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My Generation | guitar tab
By The Who
>From My Generation, 1965
Written by Pete Townshend (c)1965 TRO-Devon Music, Inc. 

                                                    

For recorded version, tune both guitars down whole step (DGCFAD)

Chord (shape with tuning down; shape for stage versions in std tuning)
G  (A)                 x022xx
G/F  (A/G)             3x22xx
Gsus4/F  (Asus4/G)     x04230
G7  (A7)               x05250
[solo chords]
G5  (A5)               57xxxx
G6  (A6)               59xxxx
G7  (A7)               5 10xxxx
[first modulation]
A  (B)                 x244xx
A/G  (B/A)             x044xx
[third verse; second modulation]
Bb  (C)                x355xx
Bb/Ab  (C/Bb)          6x55xx
[outro]
C  (D)                 xx0232
Csus4/Bb (Dsus4/C)     x30033
C/Bb  (D/C)            x30230

[note: for stage versions, song is played in key of A (progressing up) 
in standard tuning and without final verse - A, A/G; B, B/A; D, D/C --
using above voicings.]


[intro]

|G  G  G  G  |G/F G/F G/F G/F |G  G  G  G  |G/F G/F G/F G/F |
[gtr 1]      |                |            |                |
|------------|----------------|------------|----------------|
|------------|----------------|------------|----------------|
|2--2--2--2--|2---2---2---2---|2--2--2--2--|2---2---2---2---|
|2--2--2--2--|2---2---2---2---|2--2--2--2--|2---2---2---2---|
|0--0--0--0--|----------------|0--0--0--0--|----------------|
|------------|3---3---3---3---|------------|3---3---3---3---|


[first verse]
||:G            |              |G  G     G    G |G/F G/F G/F G/F  :||
   People try to put us d-down                                       
                               (Talkin' 'bout my gen-er--a---tion)   
||---------------|--------------|----------------|-----------------||
||---------------|--------------|----------------|-----------------||
||.--------------|--------------|2--2-----2----2-|2---2---2---2---.||
||.--------------|--------------|2--2-----2----2-|2---2---2---2---.||
||---------------|--------------|0--0-----0----0-|-----------------||
||---------------|--------------|----------------|3---3---3---3----||


Just because we get around (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (Talkin' 'bout my generation)


[chorus]
               |G   Gsus4|G7/F   Gsus4/F   |G   Gsus4|G7/F Gsus4/F|
This is my generation       this is my generation, baby            
               |---------|-----------------|---------|------------|
               |--2---3--|--5-5-5-3--------|---2--3/3|5-5---3/3-3-|
               |--2---2--|--2-2-2----------|---2--2/2|2-2---2/2-2-|
               |------4--|--5------4-------|2--2--4/4|5-5---4/4-4-|
               |0--------|0----------------|0--------|------------|
               |---------|-----------------|---------|------------|


[second verse]
||:G             |      |G  G     G    G |G/F G/F G/F G/F :||
     Why don't you all   f-fade away                         
                        (Talkin' 'bout my gen-er--a---tion)  
||---------------|------|----------------|-----------------||
||---------------|------|----------------|-----------------||
||.2-------------|------|2--2-----2----2-|2---2---2---2---.||
||.2-------------|------|2--2-----2----2-|2---2---2---2---.||
||-0-------------|------|0--0-----0----0-|-----------------||
||---------------|------|----------------|3---3---3---3----||

Yeah, and don't try and dig what we all s-s-say 
                                          (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I'm not trying to cause a big s-s-sensation 
                                 (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I'm just talkin' 'bout my g-g-g-generation 
                               (Talkin' 'bout my generation)


[repeat chorus]
       |G   Gsus4|G7/F      Gsus4/F|G   Gsus4|G7/F  Gsus4/F|
My generation       this is my generation, baby             
       |---------|----0------------|---------|---0---------|
       |--2--3/3-|-/5-5--5-5--5--3-|---2---3-|/5-5----3-3--|
       |--2--2/2-|--2-2--2-2-2-2-2-|2--2---2-|-2-2----2-2--|
       |--2--4/4-|-/5------------4-|2------4-|/5-5----4-4--|
       |0--------|-----------------|0--------|---0---------|
       |---------|-----------------|---------|-------------|


