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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Ticket To Ride - The Beatles

Hard to believe this classic is over 40 years old now,
the first time I ever heard it that jangly guitar intro
got stuck in my head and I don't think it's ever left -
it's still one of my all-time favourite Beatle tracks,
and probably always will be......

Funnily enough, not long after this came out, I was on
holiday with the family (I was about 7 years old!) and
we were on the Isle of Wight, staying at a place called
Shanklin - about the 3rd day there, we took a bus ride
and I asked my dad where we were going....he told me we
were going to Ryde for the day, whereupon I asked him
if that meant I'd got a ticket to Ryde - yes folks,
probably my first ever bad pun!

I actually kept that ticket for years, and insisted on
spelling the song "Ticket to Ryde" - if anyone ever
argued, I'd show them the ticket to prove it......

Anyway, this is a fairly easy song, I'm not sure if it's
in the original key, I just worked it out one day and it
sounded OK to me - see what you think......

Intro.....

I'm not sure if this is the original key John and Paul
wrote it in, I was just messing around with a D chord
one day and came up with this.....

(Vocal...........................................I think
E|---5-2-----5---5-2-----5---5-2-----5---5-2-----5-2-----|
B|-------3-5---------3-5---------3-5---------3-5---3-----|
G|-------------------------------------------------2-----|
D|-0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----|
A|-------------------------------------------------0-----|
E|-------------------------------------------------2-----|

I've added the first full chord just to show where the
intro ends and the first verse comes in......

I (D)think I'm gonna be sad, I think it's today,
The (D7)girl that's driving me mad,
Is going a(G)way, (A)

Chorus......
(Bm)She's got a ticket to (G)ride,
(Bm)She's got a ticket to (C)ri-i-ide,
(Bm)She's got a ticket to (A)ride,
But she don't (D)care......

Now on that last line, you don't actually change to a D
chord - you pluck the D string, and play HALF the intro
like this.....

(A)she don't care..................She said
E|-------------5-2-----5---5-2-----5---2----|
B|-----------------3-5---------3-5-----3----|
G|-------------------------------------2----|
D|-----------0-----------0-------------0----|
A|-------------------------------------0----|
E|-------------------------------------2----|

She (D)said that living with me,
Was bringing her down,
(D7)She would never be free,
While I was a(G)round, (A)

Chorus......
(Bm)She's got a ticket to (G)ride,
(Bm)She's got a ticket to (C)ri-i-ide,
(Bm)She's got a ticket to (A)ride,
But she don't (D)care......

That jangly guitar riff's repeated here, and segues
into the middle eight......

(A)she don't care......................Don't
E|-------------5-2-----5---5-2-----5---1----|
B|-----------------3-5---------3-5-----0----|
G|-------------------------------------0----|
D|-----------0-----------0-------------0----|
A|-------------------------------------2----|
E|-------------------------------------3----|

(G7)Don't know why she's riding so high,
She ought to think right,
She ought to do right by (A)me,
Be(G7)fore she gets to saying goodbye,
She ought to think right,
She ought to do right by (A)me......

She said
E|-------------3---7-5---5---2---|
B|-5-5p3p2---5---5-----8-----3---|
G|---------2-----------------2---|
D|---------------------------0---|
A|---------------------------0---|
E|---------------------------2---|

The rest of it's just a repeat of the 2nd verse
and the chorus......

She (D)said that living with me,
Was bringing her down,
(D7)She would never be free,
While I was a(G)round, (A)

Chorus......
(Bm)She's got a ticket to (G)ride,
(Bm)She's got a ticket to (C)ri-i-ide,
(Bm)She's got a ticket to (A)ride,
But she don't (D)care......

(A)she don't care......................My
E|-------------5-2-----5---5-2-----5---1----|
B|-----------------3-5---------3-5-----0----|
G|-------------------------------------0----|
D|-----------0-----------0-------------0----|
A|-------------------------------------2----|
E|-------------------------------------3----|

(This is just to give you a sense of the timing......

