Classical gas

Mason Williams


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CLASSICAL GAS By Mason Williams Am G Em Am E----------------------------------| B-1-----1--0-------0---------------| G-2--2-----0-------0--2--0--2------| Play twice D---------------------------2------| A-0-------------------------0------| E----------3----2--0---------------|
G Am G C Am Em E--------------------0----0---------------| B-----0-----1-----3--1------1--3----1--0--| G---0-----0-----0-------0---2-------------| D---------------------------------2-------| A-------0-----2------3--------------------| E-3---------------------------------------|
Am G Em Am E--------------------------------------| B-1-----1--0---------0-----------0-----| G----2------------------2--0--2-----2--| Play 4 times D--------------------------------------| A-0---------------------------------0--| E----------3--2--0---0-----------------|
Am G Am G C Am Em F Am E-------------------------0--------------------------| B-----0-----0-1-----1-3-----3-1-3-0-1-0--------------| G---2-----0-------2---------------------2-0-2-2-0-2--| & - To Coda (2nd time) D-2-------------------------------2-----3------------| A---------------0-----2---3---0-------------0-----0--| E-------3--------------------------------------------|
Am G Am G C F D7 G E7 E-------------------------0-----1-----2-----3-----4---5---7----| B-----0-----0-1-----1-3-----1-----1-----1-----3-0---5---5---5--| G---2-----0-------2-----------0-----2-----2--------------------| D-2------------------------------------------------------------| A---------------0-----2----------------------------------------| E-------3------------------------------------------------------|
E-8-7-5---5-----5---5---8-7-5---5-----------8-7-5---5-----8-5---5--| B-------8---7-----7---5-------8---7---8-7-8-------8---7-------8----| G------------------------------------------------------------------| D-------------0---------------------0-------------------0----------| A-0---------------------0-------------------0----------------------| E------------------------------------------------------------------|
Strum: G C F Bb A7sus4
/ / / / / / / /
Dm9
E----------0--| B-------3--3--| G-----2----2--| D---3------3--| A-0-----------| E-------------|
Part II
(This is what is written for the music that I have. I noticed in playing around with it that playing straight off the Db and Eb also sounds good.)
Db Eb
E-1-1-----1-2-2-1--1-1-----1-2-2-1-----1--4-4-4---4-5-5-4--4-4-4---| B------------------------------------2----------7----------------7-| G-----1-3--------------1-3---------1-------------------------------| D------------------------------------------------------------------| A------------------------------------------------------------------| E------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-4-5-5-4---4-| B---------5---| G-------------| D-------------| A-------------| E-------------|
Strum: G C F Bb A7sus4
/ / / / / / / /
Dm9
E---------0-----------| B-------3---3-------3-| G-----2-------2---2---| D---3-----------3-----| A-0-------------------| E---------------------|
This next section is strumming around an A-minor at the first position and either lifting the first finger off to form Asus2 (002200) or adding the 4th finger on the second string third fret to form Asus4 (002230). These are all eighth notes with no rests, but the chord change comes on the 4th note of each measure (the 'and' of the second beat) like:
Strum: Asus2 Am Asus4 Am Asus2 Am Asus4 Am | | | | etc. | | v v |/ / / / / / / /|/ / / / / / / /|/ / / / / / / /|/ / / / / / / /|
Asus2 Am Asus4 Am Asus2 Am Asus2
|/ / / / / / / /|/ / / / / / / /|/ / / / / / / /|/ / (1/4 notes)
E---------0-0-0-1-0-------0-------0-----------0---0-0-0-1-0-------0--------| B---0-1-3-----------3-3-3---3-1-3---1---0-0-3---3-----------3-3-3---3------| G-2-----------------------------------2------------------------------------| D--------------------------------------------------------------------------| A--------------------------------------------------------------------------| E--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Am G Am E-----0-----------0---0-0-0-1-0-------0-------0----------------------------| B-1-3---3---0-0-3---3-----------3-3-3---3-1-3---1---0-----0-------0---0-1--| G---------2---------------------------------------2---------2-0-2---2------| D--------------------------------------------------------------------------| A-------------------------------------------------------------------0---0--| E-----------------------------------------------------3-2-0-----------3----|
G C F D G E---0-1-2-3-4-5-6-| B-3---------------| G-----------------| D-------0---------| A-2-3-0---2-------| E-----------0-0-0-|
E-8-7-5---5-----5---5---8-7-5---5-----------8-7-5---5-----8-5---5--| B-------8---7-----7---5-------8---7---8-7-8-------8---7-------8----| G------------------------------------------------------------------| D-------------0---------------------0-------------------0----------| A-0---------------------0-------------------0----------------------| E------------------------------------------------------------------|
Strum: G C F Bb A7sus4
/ / / / / / / /
Dm9 E----------0--| B-------3--3--| G-----2----2--| D.S al Coda & D---3------3--| A-0-----------| E-------------|
Coda:
Am G Am G C F D G E----------0-1-2-3-4-5-6-| B---0-1--3---------------| G-2----------------------| D--------------0---------| A-0---0--2-3-0---2-------| E---3--------------0-0-0-|
Strum: Am D G C F Bb
Dm9 D A
E---------0----------------------0-----------------------------------| B-------3---3-------3----------3---3-------3----------2--------------| G-----2-------2---2---2------2-------0---2---0--------2--------------| D---3-----------3----------4-----------4--------------2--------------| A-0----------------------0----------------------------0--------------| E--------------------------------------------------------------------|
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INTRO: 3/4 time rubato, that is, played slowly "with feeling". Actually, everyone wants to play it just like Mason does on the record...