[bass solo]          (F bass     )                      (F bass       )
|G5 |   |G5 G5 G6 G6 |G7 G7 G6 G6 |G5  |   |G5 G5 G6 G6 |G7 G7 G6   G6 |
[gtr 1] |            |            |    |   |            |              |
|---|---|------------|------------|----|---|------------|--------------|
|---|---|------------|------------|----|---|------------|--------------|
|2--|---|------------|------------|----|---|------------|--------------|
|2--|---|------------|------------|----|---|------------|--------------|
|0--|---|7--7-----9--|10-10-9--9--|7---|---|---7-----9--|10-10-9-10\9--|
|---|---|5--5-----5--|5--5--5--5--|5---|---|5--5-----5--|5--5--5----5--|
[gtr 2 in]           |            |    |   |            |              |
|---|---|------------|------------|----|---|0--0--0--0--|0--0----------|
|---|---|------------|------------|----|---|5--5--x--7--|8--8-----7-7--|
|---|---|5^----------|------------|----|---|6--6--x--7--|9--9-----7-7--|
|---|---|------7--7--|7--7--7-----|2---|---|------------|--------------|
|---|---|------------|------------|0---|---|------------|--------------|
|---|---|------------|------------|----|---|------------|--------------|


                       (F bass     )                      (F bass     )  
|G5  |   |G5 G5  G6 G6 |G7 G7  G6 G6 |G5 |   |G5 G5 G6 G6 |G7 G7  G6 G6 |
[gtr 1]  |             |             |   |   |            |             |
|----|---|-------------|-------------|---|---|------------|-------------|
|----|---|-------------|-------------|---|---|------------|-------------|
|----|---|-------------|-------------|---|---|------------|-------------|
|----|---|-------------|-------------|---|---|------------|-------------|
|7---|---|7--7------9--|10-10--9--9--|7--|---|7--7-----9--|10-10--9--9--|
|5---|---|5--5---5--5--|5--5---5--5--|5--|---|5--5-----5--|5--5---5--5--|
[gtr 2]  |             |             |   |   |            |             |
|0---|---|-------------|-------------|---|---|------8-----|-------------|
|5---|---|---7^-\7-5---|---7^-\7-5---|---|---|--8/10------|5------------|
|6---|---|---7^-\7-5~--|---7^-\7-5~--|---|---|------------|5-7^-\7p5----|
|----|---|-------------|-------------|---|---|------------|----------7-5|
|----|---|0------------|0------------|0--|---|0--------0--|-------------|
|----|---|-------------|-------------|---|---|------------|-------------|


                  (F bass           )                 (F bass          )
|G5 G5 Gsus4 Gsus4|G7 G7 Gsus4 Gsus4|G5 G5 Gsus4 Gsus4|G7 G7 Gsus4 Gsus4
[gtr 1]           |                 |                 |                |
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|0---------------|
|---5-------------|--8-8-8--7-------|---5-------------|---8------------|
|---6--7----------|--9-9-9--7-------|6--6---7---------|---9------------|
|---7--7----------|--7-7-7--7-------|7--7---7---------|---7------------|
|0----------------|0----------------|0----------------|0-----------2---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|
[gtr 2]           |                 |                 |      [gtr 2 out]
|-----------------|0--------0-------|--------------5--|----------------|
|-----------------|---8--------8----|---5-------------|---5------------|
|------5---5-5-7^-|-----^7\---------|---7^------7-----|7^----5^--------|
|7-------7--------|-----------------|-----------------|------------7---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|
                   [let ring.....]

[third verse; modulate to A]

|A                    |A    A    A    A |A/G A/G A/G A/G  |
   Why don't you all f-fade away                           
                      (Talk-in' 'bout my gen--e--ra--tion) 
|---------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|---------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|4\-------------------|4----4----4------|-----------------|
|4\-------------------|4----4----4------|7---7---6---6----|
|2\-------------------|2----2----2----2-|0---0---0---0----|
|---------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
[gtr 2]               |                 |                 |
|---------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|5/7------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|6/8------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|7/9------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|---------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|5/7------------------|-----------------|-----------------|


       ||:A                                |A    A    A    A |A/G A/G A/G A/G:||
Yeah, and don't try and d-dig what we all s-s-say                               
                                           (Talk-in' 'bout my gen--e--ra--tion) 
       ||----------------------------------|-----------------|----------------||
       ||----------------------------------|-----------------|----------------||
       ||.---------------------------------|-----4-----------|4---4---4---4--.||
       ||.4--------------------------------|4----4----4----4-|4---4---4---4--.||
       ||-2--------------------------------|2----2----2----2-|0---0---0---0---||
       ||----------------------------------|-----------------|----------------||


