I'm not a pro... It seems like he starts with an E shape, capo on the second fret so the second chord might be Bmaj. I've sort of got it figured out, but am having trouble ;-) playng the B. It also seems that the way he does the run at the beginning before "I've drunk your wine.." is very efficient!
Post by Monty Python on Apr 17, 2012 3:55:38 GMT -5
I think the second chord is Bmaj, looks like he's just using the first finger on the first couple of strings, not barring across. As for that run, just listening to it (the camera doesn't capture it well!) I think it's just power chords (top two notes in the chord)
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Post by j180everly on Jun 26, 2012 18:46:24 GMT -5
Second chord is an B (224442), Run is Fis (244322) D (xx0232) B (224442) Cis (224442) all chords relative to capo. Yusuf does not press the A and E string when playing barre chords just the lower 4 strings. And he lays his ring finger across the D, g and h strings when playing an A-type chord such as B, Cis, ect.... Btw, it's easier to tune down the guitar one step and play it in the key of G
Thanks for finding that video! This is also the way he must have played it in the studio when recording "Trouble" for Mona Bone Jakon. The transition from verse to chorus has always left me wondering and it's never been correctly transcribed either.
If anyone can help out tabbing this anew, feel free to chime in.
Here is what I've got so far:
Capo 2nd fret
===== INTRO =====
B | E B |
===== VERSE =====
E===========B====================F#m Trouble, oh trouble set me free,
======A=========== I have seen your face,
======F#m===============A===RIFF 1 (B \ A)===E And it's too much, too much for me.
===== NOTES =====
Left hand Fingers: T= Thumb I= Index finger M= Middle finger R= Ring finger L= Little finger
1. It could perfectly be that Yusuf alternates between F# major and F# minor in the verses (F# pull-off to F#m), since I believe I have seen him use his middle finger in the video while forming the F#m chord. Minor sounds correct though. But, for the chorus (I've drunk your wine...), F# major would be preferred then instead of the minor version.
2. Yusuf barres the A major chord with his index finger (x02222), making this effectively A6. The high (6th) string can be suppressed (X0222x) if desired.
3. As for the other A-shaped barre chords (i.e. B major), I have two main theories on how he plays those: one, he just barres the four high strings with his index and ring finger (his ring finger being on the 444), like so:
B/F# XX4442 --RRRI
Or, possibly, he plays the alternate bass note of the chord on top of it like so, effectively barreing four strings with his ring finger:
B/C# X4444(2) -RRRRI
Or, and that's my other theory, he is actually able to reach the bass note "B" with his thumb:
B X2444(2) -TRRR(I)
As trade-off it's possible that the high note, the F# (all in relation to the capo), comes out dampened, which is why I put the "2" in parenthesis above.
The only other time I've seen Yusuf play these A-shaped barre chords differently is if he really needed the main base note especially when fingerpicking, such as in "One Day at a Time" where I believe he barrés like this:
B -2444- XIRRRx
4. As for F# or F#m, it's perfectly clear to me -- and it's hardly a secret -- that he plays them old school like this:
F# 244322 TRLMII
F#m 244222 TRLIII
5. I believe Riff 1 is just a simple transition from B to A, and then beginning with the new verse, to E. The neat thing is that, if you prefer Yusuf's way of playing barre chords, you can easily play this riff by barreing B major with your ring finger alone, while having your index finger barre the A chord all along. It's a simple pull-off from B to A then (B \ A).
I'm pretty much done tabbing the song anew. I'll submit the tab as soon as I know who handles that stuff for Majicat.com now.
Below you can find a sneak peek (the spacing will be all messed up on the forums here):
##------------------------PLEASE NOTE-----------------------## This file is the author's own work & represents their own interpretation of the song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. ##----------------------------------------------------------##
I felt that "Trouble" was never properly transcriped according to how Steve played the song on guitar. That became especially clear to me after watching various, more recent live performances by him on Youtube.
Steve is also known for sticking to a particular way of playing a song of his. So tabbing "Trouble" by taking recent live footage as a basis seemed a safe bet to me in order to get as close to the studio version (on Mona Bone Jakon) and to his playing style.
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CAPO at 2ND FRET STANDARD TUNING (EADGBE) All chords and notes relative to capo position
B | E B |
E B F#m Trouble, oh, trouble set me free, A I have seen your face, F#m A RIFF And it's too much, too much for me.
RIFF 3/ B/A A D/F# (...E) /4 d u d u d u E||-----------(2-2)-| B||--4-4--2-2--3-3--| G||--4-4--2-2--2-2--| D||--4-4--2-2--4-4--| A||--0----0---------| E||-----------------|
E B F#m Trouble, oh, trouble, can't you see? A You're eating my heart away, F#m A And there's nothing much left of me.
| F# D/F# B |
C#7* F# E B I've-----drunk your wine, E B You have made your world mine, F#m! A So won't you be fair, so won't you be fair? C# F# E B I-----don't want no more of you, E B So won't you be kind to me? F#m! A RIFF Just let me go where... I have to go there.
E B F#m Trouble, oh, trouble move away, A I have seen your face, Fm A RIFF And it's too much for me to-day. E B F#m Trouble, oh, trouble can't you see? A You have made me a wreck, F#m A Now won't you leave me in my miser-y?
| F# D/F# B |
C#7* F# E B I've-----seen your eyes, E B And I can see death's dis-guise, F#m! A Hanging on me... hanging on me. C# F# E B I'm------beat, I'm torn, E B Shattered and tossed, I'm worn, F#m! A RIFF Too shocking to see... too shocking to see.
E B F#m Trouble, oh, trouble move from me, A I have paid my debt, F#m A RIFF So won't you leave me in my miser-y? E B F#m Trouble, oh, trouble, please be kind, A I don't want no fight, F#m A And I haven't got a lot of time!
T = Thumb I = Index finger M = Middle finger R = Ring finger L = Little finger
Note: Keep in mind that this guitar tab is a close rendition of how Yusuf plays "Trouble" himself on guitar. This is also reflected in the various chord selections and shapes and the chord fingering for this tab below that may seem "peculiar" to the one or other classically trained guitar player.
(in order of appearance in the song and relative to capo position)
B E F#m A x24442 022100 244222 x0222x -TRRRI -MRI-- TRLIII --III- --RRRI --RRR- -ILLL-
B/A A D/F# x0444x x0222x xx4232 --RRR- --III- --RIMI
F# 244322 TRLMII
C#7* C# Note: For the quick transition at the x4342x x46664 beginning of the chorus (F# Eb/F# B > C#*), -RMLI- -TRRRI Steve prefers to play a C#7* instead of --RRRI the usual C# that's used later in the chorus. --RRR- --III-