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Ritual Dance   Michael Hedges

 
 
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 "Ritual Dance" by Michael Hedges
 
 As Transcribed (at least attempted) by Rob McAlister
 
 This is meant as a guide as the strummings are difficult to write out.
 
 TUNING: DADGCC, low to high (The two C's are the same pitch.)
 
 SYMBOLS:
 ^ = Harmonic
 h = hammer
 s = slide
 p = pull off
 S = knock side (left hand)
 T = knock top (right hand)
 Intro:
 S T S T 
 C||-^3---------------------------^5---------------------------|
 C||-^3---------------------------^5---------------------------|
 G||-----------------------------------------------------------|
 D||--------h3-3s5-5-5-5-12p0-0-0--------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0--|
 A||--------h3-3s5-5-5-5-12p0-0-0--------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0--|
 D||--------h3-3s5-5-5-5-12p0-0-0--------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0--|
 | |_| | |_| | |_| |_|_|_| | |_|_| |_|_|_| |_|_|_| | 
 
 
 S T T T 
 |-^9---------------------------^12-----------------------------|
 |-^9---------------------------^12-----------------------------|
 |--------------------------------------------------------------|
 |--------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0---------h3-3-3-3s5-5-/-12--0-----|
 |--------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0---------h3-3-3-3s5-5-/-12--0-----|
 |--------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0---------h3-3-3-3s5-5-/-12--0-----|
 | |_|_| |_|_|_| |_|_|_| | |_|_| | |_|_|_| | | | 
 
 fig. A
 |-2-/5-5-7-0-------------------2-/5-5-7-0--------------------|
 |-2-/5-5-7-0-------------------2-/5-5-7-0--------------------|
 |------------------------------------------------------------|
 |------------h3--3-3s5-5-5--0-------------h3-3-3s5-5-5--0----|
 |------------h3--3-3s5-5-5--0-------------h3-3-3s5-5-5--0----|
 |------------h3--3-3s5-5-5--0-------------h3-3-3s5-5-5--0----|
 | |_|_|_| | | |_| |_| | | |_|_|_| | | |_| |_| |
 fig. b |-9----12-0-2-4----------0-0-2---0-0-2--------2--5-5-7-0---------------|
 |-9----12-0-2-4----------0-0-2---0-0-2--------2--5-5-7-0---------------|
 |---10------------------------0h3----------------------------2p0--0----|
 |----------------2-2-2-2s0--------------0--0-------------h3-3-s-5-5--0-|
 |----------------0-0-0-0-0-1------------0--0-------------h3-3-s-5-5--0-|
 |----------------------------------0----0--0-------------h3-3-s-5-5--0-|
 |-2--5-5-7-0-----------------9----12-0-2-4---------0-0-2---0-0-2--|
 |-2--5-5-7-0-----------------9----12-0-2-4---------0-0-2---0-0-2--|
 |----------------2p0--0--------10-----------------------0h3-------|
 |------------h3-3-s-5-5--0-----------------2-2-2-2s0--------------|
 |------------h3-3-s-5-5--0-----------------0-0-0-0-0-1------------|
 |------------h3-3-s-5-5--0-----------------------------------0----|
 fig. c (play twice)
 ||------5-4-2-0-------------------------------------------5-4-2-0------------|
 ||------5-4-2-0-------------------------------------------5-4-2-0------------|
 ||-------------0-2-2-2-2-0---0-2-2-2-2-0----2-2-2----------------0-2-2-2-2-0-|
 ||-0--0--------3-3-3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3-3-3--2-3-3-3-3-2-0-0--------3-3-3-3-3-3-|
 ||-0--0--------3-3-3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3-3-3--0-3-3-3-------0--------3-3-3-3-3-3-|
 ||-0--0--------3-3-3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3-3-3--0-3-3-3-------0--------3-3-3-3-3-3-|
 fig. d (not quite right but similar)
 |---------------------0--2--||----------------------0------------------------|
 |---------------------0--2--||----------------------0------------------------|
 |-0-2-2-2-0----2-2-2--------||------------------------4-0--------------------|
 |-3-3-3-3-3--2-3-3-3--2--0--||-h1-1-1-1s3-3-3-3s5-5-------h1-1-1-1s3-3-3-3s5-|
 |-3-3-3-3-3--0-3-3-3--------||-h1-1-1-1s3-3-3-3s5-5-------h1-1-1-1s3-3-3-3s5-|
 |-3-3-3-3-3--0-3-3-3--------||-h1-1-1-1s3-3-3-3s5-5-------h1-1-1-1s3-3-3-3s5-|
 