 ||:A                                  |A    A    A    A |A/G A/G A/G A/G:||
I'm not trying to cause a b-big s-s-sensation                               
                                       (Talk-in' 'bout my gen--e--ra--tion) 
 ||------------------------------------|-----------------|----------------||
 ||------------------------------------|-----------------|----------------||
 ||.4----------------------------------|4----4----4----4-|4---4---4---4--.||
 ||.4----------------------------------|4----4----4----4-|4---4---4---4--.||
 ||-2----------------------------------|2----2----2----2-|0---0---0---0---||
 ||------------------------------------|-----------------|----------------||


      ||:A                 |A    A    A    A |A/G A/G A/G A/G:||
I'm just talkin' 'bout my g-generation         (This is my gener-
                           (Talk-in' 'bout my gen--e--ra--tion) 
      ||-------------------|-----------------|----------------||
      ||-------------------|-----------------|----------------||
      ||.4-----------------|-----------------|---------------.||
      ||.4-----------------|4----4----4----4-|4---4---4---4--.||
      ||-2-----------------|2----2----2----2-|0---0---0---0---||
      ||-------------------|-----------------|----------------||


[third chorus]
               |A      |Asus4/G         |A        |Asus4/G         |
This is my generation,   this is my generation,   baby              
               |-------|----------------|---------|----------------|
               |-7---7-|---7---7---7-7--|-7-----7-|7---7---7---7-7-|
               |-8---9-|---9-9-9-9-9-9--|-8---8-8-|8h9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
               |-9---9-|---9-9-9-9-9-9--|-9---9-9-|9---9-9-9-9-9-9-|
               |-------|----------------|---------|----------------|
               |7------|----------------|7--------|----------------|


|A         |Asus4/G            |A         |Asus4/G       |
My  my my             generation    my my my              
|----------|-------------------|----------|--------------|
|-7---7-7--|7-7---7---7---7-7--|7-7-7-7/7-|7--7--7-------|
|-8---8-8h9|8-8h9-9-9-9-9-9-9--|8-8-8-9/8-|9--9--9-------|
|-9---9-9--|9-9---9-9-9-9-9-9--|9-9-9-9/9-|9--9--9-------|
|----------|-------------------|----------|--------------|
|7---------|-------------------|----------|--------------|

[fourth verse; modulate to Bb (note: omitted in stage versions)]  
|Bb Bb Bb Bb|Bb/Ab Bb/Ab Bb/Ab Bb/Ab |
 My       my my                 gener-
|-----------|------------------------|
|-----------|------------------------|
|5--5--5--5-|5-----5-----5-----5-----|
|5--5--5--5-|5-----5-----5-----5-----|
|3--3--3--3-|------------------------|
|-----------|6-----6-----6-----6-----|


|Bb Bb Bb Bb|Bb/Ab Bb/Ab Bb/Ab Bb/Ab |
-ation                                
|-----------|------------------------|
|-----------|------------------------|
|5--5--5--5-|5-----5-----5-----5-----|
|5--5--5--5-|5-----5-----5-----5-----|
|3--3--3--3-|------------------------|
|-----------|6-----6-----6-----6-----|


                                           (Ab bass)                 
|Bb           |           |Bb Bb5   Bb6 Bb6|Bb7-- Bb7-- Bb6-- Bb6---|
 People try to put us d-down                                         
                          (Talkin' 'bout my gen---er----a-----tion)  
|-------------|-----------|----------------|------------------------|
|-------------|-----------|----------------|------------------------|
|5------------|-----------|----------------|------------------------|
|5------------|-----------|----------------|------------------------|
|3------------|-----------|10-10----10---12|13----13----12----12----|
|-------------|-----------|8--8-----8----8-|8-----8-----8-----8-----|


|Bb           |           |Bb Bb    Bb   Bb|Bb/Ab Bb/Ab Bb/Ab Bb/Ab |
 Just because we g-g-get around                                      
                          (Talkin' 'bout my gen---er----a-----tion)  
|-------------|-----------|----------------|------------------------|
|-------------|-----------|----------------|------------------------|
|-------------|-----------|---5----------5-|5-----5-----5-----5-----|
|-------------|-----------|5--5----------5-|5-----5-----5-----5-----|
|10-----------|-----------|3--3-----3----3-|------------------------|
|8------------|-----------|----------------|6-----6-----6-----6-----|


