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Specifies right hand patterns using only Thumb and i. Includes ending from one of Paul McCartney's rehearsal takes. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Title:     Blackbird
Composers: John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Group:     The Beatles


The notes on the B and G strings are all to be played by the index finger.
The row above the tab marked by an asterisk (*) indicates the stroke of the index finger.

       v= free stroke   ^= downward strum

 An asterisk on the B string indicates the downward strum on the G string should also hit the B string.
 The note is the same as the last note indicated on the B string.

  / = slide

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[Intro]
* |  v   ^   v   ^   v   ^   |  v    ^ v   v  ^    v    ^ v   v  ^  |
e{|--------------------------|--------------------------------------|
B{|--0---*---1---*---3---*-/-|--12---*-12--12-*----12---*-12--12-*--|
G{|------0-------0-------0---|-------0--------0---------0--------0--|
D{|--------------------------|--------------------------------------|
A{|----------0-------2-----/-|--10-------10--------10-------10------|
E{|--3-----------------------|--------------------------------------|  

_________________________________________________________________________________

[Verse 1 & 2]
* |  v   ^     v   ^         v   ^   |   v   ^ v   v  ^    v    ^ v   v  ^  |
e{|----------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
B{|--0---*-----1---*---------3---*-/-|--12---*-12--12-*----12---*-12--12-*--|
G{|------0---------0-------------0---|-------0--------0---------0--------0--|
D{|----------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
A{|------------0-------------2-----/-|--10-------10--------10-------10------|
E{|--3-------------------------------|--------------------------------------|  
   Blackbird singing in the dead of    night
   Blackbird singing in the dead of    night

*|  v   ^     v   ^    v   ^   v   ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |
e|------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B|--5---*-----8---*----7---*---10--*--|--8---*-8---8-*----8---*-8---8-*--|
G|------0---------0--------0-------0--|------0-------0--------0-------0--|
D|------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
A|--3---------7--------5-------7------|--7-------7--------6-------6------|
E|------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
   Take these broken wings and learn to fly
   Take these sunken eyes  and learn to see
      
*|   v   ^   v   ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |
e|------------------|----------------------------------|
B|---7---*---8---*--|--5---*-5---5-*----4---*-4---4-*--|
G|-------0-------0--|------0-------0--------0-------0--|
D|------------------|----------------------------------|
A|---5-------7------|--3-------3--------3-------3------|
E|------------------|----------------------------------|
     All     your    life
     All     your    life
  
*|  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  | 
e|----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B|--3---*-3---3-*----2---*-2---2-*--|--1---*-1---1-*----0---*-0---0-*--|
G|------0-------0--------0-------0--|------0-------0--------0-------0--|
D|----------------------------------|--0-------0-----------------------|
A|--2-------2--------0-------0------|----------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------|-------------------3-------3------|
   You were only    waiting  for this    moment  to a  -  rise.
   You were only    waiting  for this    moment  to be    free.


[Fill] (1st x only)
* |  v  ^  v  ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |
e||-------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B||--5--*--3--*----2---*-2---2-*--|--1---*-1---1-*----0---*-0---0-*--|
G||-----0-----0--------0-------0--|------0-------0--------0-------0--|
D||-------------------------------|--0-------0-----------------------|
A||--3-----2-------0-------0------|----------------------------------|
E||-------------------------------|-------------------3-------3------|

_________________________________________________________________________________

[Chorus]              
* |  v   ^   v   ^   v   ^   v   ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |
e{|---------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B{|--10--*---8---*---6---*---5---*--|--3---*-3---3-*----5---*-5---5-*--|
G{|------0-------0-------0-------0--|------0-------0--------0-------0--|
D{|---------------------------------|----------------------------------|
A{|--8-------7-------5-------3------|--1-------1--------3-------3------|
E{|---------------------------------|----------------------------------|
      Black     -     bird            fly,

*|  v   ^   v   ^   v   ^   v   ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |  v    ^ v   v ^  |
e|---------------------------------|----------------------------------|------------------|
B|--10--*---8---*---6---*---5---*--|--3---*-3---3-*----2---*-2---2-*--|--1----*-1---1-*--|
G|------0-------0-------0-------0--|------0-------0--------0-------0--|-------0-------0--|
D|---------------------------------|----------------------------------|--0--------0------|
A|--8-------7-------5-------3------|--1-------1--------0-------0------|------------------|
E|---------------------------------|----------------------------------|------------------|
      Black     -     bird            fly,                    into the  light of a dark black