* * * / \ / \ / \ E|------------|------------|------------|------------| B|1-------1---|--0---------|--0---------|--2---------| G|----2-------|-0----------|-0--2-0-----|-2----------| D|------------|------------|------------|------------| A|0-----------|------------|------------|0-----------| E|------------|3-------2---|0-----------|------------|
* * * h h / \ / \ h / \ E|------------|------------|------------|------------| B|--01--0-1---|--0---------|--0-------0-|--2---------| G|-2--2-------|-0----------|-0--2-0-02--|-2----------| D|------------|------------|------------|------------| A|0-----------|------------|------------|0-----------| E|------------|3-------2---|0-----------|------------|
** ** ** / \ / \ / \ Switches to 4/4 time here. E|------------|0---------------|------------| B|--0---1---3-|------3-1---3---|--1-0-------| G|-0---2---0--|----0-----------|------------| dramatic pause... D|------------|----------------|2-----------| A|----0---2---|3-------0-------|------------| E|3-----------|----------------|------------|
* - arpeggio (The sheet music would denote this as three notes together with a squiggly line. You are supposed to know that the notes are not played together.)
** - triplet (fill in the space that two notes usually take up with three evenly spaced notes.)
h - hammer on the next note.
THE MAIN PART: Up-tempo 4/4 time. The signature riff makes this song and the sheet music doesn't give a clue about how to play it.
Thumb and two fingers are probably needed at a minimum. In the first bar, the thumb plays the A and D string notes. In the next two bars, the thumb plays the E string notes, and in the fourth bar, it plays the A and D string notes.
For the first measure, finger a normal Am chord. I find it works well in the third measure to alternate the 2-0-2 on the G string between the index and middle finger (play the B string notes with your middle finger, the first G string note with your index, the second G string note with you middle finger again, and the next G string note with your index finger again. (just a suggestion).
* / \ E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| B|010-1-----1---0-|----------------|0---------0-----|----------------| G|------2---------|----0-----0-----|--2-0-2-------2-|----2-----2-----| D|----------2---0-|--0-----0-----0-|----------------|--2-----2-----2-| A|0-------0---0---|----------------|----------------|0-----0-----0---| E|----------------|3-----2-----0---|0-------0---0---|----------------|
Repeat 4 times.
* - pick the first note and hammer on and pull off the second and third notes. pick the fourth. Thumb plays the A and D string notes in the first measure.
I haven't had time to check the rest of the posted "sheet music" for inaccuracies, but this first part is the important one. You can probably get most of the rest from sheet music.
Enjoy, and don't give up. It is a very rewarding tune to play.
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Artist: Mason Williams Title: Classical Gas Year: 1967
Chord voicings:
A Am A7sus Bb C D Db Dm D7 E Em E7 F G Gb G7 e --0---0----3----1---0---2---1---1---2---0---0---0---1---3---2---1--- B --2---1----3----3---1---3---2---3---1---0---0---0---1---0---2---0--- G --2---2----2----3---0---2---1---2---2---1---0---1---2---0---3---0--- D --2---2----2----0---2---0---3---0---0---2---2---0---3---0---4---0--- A --0---0-------------3-------------------2---2---2-------2-------2--- E ----------------------------------------0---0---0-------3-------3---
Note: Time signatures change at different points in song.
3/4 |Am |G |Em |Am |Am |G |
4/4 2/4 4/4 |Em |Am G Am G |C Am |E |Am |G |
|Em |Am |Am |G |Em |Am |
|Am |G |Em |Am |Am |G |
2/4 4/4 |Em |Am G |Am G |C Am |Em |F G |
6/4 3/4 4/4 |Am G |Am G |C F D7 G |E7 |Am D |D |
5/4 6/4 |Am D |D |Am D |D G |G C F Bb|A7sus |
4/4 |Dm |Db |Gb Db |Db |Gb Db |E |
5/4 6/4 4/4 |A E |E |A G |G C F Bb|A7sus |Dm |
|Dm |Am |Am |Am |Am |Am |
|Am |Am |Am G |C |G |Am |
|G7 |C |G |Am |G |Em |
3/4 4/4 |Am G Am G |C F D G |E |Am |D |Am |
5/4 6/4 4/4 |D |Am |D |G C F Bb|A7sus |Dm |
|Am |G |Em |Am |Am |G |
|Em |Am |Am |G |Em |Am |
|Am |G |Em |Am G |Am G |C Am |
2/4 4/4 3/4 4/4 |Em |F G |Am G Am G |C F D G |E7 Am|Am D G |
|C F Bb|Dm |Dm |D |D |A |
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Reply-To: frank.palcat@synapse.org (Frank Palcat) Status: O
Hello James,
Here are the chords to Classical Gas. You may wish to make a directory named "Mason_Williams" to store it (or alternatively, place it in the "Various_Artists" directory). Thanks.
