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(@nineinchrails)
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hey all - need a hand playing one of my (current) favorite songs. I'm trying to arrange this for solo acoustic treatment, and I just can't get any sort of strumming pattern from listening to the recording. I think part of the problem may be the dominant bass line, which seems to drown out the rhythm guitar of the song. I've found one tab online, but I can't make sense of it. I also know there is no such thing as a "C/H" chord, so I have a feeling the tabber might be totally off base :lol: Anyhow, here it is:
Fool Yourself

C C/H a
Look out child your bound to change,

G G G G
You can't ever stay the same -----

C C/H
Cause if you keep on singin' the same old lines

a C/H C G
C9/5 G
You're going to look around babe and find your friend's out of town
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C C/H a G G G G
Watch out girl the words your sayin' don't really fit the play
uhh...

c C/H a
C/H
Somebody else you might talk to now, knows what you sayin' what you
mean

C G C9/5 G
They don't help your style, they don't help your style

C G
You might say you ain't got a hold on yourself

C G
You might say you always try your best

C G
You might say you only need a rest

C G
You might say you can only fool yourself

G
I said fool yourself

C G
I said fool yourself

Don't believe the words you read
They're written on the street
And every time you know you play their game
They'll knock you down and take your pride away

See how bad you need to cry
But no matter how you try
It's the same old story once again
You always have number one who calls you friend
I call you friend

You might say you ain't got a hold on yourself
You might say you always try your best
You might say you only need a rest
You might say you can only fool yourself
I said fool yourself
I said fool yourself
I said fool yourself

© 1973, Fred Tacket

Chords:
(Standarttuning)
|--3-|
|--3-|
|--0-|
|--2-|
|--3-|
|--X-|
C9/5

|--0-|
|--1-|
|--0-|
|--0-|
|--3-|
|--X-|
c/H

Example Picking Pattern:
|----|3---|----|----|
|----|3---|--3-|--3-|
|----|0---|----|0---|
|----|----|----|----|
|----|2---|----|2---|
|3---|----|3---|----|

Wanna do Reggae-Chorus?
|----|3---|----|3---|
|----|3---|----|3---|
|----|0---|--0-|----|
|--2-|--0-|2---|----|
|3---|----|----|--0-|
|----|----|----|----|
You'll have to mute the strings somehow right after you picked them for
a proper reggae-groove.

This is a Paul & Fred Duet Tour Version.

Noted by Samuel Heller
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(@nineinchrails)
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forgot to mention, you can hear a short clip on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000002KEP/sr=8-1/qid=1156739067/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-5694182-7053740?ie=UTF8

if you don't own "Dixie Chicken" (shame on you ! :wink: )

thanks for any help! :D


   
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(@coloradofenderbender)
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Can't really help you with the song, since I am not familar with it. I really don't know much about Little Feat, except for Dixie Chicken. But, I did catch them a month or two ago at the House of Blues, when I was in Chicago - great show.


   
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(@kent_eh)
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In parts of Europe (Germany, Czechoslovakia that I have heard about), the letter H is sometimes used instead of B .

Would it make more sense as a "C/B" chord?

I wrapped a newspaper ’round my head
So I looked like I was deep


   
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(@nineinchrails)
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CFB - I love the HOB, glad you got to see the Feat. Very cool that they play Lowell's songs in his honor...

I guess I can accept the chord name as C/B, but I still can't figure out a strumming pattern. It sounds like there are some individually picked notes in there that give the tune its distinctive melody. Anyone else that can listen to the clip and give it a shot?


   
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(@chilly-well-water)
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We had a Russian post-doc in my old lab, and when we played together he talked about an H chord. It was indeed a B.


   
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