*|  v   ^   v   ^   v   ^   |  v    ^ v   v  ^    v    ^ v   v  ^  |
e|--------------------------|--------------------------------------|
B|--0---*---1---*---3---*-/-|--12---*-12--12-*----12---*-12--12-*--|
G|------0-------0-------0---|-------0--------0---------0--------0--|
D|--------------------------|--------------------------------------|
A|----------0-------2-----/-|--10-------10--------10-------10------|
E|--3-----------------------|--------------------------------------|  
  night.
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[Bridge 1]
* |  v   ^   v   ^   v   ^   v   ^ |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |
e{|--------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B{|--5---*---8---*---7---*---10--*-|--8---*-8---8-*----8---*-8---8-*--|
G{|------0-------0-------0-------0-|------0-------0--------0-------0--|
D{|--------------------------------|----------------------------------|
A{|--3-------7-------5-------7-----|--7-------7--------6-------6------|
E{|--------------------------------|----------------------------------|


*|  v   ^   v   ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |
e|-----------------|----------------------------------|
B|--7---*---8---*--|--5---*-5---5-*----4---*-4---4-*--|
G|------0-------0--|------0-------0--------0-------0--|
D|-----------------|----------------------------------|
A|--5-------7------|--3-------3--------3-------3------|
E|-----------------|----------------------------------|


* |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^   |
e{|----------------------------------|-----------------------------------||
B{|--3---*-3---3-*----2---*-2---2-*--|--1---*-1---1-*----0---*-0---0-*---||
G{|------0-------0--------0-------0--|------0-------0--------0-------0---||
D{|----------------------------------|--0-------0------------------------||
A{|--2-------2--------0-------0------|-----------------------------------||
E{|----------------------------------|-------------------3-------3-------||

_________________________________________________________________________________


[Chorus]              
* |  v   ^   v   ^   v   ^   v   ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |
e{|---------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B{|--10--*---8---*---6---*---5---*--|--3---*-3---3-*----5---*-5---5-*--|
G{|------0-------0-------0-------0--|------0-------0--------0-------0--|
D{|---------------------------------|----------------------------------|
A{|--8-------7-------5-------3------|--1-------1--------3-------3------|
E{|---------------------------------|----------------------------------|
      Black     -     bird            fly,

*|  v   ^   v   ^   v   ^   v   ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |  v    ^ v   v ^  |
e|---------------------------------|----------------------------------|------------------|
B|--10--*---8---*---6---*---5---*--|--3---*-3---3-*----2---*-2---2-*--|--1----*-1---1-*--|
G|------0-------0-------0-------0--|------0-------0--------0-------0--|-------0-------0--|
D|---------------------------------|----------------------------------|--0--------0------|
A|--8-------7-------5-------3------|--1-------1--------0-------0------|------------------|
E|---------------------------------|----------------------------------|------------------|
      Black     -     bird            fly,                    into the  light of a dark black

*|  v   ^   v   ^   v   ^   |  v    ^ v   v  ^    v    ^ v   v  ^  |
e|--------------------------|--------------------------------------|
B|--0---*---1---*---3---*-/-|--12---*-12--12-*----12---*-12--12-*--|
G|------0-------0-------0---|-------0--------0---------0--------0--|
D|--------------------------|--------------------------------------|
A|----------0-------2-----/-|--10-------10--------10-------10------|
E|--3-----------------------|--------------------------------------|  
  night.