|Bb                |         |Bb Bb    Bbsus4 |Bb7/Ab Bbsus4/Ab |
Things they do look awful c-c-cold                               
                             (Talkin' 'bout my gener--ation)     
|------------------|---------|----------------|---8-------------|
|------------------|---------|8--8-------8--8-|11-8-----8--8----|
|------------------|---------|9--9-------10-10|9--9-----10-10---|
|------------------|---------|10-10------10-10|10-10----10-10---|
|3-----------------|---------|----------------|-----------------|
|------------------|---------|---------8------|-----------------|


|Bb                |              |Bb Bb    Bbsus4 |Bb7/Ab Bbsus4/Ab    |
Yeah, I hope I die before I get old                    (This is my gener-
                                  (Talkin' 'bout my gener--ation)        
|------------------|--------------|----------------|--------------------|
|8-----------------|--------------|8--8---8--8-/8--|8---8---8--8--8--8--|
|10p9--------------|--------------|9--9---9--9-/9--|10--10--10-10-10-10-|
|10----------------|--------------|10-10--10-10/10-|10--10--10-10-10-10-|
|------------------|--------------|----------------|--------------------|
|------------------|--------------|----------------|--------------------|

[fourth chorus]
               |Bb          |Bbsus4/Ab               |Bb      |Bbsus4/Ab |
This is my generation,                this is my generation, baby         
               |---8--------|------------------------|--------|----------|
               |8--8----8/8-|8----8--8--8--8--8--8---|--------|----------|
               |9--9----9/9-|9h10-10-10-10-10-10-10--|--------%----------|
               |10-10---1010|10---10-10-10-10-10-10--|--------|----------|
               |------------|------------------------|--------|----------|
               |8--8--------|------------------------|--------|----------|


|Bb          |Bbsus4/Ab     |Bb          |Bbsus4/Ab     |
 My  my my m-my generation                               
|------------|-----------8--|------------|--------------|
|8--8--------|8----8-----8--|8--8--8--8--|8----8--8-----|
|9--9--9--9--|9h10-10-10-10-|9--9--9--9--|9h10-10-10----|
|10-10-10--10|10---10-10-10-|10-10-10-10-|10---10-10--0-|
|------------|--------------|------------|--------------|
|------------|--------------|------------|--------------|


[modulate to C for finale]
||C    |Csus4/Bb |C       |Csus4/Bb  |C       |Csus4/Bb |C     |Csus4/Bb   |
[gtr 1]|         |        |          |        |         |      |           |
||2----|3--------|2-------|3---------|--2-----|--3------|--2---|---3-------|
||3----|3--------|3-------|3---------|--3-----|--3------|--3---|---3-------|
||2----|2--------|2-------|2---------|2-------|--2----2-|--2---|---2-------|
||0----|0--------|0-------|0---------|0-------|--0----0-|0---0-|---0-------|
||-----|3--------|--------|3---------|--------|3----3---|------|3----------|
||-----|---------|--------|----------|--------|---------|------|-----------|
[gtr 2]|         |        |          |        |         |      |           |
||-----|---------|2-------|----------|--------|---------|------|-----------|
||-----|---------|3-------|----------|--------|---------|------|-----------|
||-----|---------|2-----feedback>>>>>|--------|---------|------|-----------|
||-----|---------|0-------|----------|--------|---------|------|-----------|
||-----|---------|--------|----------|--------|---------|------|--xxxxx----|
||-----|---------|--------|----------|--------|---------|------|------xxxxx|


|C    |    Bb/C|C    |   Bb/C|C   |Bb/C   |Bb/C   |Bb/C   |
[gtr 1]        |     |       |    |       |       |       |
|--2--|--0-----|-----|-------|----|0---0--|0---0--|0---0--|
|--3--|--3-----|--3--|-------|3---|3-3-3--|3---3--|3---3--|
|--2--|--2-----|--2--|-------|2---|2---2--|2---2--|2---2--|
|0----|--------|0--0-|-------|0---|0---0--|0---0--|0---0--|
|-----|3-------|-----|3------|----|3---3--|3---3--|3---3--|
|-----|--------|-----|-------|----|-------|-------|-------|
[gtr 2]        |     |       |    |       |       |       |
|2----|-----0--|2----|-----0-|2---|-------|-------|-------|
|3----|-----3--|3----|-----3-|3---|-------|-------|-------|
|2----|-----2--|2----|-----2-|2---|-------|-------|-------|
|0----|-----0--|0----|-----0-|0---|-------|-------|-------|
|-----|-----3--|-----|-----3-|----|-------|-------|-------|
|-----|--------|-----|-------|----|-------|-------|-------|


