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Transcription for fingerpicking on acoustic guitar based on the original
dissonant version on "The Downward Spiral". I chose the notes in the chords such
as to match the "ugly" sound of the song, instead of modifying to the nearest
clean maj/min variants (which sounds to me more like the Johnny Cash cover).


Chord list
==========

The list of chords is a bit complicated because there's many variants and
unusual names. Next to the usual fret numbers, I added the note names in string
order, which hopefully makes finding the notes easier. Note that some of the
fingerings need some quite uncomfortable stretching, like Bo12 and Dadd#9, but
they are possible (it's not a typo). The note names are written in Helmholtz
notation.

                       E   A   d   g   b   e'
                       ----------------------
A             x02220 |     A   e   a   d'  e'
Aaddb5(no3)   x0x240 |     A       a   d#' e' 
Asus2         x02200 |     A   e   a   b   e'
Badd11(no5)   x2x440 |     B       b   d#' e'
Bbm           x13321 |     Bb  f   bb  c#' f'
Bm            x24432 |     B   f#  b   d'  f#'
Bmadd11       x24430 |     B   f#  b   d'  e'
Bo12          x24x31 |     B   f#      d'  f'
Bsus4         x24400 |     B   f#  b   b   e'
Dadd9         xx0252 |         d   a   e'  f#'
Dadd#9        xx0262 |         d   a   f'  f#'
D11(no3,no5)  xx0020 |         d   g   c#' e'
Dsus2         xx0230 |         d   a   d'  e'
E7(no3)       xx243x |         e   b   d'
G6            355000 | G   d   g   g   b   e'
G+6(no3)      3xx040 | G           g   d#' e'

Notes:
 - 'o' in the name 'Bo12' is shorthand for 'dim'. 'Bo12' expanded means "B chord
   with a minor Third and diminished Fifth and an added (perfect) Twelfth (= Fifth)".
   Another way to write this might be: Bdimadd5.
 - 'no3'/'no5' mean that a chord has no Third/Fifth
 - '+' is shorthand for 'aug'
 - figuring out the chord names was complicated, so I can't guarantee that
   they're all right
 - see wikipedia's "chord names and symbols (popular music)" for more info


The Song
========

[Intro]

Bo12 Dsus2 E7(no3) x 4

[Verse]

Bo12   Dsus2   E7(no3)   Bo12     Dsus2   E7(no3)  Bo12
     I hurt myself to- day     to see if I still feel
    
       Dsus2    E7(no3)  Bo12     Dsus2   E7(no3)      Bo12
     I focus   on   the pain, the only  thing that's real
    
       Dsus2    E7(no3) Bo12      Dsus2  E7(no3)  Bo12
   The needle tears a hole,   the old familiar sting

       Dsus2    E7(no3) Bo12        Dsus2 E7(no3) Aaddb5(no3)
Try to kill it all   away, but I remember everything

[Chorus]

            Badd11(no5) G+6(no3) Dadd#9
Aaddb5(no3) Badd11(no5) G+6(no3) Dadd#9
Aaddb5(no3)

    Badd11(no5)     G+6(no3) Dadd#9           Aaddb5(no3)
    What have I become?       My sweetest friend
    
    Badd11(no5)   G+6(no3)   Dadd#9           Asus2
    Everyone I know    goes away      in the end

    Bsus4            G6      Asus2          A
And you can have it all -    my empire of dirt

    Bmadd11           G6     Asus2   A          Bo12
    I will let you down,     I will make you hurt

[Verse]

     Dsus2 E7(no3) 
Bo12 Dsus2 E7(no3)

Bo12 Dsus2     E7(no3)    Bo12    Dsus2  E7(no3)  Bo12
   I wear this crown of shit    upon my liar's chair

     Dsus2     E7(no3)    Bo12    Dsus2  E7(no3) Bo12
     Full of broken thoughts      I cannot   repair

     Dsus2        E7(no3)  Bo12   Dsus2      E7(no3) Bo12
   Beneath the stains of time the feelings dis- appear

     Dsus2    E7(no3)  Bo12       Dsus2   E7(no3)    Aaddb5(no3)
     You are someone else -       I am still right here

[Chorus]

    Badd11(no5)     G+6(no3) Dadd#9           Aaddb5(no3)
    What have I become?       My sweetest friend

    Badd11(no5)   G+6(no3)   Dadd#9    Asus2
    Everyone I know  goes away in the end

    Bsus4            G6      Asus2          A
And you can have it all -    my empire of dirt

    Bmadd11           G6     Asus2              A
    I will let you down,     I will make you hurt

[End Verse]

    Bmadd11         G6       Asus2           A
 If I could start again    a million miles away

    Bmadd11         G6       Asus2    D11(no3,no5)  Bbm-Bm*
    I would keep myself,     I would find a          way.


*slide up


Notes
=====

In the verses, the notes are picked individually in sequence. In the chorus, you
can play the notes simultaneously with three or four fingers until "... And you
can have it all", and from there play the chords in single powerful
down-strokes. The end verse is also played with down-strokes (not returning to
the sequential picking from the other verses).

In the verses, before it switches to Aaddb5(no3), you should probably keep the
ring finger on d' on the B string all the time.

I omitted a d'' (string 1, fret 10) in the verses (see E7(no3)) in the original
that is only playable in a higher position, but it sounds okay to play nothing,
a d' or maybe an f' in its place.

In the chorus, you might want to replace Dadd#9 with Dadd9, which is easier on
the ears and on the hand.

The progression for the ending is a crude approx of the real ending, with
the sudden heavy distorted bass and electric effects and so on. You might try
and hit the strings as hard and ugly as you can to match the spirit. ;)

In the end verse, maybe try hitting the lowest strings more (going for
a power-chord-ish sound, like B5/G5/A5).

The chords at the end at "I would find a way" are all one single stroke. The
"Bbm-Bm" indicates that you strike a Bbm and than slide the fingers one fret to
Bm.

            
            
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sinnersriver 13 Jun 28, 2016 11:13 AM

Great song the chording in this key is drawn by a Major musician I think in this illustration, song is really a simple 4 chord w additions of course, I'm a good chord player and this illustration is tuff for me, that being said who wrote this out, knows his or her music fo sho.

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guyman5047 20 Oct 31, 2017 08:23 PM

I don't know any of these chords and apparently, ultimate guitar doesn't either.

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