The trees


Here is the entire thing: The Trees by Rush The beginning of the song is a beautiful classical intro which on the studio album is fingerpicked. I personally favor the live version. But here goes: First I'd like to outline the basic chord forms used and then I will write out the specific picking pattern. an "X" indicates that the string is not used D F#m C#m *A* E G A E|2 E|2 E|4 E|5 E|0 E|3 E|0 B|3 B|2 B|4 B|5 B|0 B|0 B|2 G|2 G|2 G|6 G|2 G|1 G|0 G|2 D|0 D|4 D|6 D|2 D|2 D|0 D|2 A|0 A|4 A|2 A|0 A|2 A|2 A|0 E|X E|2 E|X E|X E|0 E|3 E|0 Bm A/Bm (a Bm chord with an A in the bass) E|2 E|X B|3 B|3 G|4 G|4 D|4 D|4 A|2 A|0 E|X E|X All of these chords are pretty straight-forward except for the *A* chord. I don't know if that's it's real name but it's the trick to getting "The Tree's" to sounding right. By just playing an A chord in first position (2nd fret), the upper notes are too low. So you move them up an octave. The notes are (from lowest fretted note): E(5), A (1), E(13), A (1). So I guess this is officially a A13 (no 3) chord. Don't be so skeptical, try it against the CD and you'll see what I mean (If not Hemispheres than E.S.L.) to fret the A13 (no third) chord i find it easiest to | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | E|-----=--1--=-----=-----=--4--= B|-----=--1--=-----=-----=--4--= G|-----=--1--=-----=-----=-----= D|-----=--1--=-----=-----=-----= A|-----=-----=-----=-----=-----= E|-----=-----=-----=-----=-----= in other words, barre your first finger on the D, G, B, and E strings and lay your pinkie on the B and E strings on the fifth fret. Note, hold the patterns listed above throughout your picking (the whole chord). It allows for a ringing, sustained sound. okay so here goes (3/4 time) D F#m C#m *A* E|-2-----2H3P2----------2----4-----4----5-----5---------------- B|---3---------3------2---2----5-----5----5-----5--------------- G|-----2------------2------------6----------2------------------- D|-0--------------4--------------------------------------------- A|---------------------------4----------0----------------------- E|-------------------------------------------------------------- 1 + 2 3 e + a 1 + 2 + 3 1 + 2 + 3 1 + 2 + 3 E G A Bm A/Bm Bm Rpt 3x then E|-0-------0----3-----------------------2--------- B|---0---0---0----0----2------3-3--3----3--3------ G|-----1------------0----2----4-4--4-------4------- D|-------------------------2------------------------ A|---------------------2------2-2--0----2--2------- E|-0------------3--------------------------------- 1 + 2 + 3 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 1 + 2 + 3 coda (slightly slower) D A Bm E|-\-2-2H3P2----\-0----------\-2--- B|-/-3-------3--/-2-2H3P2----/-3--- G|-\-2----------\-2-------2--\-4--- D|-/-0----------/-2----------/-4--- A|-\-0----------\-0----------\-2--- E|-/------------/-0----------/----- 1 2trplt3 1 2trplt3 1 (held) Then: F#mF#mF#mF#mF#mF#mF#mF#m F#mF#mF#mF#mF#mF#mF#mF#m G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G G A Bm The trouble with the maples G D A and they're quite convinced they're right A Bm they say the Oaks are just too lofty G D A and they grab up all the light A Bm but the Oaks can't help their feelings G D A If they like the way they're made F#mF#mF#mF#mF#mF#mF#mF#mF#mF#m And they wonder why the maples F#mF#mF#mG G G G G G G G G G Can't be happy in their shade AAAAA AAAAA AAA GGG F#mF#mF#m EEE (for the following sections use chord voicings as spelled out in beginning) D There is trouble F#m In the forest C#m *A* And the creatures all have fled E while the maples G A scream "Opression" Bm Bm A/Bm Bm Bm and the oaks just shake their heads D F#m C#m *A* E G A Bm Bm A/Bm Bm Bm Bm The next part was transcribed by Tony Z. I got it from the FTP site in the rush/incoming directory under the_trees.bridge any complaints about the following section, please send to Ok, the patterns here aren't quite note-for-note, but do outline the chords Alex plays, with the open strings (B,E) ringing over the top. Playing it this way flows well, fits the part, and fools 99% of all loyal Rush fans who hear it. Hope this helps. Tony Z.
