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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 syrinx.umd.edu in the rush/incoming directory 
under the_trees.bridge
any complaints about the following section, please send to 
anthonyz@cs.arizona.edu
 
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 jsimms@ic.sunysb.edu
Flames will only be accepted from Alex, Geddy, Neil, and Broon! :)
 
 
 

------
The Trees
    Rush, from _Hemispheres_

transcription by
	pat@jaameri.gsfc.nasa.gov (Patrick M. Ryan)
and
	schaaphe@gin.serc.nl (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# 

G  G  G  G  G  G  G  G  G  G  G  G  G  G  G  G  

     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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