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In article <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeff Kirvin) writes: Ok, here's _Nobody Hero_ by Rush from _Counterparts_.
A brief note on chords. There are 3 chord namings which I should explain.
1) The suspended seconds (sus2). People with some chord theory should know this, but for the less informed, its always root 5th barre chord with the 2nd string "open". So a Csus2 is played like: E|-3- For the Bbsus2 just move down the fret board. The Ebsus2 is played B|-3- differently. See below. G|-5- D|-5- A|-3- E|---
2) The Ebsus2. This has a very low sound to it, so I think Alex fingers it like so: E|-1- B|-4- G|-3- D|-1- A|-1- E|---
3) The Gm/A. Now I *know* this is the wrong name for the chord, but I have absolutely no idea what its proper name is. My handy-dandy book of 7,488 guitar chords doesn't seem to have it. Anyway, I finger it like this: E|-3- If this looks kinda wacko, there is precedent for it. Alex plays B|-3- the same chord in _Lock and Key_. Check the video if you don't G|-3- believe me :-) D|-5- A|-3- E|-5-
The "Gm/A" chord may not sound quite right when you play it, but that's probably because Alex uses a "Nashville tuning" technique for his guitar. I'm not terribly familiar with this method, but I believe it involves replacing the low, heavy, E, A, D strings with lighter guage ones so they are tuned up to the same octave as the higher strings. So when you listen to the cd at the "Gm Gm/A" change, it actually sounds like the change in fingering is occuring on the higher stirings, but I don't think it is. It sounds to me like the E, B, and G strings are unchanged through that chord change. But anyway, if you think you have a better idea than that by all means correct me.
As far as the two solos go, I haven't had time to figure them out, so they aren't included. Chords only. Sorry.
Strumming is pretty much the key to this tune. There is no way I can effectively transcribe the strumming pattern here but if you listen to the cd and get a feel for the rhythm and where the chord changes occur, you should be able to get pretty close to the original.
Warning: Playing this song on an acoustic with a thick neck may cause severe cramping of the left hand (it did for me anyways - but then maybe its just me; I get the same thing playing Distant Early Warning). :)
So, on with our show.
Nobody's Hero - Music by Lee and Lifeson ------------- Lyrics by Peart
intro: Gm F Bbsus2 Csus2 Gm Gm/A F
verse 1: Gm F Bbsus2 I knew he was different in his sexuality Gm Gm/A F I went to his parties as the straight minority Gm F Bbsus2 He never seemed a threat to my masculinity Gm Gm/A F He only introduced me to a wider reality
Gm F Bbsus2 As the years went by we drifted apart Gm Gm/A Dm Csus2 Bbsus2 When I heard that he was gone I felt a shadow cross my heart
chorus1: Dm But he's nobody's Hero Csus2 - Saves a drowning child Am G - Cures a wasting disease
F Hero Am < -- I hear a Dm here... Z. - Lands a crippled airplane Csus2 G - Solves great mysteries
Dm Hero Csus2 - Not the handsome actor Am G who plays the hero's role
F Hero Dm - Not the glamour girl Csus2 who'd love to sell her soul