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TAB: "Machinehead" by Bush

This song may be in a tuning other than standard, but I don't think so.
There really isn't anything in the song that can't be played elsewhere on
the fretboard.  Therefore, what I have tabbed here should be pretty damn
accurate.  If nothing else, it sounds very much like what is on the CD.

There are several different parts that repeat a few times so I'll just
tab those out with a few tips and let you figure out where they should be.
But there are also a few parts that occur during only one part of the
song so I'll try to be as specific as possible with those bits.

Intro and "Fill 1"
||----------------------------||
||----------------------------||
||----------------------------||
||-11-11-13-13-13/14-14/16-16-||
||----------------------------||
||-9--9--11-11-11/12-12/14-14-||
Fill 2
||----------------------------|----------------------------|
||----------------------------|----------------------------|
||----------------------------|----------------------------|
||-11-11-13-13-13/14-14/16-16-|-11-11-13-13-13/14-14/16-16-|
||----------------------------|----------------------------|
||-9--9--11-11-11/12-12/14-14-|-9--9--11-11-11/12-12/14-14-|

------------------------------------------------------------||
14-14-14-14\12-12-12-12/14-14-14-14\12-12-12-12/14-14-14-14\||
13-13-13-13\11-11-11-11/13-13-13-13\11-11-11-11/13-13-13-13\||
------------------------------------------------------------||
------------------------------------------------------------||
------------------------------------------------------------||
While you keep doing Fill 1 another guitar needs to start doing this:
         *-(drums in)
||------|------|------|-----|--
||------|------|------|-----|--
||------|--6---|-10---|-6---|--
||-11---|--7---|-11---|-7---|--
||-11---|--7---|-11---|-7---|--
||-9----|--5---|-9----|-5---|--

*-(stop Fill 1)
--------------------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------------------------------------------|
10-10-------10---10-10---------10-10-------10---10-10---------|
11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-|
11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-|
9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-|

----------------------------------------------------|
----------------------------------------------------|
6-6-------6---6-6---------6-6-------6---6-6---------|
7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-|
7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-|
5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x-5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x-|

*-(begin Fill 2 on second guitar)
--------------------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------------------------------------------|
10-10-------10---10-10---------10-10-------10---10-10---------|
11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11---------|
11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11---------|
9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-|

----------------------------------------------------|
----------------------------------------------------|
6-6-------6---6-6---------6-6-------6---6-6---------|
7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-|
7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-|
5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x-5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x-|

Then the vocals start with the "Breathe in, breathe out" stuff and you start
that main riff over again.  Then the lead bit over the first chorus ("Got a
machinehead, it's better than the rest" etc.) is like so:

|-----------------|
|-4h5-5-5-4h5-5-5-|  repeat and crescendo until "I walk from my machine..." etc.
|-----------------|
|-----------------|
|-----------------|
|-----------------|

I think that's it as far as tab goes.
The main chord progressions for the verses and choruses are as follows:

Verse:  C# and A
Pre-chorus: ("I walk from my machine..." etc.)  F# and A
Chorus: ("Got a machinehead, it's better than the rest..") E B C# A

I think that's it.  If I've missed something and you can't figure it out from
what I have here, let me know (by email) and I'll get back to ya'.

Questions/comments/CONSTRUCTIVE criticism welcome (by email).
Flames intelligently rebuked (if I feel like it).
Good Luck!
Paul D.  (pdmytrewycz@music.transy.edu)
Machinehead
From BUSH's sixteen stone (c) 1994
Tabbed out by: Bas van Pelt [9250128@bn.fnt.hvu.nl]

Okay this is a fairly simple song (like most songs of this album)
but it sound really good

I tabbed out this song about three months or so but never posted it
(I'm lazy) but when i got the version that was on the net i saw that
mine was much better :)  so i decided to post it! (it's completer)
                           