Regards, frank.palcat@synapse.org
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=Cut here-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Artist: Mason Williams Title: Classical Gas Year: 1967 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
CLASSICAL GAS Music by Mason Williams
Chord voicings:
A Am A7sus Bb C D Db Dm D7 E Em E7 F G Gb G7 e --0---0----3----1---0---2---1---1---2---0---0---0---1---3---2---1--- B --2---1----3----3---1---3---2---3---1---0---0---0---1---0---2---0--- G --2---2----2----3---0---2---1---2---2---1---0---1---2---0---3---0--- D --2---2----2----0---2---0---3---0---0---2---2---0---3---0---4---0--- A --0---0-------------3-------------------2---2---2-------2-------2--- E ----------------------------------------0---0---0-------3-------3---
Note: Time signatures change at different points in song.
3/4 |Am |G |Em |Am |Am |G |
4/4 2/4 4/4 |Em |Am G Am G |C Am |E |Am |G |
|Em |Am |Am |G |Em |Am |
|Am |G |Em |Am |Am |G |
2/4 4/4 |Em |Am G |Am G |C Am |Em |F G |
6/4 3/4 4/4 |Am G |Am G |C F D7 G |E7 |Am D |D |
5/4 6/4 |Am D |D |Am D |D G |G C F Bb|A7sus |
4/4 |Dm |Db |Gb Db |Db |Gb Db |E |
5/4 6/4 4/4 |A E |E |A G |G C F Bb|A7sus |Dm |
|Dm |Am |Am |Am |Am |Am |
|Am |Am |Am G |C |G |Am |
|G7 |C |G |Am |G |Em |
3/4 4/4 |Am G Am G |C F D G |E |Am |D |Am |
5/4 6/4 4/4 |D |Am |D |G C F Bb|A7sus |Dm |
|Am |G |Em |Am |Am |G |
|Em |Am |Am |G |Em |Am |
|Am |G |Em |Am G |Am G |C Am |
2/4 4/4 3/4 4/4 |Em |F G |Am G Am G |C F D G |E7 Am|Am D G |
|C F Bb|Dm |Dm |D |D |A |
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--- . WinQwk 2.0b#0 . Unregistered Evaluation Copy
Xref: undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca rec.music.makers.guitar.tablature:22479 alt.guitar.tab:28740
This is a different transcription than the one at nevada. Received in email from a fellow who is not able to post to newsgroup. Enjoy!
BTW, does anybody have tab/chords for some of Mason's other great songs such as Baroque-a-Nova or La Chanson de Claudine? Check out the CD called Mason Williams Music: 1968-1971 for a nice selection of his work. Regards, Frank
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In email to STUCKEY775@aol.com, John Kean (KEANJ@agresearch.cri.nz) writes:
This is a transcription that I did from the orchestral arrangement (I've never heard the solo guitar version). I think it is pretty good (if I may say so myself!) and even includes a manageable arrangement of the middle section (which apparently not even Mason was game to take on by himself!). I hope you like it. It is my 3rd favourite piece to play in the whole world.
Have fun, and give my regards to everybody on the news group. I hope to get this bug sorted out so I can send some other stuff I have tabbed up.
Cheers big ears, John K.
Classical Gas - Mason Williams ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tabbed by John Kean.
INTRO:
3/4 Am G Em Am E|-------------|--------------|--------------|--------------| B|-1-------1---|----0---------|----0---------|--------------| G|-----2-------|---0----------|---0--2-0-----|---2----------| D|-------------|--0-----------|--2-----------|--2-----------| A|-0-----------|--------------|--------------|-0------------| E|-------------|-3--------2---|-0------------|--------------|
Am G Em Am E|--------------|---------------|---------------|-----------| B|---0h1--0h1---|----0----------|----0--------0-|-----------| G|--2---2-------|---0--------2--|---0--2-0-0h2--|---2-------| D|--------------|--0--------4---|--2------------|--2--------| A|-0------------|---------------|---------------|-0---------| E|--------------|-3--------2----|-0-------------|-----------|
4/4 G Am G C Am Em E|--------------------|-0---------------|-------------| B|-----0-----1-----3--|-------3-1---3---|---1--0------| G|---0-----2-----0----|-----0-----------|-------------| Pause... D|--------------------|-----------------|-2-----------| A|-------0-----2------|-3-------0-------|-------------| E|-3------------------|-----------------|-------------|
PART I: ................... 4/4 1,2,3. | Am G Em Am E||--------------------|----------------|----------------|-----------------|| B||--0h1p0---0---1---0-|----------------|0---------0-----|-----------------|| G||*-------2-----2---0-|----0-----0-----|--2-0-2-------2-|----2-----2-----*|| D||*-------------------|--0-----0-----0-|----------------|--2-----2-----2-*|| A||--0---------0---0---|----------------|----------------|0-----0-----0----|| E||--------------------|3-----2-----0---|0-------0---0---|-----------------|| ........................ 4. 2/4 4/4 Am G Am G C Am Em F Am E|-----------------|---------------|-0---------------|-------|-------------| B|-------0-----0-1-|-----1-----3---|---1---3-1---3---|---1-0-|-------------| G|-----2-----0-----|---2-----0-----|-----0-----2-----|-0-----|-2--0-2-2--0-| D|---2-------------|---------------|---------------2-|-------|-3-----------| A|-0---------------|-0-----2-----2-|-3-------0-------|-------|------0------| E|---------3-------|---------------|-----------------|-------|-------------|
