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American Girl  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

American Girl - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
There are only 2 guitar parts here. The first (Gtr1) - Mike
Campbell - is a slightly distorted electric, and plays way up the
neck generally. Don't be scared by the outro solo - its pretty easy.
The second (Gtr2) - I assume this Mr Petty himself - is a clean
electric, and consists mostly of open chords.
The transcription is taken from the March 94 edition of Guitar School
Have fun!
Paul Hutchinson
American Girl - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
= = Hold notes for duration shown
~ = Vibrato
h = Hammer-on
p = Pull off
^ = Bend up a full note
/ = Slide up to
x = Left hand muted percussive note
Intro:
Gtr1
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 +-10----10----10==================+=================+
 |---------------------------------|-----------------|
 |-7-----7-----7===================|=================|
 |-0-----0-----0===================|=================|
 |---------------------------------|-----------------|
 +---------------------------------+-----------------+

|Gtr2 + + + | + + + + |
 
 +---------------------------------+-2--2------------+
 |---------------------------------|-3--3--------3---|
 0h2-----2-----2-----------2-------0h2--2--2-----2---|
 |-0-----0-----0-----------0-------|-0--0--0-----0---|
 |-0-----0-----0-------------------|-----------------|
 +---------------------------------+-----------------+

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 +-10----10----10------10--10101010+-10101010--1010101010----10101010+
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |-7-----7-----7-------7---7-7-----|-7-7---7---7-7-7-7-7-----7-7-7-7-|
 |-0-----0-----0-------0-----------|-0-----0---0---------0-----------|
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+

| + + + + | + + + + |
 
 +---------------------------------+-------------2-------------------+
 |-------------3---------------3---|-------3-----3-------------------|
 0h2-----------2-----------2-------0h2-----2-----2-----------2---2---|
 |-------0-----0-------------------|-0-----0-----0-------0---0---0---|
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+

Play the next 2 bars 6 times:
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 +-1010101010101010101010--10101010+-10101010--101010101010--10101010+
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-|
 |-0-------------------------------|---------0-----------------------|
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+

| + + + + | + + + + |
 
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |-0---0-0-----0---0-0-0---0-0-0---|-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0-0---0---0---|
 |/5----------/5----------/5-------|/5-----5-----5-------------------|
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+

1st & 2nd Verses:
+-[+]5===[+]====[+]====[+]====+-[+]7===[+]====[+]====[+]====+-[+]10==[+]====[+]====[+]====+-[+]12==[+]====[+]====[+]====+
|-3===============|-5===============|-8===============|-10==============|
 
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 +-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+

| + + + + | + + + + | + + + + | + + + + |
 
 +-----------------+-----------------+-------3---------+--------5--------+
 |-----------------|-----------------|-------3---------|--------5------0-|
 |-------2---------|-----------------|----0------------|-------------220-|
 |-0--0--0---------|-----------------|----0------------|-----------------|
 |-0--0------------|-----------------|-----------------|-0--0--0---------|
 +-----------------+-0--0--0-------2-+-3---------------+-----------------+

+-[+]5===[+]====[+]====[+]====+-[+]7===[+]====[+]====[+]====+-[+]10==[+]====[+]====[+]====+-[+]12==[+]====[+]====[+]====+
|-3===============|-5===============|-8===============|-10==============|
 
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 +-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+

| + + + + | + + + + | + + + + | + + + + |
 
 +-------3---------+-----------------+-------3---------+----0---5--------+
 |----3--3---------|-----------------|-------3-----0---|----2---2--------|
 |-2--2--2---------|-----------------|----0--------0---|----2------------|
 |-0--0------------|-----------------|----0------------|-2---------------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-0---------------|
 +-----------------+-0--0--0-------2-+-3---------------+-----------------+

[+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+]  
 
