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(@stan-ton)
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Creep
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By Radiohead

For all you guys out there who like myself are going through the pain of learning Barre chords. This sad but brilliant song gives good practice moving up and down the fret using these so called easy Barre chords

Strumming Pattern – D D ududd D D ududd

Chord Shapes -

G B C Cm
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|---|-*-|---|---| |---|-*-|---|---| |---|-*-|---|---| |-*-|---|---|---|
|---|---|-*-|---| |---|---|-*-|---| |---|---|-*-|---| |---|---|-*-|---|
|---|---|-*-|---| |---|---|-*-|---| |---|---|-*-|---| |---|---|-*-|---|
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3th Fret 7th fret 8th Fret 8th Fret

Intro - G,B,C,Cm

G
When you were here before
B
Couldn't look you in the eyes
C
You look like an angel
Cm
Your skin makes me cry

G
You float like a feather
B
In a beautiful weather
C
I wish I was special
Cm
You're so **** special

Chorus:
G
But I'm a creep
B
I'm a wierdo
C
What the hell am I doin' here
Cm
I don't belong here

I don't care if it hurts
I wanna have control
I wanna perfect body
I want a perfect soul

I want you to notice
When I'm not around

You're so *' special
I wish I was special....

(then something like this...)
oooh... she's running away....she's running...run..run...run..ruuuuun

Whatever makes you happy
Whatever you want
You're so **** special
Wish I was special...


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(@elvis)
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Great song and quite easy too thanks alot


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(@lucam)
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mmm, I already knew the chords, but never learned the strumming pattern. So thank you!


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(@mikemc)
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D D ududd D D ududd

Ok, what is the difference in the upper and lower case? Is the Uppercase a percussive?


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(@dl0571)
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D D ududd D D ududd

Ok, what is the difference in the upper and lower case? Is the Uppercase a percussive?

Im not sure if it's standard to uppercase percussive notes, but in the context of this song, yes, the uppercased ones are percussive.

"How could you possibly be scared of being bad? Once you get past that, it's all beautiful." -Trey Anastasio


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(@drink2much)
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Great post:

I Like to try another version I found on the web somewhere.
G,B,C,Cm

G=3rd fret
        G                  B                  C                  Cm                       
|-*-|---|---|---|  |-*-|---|---|---|  |-*-|---|---|---|  |-*-|---|---|---|
|-*-|---|---|---|  |-*-|---|-*-|---|  |-*-|---|-*-|---|  |-*-|-*-|---|---|
|-*-|-*-|---|---|  |-*-|---|-*-|---|  |-*-|---|-*-|---|  |-*-|---|-*-|---|
|-*-|---|-*-|---|  |-*-|---|-*-|---|  |-*-|---|-*-|---|  |-*-|---|-*-|---|
|-*-|---|-*-|---|  |-*-|---|---|---|  |-*-|---|---|---|  |-*-|---|---|---|
|-*-|---|---|---|  |-*-|---|---|---|  |-*-|---|---|---|  |-*-|---|---|---|
3th Fret            2nd fret            3rd Fret            3rd Fret

There are about five things to write songs about: I'm leaving you. You're leaving me. I want you. You don't want me. I believe in something. Five subjects, and twelve notes. For all that, we musicians do pretty well.
Elvis Costello- Esquire, NOV 03


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(@oktay)
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To make it easier it can be played all open chords as:

G / B7 / C / Cm

oktay


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(@deanobeano)
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i thought the capital D meant a harder strum. What do you mean by precussive ?


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(@mikemc)
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A percussive is deading the string(s) with either your left hand or the heel of your right hand. The notes are not allowed to ring out. It is very distinctive in this song. Keep in mind that I am rather new to the guitar so someone else may be able to give you a better explination.


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Not an easy song to transpose to open chords - about the nearest you'd get is C, E, F and Fm - with a capo at the 7th, you'd be back in the original key....

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


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(@1st_act)
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Hey all,

I 'm going to start working on this song tonight. Can anyone to me how fast/slow this song is? Is the pace steady throughout?

Thanks

M


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(@mattguitar_1567859575)
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hi 1st Act

Go into Google and type in "radiohead creep acoustic" and look for the animation by Low Morale. Apart from being an absolutely fantastic bit of animation, you have the bonus of being able to listen to the acoustic version of the song as well - win win!

i love that cartoon.

great song. I have been messing around with the top part of the barre (for instance on the G the 3554 part - ignoring the two treble strings) and playing around with picking patterns. This works pretty well with this song.

all the best

Matt


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(@1st_act)
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Thanks Mattguitar,

Real cool...and helpful too.

1st


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(@ignar-hillstrom)
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Sure you can play it open, in the original key without capo:

G [3 2 0 0 0 3]
B7 [x 2 1 2 0 2] or B [x 2 1 4 0 x]
C [x 3 2 0 1 0]
Cm [x 3 1 0 1 x]

To keep a somewhat sane melody in your chords you can drop the first string on all chords. I think you can replace the B with a Bm since you don't sing the third, don't have the song or a guitar with me so relying on memory here.
Bm [x 2 0 4 0 2] or Bm7 [x 2 0 2 0 2]


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(@bford)
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Looks like a good beginner barre chord song. Same chord shapes through out. I'll have to give this a try when I get home. I'm just now venturing into barres.
thanks

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