6/4 3/4 Am G Am G C F D7 G E E|-----------------|--------------|-0-----1-----2-----3-----|-4---5---7---| B|-------0-----0-1-|-----1-----3--|---1-----1-----1-----3---|---0---0---0-| G|-2---2-----0-----|---2-----0----|-----0-----2-----2-----0-|-------------| D|---2-------------|--------------|-------------0-----------|-------------| A|-0---------------|-0-----2------|-3-----0-----------2-----|-------------| E|---------3-------|--------------|-------------------------|-0---0---0---|
4/4 Am D Am D E|-8-7-5-----5-----|---5-----5-------|-8-7-5-----5-----|-------5---------| B|-5-----8-------7-|-------7---5-----|-------8-------7-|---8-----8---7---| G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| D|-----------------|-0---0---0---0---|-----------------|-0---0---0---0---| A|-0-------0---0---|-----------------|-0-------0---0---|-----------------| E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
Am D G C F Bb A7sus4 E|-8-7-5-----5-----|---8---5-----5-3-|---3---1---1-----|-0---0---0---0---| B|-------8-------7-|---------8-----3-|---5---1---3-----|-3---3---3---3---| G|-----------------|---------------4-|---5---2---3-----|-0---0---0---0---| D|-----------------|-0---0---0---0-5-|---5---3---3-----|-2---2---2---2---| A|-0-------0---0---|---------------5-|---3---3---1---0-|---0---0---0---0-| E|-----------------|---------------3-|-------1---------|-----------------|
Dm9 E|--------0-----| B|-----3--------| G|---2----------| Pause... D|-3------------| A|--------------| E|--------------|
PART II:
4/4 Db E|-----------------|-----------------| B|-----------------|-----------------| G|-----------------|-----------------| D|-----------------|-----------------| A|-4---4---4---4---|-4---4---4---4---| E|-----------------|-----------------|
Db Gb/Ab Db E|---------------2-|---2-------------|-----------------|-----------------| B|-6-6---6-------2-|---2---6-6-------|-----------------|-----------------| G|-6-6---6-------3-|---3---6-6-------|-----------------|-----------------| D|-6-6---6---------|-------6-6-------|-----------------|-----------------| A|-4---4---4---4---|---------4---4---|-4---4---4---4---|-4---4-----------| E|-----------------|-4---4-----------|-----------------|---------4---4---|
E A/B E E|---------------5-|---5-------------|-----------------|-----------------| B|-9-9---9-------5-|---5---9-9-------|-----------------|-----------------| G|-9-9---9-------6-|---6---9-9-------|-----------------|-----------------| D|-9-9---9---------|-------9-9-------|-----------------|-----------------| A|-7---7---7---7---|---------7---7---|-7---7---7---7---|-7---7---7---7---| E|-----------------|-7---7-----------|-----------------|-----------------|
Db Gb/Ab Db E|---------------2-|---2-------------|-4---------------|-----------------| B|-6-6---6-------2-|---2---6-6-------|-------------7-6-|-7-6-------------| G|-6-6---6-------3-|---3---6-6-------|-----------------|-------6---------| D|-6-6---6---------|-------6-6---6---|-----------------|-----------------| A|-4---4---4---4---|---------4---4---|-4---4---4---4---|-4---4-----------| E|-----------------|-4---4-----------|-----------------|---------4---4---|
E A/B E E|---------------5-|---5-------------|-7----------------|------------------| B|-9-9---9-------5-|---5---9-9-------|-------------10-9-|-10-9-------------| G|-9-9---9-------6-|---6---9-9-------|------------------|--------9---------| D|-9-9---9---------|-------9-9---9---|------------------|------------------| A|-7---7---7---7---|---------7---7---|-7---7---7---7----|-7----7---7---7---| E|-----------------|-7---7-----------|------------------|------------------|
Db Gb/Ab Db Db Gb/Ab Db E|-----------------|-2---2-----------|-----------------|-2---2-----------| B|-6-6---------6---|-2---2---6-------|-6-6---------6---|-2---2---6-------| G|-6-6---6---6-6---|-3---3---6-------|-6-6---6---6-6---|-3---3---6-------| D|-6-6---6-----6---|---------6-------|-6-6---6-----6---|---------6-------| A|-4---4---4---4---|---------4---4---|-4---4---4---4---|---------4---4---| E|-----------------|-4---4-----------|-----------------|-4---4-----------|
E A/B E E A/B E A E|-----------------|-5---5-----------|-----------------|-5---5---------5-| B|-9-9---------9---|-5---5---9-------|-9-9---------9---|-5---5---9-----5-| G|-9-9---9---9-9---|-6---6---9-------|-9-9---9---9-9---|-6---6---9-----6-| D|-9-9---9-----9---|---------9-------|-9-9---9-----9---|---------9-----7-| A|-7---7---7---7---|---------7---7---|-7---7---7---7---|---------7---7-7-| E|-----------------|-7---7-----------|-----------------|-7---7---------5-|
6/4 4/4 D G C F Bb A7sus4 Dm9 ad.lib. E|---5---3---3---1---1-----|-0---0---0---0---0---0---|-------0-----------| B|---7---3---5---1---3-----|-3---3---3---3---3---3---|-----3---3-------3-| G|---7---4---5---2---3-----|-0---0---0---0---0---0---|---2-------2---2---| D|---7---5---5---3---3-----|-2---2---2---2---2---2---|-3-----------3-----| A|---5---5---3---3---1---0-|---0---0---0---0---0---0-|-------------------| E|-------3-------1---------|-------------------------|-------------------|
