmonic
X Mute note
~ vibrato
b bend
/ Slide Up
\ Slide Down
h hammer on
p pull off

This song seems very hard after listening but once broken down it becomes plain simple. 
open tuning John uses makes soloing very easy and the lead bit which sounds very complex 
actually rather simple.

Opening chord

d[---------------]
B[----12~~\\\----]
G[----12~~\\\----]
D[----12~~\\\----]
G[----12~~\\\----]
D[---------------]

Intro

d[-----------12+12+12+12+---------------7+7+7+7+-----------]
B[-----------12+12+12+12+---------------7+7+7+7+-----------]
G[----0--0-0-12+12+12+12+7-7-X-X-9--9-9-7+7+7+7+5-5-X-X----]  X4
D[----0--0-0-------------7-7-X-X-9--9-9---------5-5-X-X----]
G[----0--0-0-------------7-7-X-X-9--9-9---------5-5-X-X----]
D[---------------------------------------------------------]


Verse 1

d[-----------X-X-X-X----------------X-X-X-X--------------|X4
B[-----------X-X-X-X----------------X-X-X-X--------------|on fourth time
G[----0--0-0-X-X-X-X-7-7-X-X-9--9-9-X-X-X-X-5-5-X-X------|through end by
D[----0--0-0---------7-7-X-X-9--9-9---------5-5-X-X------|strumming the
G[----0--0-0---------7-7-X-X-9--9-9---------5-5-X-X------|first chord in the
D[-------------------------------------------------------|9th fret

After this play through the intro progession X4 strumming out the chord in the 5th fret 
into the pre-chorus.


Pre Chorus

d[-------0------0------0-----0-----]
B[--------0------0------0-----0----]
G[---------------------------------]  X4
D[----/2------2-----/5-----0-------]
G[----/2------2-----/5-----0-------]
D[---------------------------------]


Lead break

d[-------------------------------]
B[----3p0-------0-----------0----]
G[-------4p0-2/4--0h2p0-2/4-0----]
D[----------------------2/5------]
G[-------------------------------]
D[-------------------------------]


Chorus

Play through intro progession 4 times


2nd Verse

small lead bits played with slide. smething along these lines

d[-------12----/12---------12--------------]
B[----/12---------12----/12--12\10---------] X2
G[--------------------------------10/12----]
D[-----------------------------------------]
G[-----------------------------------------]
D[-----------------------------------------]

After this play through the intro progession X2 letting ring the chord in the 5th fret 
into the pre chorus.


Bridge

d[-------------------------------------------------------------------------]
B[-------------------------------------------------------------------------]
G[----9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---]
D[----9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---]
G[----9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---]
D[-------------------------------------------------------------------------]
                                      X2


d[-------------]
B[----2////----]
G[----2////----]
D[----2////----]
G[----2////----]
D[-------------]


Solo -
The most important thing when attempting to play a John Butler solo is the timing. no 
what I've put in this section it all comes down to how you play it. listen to the song and 
your own changes to my solo to suit you.

d[-----------------------------------------------]
B[----3p0-------0----------0---------------------]
G[-------4p0-2/4--0h2p0----0-----0---0---0----0--]
D[----------------------2/5---4/5-4/5-4/5-4/5----]
G[-----------------------------------------------]
D[-----------------------------------------------]

d[------------------------------------------------]
B[----3p0-------0----------0----------------------]
G[-------4p0-2/4--0h2p0----0-----------0h2p0-0h4--]
D[----------------------2/5------4h5p0------------]
G[------------------------------------------------]
D[----------------------------4p0-----------------]

d[----------------------------------------------------]
B[----7h8p7/3~~--3p0----------3p0-3p0-3p0-3p0-3p0-----]
G[------------------4p0-4/2/0----0---0---0---0---4p0--]
D[----------------------------------------------------]
G[----------------------------------------------------]
D[----------------------------------------------------]

d[-------------------------------------------------------]
B[-------0---0---0---0-------0---/12-12-12--/12-12-12----]
G[----2p0-4p0-5p0-7p0-9p0-9p0-0--/12-12-12--/12-12-12----]
D[-------------------------------/12-12-12--/12-12-12----]
G[-------------------------------------------------------]
D[-------------------------------------------------------]


Play through chorus again and finish on this

d[-------------------]
B[----12~~~~~~~~~----]
G[----12~~~~~~~~~----]
D[----12~~~~~~~~~----]
G[----12~~~~~~~~~----]
D[-------------------]


Song order

Intro
1st Verse
Pre Chorus
Lead Break
Chorus
2nd Verse
Pre Chorus
Bridge
Solo
Chorus

Hope this helps you work this song out and simplify it out a bit. chuck us some feedback 
much appreciated

            
            
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jszetho 52 Jul 01, 2010 08:40 PM

brilliant tab!
i learnt this song really quick with this tab.
now i can play it pretty well!
all in a days work :D

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axelneeliv 10 Oct 13, 2010 03:59 PM

how would i harmonic

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jshu127 10 Dec 24, 2010 05:40 PM

@axelneeliv

just rest your finger above the indicated fret and it should produce a relatively clean tone when strummed

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