_________________________________________________________________________________


[Bridge 2]
* |    v    ^ v   v  ^     v     ^ v   v  ^   |    v    ^ v   v  ^     v     ^ v   v  ^   |
e{|-------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
B{|---12----*-12--12-*-----12----*-12--12-*---|---12----*-12--12-*-----12----*-12--12-*---|
G{|---------0--------0-----------0--------0---|---------0--------0-----------0--------0---|
D{|-------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
A{|---10--------10---------10--------10-------|---10--------10---------10--------10-------|
E{|-------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|  
                           
*|   v   ^   v   ^   v   ^   |   v   ^   v   ^   v   ^   |   v    ^ v   v ^   |
e|---------------------------|---------------------------|--------------------|
B|---0---*---1---*---3---*---|---5---*---3---*---2---*---|---1----*-1---1-*---|
G|-------0-------0-------0---|-------0-------0-------0---|--------0-------0---|
D|---------------------------|---------------------------|---0--------0-------|
A|-----------0-------2-------|---3-------2-------0-------|--------------------|
E|---3-----------------------|---------------------------|--------------------|


_________________________________________________________________________________


[Verse 1 / Verse 2] (Choose one or both and modify lyrics of ending to match.)
* |  v   ^     v   ^         v   ^   |   v   ^ v   v  ^    v    ^ v   v  ^  |
e{|----------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
B{|--0---*-----1---*---------3---*-/-|--12---*-12--12-*----12---*-12--12-*--|
G{|------0---------0-------------0---|-------0--------0---------0--------0--|
D{|----------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
A{|------------0-------------2-----/-|--10-------10--------10-------10------|
E{|--3-------------------------------|--------------------------------------|  
   Blackbird singing in the dead of    night
   Blackbird singing in the dead of    night

*|  v   ^     v   ^    v   ^   v   ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |
e|------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B|--5---*-----8---*----7---*---10--*--|--8---*-8---8-*----8---*-8---8-*--|
G|------0---------0--------0-------0--|------0-------0--------0-------0--|
D|------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
A|--3---------7--------5-------7------|--7-------7--------6-------6------|
E|------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
   Take these broken wings and learn to fly
   Take these sunken eyes  and learn to see
      
*|   v   ^   v   ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |
e|------------------|----------------------------------|
B|---7---*---8---*--|--5---*-5---5-*----4---*-4---4-*--|
G|-------0-------0--|------0-------0--------0-------0--|
D|------------------|----------------------------------|
A|---5-------7------|--3-------3--------3-------3------|
E|------------------|----------------------------------|
     All     your    life
     All     your    life
  
*|  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  | 
e|----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B|--3---*-3---3-*----2---*-2---2-*--|--1---*-1---1-*----0---*-0---0-*--|
G|------0-------0--------0-------0--|------0-------0--------0-------0--|
D|----------------------------------|--0-------0-----------------------|
A|--2-------2--------0-------0------|----------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------|-------------------3-------3------|
   You were only    waiting  for this    moment  to a - rise.
   You were only    waiting  for this    moment  to be  free.

[Fill] (1st x only)
* |  v  ^  v  ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |
e||-------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B||--5--*--3--*----2---*-2---2-*--|--1---*-1---1-*----0---*-0---0-*--|
G||-----0-----0--------0-------0--|------0-------0--------0-------0--|
D||-------------------------------|--0-------0-----------------------|
A||--3-----2-------0-------0------|----------------------------------|
E||-------------------------------|-------------------3-------3------|

[Ending]

* |  v   ^   v   ^   v   ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |  v   ^ v   v ^  |
e||--------------------------------------------------|-----------------|
B||--5---*---3---*---2---*-2---2-*----1---*-1---1-*--|--0---*-0---0-*--|
G||------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-------0--|------0-------0--|
D||-----------------------------------0-------0------|-----------------|
A||--3-------2-------0-------0-----------------------|-----------------|
E||--------------------------------------------------|--3-------3------|
     You were only  waiting  for this  moment  to a  -  rise.

*|  v   ^   v   ^   v    ^ v   v ^    v   ^ v   v ^  |  ^                               || 
e|---------------------------------------------------|-------------------------------3--||
B|--5---*---3---*---2----*-2---2-*----1---*-1---1-*--|--0----0---5---3---2---1---1------||
G|------0-------0--------0-------0--------0-------0--|-------------------------------4--||
D|------------------------------------0-------0------|-----------------------0---0------||
A|--3-------2-------0--------0-----------------------|-----------3---2---0--------------||
E|---------------------------------------------------|--3----3-----------------------3--||
   You were only   waiting  for this  moment  to a  -  rise.

            
            
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