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Heart shaped box   Nirvana








To: guitar@nevada.edu


'iya America, 'iya world, I'm Lucy Watt (aged 16) from 
Clophill, Bedfordshire, England.
I am the drummer for a band that is at the moment called Shrug.
Andrew Lock, Martyn Foster, Scott Greenshields and I 
(who make up Hug) usually play our own music, but we also 
like to do some covers of Nirvana, Hendrix, Pearl Jam, 
Radiohead, Blind Melon, the Jesus Lizard etc.
In return for the transcripts we have used from you 
we would like to give you Heart-Shaped Box, which my Dad worked out. 

*********************************************************
               Heart-Shaped Box     By Nirvana

e--------------------------------------------------------
B--------------------------------------------------------
G--------------------------------------------------------
D--------9-----------5-----------2--2--------------------
A-----9-----9-----5-----5-----2--------2-----------------
E--7-----------3-----------0--------------0--------------
---------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------0/1--1--1--1---------------
--------9-----------5-----------------------2-----2------
-----9-----9-----5-----5-----------------------2---------
--7-----------3-----------0------------------------------
For the chords we are not so sure of the exact notes so we play:

e-(7)-(3)--0---               This is played up until the 
B-(7)-(3)--0---               end of the chorus repeatedly,
G-(8)-(4)--1---               until the "Your priceless
D--9---5---2---               advice" where instead of 
A--9---5---2---               going E-7-3-0-7-3-0 it goes
E--7---3---0---               E-7-3-0-3-0-3.  I hope you 
                              follow that as it is pretty simple.
We would be pleased to receive any improvements.

                              See ya 'gain,
                              Luce and the rest of Hug.

HEART-SHAPED BOX Lyrics (from In Utero):

She eyes me like a pisces when I am weak
I've been locked inside your heart-shaped box for a week
I was drawn into your magnet tar pit trap
I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black

Hey
Wait
I've got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Hate
Haight
I've got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice
Hey
Wait
I've got a new complaint
Forever in debt to your priceless advice

Meat-eating orchids forgive no one just yet
Cut myself on angel's hair and baby's breath
Broken hymen of your highness I'm left black
Throw down your umbilical noose so I can climb right back

c.watt@silsoe.cranfield.ac.uk


"Heart-Shaped Box" by Nirvana

(This transcription is from my own attempts, and a little is from a Guitar
World mag that I happened to be skimming thru.)
First Drop D tuning (where you tune the lowest string down one whole step to
D), then tune everything down 1/2 step.  So, from low to high, the tuning is
  Db  Ab  Db  Gb  Bb  Eb

Then the intro and verse go like this:

   Ab5             E5                Db5
------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------
------2-----------------------------------------
----2---2--------3------------0----0-----------
--0------------3---3--------0----0---0---------
-------------3----------0-----------------------
  Ab5              E5                    Bb5
------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------
------2-----------------------------------------
----2---2--------3--------4-4--4---------------
--0------------3---3----------0---3-3-----2-----
-------------3----------0-----------------------

The verse ends with that Bb5 pattern with distortion.  Then the chorus is
just those chords in the verse but with bent notes mixed in.

  Ab5                  E5                      Bb5
-----------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------
--2--2----4*---------4*------4-4---4--------4*
--2--2---------3--3---------------0---3-3-----
--0--0---------3--3----------------------------
---------------3--3----------------------------

*bend 1/2

Then the bridge repeats this below pattern twice, then does that famous Bb5
pattern from the chorus:

  E5                                          Db5
-------------------------------
-------------------------------
-------------------------------
--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3---0--
--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3---0--
--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3---0--

  At the end of the song, the Bb5 pattern is played as normal, but let the
notes ring, and that's what creates that weird guitar sound.
  I'm nearly positive about most of the above stuff, but I'm not exactly sure
about that Bb5 pattern, but that's what that magazine said so I'm goin' with
that for now .  If anyone knows the solo, pleez post it!

keith


Here's the REAL way to play Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana on In Utero.
The tuning is a little weird, you gotta tune the low E string so that the 8th
fret is A:
 
        E A D G B e
       5| 0 | | | |   (the E is tuned 1 1/2 steps down)
        | 0 | | | |
        | 0 | | | |
        8 0 | | | |
        | 0 | | | |
        | 0 | | | |
        | 0 | | | |
        \ /
         |
   matching pitches
 
