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Steel Guitar Rag   Bob Wills

Steel Guitar Rag  Bob Wills






 


 Steel Guitar Rag


 Performed By: Bob Wills


 


 The Steel Guitar Rag as sung by Merle Travis


 


 (G)Been travelin' around, seen many a town,


 Maybe you'll find I'm the (D7)kind of guy that (G)brags.


 But take it from me and (G7)see, if(C) you don't a(G)gree


 No melody rolls, like that(D7) ole steel guitar(G) rag.


 


 And when they(C) slide that thing, a(G)long the strings


 It(A7) sounds so dawg gone heavenly, you'll(D7) hear them angels sing


 When you(C) start your feet, you're(G) heart will beat,


 A (D7)rhythm of that ole steel guitar (G)rag.


 


 You maybe kinda choosy about the kind of songs you hear,


 You may like them that's bluesy , make you(D7) cry right in your beer,


 But(G) if you want a song that's bound to(C) drive away your tears,


 Make happy your(G) soul with that(D7) ole Steel Guitar(G) Rag


 


 


 STEEL GUITAR EDITION


 (Second Version)


 AUTHORS NOTES


 This is a very simplistic version. You should add your own grace


 notes, etc. and make it SWING. I haven't indicated any timing (anyone


 know of a tab writing program for the Mac that can be adapted to the


 Steel Guitar?). Listen to the many recordings for timing. My favorite


 is the 1935 Texas Playboys' version, with Leon(at age 18) playing it.


 I have indicated a few chords, so if you get people to play this


 with you it will make it easier. Most people really like playing this


 song regardless of their axe.


 


 My Copedant:




 1 F# _________________________________+G_________


 2 D# ______________________________________-D/C#_


 3 G# _____________+A_____________________________


 4 E __+F_______________+F#___-Eb________________


 5 B _______+C#_________+C#______________________


 6 G# _____________+A_____________________________


 7 F# ____________________________________________


 8 E __+F_____________________-Eb________________


 9 D _______________________________________-C#__


 10 B _______+C#__________________________________


 


 Notes: ^ = slide up


 H = hammer on with the bar


 


 


 Part 1(Played, basically on open strings, and using the tip of the bar


 to "fret" the various notes.)


 


 1 F# ____________________________________________________________________


 2 D# ____________________________________________________________________


 3 G# ____________________________________________________________________


 4 E ________0_3^4________0_2^3________0_3^4_2_0________________0_3^4____


 5 B _0_0H2________0_0H2________0_0H2____________2_0______0_0H2__________


 6 G# ________________________________________________0___________________


 7 F# ____________________________________________________________________


 8 E ___________________________________________________0________________


 9 D ____________________________________________________________________


 10 B ____________________________________________________________________


 


 


 1 F# ____________________________________________________________________


 2 D# ____________________________________________________________________


 3 G# ____________________________________________________________________


 4 E _0_6^7__0_3_2_0__________0_3^4__2_0_________________________________


 5 B ___________________0_0H2_____________2_0_____________________________


 6 G# _________________________________________0__________________________


 7 F# ____________________________________________________________________


 8 E ____________________________________________0_______________________


 9 D ____________________________________________________________________


 10 B ____________________________________________________________________


 


 


 


 


 Part 2(Parts 2&3 are played all on strings 4,5,&6, with the bar flat


 on the strings. Part 2 is the only part using any pedals. Purists may


 want to find a way to do it without the pedals.)


 


 CHORD A E F# B


 1 F# ____________________________________________________________________


 2 D# ____________________________________________________________________


 3 G# ____________________________________________________________________


 4 E _4^5_____5___2F^3F______________2______2___________7_____7__6_______


 5 B _____5_____________3A_____________2______2___________7______________


 6 G# _______5______________3____1^2______2______2___6^7_____7____________


 7 F# ____________________________________________________________________


 8 E ____________________________________________________________________


 9 D ____________________________________________________________________


 10 B ____________________________________________________________________


 


 CHORD A E F# B E


 


 1 F# ____________________________________________________________________


 2 D# ____________________________________________________________________


 3 G# ____________________________________________________________________


 4 E _5______5___2F^3F______________2______7__________12________12_______


 5 B ___5_______________3A_______________________________12______________


 6 G# _____5________________3___1^2_____6^7_____11^12________12___________


 7 F# ____________________________________________________________________


 8 E ____________________________________________________________________


 9 D ____________________________________________________________________


 10 B ____________________________________________________________________


 


 


 


 


 Part 3


 


 1 F# ____________________________________________________________________


 2 D# ____________________________________________________________________


 3 G# ____________________________________________________________________


 4 E _______12_______12_______________12_______12________________________


 5 B __________12_______12_______________12______________________________


 6 G# _11^12_______12_______12___11^12_______12___________________________


 7 F# ____________________________________________________________________


 8 E ____________________________________________________________________


 9 D ____________________________________________________________________


 10 B ____________________________________________________________________


 


 


 1 F# ____________________________________________________________________


 2 D# ____________________________________________________________________


 3 G# ____________________________________________________________________


 4 E _______12_______12______________7______7____________________________


 5 B __________12_______12_____________7_________________________________


 6 G# _11^12_______12_______12___6^7______7_______________________________


 7 F# ____________________________________________________________________


 8 E ____________________________________________________________________


 9 D ____________________________________________________________________


 10 B ____________________________________________________________________


 


 


 1 F# ____________________________________________________________________


 2 D# ____________________________________________________________________


 3 G# ____________________________________________________________________


 4 E _______12_______12______________5______5____________________________


 5 B __________12_______12_____________5_________________________________


 6 G# _11^12_______12_______12___4^5______5_______________________________


 7 F# ____________________________________________________________________


 8 E ____________________________________________________________________


 9 D ____________________________________________________________________


 10 B ____________________________________________________________________


 


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