Am E|-----------------------|-----------------| B|-0h1p0h1-----0-----1---|---3-----1---0---| G|---------2-----2-----2-|-----2-----2---2-| D|-----------2-----2-----|-------2---------| A|-0---------------------|-0---------------| E|-----------------------|-----------------|
Am E|-----------------------|-----------------| B|-0h1p0h1-----0---------|---0-----1---0---| G|---------2-----2---2---|-----2-----2---2-| D|-----------2-----2---2-|-------2---------| A|-0---------------------|-0---------------| E|-----------------------|-----------------|
Am E|-----------------------|-----------------| B|-0h1p0h1-----0---------|---0-----1---3---| G|---------2-----2---2---|-----2-----2---2-| D|-----------2-----2---2-|-------2---------| A|-0---------------------|-0---------------| E|-----------------------|-----------------|
Am G E|-0---------------|-----------------| B|-------3-----1---|---0-------0-1-3-| G|---2-----2-----2-|-----2---2-------| D|-----2-----2-----|-------2---------| A|-0---------------|-0-------0---2---| E|-----------------|-----------------|
C Am G G7 C Am G G7 E|-0---0-----------|---------1-0-----|-0---0-----------|---------1-0-----| B|---3---1-----1-0-|-----3-------3---|---3---1-----1-0-|-----3-------3---| G|-----------2-----|---0---0-------0-|-----------2-----|---0---0-------0-| D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| A|-3-------0-------|---------2-------|-3-------0-------|---------2-------| E|-----------------|-3---------------|-----------------|-3---------------|
C Am G G7 C Am G E|-0---0-----------|---------1-0-----|-0---0-----------|-----------------| B|---3---1-----1-0-|-----3-------3---|---3---1-----1-0-|-----------------| G|-----------2-----|---0---0-------0-|-----------2-----|-----0-----0-----| D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---0-----0-----0-| A|-3-------0-------|---------2-------|-3-------0-------|-----------------| E|-----------------|-3---------------|-----------------|-3-----2-----0---|
3/4 Em Am G Am G C F D7 G E E|-----------------|-----------------|-0---1---2---3---|-4---5---7---| B|-0---------0-----|-----0---1---3---|-------1---1---0-|---0---0---0-| G|---2-0-2-------0-|-2-----0---2---0-|---0-------------|-------------| D|-----------------|---2-------------|---------0-------|-------------| A|-----------------|-0-------0---2---|-3---0-------2---|-------------| E|-0-------0---0---|-----3-----------|-----------------|-0---0---0---|
4/4 Am D Am D E|-8-7-5-----5-----|---5-----5-------|-8-7-5-----5-----|-------5---------| B|-5-----8-------7-|-------7---5-----|-------8-------7-|---8-----8---7---| G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------| D|-----------------|-0---0---0---0---|-----------------|-0---0---0---0---| A|-0-------0---0---|-----------------|-0-------0---0---|-----------------| E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
Am D G C F Bb A7sus4 E|-8-7-5-----5-----|---8---5-----5-3-|---3---1---1-----|-0---0---0---0---| B|-------8-------7-|---------8-----3-|---5---1---3-----|-3---3---3---3---| G|-----------------|---------------4-|---5---2---3-----|-0---0---0---0---| D|-----------------|-0---0---0---0-5-|---5---3---3-----|-2---2---2---2---| A|-0-------0---0---|---------------5-|---3---3---1---0-|---0---0---0---0-| E|-----------------|---------------3-|-------1---------|-----------------|
Dm9 ad.lib. E|-------0--------| B|-----3---3------| G|---2-------2----| Pause... D|-3-----------3--| A|----------------| E|----------------|
CODA: ................... 4/4 1. | Am G Em Am E||--------------------|----------------|----------------|-----------------|| B||--0h1p0---0---1---0-|----------------|0---------0-----|-----------------|| G||*-------2-----2---0-|----0-----0-----|--2-0-2-------2-|----2-----2-----*|| D||*-------------------|--0-----0-----0-|----------------|--2-----2-----2-*|| A||--0---------0---0---|----------------|----------------|0-----0-----0----|| E||--------------------|3-----2-----0---|0-------0---0---|-----------------|| ........................ 2. 2/4 4/4 Am G Am G C Am Em F Am E|-----------------|---------------|-0---------------|-------|-------------| B|-------0-----0-1-|-----1-----3---|---1---3-1---3---|---1-0-|-------------| G|-----2-----0-----|---2-----0-----|-----0-----2-----|-0-----|-2--0-2-2--0-| D|---2-------------|---------------|---------------2-|-------|-3-----------| A|-0---------------|-0-----2-----2-|-3-------0-------|-------|------0------| E|---------3-------|---------------|-----------------|-------|-------------|
3/4 Am G Am G C F D7 G E E|-----------------|-0---1---2---3---|-4---5---7---| B|-----0---1---3---|-------1---1---0-|---0---0---0-| G|-2-----0---2---0-|---0-------------|-------------| D|---2-------------|---------0-------|-------------| A|-0-------0---2---|-3---0-------2---|-------------| E|-----3-----------|-----------------|-0---0---0---|
