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The Bells of Rhymney  The Byrds

Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 10:34:52 -0500
Subject: TAB: The Bells of Rhymney by the Byrds
This is how I play the song. After listening to it since 1965, it was a
revelation to me (once I started to try to pick it up) how much the
dropped-D tuning adds to the Byrds arrangement. Having the bass tuned
down to D too really puts a floor under the song! The tab, of course,
is not perfect. Corrections, additions, etc. always sought and welcome.
Peace.
Rick
rsambu@aol.com
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THE BELLS OF RHYMNEY
(Idris Davies & Pete Seeger)
as performed by The Byrds on their self-titled first LP
(Robyn Hitchcock does true-to-The-Byrds version)
- one guitar and bass drop low E to D (necessary)
- one 12-string (you know what brand) guitar would be great
opening riff:
 
 e|--------0-2------|----3-2-0-------|--------0-2------|----3-2-0--------|
 B|----3-------3----|----------3-----|----3-------3----|----------3------|
 G|------2-------2--|------------2---|------2-------2--|-------------2---|
 D|-----------------|--------------0-|-----------------|---------------0-|
 A|-----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 D|--0--------------|--0-------------|--0--------------|--0--------------|

(verse 1 and 2)
(break; also see note):
[/] [D] [/] [D] [/] [D] [/] [D] [/] [G] [/] [Em] [/] [Edim7] [/] [Edim7] [/] 
(opening riff)
(repeat first verse)
(end):
| opening riff |
[G]oh..[/]...o[D]h...[/]..o[E]h...[/]...[E]...[/].o[D]h.[/]..[D]..[/]..[D]..[/]..[D]..[/]
| opening riff |
[G]oh..[/]...o[D]h...[/]..o[A]h...[/]...[A]...[/].o[D]h.[/]..[D]..[/]..[D]..[/]..[D]..[/]
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note on break:
If someone wants to post accurate tab for the break, please do. Meanwhile,
what I do is improvise a bit around this. Most of it is strummed~~~~~~~~.
I think Pete Seeger would approve of (any) liberties I've taken; I hope
Roger McGuinn would, too.
[D] [D] [D] [D]  
 
 e|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 B|-10~~~~~~~~~~~--|-12~~~~~~~~~~~~--|-10~~~~~~~~~~~~--|---12-10------------|
 G|-11~~~~~~~~~~~--|-11~~~~~~~~~~~~--|-11~~~~~~~~~~~~--|---------12--11-----|
 D|-12~~~~~~~~~~~--|-12~~~~~~~~~~~~--|-12~~~~~~~~~~~~--|----------------12--|
 A|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 D|0---------------|0----------------|0----------------|0-------------------|

[G] [Em] [Edim7] [Edim7]  
 
 e|-7~~~~~~~~~~~--|--7~~~/12~~~~~~--|--3~~~~~~~~~~~~--|--3~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--|
 B|-8~~~~~~~~~~~--|--8~~~/12~~~~~~--|--2~~~~~~~~~~~~--|--2~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--|
 G|-7~~~~~~~~~~~--|--9~~~/12~~~~~~--|--3~~~~~~~~~~~~--|--3~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--|
 D|---------------|-------14~~~~~~--|--2~~~~~~~~~~~~--|--2~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--|
 A|---------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 D|---------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|

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some chords for the dropped-D guitar:
[D] [G] [E] [D/F#] [Edim7] [Em] [C] [A] [Bm]  
 
 e|----3------x-------0-------2------3-------0-------0-------0-------2-----|
 B|----2------x-------0-------3------2-------0-------1-------2-------3-----|
 G|----3------x-------1-------2------3-------0-------0-------2-------4-----|
 D|----0------5-------2-------0------2-------2-------2-------2-------4-----|
 A|----0------5-------2-------0------x-------2-------3-------0-------2-----|
 D|----0------5-------2-------4------x-------2-------x-------x-------x-----|


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