 |---0---------------------------0------h7-7-7-------7-7-7------------|
 |---0---------------------------0------h7-7-7-------7-7-7------------|
 |-----4-0-------------------------4-0--h7-7-7-------9-9-9------------|
 |-5--------h1-1-1-1s3-3-3-3s5-5--------h7-7---7-7-7--------0-0-------|
 |-5--------h1-1-1-1s3-3-3-3s5-5--------h7-7---7-7-7--------0-0-------|
 |-5--------h1-1-1-1s3-3-3-3s5-5--------h7-7-- 7-7-7--------0-0-------|
 
 After playing up to this point, play: fig. a, fig.c, fig. d (change the last
 three strums of C-C from 7th to 9th), fig. b (play the part starting at 
 the 9th fret twice), then the ending:
 
 |---------0-0--2-2------------------0-0--2-2--------------------------------|
 |---------0-0--2-2------------------0-0--2-2--------------------------------|
 |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 |-h3-3-3s5-5--0------0-0-0-0h3-3-3s5-5--0------0-0-0-0h3-3-3s5-5-5-5--0-0-0-|
 |-h3-3-3s5-5--0------0-0-0-0h3-3-3s5-5--0------0-0-0-0h3-3-3s5-5-5-5--0-0-0-|
 |-h3-3-3s5-5--0------0-0-0-0h3-3-3s5-5--0------0-0-0-0h3-3-3s5-5-5-5--0-0-0-|
 S T S T 
 |-^3------------------------------^5-------------------------------|
 |-^3------------------------------^5-------------------------------|
 |------------------------------------------------------------------|
 |--------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0-0-0---------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0-0-0-|
 |--------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0-0-0---------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0-0-0-|
 |--------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0-0-0---------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0-0-0-|
 
 S T T T 
 |-^9-------------------------------^12-----------------x--||
 |-^9-------------------------------^12-----------------x--||
 |------------------------------------------------------x--||
 |--------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0-0-0---------h3--3-3s5-5--x--||
 |--------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0-0-0---------h3--3-3s5-5--x--||
 |--------h3-3-3-3s5-5-5-5p0-0-0-0---------h3--3-3s5-5--x--||
 
 
 
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 Ok, Hedgers and Hedgehogs, I've got a question. For years I've been working on
 my own deconstruction of Ritual Dance, one of my favorite pieces. It amazes me
 how much goes on in that song in only 2:18 or so.
 
 One part of the song has given me particular trouble. I'm hoping that there
 may be a few others out there who've also tried to decode it, and can offer me
 some guidance.
 
 The piece in question is a small part of the end of the "verse" (for want of a
 better term) portion. The "verse" is to me the main
 figure which goes something like (forgive my lack of tab experieince; I've
 probably condensed some time signatures and failed to indicate some repeated
 notes):
 
 2-55-7-0 - - ------2-55-7-0------------12-0-2-4-----
 2-55-7-0 ---- - ---2-55-7-0------------12-0-2-4-----
 2-55-7-0 - ---- ---2-55-7-0------------10-----2 ----
 --------333--555-0----------333--555-0-10-----2 2222
 --------333--555-0----------333--555-0--------------
 --------333--555-0----------333--555-0--------------
 
 >From here, one approach goes:
 
 00-------2
 00-------2
 55-7-----2
 33-5--00-0
 00-55-33-0
 00-55-00-0
 
 Whereas another goes:
 
 00-2--00-2
 00-2--00-2
 00-3--00-2
 00-0--00-0
 00-------0
 00-------0
 
 This may not be decipherable, but I'm curious what turn your deconstruction of
 the piece takes at this point?
 
 MH does this piece so quickly he seems like a blur at this juncture. He seems
 to be doing something on the lower 3 strings around the 7th or 8th fret, but
 
 the recording, it also sounds possible that he is doing different figures at
 this juncture later in the piece.
 
 I have a gig next Wednesday, and I'm toying with doing this piece, so any
 timely advice would be much appreciated. Many thanks!
 