|C    |  Bb/C|C     |   Bb/C|
[gtr 1]      |      |       |
|2----|------|------|-------|
|3----|------|------|-------|
|2---feedback>>>>>>>>---****|
|0----|------|------|-------|
|-----|------|------|-------|
|-----|------|------|-------|
[gtr 2]      |      |       |
|2----|------|------|-------|
|3----|------|------|-------|
|2----|------|------|-------|
|0-***|*-----|--****|*------|
|-----|------|------|-------|
|-----|------|------|-------|
*Toggle pickup selector back and forth


|C               |(Bb/C)          |C               |(Bb/C)       |
    Talkin' about                    This is my generation        
(Talkin' 'bout my generation)     (Talkin' 'bout my generation)   
[gtr 1]          |                |                |             |
|----------------|----------------|----------------|-------------|
|----------------|----------------|3---------------|-------------|
|0--h2-----------|0---------------|2---------------|0------------|
|----------------|----------------|0---------------|-------------|
|----------------|----------------|----------------|-------------|
|----------------|----------------|----------------|-------------|
[gtr 2]          |                |                |             |
|2---------------|----------------|----------------|-------------|
|2---------------|----------------|----------------|-------------|
|3---------------|----------------|----------------|-------------|
|0---------------|----------------|----------------|-------------|
|----------------|----------------|----------------|-------------|
|----------------|----------------|----------------|-------------|


|C               |(Bb/C)      |C               |(Bb/C)       |
          My generation          This is my generation, baby  
(Talkin' 'bout my generation) (Talkin' 'bout my generation)   
[gtr 1]          |            |                |             |
|----------------|------------|2---------------|-------------|
|----------------|------------|3---------------|-------------|
|0h2-------------|0-----------|2---------------|0------------|
|----------------|------------|0---------------|-------------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|-------------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|-------------|
[gtr 2]          |            |                |             |
|----------------|------------|----------------|-------------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|-------------|
|----------------|--------->>>Feedback>>>>-----|-------------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|-------------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|-------------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|-------------|


|C               |(Bb/C)      |C               |(Bb/C)             |
                    This is my generation         This is my gener- 
(Talkin' 'bout my generation) (Talkin' 'bout my generation)         
[gtr 1]          |            |                |                   |
|2---------------|0-----------|2---------------|0------------------|
|3---------------|3-----------|3---------------|3------------------|
|2---------------|2-----------|2---------------|2------------------|
|0---------------|0-----------|0---------------|0------------------|
|----------------|3-----------|----------------|3------------------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|-------------------|
[gtr 2]          |            |                |                   |
|----------------|------------|----------------|-------------------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|-------------------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|-------------------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|-------------------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|-------------------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|-------------------|


|C               |Bb/C        |C               |Bb/C            |C         
-ation             This is my generation         This is my generation     
(Talkin' 'bout my generation) (Talkin' 'bout my generation)                
|2---------------|0-----------|----------------|0---------------|2---------|
|3---------------|3-----------|3---------------|3---------------|3---------|
|2---------------|2-----------|2---------------|2---------------|2---------|
|0---------------|0-----------|0---------------|0---------------|0---------|
|----------------|3-----------|----------------|3---------xxx---|----------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|----------xxx---|----------|
[gtr 2]          |            |                |                |          
|----------------|------------|----------------|----------------|----------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|----------------|----------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|----------------|----------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|----------------|----------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|----------------|----------|
|----------------|------------|----------------|----------------|----------|


=============
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| x  Dead note
| h  Hammer-on
| p  Pull-off
| /  Slide up
| \  Slide down
| ~  Vibrato

************************************

            
            
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garethfire 538 Oct 08, 2013 06:44 AM

Why this strange tuning?

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garethfire 538 Oct 08, 2013 07:21 AM

Oh sorry, it is really played in it. Just weird

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