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mattguitar
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Hello all, after Floyd's appearance at Live 8 have been looking for tracks that are playable by solo guitar either acoustic or electric that would be good on this forum. Here's one from Dark Side of the Moon that's really nice on either sort of guitar.

BEGINNERS DON'T BE PUT OFF BY THE LENGTH OF THIS POST!

This song can be played as simply, or as complicated, as your ability allows. You can even just strum the whole thing if you want. But it is a good exercise in picking out strings from a chord, so worth the effort of trying it properly.

Gilmour plays this with his middle finger and pick. He strums the chord on the first beat of the bar through the verses following up with picking as I have put in the tab. Its important to get timing right here. He doesn't play anything on the second beat, just lets the chord ring. So you are looking to recreate that, its not hard with practice.

Verses
All based round a normal D chord. Form this as you normally do, then do an upstrum on the first beat with your middle finger (or with the pick if you prefer) then pick the strings as I have indicated below. You want to get a feel of "One (ring) Three and Four where you're picking on the three and four.

You then switch to a G7 chord, but all this really means is you put your index finger on the high E string first fret – you aren't playing the low E or A strings at all (hence G7 with D in the bass – you maintain the D as bass throughout the verse apart from the A7). Simple. Then you return to the D again and play it as described. When you get to the D* all you do is slide your D shape down 2 frets to xx0454.

The A7 is played x02223 so its normal A shape with your pinky added to the high E string 3rd fret.

Here's a tab for the whole first verse. The second verse follows the same pattern
D
||--2--------2-|-2--------2-|
||--3----3-----|-3----3-----|
||--2------2---|-2------2---|
||--0----------|-0----------|
||-------------|------------|
||-------------|------------|
the lunatic is on the
G7/d
|-1--------1--|-1--------1--|
|-0----0------|-0----0------|
|-0------0----|-0------0----|
|-0-----------|-0-----------|
|-------------|-------------|
|-------------|-------------|
grass………
D
||--2--------2-|-2--------2-|
||--3----3-----|-3----3-----|
||--2------2---|-2------2---|
||--0----------|-0----------|
||-------------|------------|
||-------------|------------|
the lunatic is on the
G7/d
|-1--------1--|-1--------1--|
|-0----0------|-0----0------|
|-0------0----|-0------0----|
|-0-----------|-0-----------|
|-------------|-------------|
|-------------|-------------|
grass………
D
||--2--------2-|-2--------2-|
||--3----3-----|-3----3-----|
||--2------2---|-2------2---|
||--0----------|-0----------|
||-------------|------------|
||-------------|------------|
remembering games, and
D*
|-4--------4----|-4--------4-----|
|-5----5--------|-5----5---------|
|-4------4------|-4------4-------|
|-0----------0--|-0--------------|
|---------------|----------------|
|---------------|----------------|
daisy chains and laughs

|-^3-------------|-3---------------|
|-^2--------2----|-2----------2----|
|-^2----2-2------|-2----2-(2)------|
|-^2-------------|-2---------------|
|-^0--0----------|-0--0------------|
|----------------|-----------------|
got to keep the loonies on the
D Dsus2
||--2--------2-|-0--------0-|
||--3----3-----|-3----3-----|
||--2------2---|-2------2---|
||--0----------|-0----------|
||-------------|------------|
||-------------|------------|
path….

You then repeat this section totally for the second verse “the lunatics are in my hall” etc. When you get to the end, play your Dsus2 section as above, then play a D7 like this
Followed by an ascending bass line on the low E string to get you back to a G chord -
D7 Dsus2 bass ascends
|-^2--2----2-0-|-(0)----0-(0)-2-----|
|-^1--1--1-----|-----2--------------|
|-^2--2--------|--------------------|
|-^0-----------|--------------------|
|--------------|--------------------|
|--------------|----------------0-2-|

OK now here's where the arrangement changes somewhat from what Floyd do. At this point,the whole band enters and makes quite a racket for the chorus. Gilmour continues to pick his way through the chords, but I find that the song starts to lose colour at that point (unless you have 2 guitars going, more on that later). So I tend to strum the chorus in D D DUD for each chord, twice (as they are all held for 2 bars. I won't bother tabbing the chorus, just strum your way through it –
G G
And if the dam breaks open
A A
many years too soon
C C
And if there is no room upon the
G
Hill,
G G
And if your head explodes with
A A
dark forbodings too
C C
I'll see you on The dark side
G A7
of the moon.
.

From the A7 go straight back into your verse pattern and off you go again.

OK on verse 3 theres a slight change. Play the chords in the same “style” as the first verses, but note the changes –
D G7 (d bass)
The lunatic is in my head
D G7 (d bass)
The lunatic is in my head
D D*
You raise the blade,you make the change
A7 D
You rearrange me till I'm sane
D D*
You lock the door and throw away the key
A7 D D7 ascending bass to G
There's someone in my head but it's not me

Here's all the lyrics.

