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Green earrings

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                  GREEN EARRINGS    -   Steely Dan
                 ----------------------------------      

                           From the album - Royal Scam

                           Transcribed by Howard Wright
                           Howard@jmdl.com


==================================================================
NB: I recently (March 2001) went through this file and made a few
updates. Looking through it again, I noticed I hadn't given any 
shapes for a couple of chords - there were also two chords in
the pre-solo section that weren't right, so I've fixed these.
==================================================================

It's a little awkward this one because some bits are easier to write
as TAB, some as chords so I've mixed the two. Hope it's OK to follow.

On the verses the guitar only plays the same shape on the top 3 strings
for quite a bit. If you want to put in a little bass in the gaps I've 
indicated the main bass note. The actual bass jumps around a lot, so 
it's impossible to get the feel of both guitar and bass in one TAB part, 
but just sticking in the root note between strums on the top strings 
helps fill it out.

The solos are included at the end of this file. 


Intro
------

Riff: (played over Dsus4/A)

E-----------------------------------------
B-----------------------------------------
G-----------------------------------------
D---------------------------7----5--------
A---7-9-10---9-7-9---7-5--7----5----3-5---
E-----------------------------------------


then

B/E  A/D      A/D  G/C       B/E  A/D    A/D  G/C


VERSE 1:
--------

Main riff:

E---8-7-8------8-7-8--
B---8-7-8------8-7-8-- keep repeating...
G---7-6-7------7-6-7--

(Bass is A...)


(Carry on as above)

Cold, daring, no flies on me



(... keep repeating main riff)

Sorry, angel, I must take  what I see



E------------6-5-6----------8-7-8--
B------------6-5-6----------8-7-8--
G------------5-4-5----------7-6-7--

      (G bass ..........A bass)
Green Earrings       I remember  

 

                                  E----10-9-10--
                                  B----10-9-10--
                                  G----9--8-9---

    Gm7   Am7  Gbsus2/Bb     /  Bm7  (B Bass...)  
The rings of   rare         de-sign  



E--------11-10-11--
B--------11-10-11--
G--------10-9--10--

    (C Bass)            A/B          G/A
I remember         that look in your eye 




        E---8-7-8-----------8-7-8-----8-7-8-----
        B---8-7-8-----------8-7-8-----8-7-8-----
        G---7-6-7-----------7-6-7-----7-6-7-----
        
        (A Bass...)

I don't mind    I don't mind



B/E  A/D      A/D  G/C       B/E  A/D    A/D  G/C



VERSE 2:
--------
As above - The words are:


Greek medallion sparkles when you smile
Sorry angel, I get hungry like a child
Green Earrings, I remember
The rings of rare design
I remember that look in your eye
I don't mind, I don't mind

At the end of verse 2, after the A/D, G/C type chords it carries on
to do four more of the main verse riffs over an A bass.

Then comes the first instrumental break :

INSTRUMENTAL:
--------------

Bm7    F#m7    Bm7    E/A    Dm9     Cm9     

Bbmaj7  Ebmaj7   A6/9

(short drum break for a bar or so)

Guitar Solo:
------------
(see below for TAB) 

Fm7(viii)    Ebmaj7   Ebm7   Dbmaj7

E/F#       F/G       (First solo ends here)


B/E  A/D      A/D  G/C       B/E  A/D    A/D  G/C

Back to the main riff over A bass. (Another solo - see below)

Then it goes back to the verse at the point where they sing 'Green 
Earring , I remember ...' etc. At the end of the verse it carries on 
with the riff over A bass and fades.


Chord Shapes :
--------------

Just to make typing easier, a=10, b=11


EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE   
x0778x    x79877    x57655    x35433    
 
Dsus4/A     B/E       A/D       G/C      



EADGBE    EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE 
3xx331    5xx553     7xx775     6xx674

 Gm7       Am7         Bm7      Gbsus2/Bb

The shapes above work well for "rings of rare design" line, 
but you might find them a bit awkward to play. I think they 
echo the sound of the vocal harmonies nicely, but you can try
the following shapes for something a bit easier:

EADGBE    EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE 
3x333x    5x555x     7x777x     6x667x

 Gm7       Am7         Bm7      Gbsus2/Bb



EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
xx99a9    xx7787    7x7777    2x2222    x5355x    x3133x

 A/B        G/A       Bm7      F#m7       Dm9       Cm9



EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
x0x454    6x776x    x6878x    5x445x    x8a898    x68786

 E/A      Bbmaj7    Ebmaj7     A6/9      Fm7      Ebmaj7



EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE   
x68676    x46564    2x2100    3x321x    

 Ebm7     Dbmaj7     E/F#      F/G      





                   Green Earring - Solos
                   ------------------------

s=slide
h=hammer on
p=pull off
vib=vibrato
b=bend
r=release bend

e.g 4b5r4  means strike note at 4th fret - bend up one semitone, then 
release bend (back to normal pitch)


First solo comes after the second verse, over these chords :

Bm7    F#m7    Bm7    E/A    Dm9    Cm9    Bbmaj7  Ebmaj7  A6/9


The tab is :

E------5------------5---------------------------------------------
B--7-----6-5-----7----6-5----5--------8-6----4-3---4--3-------4b5--
G-----------------------------------5------------5----------3------
D---------------------------------7---------------------------------
A----------------
E----------------


Bend that last note slowly !