% means repeat previous measure once then continue E|-------------|---|-------0-----|---|-------------|---|------ B|-------0-----|---|---------0---|---|-------0-----|---|------ G|-----4---4---|-%-|-----------6-|-%-|-----3---3---|-%-|------ D|---4-------4-|---|-----7-------|---|---4-------4-|---|------ A|-2-----------|---|---7---------|---|-------------|---|----- E|-------------|---|-5-----------|---|-2-----------|---|------ E|-------0-----|---|-------0-2-|-----0-2---|------------------ B|-----0---0---|---|-----0-----|-0-------0-|------------------ G|---6-------6-|-%-|---3-------|---3-------|------------------ D|-7-----------|---|-4---------|-----------|------------------ A|-------------|---|-----------|-----------|------------------ E|-------------|---|-----------|-----------|------------------ E|---------0-10------|---|-------1-------|---|-------0----|---| B|-------0------0----|---|-----0---0-----|---|-----0---0--|---| G|----11----------11-|-%-|---2-------2---|-%-|---6-------6|-%-| D|-12----------------|---|-3-----------3-|---|-7----------|---| A|-------------------|---|---------------|---|------------|---| E|-------------------|---|---------------|---|------------|---| E|-------0-----|---|------------------------------------------ B|-----0---0---|---|------------------------------------------
G|---1-------1-|-%-|------------------------------------------ D|-2-----------|---|------------------------------------------ A|-------------|---|------------------------------------------ E|-------------|---|------------------------------------------
Here's the main riff (5/4) E|--------------------|--------------------------------------- B|--------------------|--------------------------------------- G|------0----0----0---|------0-------------------------------- D|----0-------------0-|----0------0----0----0----0------------ A|-12-----11---14-----|-12-----11---12---14---11-------------- E|--------------------|--------------------------------------- 1st measure syncopates when Ged and Neil enter E|-----------------------|------------------------------------ B|----0----0----0----0---|------------------------------------ G|---------------------0-|------------------------------------ D|-12---11---14---11-----|------------------------------------ A|-----------------------|------------------------------------ E|-----------------------|------------------------------------ okay now for the solo, this is pretty close again by Tony Zimmerman notation under notes F- full bend R-release AH-artificial harmonic H between- hammer P between- pull \ between- slide E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- E|------------------------------------------------------------ B|------15-14-12----------12---------------------------------- G|-(14)----------14P12-14-12-14-12-14-14--14----------------- D|--AH------------------------------F--F---------------------- A|------------------------------------------------------------ E|---------------E|------------------------------------------------------------ B|------------------------------------------------------------ G|-11-12-12-12-11-H-12-P-11-\-9-11-6-7-9-7-6-H-7-P-6---------- D|--------F--------------------------------------------------- A|------------------------------------------------------------ E|------------------------------------------------------------ E|-----------|-7-7-7-7-7-7--2-2-2-2--2-2-|-----------|-------4-P-2-P-0-|-- D|-0-0-0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0--2-2-|-----0-2-4-|-----------------|--- A|-----------------------0-0-|-2-4-------|-----------------|--- E|---------------------------|-----------|-----------------|-- 3rd. rpt 4th rpt. then rpt here \/ 2x E|-3-2-0-----|-----------|------------------------------------ B|-------3-2-|-----------|------------------------------ D|-----------|-----0-2-4-|------------------------------------ A|-----------|-2-4-------|---2-2---5---2-2-------------------- E|-----------|-----------|-5-----5---5-----2-2-2--------------- (here on in is me again) A Bm so the maples formed a union G D A and demanded equal rights A Bm the oaks are ju Bm now there's no more Oak opression G D A for they passed a noble law F#m (8th notes, 8 beats) and the trees are all kept equal G (8th notes, 8 beats) A by hatchet, axe, and saw. (ws etc.) A great deal of work was put into this and I hope you enjoy! Suggestions / Corrections can be mailed to Flames will only be accepted from Alex, Geddy, Neil, and Broon! :)
------ The Trees Rush, from _Hemispheres_
transcription by (Patrick M. Ryan) and (Frank Schaapherder)
Notes: The intro is finger-picked. This is left as an exercise for the reader. ;-)
intro D F#m C#m A E G A Bm Bm A D Bm
D F#m There is unrest in the forest, C#m A There is trouble with The Trees, E G For the Maples want more sunlight A Bm Bm A D Bm And the Oaks ignore their pleas.
The measure is 3/4 here.
D A Bm --2-2_3_2---------------2------ --3-------3--2-2_3_2----3------ --2----------2-------2--4------ --0----------2----------4------ -------------0----------2------ -------------------------------
F# F# F# F# F# F# F# F# F# F# F# F# F# F# F# F#
A B The trouble with the Maples, G D A And they're quite convinced the're right A B They say the Oaks are just too lofty G D A And they grab up all the light. A B But the Oaks can't help their feelings G D A If they like the way they're made. F# And they wonder why the Maples G Can't be happy in their shade.
(walking bass line) A A A/G A/F# A/E -0--0---0-0---0-0---0-0---0-0---------------------------------------- -2--2---2-2---2-2---2-2---2-2---------------------------------------- -2--2---2-2---2-2---2-2---2-2---------------------------------------- -2--2---2-2---2-2---2-2---2-2---------------------------------------- -0--0---0-0---X-X---X-X---0-0---------------------------------------- --------------3-3---2-2---0-0----------------------------------------
Time changing to 3/4 again (or 6/8)
D F#
There is trouble in the forest, C#m A And the creatures all have fled, E G A
As the Maples scream `Oppression` Bm Bm [a few times] And the Oaks just shake their heads
repeat this chord scheme. Then play the Bm for two bars instead of one and move into the solo. Get a drummer with woodblocks :-)
A B So the Maples formed a union G D A And demanded equal rights. A B "The Oaks are just too greedy; G D A We will make them give us light." A B Now there's no more Oak oppression, G D A For they passed a Noble Law, F# F# F# (you get the idea) And the Trees are all kept equal G G G (etc) A By hatchet, axe, and saw.

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