Heart-Shaped Box
Intro (Verses Riff) (Second guitar hits matching chords a little after the
first guitar) (clean tone)
|-------------------|--------------------|------------------|---------------|
|-------------------|--------------------|------------------|---------------|
|-------------------|--------------------|------------------|---------------|
|-----6--------2----|--------------------|-----6--------2---|--3-3---3--3-4-|
|---6---6----2---2--|---------4(4)---4---|---6---6----2---2-|------2--2---2-|
|-7--------3--------|-0(0)--7------7---7-|-7--------3-------|-(0)--------(0)|
                                                             \_____________/
                                                                    |
chorus                                                distorted before chorus
(distorted) (both guitars transcribed on same staff, second guitar higher)
     (U-B)
    uni-bend U-B            U-B 6x
|------|-----|--|------------|---|-------------------------------------|
|-----0|----0|--|-----------0|---|-------------------------------------|
|.----3'----3'--|-----------3'--.|.-----------------------------------.|
|.--------------|-3-3-3-3-------.|.-----------------------------------.|
|---------------|---------2-2(2)-|--9---9---9--9--9--9--6--6-6-6--6-6--|
|-7-7---3-3-----|----------------|-10--10--10-10-10-10--7--7-7-7--7-7--|  
Hey!  Wait!                                                    Your..
(uni-bend: [unison bend] note is bent up to match higher note's pitch)
 
solo: (no second guitar behind it)
|-bend and return---------------------|-----------|--------------|
|-------------------------------------|-----------|--------------|
|.----9/\-----5/\------2/-\--0-------.|-----------|--------------|
|.7-7------3-3------0-0--------4-2---.|-----------|--------------|
|-------------------------------------|-6-(6)-----|*6-(6)--------|
|-------------------------------------|-7-(7)-----|*7-(7)--------|
                                                   * chord is hit w/fingers
 outro                          U-B
|--------------------------------|-----|----------------------|---------|
|-------------------------------0|-----|----------------------|---------|
|.------------------------------3'\---.|----------------------|---------|
|.------------------------------------.|-3-3-3-3--3-3-(3)-----|---------|
|--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--6--6-6-6--6-|----------2-2-(2)-----|---------|
|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--7--7-7-7--7-|----------------------|-X/------|
                                                                pick slide
If anyone has the bass part for this, please post it!
 _________________________
|Leper.Messiah@Rushnet.com|
|Leper.Messiah@njackn.com |
 \\\\\\\\\\\//////////////

                               By Kurt Cobain
 
     Here is another song from Nirvana, "Heart-shaped box".
 The rhy.fig.1 includes slight (I mean very slight) variation
 in each line he says, but you can just play it like that, 
 it sounds the same. I heard in a report that this HE wrote
 it because or influenced (I don't really remember) by a gift
 Courtney gave to Kurt, a Heart-shaped box with chocolates in it,
 I don't really know so if you don't believe it maybe you're right.
 It's a nice song.

       Key Notation.-

              /=slide up      p=pull up
              \=slide down    h=hammer on
               1/2
               /                              
             /   = bend 1/2 or full, etc.
           /

              1/2
             /   \ = bend and release 1/2 or full, etc.

 Tune down.- Db, Ab, Db, Gb, Bb, Eb
 or in other words dropped Db tunning or some shit like that

 rhy.fig.1
 Gtr.1
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 ------2----------------------------------------
 ----2---2---------3-------------0-----0--------
 --0------------3-----3-------0-----0-----0-----
 ------------3-------------0--------------------
 Gtr.2
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 ------------3-------------0--------------------

 Gtr.1                       (end of rhy.fig. 1)
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 -------2---------------------------------------
 --2--2---2-------3----------/4--4----4-----4-0-
 --0------------3-------------------0----3--3---
 -------------3-------3---0---------------------
 
 Gtr.2
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 --2--------------------------------------------
 --0--------------------------------------------
 -------------3-----------0---------------------
 
 Fill A
   w/distortion
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 --/4--4-----4----------------------------------
 ---------0-----3--3p0--------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------

 rhy.fig. 2
 w/distortion             
              1/2            1/2
 ------------/--------------/-------------------  1/2
 -----------/--------------/-------------------- /
 --2--2----4--------------4--------------------/
 --2--2------------3--3------------4--4---4---4-
 --0--0------------3--3-----------------0---3---
 ------------------3--3----------0--------------

 Fill B                                
                                       1/2 (hold bend)
 -------------------------------------/----\----
 ------------------------------------/------\---
 -----------------------------------4--------4p0
 -3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3------0--0--------------
 -3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3------0--0--------------
 -3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3---0--0--0--------------