After a little drum fill comes the main solo :


E---12s11---8-10----8-----------------------------------------------------
B----------------11---9-11-11-11s13s11--8h11p8---------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------10-10s12--10p7------7h8-10
D--------------------------------------------------------------8-10-------
A---
E----



E------------------------10-------------------------------------------------
B---------11-13-12-11-------13-11--------------------------------------11s13
G---11-12-------------12----------10-12--12-11-10--10---------10-13p10------
D-----------------------------------------------------11-------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------13---------------
E



E------------------------------------------------------------------------
B---11--11s9-------9----------------------------------9-9s11-------------
G-------------8h10---8-------------------------8-9-11--------11-13-13s15-
D----------------------11-10-------8-9-11--11----------------------------
A----------------------------11-------------------------------------------
E---



E--
B------12--12-12s14--14-12--12-14----14s15--13-15---13p12-------10
G---15-------------------------------------------14-------12-------10
D------------------------------------------------------------14-------12
A--
E--



E--
B--8-----6----8---10
G---9-----7-----9---
D----10----8--------
A--
E--



Next is the short break with the chords -same as the break between verses

(Chords are B/E  A/D    A/D G/C     B/E  A/D   A/D  G/C)

Then another little solo (with a harsher sound):

E--
B------------------5-----------------------------------------------------8
G------------------5---7b8r7p5-------5--------------5----------------7s9--
D-------5-5--5--7--------------7-7-7---7-7-7--5--7---------7-7-7-7-7------
A---5h7-------------------------------------------------------------------
E--                                                          
                                                           ^^^^^^^^^     
                                            There are actually a lot more
                                            notes here than I've written
                                            Just repeat the note very fast
E--
B------------------8-8-8-----------------8-8-8-8--7-5-7p5-----------------
G---------------7s9-------------------7s9------------------7-5-7p5--------
D---7-7-7-7-7-7-------------7-7-7-7-7-------------------------------7-7-7p5
A--
E--


E-----5--5vib---------------------------------------5-----3------
B----x--------8-8vib---5-5vib------------------------------------
G---x-------------------------7-5vib---------5-------------------
D--x---------------------------------7--5--7---7------7-----5------
A----------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------3---


Then you're back into  "Green Earrings, I remember..."

Get practising!

Howard



  

                    Green Earrings - Solos
                   ------------------------


                           Transcribed By Howard Wright
                           Howard@jmdl.com


s=slide
h=hammer on
p=pull off
vib=vibrato
b=bend
r=release bend

e.g 4b5r4  means strike note at 4th fret - bend up one semitone, then 
release bend (back to normal pitch)


First solo comes after the second verse. Chord changes given above
the tab (one bar per chord except for the Bbmaj7/Ebmaj7 change).

The tab is :


  Bm7     F#m7  Bm7    E/A  Dm9        Cm9       Bbmaj7 Ebmaj7   A6/9

E------5------------5-------------------------------------------------
B--7-----6-5-----7----6-5----5--------8-6----4-3---4-----3-------4b5--
G-----------------------------------5------------5-------------3------
D---------------------------------7-----------------------------------
A----------------
E----------------


Bend that last note slowly !



After a little drum fill comes the main solo :
(Chord changes, and number of bars for each chord, written above the tab)

      Fm7 (3 bars)

E---12s11---8-10----8-----------------------------------------------------
B----------------11---9-11-11-11s13s11--8h11p8----------------------------
G-----------------------------------------------10-10s12--10p7------7h8-10
D--------------------------------------------------------------8-10-------
A---
E----


 Ebmaj7 (1bar)                                 Ebm7 (1 bar)

E------------------------10-------------------------------------------------
B---------11-13-12-11-------13-11--------------------------------------11s13
G---11-12-------------12----------10-12--12-11-10--10---------10-13p10------
D-----------------------------------------------------11--------------------
A--------------------------------------------------------13-----------------
E

        Dbmaj7 (1 bar)          E/F# (2 bars)

E------------------------------------------------------------------------
B---11--11s9-------9----------------------------------9-9s11-------------
G-------------8h10---8-------------------------8-9-11--------11-13-13s15-
D----------------------11-10-------8-9-11--11----------------------------
A----------------------------11-------------------------------------------
E---

                                     F/G (2 bars)

E-------------------------------------------------------------------------
B------12--12-12s14--14-12--12-14----14s15--13-15---13p12-------10--------
G---15-------------------------------------------14-------12-------10-----
D------------------------------------------------------------14-------12--
A--
E--



E-----------------------
B--8-----6----8---10----
G---9-----7-----9-------
D----10----8------------
A--
E--



Next is the short break with the chords -same as the break between verses

(Chords are B/E  A/D    A/D G/C     B/E  A/D   A/D  G/C)


Then another little solo (with a harsher sound):

(all played over the basic riff of the song, in A minor)


E-------------------------------------------------------------------------
B------------------5-----------------------------------------------------8
G------------------5---7b8r7p5-------5--------------5----------------7s9--
D-------5-5--5--7--------------7-7-7---7-7-7--5--7---------7-7-7-7-7------
A---5h7-------------------------------------------------------------------
E--                                                          
                                                           ^^^^^^^^^     
                                            There are actually a lot more
                                            notes here than I've written
                                            Just repeat the note very fast
E--
B------------------8-8-8-----------------8-8-8-8--7-5-7p5-----------------
G---------------7s9-------------------7s9------------------7-5-7p5--------
D---7-7-7-7-7-7-------------7-7-7-7-7-------------------------------7-7-7p5
A--
E--


E-----5--5vib---------------------------------------5-----3------
B----x--------8-8vib---5-5vib------------------------------------
G---x-------------------------7-5vib---------5-------------------
D--x---------------------------------7--5--7---7------7-----5------
A----------------------------------------------------------------
E-------------------------------------------------------------3---


Then you're back into  "Green Earring, I remember..."

Get practising!

Howard

	
	

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Walter Becker Yes Yes

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