My (G)baby don't (D)care,

care, my......
E|---5-2-----5---5-2-----5---5-2-----5---5-2-----5-2-----|
B|-------3-5---------3-5---------3-5---------3-5---3-----|
G|-------------------------------------------------2-----|
D|-0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----------0-----|
A|-------------------------------------------------0-----|
E|-------------------------------------------------2-----|

Hope you all enjoy this song as much as I have over the
years - sometimes I look at songs like this, and I find it
difficult to believe how old they really are.....it seems
like it was only yesterday.....

And on that bad pun I'll call it a night.....

:D :D :D

Vic

(And if it wasn't in the key of D originally, all I can say is it
bloody well should have been!)

"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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 lars
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(And if it wasn't in the key of D originally, all I can say is it
bloody well should have been!)

Nice job Vic - guess your hand is working ok then(?)

I've always played it in A (I believe that is the original key)

In that case it goes something like this

-------o--------0--------0---------------0-----0-------0
---------2---0--------------2------0-------------2---0--
-----------2------------------2--------------------2----
-0------------------------------------------------------
--------------------0-----------------------0-----------
Think I'm gonna be sad I think it's today

...only thing I know how to do is to keep on keepin' on...

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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So the chords would be......

Umm, anyone feel like transposing from D to A?

Five semitones - could always use the chords I tabbed and put a capo on the 5th fret....?

Anyone?

:D :D :D

Vic

(PS thanks for asking Lars - I'm getting there.....!!!!)

"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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So the chords would be......

Umm, anyone feel like transposing from D to A?

Five semitones - could always use the chords I tabbed and put a capo on the 5th fret....?

Anyone?

:D :D :D

Vic

(PS thanks for asking Lars - I'm getting there.....!!!!)

I think this is right:
D -> A
G -> D
A -> E
Bm -> F#m
C -> G#

As for the solo you can just add 5 to every number. That might not be the easiest way to play it but would work.
You could also do exactly as you stated, play it as is and capo the 5th fret.

____
Steve


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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smcclure - capo - why didn't I think of that!

(er....probably too much beer......)

thanks for that.....

: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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 lars
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D -> A
G -> D
A -> E
Bm -> F#m
C -> G#
Almost :) One step to the right in quint circle

A
I think I'm gonna be sad,

I think it's today, yeah.

The girl that's driving me mad
Bm7 E7
Is going away.
f#m D7
She's got a ticket to ride,
f#m D7
She's got a ticket to ride,
f# E7
She's got a ticket to ride,
A
But she don't care.

...
D7
I don't know why she's ridin' so high,
She ought to think twice,
E7
She ought to do right by me.
D7
Before she gets to saying goodbye,

She ought to think twice,
E7
She ought to do right by me.

I play the opening riff for the A chord in the verse until the Bm7 chord. Bit tricky, but possible with practice to sing along to the riff.

Also - off course it is virtually impossible for mortal men to sing it Lennon-wise - so actually I often put a capo on fifth and play it in ... D ;)

...only thing I know how to do is to keep on keepin' on...

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Some of us have an advantage over mere mortals - I was born 15 miles from Liverpool....

:D :D :D

Vic

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As ever Vic a brilliant job,

God it's a small world. We used to go to the Isle Of Wight for our holidays when we were kids. My grandparents retired there in the early sixties. They lived in Wroxall just outside Ventnor.

Great memories too. Last time I went as a kid I was 10.(1964) We used to come to the island on Red Funnel ferries from Portsmouth and land at Ryde pier head. Then catch the train (steam still in those days) from the pier head and travel to Wroxall.

I always used to think that John's song title was Ticket To Ryde too, even though the song was released one year after I last went there.

Can't wait to try this song out tonight mate.