4/4 Am D G C F Bb Dm9 ad.lib. E|-5---5---3---|-3---1---1---|---------0-------------| B|-5---7---3---|-5---1---3---|-------3---3-------3---| G|-5---7---4---|-5---2---3---|-----2-------2---2---2-| D|-7---7---5---|-5---3---3---|---3-----------3-------| A|-7---5---5---|-3---3---1---|-0---------------------| E|-5-------3---|-----1-------|-----------------------|
D9 ad.lib. A E|----------0---------------|----------------|| B|--------3---3-------3-----|----2-----------|| G|------2-------0---2---0---|---2------------|| Fine. D|----4-----------4---------|--2-------------|| A|--0-----------------------|-0--------------|| E|--------------------------|----------------||
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Xref: undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca rec.music.makers.guitar.tablature:22540 alt.guitar.tab:28815
References:
ac365@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Frank Palcat) writes:
>This is a different transcription than the one at nevada. Received in >email from a fellow who is not able to post to newsgroup. Enjoy!
>BTW, does anybody have tab/chords for some of Mason's other great songs >such as Baroque-a-Nova or La Chanson de Claudine? Check out the CD called >Mason Williams Music: 1968-1971 for a nice selection of his work. >Regards, >Frank
>=-=-=
>In email to STUCKEY775@aol.com, John Kean (KEANJ@agresearch.cri.nz) writes:
>This is a transcription that I did from the orchestral >arrangement (I've never heard the solo guitar version). I think >it is pretty good (if I may say so myself!) and even includes a >manageable arrangement of the middle section (which apparently >not even Mason was game to take on by himself!). I hope you like >it. It is my 3rd favourite piece to play in the whole world.
>Have fun, and give my regards to everybody on the news group. I >hope to get this bug sorted out so I can send some other stuff I >have tabbed up.
>Cheers big ears, >John K.
>Classical Gas - Mason Williams >~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >Tabbed by John Kean.
[excellent tabbed version of Classical Gas deleted]
Great work John! I *had* to get the solo version before I managed a good rendition of this. As my two cents, I'm including what I posted to follow up the original "sheet music" post - I think that must be the one in Nevada. The references are all to *that* post. I can see by looking that you did an excellent job, but I don't have a guitar handy to nit-pick.
Dave
P.S. I wish I had all of my Mason stuff online, but there just aren't enough hours in the day.... P.P.S. What are your first and second favorite tunes to play?
=======more info on playing Classical Gas follows============
For those who (like myself when this song was popular) found that the sheet music didn't provide the info on how to play this song, here it is.
The hit record had a 6 string and a 12 string playing the exact same thing with a full orchestra behind to boot. Guess what - you can't sound like the record. If you ever saw Mason Williams performing this with orchestra, you probably noticed that he just sat there on the Dflat part. Nobody tries to play that part on guitar - even Mason didn't play it if he was doing it solo.
[Well, I guess John Kean does.......]
I only got this song down after getting a recording of Mason playing it on solo 6 string. His records are probably out of print, but if you are lucky enough to find it get his "Handmade" album for the solo guitar version.
There are no parts of this tune that should be strummed. It is entirely picked.
INTRO: 3/4 time rubato, that is, played slowly "with feeling". Actually, everyone wants to play it just like Mason does on the record...
* * * / \ / \ / \ E|------------|------------|------------|------------| B|1-------1---|--0---------|--0---------|--2---------| G|----2-------|-0----------|-0--2-0-----|-2----------| D|------------|------------|------------|------------| A|0-----------|------------|------------|0-----------| E|------------|3-------2---|0-----------|------------|
* * * h h / \ / \ h / \ E|------------|------------|------------|------------| B|--01--0-1---|--0---------|--0-------0-|--2---------| G|-2--2-------|-0----------|-0--2-0-02--|-2----------| D|------------|------------|------------|------------| A|0-----------|------------|------------|0-----------| E|------------|3-------2---|0-----------|------------|
** ** ** / \ / \ / \ Switches to 4/4 time here. E|------------|0---------------|------------| B|--0---1---3-|------3-1---3---|--1-0-------| G|-0---2---0--|----0-----------|------------| dramatic pause... D|------------|----------------|2-----------| A|----0---2---|3-------0-------|------------| E|3-----------|----------------|------------|
* - arpeggio (The sheet music would denote this as three notes together with a squiggly line. You are supposed to know that the notes are not played together.)
