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The Beatles - Blackbird [travis-style] (Tab)
Submitter: waynusofuranus (42) on 8/16/05
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BLACKBIRD
Written by Paul McCartney
Structure based on The Beatles recording
(live performances vary)

Chord names refer to dyads over the G-pedal (explained below)

INTRO:
   G       Am      Bm        G*
   1   +   2   +   3         1   + a 2 e +    1   + a 2 e +  
E|-------------------------|----------------|-----------------|
B|-0-------1-------3-------|-12--------12---|-12--------12----|
G|-----0-------0-----------|-----0-0-----0--|-----0-0-----0---|
D|-------------------------|----------------|-----------------|
A|---------0-------2-------|-10------10-----|-10------10------|
E|-3-----------------------|----------------|-----------------|
                    (slide)
VERSE:
   G       Am      Bm        G*
   1   +   2   +   3   +     1   + a 2 e +    1   + a 2 e +  
E|-------------------------|----------------|-----------------|
B|-0-------1-------3-------|-12--------12---|-12--------12----|
G|-----0-------0-------0---|-----0-0-----0--|-----0-0-----0---|
D|-------------------------|----------------|-----------------|
A|---------0-------2-------|-10------10-----|-10------10------|
E|-3-----------------------|----------------|-----------------|

   C       C#o       D       D#o       Em               Eb
   1   +   2   +     1   +   2   +     1   + a 2 e +    1   + a 2 e +
E|---------3-------|---------5-------|----------------|-----------------|
B|-5---------------|-7---------------|-8---------8----|-8---------8-----|
G|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0---|-----0-0-----0--|-----0-0-----0---|
D|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
A|-3-------4-------|-5-------6-------|-7-------7------|-6-------6-------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|

   D       C#o       C                 Cm               Bm
   1   +   2   +     1   + a 2 e +     1   + a 2 e +    1   + a 2 e +
E|---------5-------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
B|-7---------------|-5---------5-----|-4---------4----|-3---------3-----|
G|-----0-------0---|-----0-0-----0---|-----0-0-----0--|-----0-0-----0---|
D|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
A|-5-------4-------|-3-------3-------|-3-------3------|-2-------2-------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|

   A                 D7                G
   1   + a 2 e +     1   + a 2 e +     1   + a 2 e +
E|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|
B|-2---------2-----|-1---------1-----|-0---------0----|
G|-----0-0-----0---|-----0-0-----0---|-----0-0-----0--|
D|-----------------|-0-------0-------|----------------|
A|-0-------0-------|-----------------|----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-3-------3------|

TAG:
   C       Bm        A                D7                G
   1   +   2   +     1   + a 2 e +    1   + a 2 e +     1   + a 2 e +
E|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|----------------|
B|-5-------3-------|-2---------2----|-1---------1-----|-0---------0----|
G|-----0-------0---|-----0-0-----0--|-----0-0-----0---|-----0-0-----0--|
D|-----------------|----------------|-0-------0-------|----------------|
A|-3-------2-------|-0-------0------|-----------------|----------------|
E|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|-3-------3------|

VERSE:

REFRAIN:
   F       Em        Dm      C         Bb               C
   1   +   2   +     1   +   2   +     1   + a 2 e +    1   + a 2 e +
E|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
B|-10------8-------|-7-------5-------|-3---------3----|-5---------5-----|
G|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0---|-----0-0-----0--|-----0-0-----0---|
D|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
A|-8-------7-------|-5-------3-------|-1-------1------|-3-------3-------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|

   F       Em        Dm      C         Bb               A
   1   +   2   +     1   +   2   +     1   + a 2 e +    1   + a 2 e +
E|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
B|-10------8-------|-7-------5-------|-3---------3----|-2---------2-----|
G|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0---|-----0-0-----0--|-----0-0-----0---|
D|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|
A|-8-------7-------|-5-------3-------|-1-------1------|-0-------0-------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|

   D7
   1   + a 2 e +
E|-----------------|
B|-1---------1-----|
G|-----0-0-----0---|
D|-0-------0-------|
A|-----------------|
E|-----------------|

VERSE:  (no vocal)

REFRAIN:

BREAK:
   G       Am      Bm        G*                (three times)
   1   +   2   +   3   +     1   + a 2 e +    1   + a 2 e +  
E|-------------------------|----------------|-----------------|
B|-0-------1-------3-------|-12--------12---|-----  O /  -----|
G|-----0-------0-----------|-----0-0-----0--|-----   /   -----|
D|-------------------------|----------------|-----  / O  -----|
A|---------0-------2-------|-10------10-----|-----------------|
E|-3-----------------------|----------------|-----------------|
                    (slide)
   G*                                 (pause)
   1   +   2   +     1   +   2         1       2   +
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-12------12------|-12------12------|-------------12--|
G|-----0-------0---|-----0-----------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-10------10------|-10------10------|-------------10--|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
                                                  (slide)

   G       Am        Bm      C         Bm      A        D7
   1   +   2   +     1   +   2   +     1   +   2   +     1   + a 2 e +
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|
B|-0-------1-------|-3-------5-------|-3-------2-------|-1---------1----|
G|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0---|-----0-0-----0--|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-0-------0------|
A|---------0-------|-2-------3-------|-2-------0-------|----------------|
E|-3---------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|

VERSE:

TAG:  (with vocal)

TAG:  (with vocal)
end on 1+ with full G-chord

================================================================================

DYADS:
    G   Am   Bm   C   Cm   C#o  D   Dm   D#o  Em   Eb   F    Bb   A   D7   G*
E|-------------------------3-------------5------------------------------------|
B|--0---1----3----5---4---------7---6---------8----8----10---3----2---1----12-|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------0-------|
A|------0----2----3---3----4----5---5----6----7----6----8----1----0--------10-|
E|--3-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    .   .                  .             .                            .

The guitar part is a modal piece based on a G-pedal.
The chord descr i ptions here refer to dyads not triads.
The two notes are defined by the root and an interval.

EXAMPLE  ROOT  INTERVAL              NOTES
Dm       D     m  minor third        D  F
C#o      C#    o  diminished fifth   C# G
D7       D     7  seventh            D  C
C        C        major third        C  E

The open 3rd-string adds the G-note to each dyad.

FINGER-PICKING:
The TAB is arranged in strict Travis-style finger-picking rather
than a direct transcr i ption of the recording.
Paul's combined picking-and-strumming style introduces many more
simultaneous notes. While being easier to play the result is too
complex and random to represent in the text-only format.
Better to focus on the two standard picking patterns to learn
the part and then "dirty it up" a bit in performance.

RIGHT HAND:
p = thumb picks the bass note and then the open-G throughout.
i = index   3rd-string
m = middle  2nd-string
a = ring    1st-string

16th-note pattern:        8th-note pattern:
   C                         C       C#o
   1   + a 2 e +             1   +   2   +
E|-----------------|      E|---------3-------|
B|-5---------5-----|      B|-5---------------|
G|-----0-0-----0---|      G|-----0-------0---|
D|-----------------|      D|-----------------|
A|-3-------3-------|      A|-3-------4-------|
E|-----------------|      E|-----------------|
   m     i   m               m       r
   p   p   p   p             p   p   p   p

LEFT HAND:
Generally:
  index   root (5th-string)
  ring    minor (2nd-string)
  little  major (2nd-string)
Dyads marked with  .  are fingered 'backwards'
  index   1st or 2nd-string
  middle  5th-string
  ring    6th-string


Waynus Of Uranus
August 2005
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