Chris

The guitar is all right John but you'll never make a living out of it! (John Lennon's Aunt Mimi)


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As ever Vic a brilliant job,Yep; good stuff. 8)
We used to go to the Isle Of Wight for our holidays when we were kids. My grandparents retired there in the early sixties.Hmm, I'm recalling something about a cottage, "if it's not too dear." Wight, right? (Gee, that's kind of a reminder that Paul is sixty-four.)
Can't wait to try this song out tonight mate.I'm gonna try it in both keys, just for the "pickin' practice" it'll provide.
Thanks, Vic!


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 shug
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Thanks Vic . . . another great one! Appreciate the attention to detail you include with the tab. Sounds good in either D or A. Just so happens I learned it in the Key of A, but a slightly different version than Larsko's. (Not a better version, just different.) Thought I would go ahead and post it to expand the library of alternatives.

Gmaj7: xx5432

Basic Verse Strum: D D DU U (heavy on the bass notes to get the drone sound)

Rather than ending with the repetitive "my baby don't care" (which I can't sing) . . . I chose to end the song by playing the Intro one-and-a-half times ending on an A chord.

Ticket To Ride - The Beatles
Verse Strum: D D DU U (A-Bm-E)

Intro: (play twice... let all notes ring):

|-----0-----------0-----0-----------0--------
|--------2-----0-----------2-----0-----------
|--2--------2--------2--------2--------------
|--------------------------------------------
|--------------------------------------------
|--------------------------------------------

Verse 1
A
I think I'm gonna be sad,
A
I think it's today, yeah.
A
The girl that's driving me mad
Bm E
is going a-way.

Chorus

F#m D(U)
She's got a ticket to ride.
F#m Gmaj7
She's got a ticket to ri-i-ide.
F#m E
She's got a ticket to ride. . .
A
and she don't care.
(Last note of A chord is 1st note of Intro Riff)

Verse 2
A
She said that living with me,
A
was bringing her down yeah.
A
For she would never be free
Bm E
when I was a-round.

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:

D
I don't know why she's ridin' so high. . .
D
she ought to think twice,
D E
she ought to do right by me.
D D D/D7/D
Be-fore she gets to saying goodbye. . .
D/7
she ought to think twice,
D E
she ought to do right by me.

|-----------------------10------b(14)12--10--12---
|--b(12)10--8------8/12-----12--------------------
|--------------9----------------------------------
|-------------------------------------------------
|-------------------------------------------------
|-------------------------------------------------
r i m i/m i m r m i m

Repeat Verse 1

Repeat Chorus

Repeat Bridge (w/little solo)

Repeat Verse 2 . . . Ahhhhhhhhhh,

Repeat Chorus

Ending: Play Intro 1½ times, ending on A chord

"Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak."


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Ok, I'm dragging this one up, because I play it a bit different (read:wrong). I don't have a great ear, and I thought it was strange that I always seem to come up a half step off of what everyone else does. Most tab sites I saw this at started on an 'a', but I started it on 'g#'. I think my ear is just out of whack...anyway, here is how I have been playing it:

E-------------------------------
B-------4----1--------------4--
G--1--------------1----3-------
D-------------------------------
A-------------------------------
E-------------------------------

I just leave my pointer finger on the 2nd and 3rd strings, first fret. I just started going through the song tonight, so that's all I have at the moment - just thought it was odd that I always seem to be a half step off in one direction. Guess the only plus of this way is you can slide it all over the fret board easily...if your into that sort of thing :)

-Jon


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Again, I have to go back to an earlier post where the Beatles tuned their guitars a have step down by mistake or design - don't really know. I haven't asked them.
I have an ealier post where I have it in "G". If you play with the recording, CAPO at the second fret to play in "G". Otherwise, it will sound OK without the CAPO.
Most of the tabs I see are in "A", some play in "G" for their vocals. ALso, see an earlier post when I was in LIVERPOOL at the Hard Day's Night Hotel and he playing it in "G".


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Great song, I remember my Dad playing it loads when I was a kid :)

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