** - triplet (fill in the space that two notes usually take up with three evenly spaced notes.)
h - hammer on the next note.
THE MAIN PART: Up-tempo 4/4 time. The signature riff makes this song and the sheet music doesn't give a clue about how to play it.
Thumb and two fingers are probably needed at a minimum. In the first bar, the thumb plays the A and D string notes. In the next two bars, the thumb plays the E string notes, and in the fourth bar, it plays the A and D string notes.
For the first measure, finger a normal Am chord. I find it works well in the third measure to alternate the 2-0-2 on the G string between the index and middle finger (play the B string notes with your middle finger, the first G string note with your index, the second G string note with you middle finger again, and the next G string note with your index finger again. (just a suggestion).
* / \ E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| B|010-1-----1---0-|----------------|0---------0-----|----------------| G|------2---------|----0-----0-----|--2-0-2-------2-|----2-----2-----| D|----------2---0-|--0-----0-----0-|----------------|--2-----2-----2-| A|0-------0---0---|----------------|----------------|0-----0-----0---| E|----------------|3-----2-----0---|0-------0---0---|----------------|
Repeat 4 times.
* - pick the first note and hammer on and pull off the second and third notes. pick the fourth. Thumb plays the A and D string notes in the first measure.
I haven't had time to check the rest of the posted "sheet music" for inaccuracies, but this first part is the important one. You can probably get most of the rest from sheet music.
Enjoy, and don't give up. It is a very rewarding tune to play. ===============================================================
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Classical Gas Mason Williams
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1|________________________|________________________|_0________________________ 2|_0______________________|_________0_______1_____3|______3____1_____3________ 3|_0_________2________0___|_2____0_______0______0__|_0________________________ 4|_2______________________|_2______________________|___________2______________ 5|________________________|_0__________0______2____|_3_________0______________ 6| 0 | 3 | tied note hammer off Tied note 2/4 timing| | | | 4/4 timing 1|___________|____|_______|_|__|___________________|__________________________ 2|___________1____0_______|_1__0_____0_____1_______|_0_____0________0_________ 3|________________________|_______2________________|____0________0________0___ 4|__2_____________________|________________________|__________________________ 5|________________________|_0__________0_______0___|__________________________ 6| 0 | | 3 2 0 Tied note Tied note | | | | 1|________________________|________________0__|__|_|_|__|_____________________ 2|_0______________0_______|__________0________1__0_|_1__0________1____________ 3|____2__0__2_____________|_2_____2________________|_______2__________________ 4|________________________|____2___________________|__________________________ 5|_0______________________|_0___________0__________|_0________0_____0_________ 6| 0 0 | |
1|________________________|________________________|__________________________ 2|_0_____0________0_______|_0________________0_____|__________0________0__1___ 3|____0________0________0_|____2___0__2____________|_2_____2________0_________ 4|________________________|________________________|____2_____________________ 5|________________________|________________________|_0________________________ 6| 3 2 0 | 0 0 0 | 3
2/4 timing-> Tied note 1|________________________|_0______________________|_____|__|_________________ 2|_______1__3________3____|__________3__1_____3____|_____1__0_________________ 3|____2___________0_______|_0______________________|__________________________ 4|________________________|_____________2__________|_2________________________ 5|_0___________2__________|_3___________0__________|__________________________ 6| | | 0
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4/4 timing 1|________________________|________________________|__________________________ 2|________________________|__________0________0__1_|_______1__3________3______ 3|_2_____0__2__2_____0____|_2_____2________0_______|____2___________0_________ 4|________________________|____2___________________|__________________________ 5|________________________|_0______________________|_0___________2____________ 6| 1 0 | 3 |
6/8 timing 3/4 timing 1|_0________1_____________|_2________3_____________|_4_____5_____7____________ 2|____1________1__________|____1________3__________|____5_____5______5________ 3|_______0________2_______|_______2________4_______|__________________________ 4|________________________|_0______________________|__________________________ 5|_3______________________|________________________|__________________________ 6| | 3 | 0 0 0
4/4 timing 1|_8__7__5________5_______|____5________5__________|_8__7__5________5_________ 2|_5________8_____________|____7___________8_____7_|_5________8_______________ 3|_5______________________|_______7________________|_5________________________ 4|________________________|_0________0________0____|__________________________ 5|_0___________0_____0____|________________________|_0___________0________0___ 6| | |
1|____5________5__________|_8__7__5________5_______|____5__8__5__3______5__3__ 2|____7__________8_____7__|_5________8_____________|_7________________________ 3|_______7________________|_5______________________|__________________________ 4|_0________0_______0_____|________________________|_0___________0____________ 5|________________________|_0___________0________0_|__________________________ 6| | |
6/8 timing-> 1|_______0_____1__________|__________0___________0_|__________0____________0__ 2|___________________3____|__________3___________3_|__________3____________3__ 3|_______0_____2__________|__________2___________2_|__________2____________2__ 4|___________________3____|________________________|__________________________ 5|_______3___________1____|_0______________0_______|_0______________0_________ 6| 3 1 | |