A5  C#5
x     x
x     x
x     x
7    11
7    11
5     9

Intro (just guitar no drums or base)
RIFF 1
   (guitar 1)  repeat a couple of times    variation 1
e: ------------------------------|--7/9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-9---4~~~~~------
B: -2--2--4--4--4-5--5--5/7-7\---|-------------------------------------
G: ------------------------------|--^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^---------------
D: ------------------------------|--play the above part ---------------
A: ------------------------------|--three times before.........^-------
E: ------------------------------|-------------------------------------
 :					variation (listen for it)
 :
 : (guitar 2)  repeat 2 or three times
 :
e: -------------------------------------------------------------------
B: -------------------------------------------------------------------
G: --------------------------------------------------------------------
D: ------------------------(11)------11\7---(7)------------------------
A: ------------------------(11)------11\7---(7)------------------------
E: ------------------------(9)-------9-\5---(5)------------------------
                          ahjajahahja          hajhajhahaahj (i think)   :)


after you did that you just strum those same cords a couple of times
it goes something like this (guitar 2)

figure 1
e: -------------------------------------------------------------------
B: -------------------------------------------------------------------
G: -------------------------------------------------------------------
D: --11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x---
A: --11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x---
E: --9---9---x-x-x--9---9---x-x-x-x--9---9---x-x-x--9---9---x-x-x-x---

e: -------------------------------------------------------------------
B: -------------------------------------------------------------------
G: -------------------------------------------------------------------
D: --7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x---
A: --7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x---
E: --5---5---x-x-x--5---5---x-x-x-x--5---5---x-x-x--5---5---x-x-x-x---

              these rakes may be a little of so you'll have to listen
              to the record for the exact timing (it's easy though)

    okay you play this part 2 times
    the second time this riff gets played VARIATON 1(guitar 1) is played over it

Figure 2
e: -------------------------------------------------------------------
B: -------------------------------------------------------------------
G: -------------------------------------------------------------------
D: -------------------------------11\(7)------------------------------
A: -------------------------------11\(7)------------------------------
E: -------------------------------9-\(5)------------------------------
Breath in breath out (2x) .. Breath in

Figure 3
e: -------------------------------------------------------------
B: -------------------------------------------------------------
G: -------------------------------------------------------------
D: --x-x--11----------------------x-x-x-x-(7)-------------------
A: --x-x--11----------------------x-x-x-x-(7)-------------------
E: --x-x--9-----------------------x-x-x-x-(5)-------------------
              Breath in breath out (2x) .. Breath in.......tied to a wheel

Okay from here it's just the C#5 A5 cord (Figure 1) for the verse
here's the lyrics

-tied to a wheel fingers got to feel
-feeling to a tolocate smile
-i spin on a whim i slide to the right
-i felt you like electric light
-for our love
 (riff 1 starts here and get's played three times)
-for our fear
-for our rise against the years and years and years
Okay some change here
(guitar stops)

-Got a machinehead better than the rest  }
-green to red.... machinehead            } this part gets played twice                                         } the second time with this
                                         } the second time with this
                                         } guitar
e: ----------------|                   |-----------|
B: --2h4-5-5-------| this gets played  |-5^fb~~~~r-|
G: ----------------| approx 7 times    |-----------|
D: ----------------|              then |-----------|
A: ----------------|                   |-----------|
E: ----------------|                   |-----------|

-got a machinehead   it's better than the rest
-green to red

then something like this follows (listen to the record for exect timing)

figure 4
e: -------------------------------------------------------------------
B: -------------------------------------------------------------------
G: -------------------------------------------------------------------
D: ---4--4--444-444---(7)-x-x-x--------------------------------------
A: ---4--4--444-444---(7)-x-x-x--------------------------------------
E: ---2--2--222-222---(5)-x-x-x--------------------------------------
         and i walk my machine
         i walk my machine

Figure 1   +   riff 1 twice + Variation once

Figure 2

Figure 1 with the following lyrics

-deaf dumb and thirty
-starting to deserve this
-leaning on my conscience wall
-blood is like wine
-i'm conscience all the time
-if i had it all again
-i'd change it all

                
then the next part (2x)

figure 5
e: -------------------------------------------------------------
B: -------------------------------------------------------------
G: --9-9-x-x-x--------------------------------------------------
D: --9-9-x-x-x-9-9-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x------------------
A: --7-7-x-x-x-9-9-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x------------------
E: ------------7-7-x-x-x-9--9--x-x-x-5-5-x-x-x------------------

-got a machine head   it's better
-than the rest   meachine head
-green to red   machine head

Figure 4

- Mumbling     riff 1 twice + Variation once

Figure 1  (inc text)

Figure 4  (inc text)

the the last part
e: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
B: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
G: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
D: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
A: -4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--/--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--\-slide back to 4-and repeat as many--
E: -2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--/--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--\-slide back to 2-times as you like---
                                                           but for the last
                                                           time you play it
                                                           play -2 instead of
                                                                -0
                                                           instead of
                                                                -4
                                                                -2

after that he strums something in the E chord and thats it!
Tabbed out by: Bas van Pelt [9250128@bn.fnt.hvu.nl]


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