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Strokes
Welcome to Japan
Comedown Machine

Obviously the Strokes have two guitars but I can't defferenciate between the
two so i'll just tab it as one.
I guess if you wanted to play two parts the other guitar could harmonize.
For the intro and verse they just use the power chords of d, g#, g and c.

v = vibrato bend
b = full bend
r = return bend
t = tremolo
s = slide
# = mute the string with your fret hand
* = Palm mute
+ = harmonic

Intro : x1
Use up strokes on the higher notes and palm muted pick strokes on the bass note
   D                   D                 G#    
e|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----7--7----7v----------7----7-------------------------------------|
D|-----7--7----7v----------7----7--------6-6-6------------------------|
A|--5*------5*---------5*----5*---5------6-6-6------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------4-4-4------------------------|

    G                                 C
e|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------5--5--5------------------------|
D|-----5--5---5v-------5-----5---------5--5--5------------------------|
A|-----5--5---5v-------5-----5---------3--3--3------------------------|
E|--3*------3*------3*----3*-----3------------------------------------|
  
    D                D                G#

e|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----7---7---7v--------7----7---------------------------------------|
D|-----7---7---7v--------7----7-------6-6-6---------------------------|
A|--5*-------5*------5*----5*----5----6-6-6---------------------------|
E|------------------------------------4-4-4---------------------------|
  
  G                                 C   not sure if this is a harmonic 
                                        on the 5th or 12th fret.
e|-------------------------------------5+--5+----------12+-12+--------|
B|-------------------------------------5+--5+-- OR  ---12+-12+--------|
G|-------------------------------------5+--5+--     ---12+-12+--------|
D|-----5--5---5v-------5-----5---------5+--5+----------12+-12+--------|
A|-----5--5---5v-------5-----5----------------------------------------|
E|--3*------3*------3*----3*-----3------------------------------------| x1


Verse :
The first half of the verse is the same as the intro...

Intro x1 palm muted 

"If we don't watch the sun
It will rise
If we don't take our time
It's not wise"

Intro x1 no longer palm muted

"Putting posters up
For your band (Hey, we're playing ... come by)
Now I'll tear them down
With my hand"

Pre-chorus :
This part is palm muted and tremolo picked. Do this 8 times.

e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|    
D|--t*66-55-66-55-66-88-66-55t*-------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------| x8

"I didn't want to notice
Didn't know the gun was loaded
Didn't really know this
What kind of asshole drives a Lotus?"

Chorus :
I'm not to certain with the chorus but this sounds pretty close. You can use
whatever variation of these chords that you want.
    A#     A    G    F   A      G   F
e|-----------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------|
G|--15-----14--12----10s-14-----12--10-----------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|--13-----12--10----8s--12-----10--8------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|  x2

"Come here and go get with me
I wanna see you Wednesday
Come on, come on, come over
Take it off your shoulder
Come on and pull me over
We gotta get to work now
Sliding it off your shoulder
As we're falling over"

Solo :
Here's the fun part.
                          (this part is mostly sliding/hammer-on/pull-offs)
                                              v
e|---------------------------------------8--------------------------|
B|-----6-8--8s10--8-6----6-8-9vr-----6-8----8s10-8s6----------------|
G|--7------------------7-----------7-----------------7p5-7s10p9-----|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------10--|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                            (??? not so certain)
                                                      v
e|---------------------------------------8-----------------------------|
B|-----6-8--8s10--8-6----6-8-9vr-----6-8----10-6h8p6-------------------|
G|--7------------------7-----------7--------------7--5h7p5-------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------5-3-5------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------5v---|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

Verse :
Just the intro again without palm muting.

"Oooh oooh ooh ooh, ooh ohh ooh oh oh, welcome to Japan!
Scuba-dancing!
Touchdown!"

Pre chorus :

e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|     
D|--t*66-55-66-55-66-88-66-55t*-------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------| x7

e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------1414-----1212-----------------------------|
D|---t*66-55-66-55------1212-----1010-------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------| x1 

"I didn't want to notice
Didn't know the gun was loaded
Didn't really know this
What kind of asshole drives a Lotus?

In this part there is a note played where I have marked the fret hand
mutes, but I couldn't figure it out so it is open to your interpretation.
I just use 12 on the D string or just mute the G as I play.

e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--1010##1010##1010##1010##--1212##1212##-1414##1414##-------|
D|------12*---12*----12*---12*-----12*---12*----12*---12*-----|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--1010##1010##1010##1010## 1414##1414##1414##1212##---------|
D|------12*---12*---12*---12*----12*---12*---12*---12*--------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|


e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--1010##1010##1010##1010##--1212##1212##-1414##1414##-------|
D|------12*---12*---12*---12*-----12*---12*----12*---12*------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|  
G|--1010##1010##1010##1010## 1414141414141414-----------------| 
D|------12*---12*---12*---12*---------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|

"I didn't want to bore you
Didn't wanna pick up your shit for ya
I've been ready to do this
I'll be there"

Chorus :

    A#     A    G     A      G   F
e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--15-----14--12-----14-----12--10---------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--13-----12--10-----12-----10--8----------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|     x2

"Come here and go get with me
I wanna see you Wednesday
Come on, come on, come over
Take it off your shoulder
Come on and pull me over
We gotta get to work now
Sliding it off your shoulder
As we're falling over"


Outro:
Atleast two different guitar parts audible here so i'll tab those out.

Guitar 1
e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--6--------8--10--8--------6-------10------8-----------------|
G|--10------12--12--12-------10------10------10----------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------| x2

e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---5-5-5--3-3-3--1-1-1-------3-3-3---------------------------|
E|-----------------------1-1-1---------------------------------| x2

e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--7-----5-----3-----------5----------------------------------|
D|--7 x8--5 x8--3 x8--3-----5 x2-------------------------------|
A|--5-----3-----1-----3 x6--3----------------------------------|
E|--------------------1----------------------------------------| x3

Guitar 2

e|--13----10----13----10---15----10----17----15---------------|
B|-----10----10----10----10---10----10----10----10------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------|     x lots

If you want to figure out the end bit then be my guest ha.

You did it alone
You did it for fun
You did it for everyone who's on the run
You're not just a friend
You'll be born again
We'll be in this race until the very end
He lives on the phone
He cheats on his clone
You'll never believe me 'til you're on your own

Lyrics are from http://rapgenius.com/The-strokes-welcome-to-japan-lyrics

Thanks. First tab, hope it's useful. Any comments/amendments welcome (:

            
            
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Softcockrock 10 Mar 29, 2013 02:06 PM

Amenmandmant. I actually submitted this tab but UG just kept failing to log me back in so I couldn't edit it.
Sorry bout this folks. Hope y'all notice the comment and don't hate on the rest of the tab!

Pre-chorus:
e|------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--t*66-77-88-77-88-1010-88-77t*-----------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------| x8

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Softcockrock 10 Mar 30, 2013 09:13 PM

uhgg those first to 6's are meant to be 8's ffs.

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