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Wes Inman
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The original tab got messed up on this sometime ago, go down this page about 4 posts to find the tab.

Thanks,

Wes

If you know something better than Rock and Roll, I'd like to hear it - Jerry Lee Lewis


   
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Pup
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Oh heck yeah, what a great song. thanks for that :)


   
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greybeard
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Thanks, Wes - good one.

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TwistedFingers
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Another killer tune. Hmm maybe I should spend my vacation this fall picking Wes's brain. :D

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SURFDOC
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Yet another reason Guitarnoise ROCKS.

Thanks


   
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TwistedFingers
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Thanks again Wes. I've already added this to my practice routine for my next song to learn. Appreciate you sharing.

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- "WOW--What a Ride!"


   
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nice post Wes. but first metal song? gotta be rumble by link wray (56 or 57 i think) - at least in attitude! If not, how about "you really got me" - kinks, 63?
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Wes Inman
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Well, I was talking about the technique of palm muting really.

I don't know that song Rumble, gotta check it out somewhere. I also did not know You Really Got Me came out that early, but yeah, that was awesome guitar, not only early metal, but early punk as well.

The Who's Boris the Spider came out about '65 or '66 I believe. I would call that early metal.

Man, there was a lot of great music back then!

If you know something better than Rock and Roll, I'd like to hear it - Jerry Lee Lewis


   
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kent_eh
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It looks like Wes' formatting got abused since the forum software doesn't seem to like HTML in posts any more.
So to make it easier for myself to read (and anyone else for that matter), I've edited it to restore the original formatting (or as close as I can get).
Wes's Classic Rock Born to Be Wild Steppenwolf
A lot of people credit Whole Lotta Love by Led Zepplin as being the first
Metal song because of the palm muting. But here's a great classic that came
out several years earlier. This song is fun and easy to play, so crank up the
distortion a little.

Intro
e----------------------------------- The strumming pattern is down, up, down
B----------------------------------- up, up, up, down, down. These chords are
G----------------------------------- E5, E6, and E7. Use your index and ring
D--9---9-9---9---9---9---11---12---- finger except the E6 & E7. Use your index
A--7---7-7---7---7---7---7-----7---- and pinky for those.
E--0---0-0---0---0---0---0-----0---- Play this section 4 times.

Verse (Get your motor runnin'…)
e---------------------------------------- The first 7 notes are all downstrokes
B---------------------------------------- palm-muted. After that the strum is
G---------------------------------------- down, up, down, up, down, down
D-----------------9---9-9---9--11--12---- You sing the verse on the palm-
A-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---7---7-7---7--7---7----- mutes and play the chords after.
E-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---0---0-0---0--0---0----- Play this section 4 times.

Pre-Chorus (Yeah, darlin', gonna make it happen…)
e----------------- This section is super easy, all power
B----------------- chords. Let them ring. After the E chord
G--4------6-----9- you can play little runs from the E minor
D--5------7-----9- Pentatonic scale if you'd like.
A--5------7-----7-
E--3------5-----0- Play this section 4 times.

2nd Verse same as the 1st (Herman's Hermits)

Play Pre-chorus again.

Pre-Chorus Part 2 (Like a true nature's child….)
e--------------------------------------------------------------------
B--------------------------------------------------------------------
G--------------------------------------------------------------------
D--9--9-9--9-9-9-9-9---5--5-5--5-5-5-5-5---7--7-7---5-5-5-5-5---9---- X 1
A--7--7-7--7-7-7-7-7---5--5-5--5-5-5-5-5---7--7-7---5-5-5-5-5---7----
E--0--0-0--0-0-0-0-0---3--3-3--3-3-3-3-3---5--5-5---3-3-3-3-3---0----

Chorus (Born to be Wi - i - i - ild)
e---------------------------------- These are just E, D, and D Major 7
B---------------------------------- chords. I suggest you play with index,
G---9------7--6--7----9----7--6--7- ring, and pinky. To play the DM7, just
D---9------7--7--7----9----7--7--7- lift your pinky off the 7th fret and place
A---7------5--5--5----7----5--5--5- your middle finger on the 6th. Play along
E---7------5--5--5----7----5--5--5- with your voice. Play this section 2 times.

Play Intro

Interlude
e------------------------------- The famous “Hendrix Chord”. Play this chord
B--8-8-----------8-8------------ open but palm-mute the single notes on the open
G--7-7-----------7-7------------ E string. With practice this will sound great. Play
D--6-6-----------6-6------------ this section 4 times.
A--7-7-----------7-7------------
E--0-0--0-0-0----0-0--0-0-0-0---

Now, go back and play the chorus without singing. Then start 1st verse again. That's it.

Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
In whatever comes our way

Yeah darlin' gonna make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of the guns at once and
Explode into space

I like something lightning
Heavy metal thunder
Racing with the wind
And this feelin' that I'm under

Yeah darlin' gonna make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of the guns at once and
Explode into space

Like a true Nature's Child
We were born, born to be wild
We can climb so high
I never want to die

Born to be Wild

Repeat 1st verse

Hope you like it Wes

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


   
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drpool
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Thanks kent_eh, you've saved the day on this one. I was getting a headache trying to decipher Wes' original post.

Big thanks to both of you guys. :D


   
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flickfan82x
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Woo hoo, my dad loves this one. Thanks.


   
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Hanging Chord
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Um...11/7? 12/7? Are you folks seriously able to span 5 frets with your fingers? :shock: I can barely span 3, and that only if they're adjacent strings -- and I don't even have particularly small hands. Is there a guitar chemistry lab somewhere that I can get a potion for that? :?

I am learning to play this song, but just the melody. Probably a good thing, too.


   
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kent_eh
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Um...11/7? 12/7? Are you folks seriously able to span 5 frets with your fingers? :shock: I can barely span 3, and that only if they're adjacent strings -- and I don't even have particularly small hands. Is there a guitar chemistry lab somewhere that I can get a potion for that? :?

I am learning to play this song, but just the melody. Probably a good thing, too.

There's no way I can span 5 frets up near the nut, but closer to the middle of the neck, yeah.
It's not the easiest thing I have done all day, but I can get there.

Of course I've been playing for a couple of years, so my hand has worked up to it, but it's not impossible... With practice :)

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


   
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DennisF6
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Um...11/7? 12/7? Are you folks seriously able to span 5 frets with your fingers? :shock: I can barely span 3, and that only if they're adjacent strings -- and I don't even have particularly small hands. Is there a guitar chemistry lab somewhere that I can get a potion for that? :?

I am learning to play this song, but just the melody. Probably a good thing, too.

I couldn't do it either, at first.
This is the song I used to motivate me to work on that. (Thanks Wes!) Almost every day I work the intro. I think it was several months before I could do it very well at all. Now, after probably a year, it seems easy.

About a month ago I started working on a 2/7 stretch. At first I couldn't do that at all either. Trying it every day though. Now, on a good day, I sort of can. I think I will get there eventually.

I want to play guitar very badly -
and I do!


   
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