4/4 timing-> 1|________________0_______|_1_____1_________1______|_2__2_________1___________ 2|_____________3__________|_______________2________|_2__2_____________________ 3|__________2_____________|_1_____1____1___________|_3__3_________1___________ 4|_______3________________|________________________|__________________________ 5|_0______________________|_4_____4____4___________|______________4___________ 6| | | 2 2
1|_1_____1___________1____|_2__2________1________1_|_4_____4___________4______ 2|________________2_______|_2__2______________2____|_5_____5________5_________ 3|_1_____1_____1__________|_3__3________1__1_______|_4_____4_____4____________ 4|________________________|________________________|__________________________ 5|_4_____4_____4__________|_____________4__________|__________________________ 6| | 2 2 | 0 0 0
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1|_5_____5________4_______|_4_____4___________4____|_5_____5_____4________4___ 2|_5_____5________5_______|_5_____5________5_______|_5_____5_____5_____5______ 3|_6_____6________4_______|_4_____4_____4__________|_6_____6_____4__4_________ 4|________________________|________________________|__________________________ 5|_0_____0________________|________________________|_0_____0__________________ 6| 0 | 0 0 0 | 0
6/8 timing-> 1|_3_____0_____1__________|_______0___________0____|_______0___________0______ 2|_0_________________3____|_______3___________3____|_______3___________3______ 3|_______0_____2__________|_______2___________2____|_______2___________2_____ 4|___________________3____|________________________|__________________________ 5|_______3___________1____|_0___________0__________|_0___________0____________ 6| 3 1 | |
4/4 timing-> 1|________________________|________________________|__________________________ 2|__________3_____1_____0_|____1___________0_______|__________3_____1_____0___ 3|_______2________________|__________2___________0_|_______2__________________ 4|____2______________2____|_______2___________2____|____2______________2______ 5|_0___________0__________|_0___________0__________|_0___________0____________ 6| | |
Tied notes 1|________________________|_|__|___________________|__________________________ 2|____1__________0_____3__|_1__0_____0_____1_______|_0_____0________0_________ 3|_________2______________|_______2________________|____0________0________0___ 4|______2___________2_____|________________________|__________________________ 5|_0__________0___________|_0___________0_____0____|__________________________ 6| | | 3 2 0 Tied notes | | 1|________________________|________________0__|__|_|__________________________ 2|_0______________0_______|__________0________1__0_|_1__0_____0_____1_________ 3|____2__0__2_____________|_2_____2________________|_______2__________________ 4|________________________|____2___________________|__________________________ 5|________________________|_0___________0__________|_0___________0_____0______ 6| 0 0 0 | |
1|________________________|________________________|__________________________ 2|_0_____0________0_______|_0______________0_______|__________0________0__1___ 3|____0________0________0_|____2__0__2_____________|_2_____2________0_________ 4|________________________|________________________|____2_____________________ 5|________________________|________________________|_0________________________ 6| 3 2 0 | 0 0 0 | 3
2/4 timing Tied notes 1|________________________|_0______________________|____|__|__________________ 2|______1__3________3_____|_______3__1___3_________|____1__0__________________ 3|____2__________0________|_0______________________|__________________________ 4|________________________|__________2_____________|__2_______________________ 5|_0__________2___________|_3________0_____________|__________________________ 6| | | 0
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4/4 timing 3/4 timing 1|________________________|_0_____1___________3____|_4_____5_____7____________ 2|_______0_____1_____3____|________________________|____5_____5_____5_________ 3|_2________0_____0_____0_|____0_____2_____2_____4_|__________________________ 4|____2___________________|_____________0__________|__________________________ 5|_0___________0_____2____|_3______________________|__________________________ 6| 3 | 1 3 | 0 0 0
6/8 timing 1|_5_____2_____3__________|_0_____1________________|_______0___________0______ 2|_5_____3_____3__________|_1_____1_____3__________|_______3___________3______ 3|_5_____2_____4__________|_0_____2________________|_______2__________________ 4|_______0________________|_____________3__________|___________________2______ 5|_0______________________|_3___________1__________|_0___________0____________ 6| 3 | 1 |
1|_______0___________0____|______________________0_|__________________________ 2|_______3___________3____|________________3_______|____3______________3______ 3|_______2___________2____|__________2_____________|_______2________2_________ 4|________________________|____3___________________|_____________3____________ 5|_0___________0__________|_0______________________|__________________________ 6| | |
1|______________________0_|________________________|__________________________ 2|___________________3____|____3______________3____|_2________________________ 3|_____________2__________|__________2_____2_____2_|_2________________________ 4|_______4________________|_____________4__________|_2________________________ 5|_0______________________|________________________|_0________________________ 6| | |
I'm assuming anyone who down loaded this is familiar with Guitar tab charts. If not its pretty simple. The six spaces represent the guitar strings and the numbers relate to the fret where the string being plucked is held down. I have compsed a Midi file of the above arrangement which will make it much easier to learn. Any one who wants a copy of mid the drop me a note with your e-mail address and I will forward to to you. My e-mail address is jhyndman@ois.com.au
Regards Jim Hyndman


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