 +-12-12===============+-------2---------+-------3---------+
 |-10-10===============|-----------3-----|-----------------|
 |---------------------|----2------------|----0------------|
 |---------------------|-0---------------|-------------4---|
 |---------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 +---------------------+-------------0-2-+-3---------------+

| + + + + | + + + + | + + + + |
 
 +---------------------+-------2---------+-------3---------+
 |-2--2--2-------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 |-2--2--2-------------|---------------0-|-0--0------------|
 |-2--2--2-------------|-0--0------0-----|-----------------|
 |-0--0--0---------0h2-|----0------------|-----------------|
 +---------------------+-------------0-2-+-3---------------+

[+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+]  
 
 +-------0---------+-------5--------5+-------5---------+
 |----0------------|-------5--------5|-------5---------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 |-2-------------0-|-----------------|-2--2------------|
 |-----------------|-0--0------------|-0--0------------|
 +-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+

| + + + + | + + + + | + + + + |
 
 +-0---------------+-------5---------+-----------------+
 |----0--------0---|----2--5---------|-----------------|
 |-------------0---|----2--2---------|-----------------|
 |-------2---------|-2--2--2---------|----2------------|
 |-----------------|-0--0--0---------|-0--0--0-----0---|
 +-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+

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 +-----------------+-----------------+
 |-----------------|-----------------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|
 |-2---------------|-------2---------|
 |-0--0--0---------|-0--0-00---0-2---|
 +-----------------+-----------------+

| + + + + | + + + + |
 
 +-----------------+-----------------+
 |-------5---------|-2--2--2---------|
 |-------2---------|-2--2--2---------|
 |-2--2--2---------|-2--2--2---------|
 |-0--0--0---------|-0--0-00---------|
 +-----------------+-------------0-2-+

Chorus:
Gtrs 1+2
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 +-------3-------------+-------5-------------+-------2-------7-+
 |-------3-------------|-------5-------------|----3----------7-|
 |----0----------------|---------------------|----2------------|
 |---------------------|-2-------------------|-0--0------------|
 |---------------0h2---|-0--0------------0h2-|-----------------|
 +-3-------------------+---------------------+-----------------+

[+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] [+] 
 
 +-----7-----7---------+-------3---------+-------5---------+
 |-------------7-------|-------------0---|-------5---------|
 |-9-^---9^------9p7---|-0--0------------|-----------------|
 |---------------------|-0--0------------|-2--2------------|
 |---------------------|-----------------|-0--0------------|
 +---------------------+-----------------+-----------------+

Play F# notes in brackets 1st time only
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 +-10101010----10----10----10101010+-1010--10----10101010----10------+
 |(7-7-7-7-----7-----7-7)--7-7-7-7-|-7-7---7-----7-7-7-7-7---7---0---|
 |-7-------------------7---7-7-7-7-|-7-7---7-----7-7-7-7-7---7---0---|
 |-0-------------------------------|---------------------0---0-------|
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+

| + + + + | + + + + |
 
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |-0---0-0---0-0-------0---0---0-0-|-0---0-0---0-0-----0-0---0---0---|
 |/5----------/5----------/5-------|/5----------/5-------5---5---5---|
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+

Go back and repeat verse and chorus sections
Interlude:
(Gtr1 - Slight Palm Muting)
Play the next 2 bars 3 times before moving on
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 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |---------------------------------|-------------7-------------------|
 |-5-----5-----5---------------5-6-|-7-----7-------------------------|
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+

| + + + + | + + + + |
 
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |---------------------------------|-----------------x-x-5-6-7~~-----|
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |---------------------------------|---------x---5-------------------|
 +-3-x-x-3-x-x-3---x-x-x-x-x---3-4-+-5---x-5-------------------------+

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 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |-5-----5-----5---------------5-6-|-7-----7-----7-------------------|
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+

| + + + + | + + + + |
 
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |---------------------------------|-----------------x-x-x-x-x-x-----|
 |---------------------------------|-----------------------------x-x-|
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 +-3-x-x-3-x-x-3---x-x-x-x-x---3-4-+-5---x-5---x-5-------------------+