Brain Damage
By Pink Floyd
"Dark Side of the Moon"

Intro
D chord for the first eight bars
V1
The lunatic is on the grass
The lunatic is on the grass
Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs
Got to keep the loonies on the path.
V2
The lunatic is in the hall
The lunatics are in my hall
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor
And every day the paperboy brings more
chorus
And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forbodings too
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

V3
The lunatic is in my head
The lunatic is in my head
You raise the blade,you make the change
You rearrange me till I'm sane
You lock the door and throw away the key
There's someone in my head but it's not me

Chorus 2
And if the cloud bursts thunder in your ear
You shout and no one seems to hear
And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes
I'll see you on the dark side of the moon

TWO GUITARS
If you have a friend who plays or you want to do this in a band setting, the following fills can be played. I have tried to indicate where the fills go but have a listen to the CD and you'll work it out I am sure.
Fill 1 - Gtr II
~~
e|--------14b15==(15)r(14)-|-14----||

Fill 2 – Gtr II

e|--------19b20==(20)r(19)-|-19----||

Fill 3 – Gtr II

e|--------16b17==(17)r(16)-|-16----||

Fill 4 – Gtr II

e|---------------------|-------||
b|---------18pb20r(18)-|-18----||

Here's where they go

Verse One
D D G7 +fill one G7
The luna-tic is on the grass

D D G7 +fill two G7
The Luna-tic is on the grass

D D +fill 3 D* D*
Remembering games, and daisy chains and laughs

A7 A7 D Dsus2 +fill 1
Got to keep the loonies on the path

Verse Two
D D G7 +fill four G7
The luna-tic is in the hall

D D G7 +fill two G7
The Luna-tics are in my hall

D D +fill 3 D* D*
Remembering games, and daisy chains and laughs

A7 A7 D Dsus2 +fill 1 D7
Got to keep the loonies on the path

The fills are played quite slow with some echo. Nice!

Hope someone enjoys all this work ha ha

All the best

Matt


   
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Matt,

Great song and fantastic job with the tab. Really excellent.

Chris

"It's all about stickin it to the man!"
It's a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll!


   
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mattguitar
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well thank you Chris!

All the best

Matt


   
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Great job Matt!!! This MUST have been hard work and time consuming...but thanks for the effort!!!!

:D :D :D

Vic

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mattguitar
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Vic

Yeah it was! But hey, this is Guitarnoise and I am not a "taker".

this site's given me plenty. Its up to all of us (and you do MORE than your bit my freind!) to give to it as well.

I just hope the tabs ok!!!

Cheers

Matt


   
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I've been working on this one as well. A few thoughts:

The intro to the song (on the album) is just that D chord repeated 8 times. I do about four of these to set the mood, with a hammer-on / pullof to a Dsus4 and back on the fourth one.

I find the A7 chord is much easier with a 4 string barre with the index finger. Then to get to the D, you just have to shift your ring finger over from the E string, and remove your index finger from the D.

In the transition to the chorus I use a D7sus2 chord (I think that's what it's called; not too good with theory). Just take your finger of the E string. It sounds very transitional.

In the transition from the chorus to the verse, I throw in some more chords. Something like Bm7, Em, A, A7. The first two each get two beats, with one beat each for A and A7.

Anyway, great song and nice tab. Maybe I should work on Eclipse, which segues from brain damage on the album, although it's more of a dense kind of arrangement.

~Sam


   
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Thanks much for this. I was watching VH1 Classic Last night, and they were running an hour special on the making of Dark Side of the Moon. (Definitely worth the watch, even if you're only a casual Floyd fan). At one point, Roger Waters plays Brain Damage unaccompanied on an acoustic guitar. Fantastic show, and it spurred me to try to learn this one. Thanks again.


   
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thx for the lesson, been listening to pink floyd a lot lately so this is a blast...actually played this song in my car on the way to school this morning.


   
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This is phenomenal... you can't be thanked enough.

Charlie


   
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mattguitar
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Cheers guys, you've dug up an "oldie but goodie" post here!

all the best

Matt


   
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Good stuff, Matt. Thanks! I'll be adding this to my "learn list"- I'll need a bigger notebook soon!

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when he gets up under the lights to play his thing..."-Dire Straits
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Sticky
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Thanks for the homework!

any Pink Floyd heads check out Stellar-Attraction, they're streaming a concert from 1980 right now!

How do you know if a drummer is knocking on your door.....

The knocking speeds up.


   
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BRUCE PAGE
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This is exactly why I watch forum. Great song and not nearly as hard as it looks.


   
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Thanks a lot for the hard work that obviously went into this post

I was looking at youtube to find a cover version to remind me how this tune goes. I found this. Awesome.

Nice story about this very song and nice close-ups that show how Waters plays it.

oktay


   
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