 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 ----------------------------/4--4--4--4--------
 -3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3-----------------3--3p0-
 -3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3------------------------
 -3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3---0--------------------
 
 w/rhy.fig. 1
 She eyes me like a pisces when I am weak.
 I've been locked inside your heart-shaped box for weeks
 I was drawn into your magnet tar pit treap
 I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black 
                       (use Fill A instead of the end of rhy.fig. 1)

 w/rhy.fig. 2
 
 Hey!
 Wait!
 I've got a new complaint.
 Forever in debt for your priceless advice.
 Hey!
 Wait!
 I've got a new complaint.
 Forever in debt for your priceless advice.
 Hey!
 Wait!
 I've got a new complaint.
 Forever in debt for your priceless advice.
 your advice (w/Fill B)
 
 w/rhy.fig.1
 Meat eating orchids forgive no one just jet
 Cut myself on angels hair and baby's breath.
 Broken hymen of your highness, I'm left black 
 Throw down your umbilical noose so I can climb right back
                         (use Fill A instead of the end of rhy.fig. 1)

 w/rhy.fig. 2
 
 Hey!
 Wait!
 I've got a new complaint.
 Forever in debt for your priceless advice.
 Hey!
 Wait!
 I've got a new complaint.
 Forever in debt for your priceless advice.
 Hey!
 Wait!
 I've got a new complaint.
 Forever in debt for your priceless advice.
 your advice (w/Fill B)

 Solo       
 w/distortion and chorus pedal      
        
        full           1/2
 ------/--\--*--------/--\--*-------------------
 -----8---(8)p7------6---(6)p5------------------
 -----------------------------------------------  * play both notes
 --7--------------5-----------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
        
        1/2
 ------/---\------------------------------------
 -----5-----5---3--1p0--------------------------
 --3--------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
        
        full           1/2
 ------/--\--*--------/--\--*-------------------
 -----8---(8)p7------6---(6)p5------------------
 -----------------------------------------------  * play both notes
 --7--------------5-----------------------------  
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
        
        1/2
 ------/---\------------------------------------
 -----5-----5---3--1p0--------------------------
 --3--------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------

                  dist. off          chorus off
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 --2----------------2---------------------------
 --2----------------2---------------------------
 --0----------------0---------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------

 w/rhy.fig. 1
 She eyes me like a pisces when I am weak.
 I've been locked inside your heart-shaped box for weeks
 I was drawn into your magnet tar pit treap
 I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black 
                       (use Fill A instead of the end of rhy.fig. 1)

 w/rhy.fig. 2
 
 Hey!
 Wait!
 I've got a new complaint.
 Forever in debt for your priceless advice.
 Hey!
 Wait!
 I've got a new complaint.
 Forever in debt for your priceless advice.
 Hey!
 Wait!
 I've got a new complaint.
 Forever in debt for your priceless advice.
 your advice (w/Fill B)      X ? times 
 (I don't have the tape here so... I don't really know how many times)

 And it ends with this 
                              fdbk.
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----------------------------------------------
 -----4---4---4---4-----------(4)---------------
 --0------------------3-------(3)---------------
 --0--------------------------------------------
    Maybe your asking (or maybe not) why I don't leave an e-mail or 
 some shit like that for errors, it is because I don't have a damn
 modem and I don't understand nothing about computers, in fact
 I hate them except for the edit (in which I write all this),
 and I'm not interested in learning 'cause I rather play guitar or read.
 My name it's not important, I'm just another fan of Nirvana , it's
 my favorite group,(really?). I send this TAB through a friend of mine
 that does have all that stuff of the comuputer and likes it, and maybe 
 I shall ask him for that "e-mail" or I don't know what it is, but I see it 
 in all the tabs I've seen in the computer, if I do I'll put it.
 And one more special message to go then I'm done and I can go home,
 let's remember Kurt not as a "stupid" guy who killed himself, but 
 a guy that described our lives (at least mine) in his songs and made 
 us pass a REALLY good time during his lifetime.

              Other tabs I've written:
                    abtagirl.tab
                    breed   .tab    (the one that starts: oh my God!)
                    pissings.tab
                    drainyou.tab
                    polly   .tab    (my first tab)
                    sonofagn.tab
                    rape_me .tab    (which my friend changed it 
                                     to "rape_me2.tab" 'cause I
                                     don't know why)
                    tourette.tab    (in which I have a correction)
Note: My friend's e-mail address is daid@m-net.arbornet.org, you can 
send any corrections, suggests or comments to that address.

 correction.-
  rhy.fig 2
  
  ------------------------------------------
  ------------------------p-----------------
  -------4---3------4---3---0---------------
  --4---------------------------------------
  --4---------------------------------------
  --2---------------------------------------

  it's not like that is like this
  
  ------------------------------------------
  ------------------------------------------
  -------4---3------3--4p3-p0---------------    it's a little error
  --4---------------------------------------    but if we're going to
  --4---------------------------------------    play something we like
  --2---------------------------------------    at least let's try to do it
                                                the more perfect we can

  ... And coming soon "Frances Farmer will get her Revenge at Seattle"
  (Frances_.tab)



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