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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. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
All Along the Watchtower   -  written by Bob Dylan
					  arrangement by Michael Hedges

					  translation and tab by Steve Frost

Tuning- DAEEAA

This song is split into three main parts:
	1. Intro & verses
	2. "Vamp" or "Solo" sections
	3. Turnaround into last verses

This is documented "double time" to show the accents.  The strumming is
simplified to show the essential rhythms, but once you find the groove
it should fill itself in quite nicely.  That which is labeled [Knock]
is a percussive effect acheived by either tapping near the pickguard with
a fingertip or by rapping with the knuckles on the back of the neck.  Both
are tricky in that the strings get strummed simultaneously.

Also, notice that the alternating 7th and 12th fret harmonics ring through
several counts after they have been played.  It helps to think of the guitar
split down the middle, (i.e strings 1-3 for harms. and 4-6 for rhythm) so
that id is easier to keep it seperate.

Note that because the tuning has the 3rd and 4th strings tuned the same, that
anytime I show a chord like this: (440400), it could be played like this:
(444000).  I prefer the first voicing on my guitar, so that is how it's
transcribed here.

Enjoy!

Intro & Verses:

                                    Harm.
|--------------|--------------|------7h-----|---------------|
|--------------|--------------|------7h-----|---------------|
|--4---4-4-----|---22---2---2-|-0--0-7h-----|-0H2--22P0-----|
|--0---0-0-----|---00---0---0-|-0--0--------|-0----00-------|
|--4---4-4-----|---22---2---2-|-0--0--------|-0H2--22-------|
|--4---4-4-----|---22---2---2-|-0--0--------|-0H2--2--------|
   1.2 . 3 . 4 .   1. 2 .3. 4 . 1.2. 3 . 4 .  1 . 2. 3 . 4 .

                                        Harm.
|--------------|-----------------|-------12h-----|---------------|
|--------------|-----------------|-------12h-----|---------------|
|--4---4-4-----|-0H2------2P0----|-0--0--12h-----|-0H2--22P0-----|
|--0---0-0-----|-0------0-0------|-0--0----------|-0----00-------|
|--4---4-4-----|-0H2-2--2--------|-0--0----------|-0H2--22-------|
|--4---4-4-----|-0H2-2-----------|-0--0----------|-0H2--22-------|
   1.2 . 3 .4 .  1 . 2  . 3 . 4 .  1.2.   3 . 4 .  1 . 2.3 . 4 .


Vamp/Solo:  (two times)
                                                   [Knock]
|--9-9---9--9--9--9---|--7-7-7-7-7----|-5-5-5-5-5-5--0|---------------|
|--9-11-11-11-11--9---|--7-9-9-9-7----|-5-5-5-5-5H7--0|---------------|
|--9-9--9---9--9--9---|--7-7-7-7-7----|-5-5-5-5-5-5--0|---------------|
|--9-9--9---9--9--9---|--7-7-7-7-7----|-5-5-5-5-5-5--0|---0-0-0-------|
|--9------------------|--7------------|-5------------0|-0H2-2-2-------|
|---------------------|---------------|--------------0|-0H2-2-2-------|
   1 .  2   .  3  . 4 .  1 . 2 . 3 .4.  1 . 2 . 3 .4 .  1 . 2 . 3 . 4 .


Turnaround into last verses (two times)

|-----------------|--------------|-----------------|---------------|
|-0------0-0-0-0-0|--2-----2-----|-4-4----4-4-4-4-4|---2----2------|
|-4--------4------|--------0-----|-0--------0------|--------0------|
|-0-0------0------|-----0--0-----|-0---0----0------|-----0--0------|
|-4-4------4------|-----2--2-----|-0---0----0------|-----2--2------|
|-4--------4------|-----2--2-----|-0--------0------|-----2--2------|
  1 . 2  . 3 . 4 .  1 . 2 . 3.4 .  1 . 2  . 3 . 4 .  1 . 2. 3 . 4 .

There's got to be some kind of way out of here
 Said the Joker to the Thief
Too much confusion
 I can't get no relief

Business men they drink my wine
 Plow men dig my earth
None of them along the line
 Know what any of it's worth


No reason to get excited
 The Thief, he kindly spoke
There are many here among us
 Who think that life is but a joke

But you and I we've been through all that
 And this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely, now
 The hour is getting late


All along the watchtower
 Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
 Barefoot servants, too

Outside in the distance
 A wild cat did growl
Two riders were approaching
 And the wind began to howl

            
            
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guitman58 10 Apr 30, 2007 02:40 PM

you should include the alternate tuning for those who don't know it

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Kifani 10 Aug 04, 2007 01:19 PM

Do you have to use different type of strings or do you use normal strings in the normal position? And do you tune the A on the 6th string up or down to an A?

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tman4000 72 Aug 30, 2009 03:07 PM

Michael used D'Addario .012 gauge strings. You would have to tune down to A.

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