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For The Roses

Guitar tablature transcribed by Marian Russell
[Capo on fret 3]
Tuning: GGDGBD   "Joni" Tuning: G127543

Fret positions are in relation to the capo.
 
The bottom string is not ever struck intentionally, but is tuned an 
octave lower on an acoustic guitar so that it would sound okay if you 
hit it accidentally.  It would sound better if you could tune it the 
same as the 5th string, though, which you could easily do with a VG-8 
since you don't have to worry about breaking strings.

+ + + + + + +

The following is played once through for the introduction and twice 
while singing the lines in the first section of each verse:
 
D-----------------------------5------------------------------------
B-----------------------------3------------0h3------------3--------
G-----------------------------5-----5-------0-------0h4------------
D------------------0-------------0----------------0-----------0----
G----0---3---4---------0------0--------0----0----------------------
G------------------------------------------------------------------
[The first three notes are played by striking the string once for 
the first note and using your fingers on the string to sound the 
2nd & 3rd notes.]



D------------------------------------------------------------------
B--------2---2---2---3---------2----1--------1--1--3-----1---------
G--------0---0---0---0------0-------------0------------------------
D-------(2)-(2)-(2)-(2)--2-------------1--------------1------1-----
G----0---0---0---0---0--------------0--------------0-----0---------
G------------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
D--------------------------
B----0--------0h1----0-----
G----------0---------------
D-------0----(0h2)---------  slap the strings and repeat
G----0---------------0-----
G--------------------------

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This figure is played between the above and the next section.  
It is always preceded by slapping the strings:

D-------------------------- 
B--------------------------
G--------------------------
D------------------0-------
G----0---3---4---------0---
G--------------------------

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x00313             x00310   x00313       x00310
(I get these notes on       butterflies  and


x00535        x00530    x00535              000000   
lilac sprays  from      girls who just have to


x02010
tell me


x00000   x0321x   x0300x  x03 0h2 0h1 x    x03 0h2 0h1 x   x0300x
                  they saw you somewhere


x03 0h2 0h1 x   x03 0h2 0h1 x    x0300x


x03 0h2 0h1 x   x03 0h2 0h1 x    x03210 (emphasize top note)
 

[slap strings and start over]


© 1972 Joni Mitchell-BMI

 

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