Play the next 2 bars 6 times altogether
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 +-10----10----10----1010--101010--+-10101010----1010101010--10101010+
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |-7-----7---7-7---7-7-7---7-7-7---|-7-7-7-7-----7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-|
 |-0-------------------------------|-------------------------0-------|
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+

| + + + + | + + + + |
 
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
 |-0---0-0---0-0---0-0-0---0-0-0-0-|-0---0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0---0-0-0-0-|
 |/5----------/5-------------------|/5----------/5-------------------|
 +---------------------------------+---------------------------------+

Outro Gtr Solo:
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 +----14-----14----+----14-----14----+----14-----14----+----14-----14----12-+
 |-15----15--------|-15----15--------|-15----15--------|-15----15----12/14--|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 +-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+--------------------+

| + + + + | + + + + | + + + + | + + + + |
 
 +----14-------14--+----14-------14--+----14-------14--+----14-----14----12-+
 |-15----15--------|-15----15--------|-15----15--------|-15----15----12/14--|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 +-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+--------------------+

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 +----14-----14----+----14-----14--14+----14-----14----+----14-----14----12-+
 |-15----15--------|-15----15--------|-15----15--------|-15----15----12/14--|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 +-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+--------------------+

| + + + + | + + + + | + + + + | + + + + |
 
 +----14-------14--+----14-------14--+----14-------14--+----14-----14----12-+
 |-15----15--------|-15----15--------|-15----15--------|-15----15----12/14--|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
 +-----------------+-----------------+-----------------+--------------------+

Repeat the last 4 bars to fade
Gtr1
 
 +---------------------------------------------------------+
 |-10p7---8-p7---10p7---8-p7----10p7---8-p7---10p7---8-p7---|
 |------7------7------7------7------7------7------7------7-|
 |---------------------------------------------------------|
 |---------------------------------------------------------|
 +---------------------------------------------------------+
 +---------------------------------------------------------+
 |-12p9---10p9---12p9---10p9---12p9---10p9---12p9---10p9---|
 |------9------9------9------9------9------9------9--------|
 |---------------------------------------------------------|
 |---------------------------------------------------------|
 +---------------------------------------------------------+
 +---------------------------------------------------------+
 |-15p12--14p12--15p12--14p12--15p12--14p12--15p12--14p12--|
 |------12-----12-----12-----12-----12-----12-----12-----12|
 |---------------------------------------------------------|
 |---------------------------------------------------------|
 +---------------------------------------------------------+
 +---------------------------------------------------------+
 |-17p14--15p14--17p14--15p14--17p14--15p14--17p14--15p14--|
 |------14-----14-----14-----14-----14-----14-----14-----14|
 |---------------------------------------------------------|
 |---------------------------------------------------------|
 +---------------------------------------------------------+

Enjoy!
==============================================================
American Girl
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tabbed by: Natty Morrison (yeah im a guy asshole, just a weird name)
m_natty2@hotmail.com
This is just the main riff of the song, i hope to have the solo up sometime soon.
Ok the song opens up with an open D chord, not barred, open chord.
He strums that while the bass line enters and plays. Then the main
riff goes : D E G A
[D]Well she was an a[E]merican girl
[G]raised on p[A]romises....and so on like that with all the lyrics
the chourus then comes in with a slightly different riff:
G A D E.... I've noticed that this riff works slightly
better if the chords are played barred. So when playing it u play the
G and A chords on the 3 and 5 fret positions, then move for both the
D and E chords to the 5 and 7 fret positions, making them root fifth
chords
[G]Oh yeah
[A]All right
[D]Make it easy baby[E]
[E]Make it last all night (make it last all night)
[G]She was
A (open) D struming.
An american girl
Thats it! Simple. Im probably wrong so if i am just email me @
m_natty2@hotmail.com

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