 - Ken
 
 
 
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 In this transcription I didn't bother marking the percussive
 tapping of the top and sides of the guitar. Where it goes,
 everyone knows.:-)
 I've tried to pay particular attention to sections 'E'and 'J'
 where some discrepancies in interpretation seem to exist.
 There is also an inferred slide in section 'A' between the 5th fret
 and open string notes stopping somewhere, anywhere, between the
 8th and 12th fret.
 The end at section 'M' has a simultaneous pick attack with the pull
 off to produce the big glorious noise.
 
 Note regarding section 'J': the barred "pull-off" starts at the
 heaviest string and works its way down successively. Each note is
 played quickly making a BARRUMPF sound. The same applies in sections
 'E' and 'M'.
 
 Ritual Dance
 
 Tuning - DADGCC
 
 Roadmap - A,B,C,E,F,C,E
 G,H,G,I,G,H,G,I
 J,J,J,K,B,C,E
 G,H,G,I,G,H,G,I
 J,J,J,K,F,D,E,D,E
 L,A,M
 
 Keycode - (number) - harmonic
 (letter) - section name
 > - slide
 H - hammer on
 P - pull off
 (A)
 |-(3)--------------(5)--------------(9)--------------(12)-------------|
 |-(3)--------------(5)--------------(9)--------------(12)-------------|
 |-(3)--------------(5)--------------(9)--------------(12)-------------|
 |-----3-333-5-55-0-----3-333-5-55-0-----3-333-5-55-0------3-333-5-55--|
 |-----3-333-5-55-0-----3-333-5-55-0-----3-333-5-55-0------3-333-5-55--|
 |-----3-333-5-55-0-----3-333-5-55-0-----3-333-5-55-0------3-333-5-55--|
 (B)
 |-2->55->7-0--------------2->55->7-0-------------|
 |-2->55->7-0--------------2->55->7-0-------------|
 |-2->55->7-0--------------2->55->7-0-------------|
 |-----------3-3-3--5-5-0------------3-3-3--5-5-0-|
 |-----------3-3-3--5-5-0------------3-3-3--5-5-0-|
 |-----------3-3-3--5-5-0------------3-3-3--5-5-0-|
 (C) (D) (E)
 |-9--|---(12)-|-0-2-4-444-P2P0----------0-2-22-|
 |-9--|-9------|-0-2-4-444-P2P0----------0-2-22-|
 |-10-|--10----|-0-2-2-222---P0---7-7----0-2-22-|
 |----|--------|---2-2-222---P0--8-88-P0------0-|
 |----|--------|-----0-000-------8-88-P0------0-|
 |----|--------|-----------------8-88-P0------0-|
 (F)
 |-2->55->7-0--------------2->55->7-0-------------|
 |-2->55->7-0--------------2->55->7-0-------------|
 |-2->55->7-0---2P0--0-----2->55->7-0---2P0--0----|
 |------------3-----5-5-0-------------3-----5-5-0-|
 |------------3-----5-5-0-------------3-----5-5-0-|
 |------------3-----5-5-0-------------3-----5-5-0-|
 (G) (H) (I)
 |-5-4-2-0------------------------|------|-0--2-|
 |-5-4-2-0------------------------|------|-0--2-|
 |-2-2-2-0-0-H2-2--0-H2-2--0-H2-2-|-0--2-|-0--2-|
 |---------3----3--3----3--0----0-|----0-|----0-|
 |---------3----3--3----3--0----0-|----0-|----0-|
 |---------3----3--3----3--0----0-|----0-|----0-|
 (J) (K)
 |--------------------|-77-77-7-|
 |--------------0-----|-77-77-7-|
 |---------------4-0--|-77-77-9-|
 |-1-3>5-3P0-55-------|-77-77-7-|
 |-1-----3P0-55-------|-77-77-7-|
 |-1-----3P0-55-------|-77-77-7-|
 (L) (M)
 |----------0-2----------0-2--------------|------|
 |----------0-2----------0-2--------------|----0-|
 |----------0-2----------0-2--------------|----0-|
 |-3-3-5-5P0----3-3-5-5P0----3-3-5-5P0-00-|--5P0-|
 |-3-3-5-5P0----3-3-5-5P0----3-3-5-5P0-00-|--5P0-|
 |-3-3-5-5P0----3-3-5-5P0----3-3-5-5P0-00-|--5P0-|
 
 Warren Gash
 gashw@crusher.gan.nf.doe.ca
 
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