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Fret Filings - (Anne's Blog)
Saturday, December 9, 2017
FATHER CHRISTMAS/PÈRE NOËL by Platinum Blonde
Topic: New Tab Postings

In 1986, when Platinum Blonde released their Christmas-themed single "Father Christmas"/"Père Noël," the band was at the height of its success. The single's release came after the band had scored two consecutive multi-platinum albums in Canada with Standing In the Dark (1984) and Alien Shores (1985).

"Father Christmas"/"Père Noël" was released as a double A-side 45 record (with picture sleeve.) On one side the song was performed with English lyrics and on the other side it was sung in French. Both sets of lyrics are included in this tab. Lead singer Mark Holmes wrote the song for his son, reflecting his feelings during the band's heavy touring years. Borrowing from the song's English lyrics, the dedication on the back cover reads: "Dedicated to Justin, for all the days."

A Christmas song by a Canadian band, recorded in both of Canada's official languages, seemed like a good one to tab for Christmas of Canada's 150th year. The song didn't appear on any of Platinum Blonde's albums, including "best of" compilations. Both versions of the song can be heard at the links below.

The tab:
http://www.angelfire.com/planet/zerofret/cantab/platinumblonde-fatherchristmas.txt

Audio:
Father Christmas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iCcdt3L4EM
Père Noël - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGrE09UD3WA

Posted by planet/zerofret at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, December 9, 2017 7:03 PM EST
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Monday, November 20, 2017
CANADA by Pilot
Topic: New Chords Postings

As 2017 is Canada's sesquicentennial year, it seemed like a good time to do a chord chart of Pilot's 1976 single "Canada", a track full of praise for the True North Strong and Free. This song got a lot of play on my local AM radio station back at the time (CKOC in Hamilton, Ontario.) The Scottish band is primarily known for their 1974 pop hit "Magic," which charted well in several countries and was a #1 hit in Canada.

"Canada" appeared on Pilot's third album Morin Heights (1976), the album's title reflecting the fact that it was recorded at the famous Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec. (Others who would later record there include the Police, David Bowie, April Wine, Queensryche, Nazareth, as well as Rush several times.) While Pilot's first two albums were produced by Alan Parsons, Morin Heights was overseen by noted Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker. "Canada" was the second of three singles released from the album. Three members of Pilot later went on to become members of the Alan Parsons Project.

Transcribed here is a chord chart of the song, including guitar tablature for the main riff and the guitar solo.


The chord chart: http://www.angelfire.com/planet/zerofret/crd/pilot-canada.txt

Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC1y4TAV1Pc

Posted by planet/zerofret at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 10:34 PM EST
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Monday, October 30, 2017
GIRLSCHOOL
Topic: Riff-In-A-Jiff

I had this seasonally appropriate riff ready to go last year about this time, but didn't get around to posting it. So I'm posting it now. This is a bass riff from the track "When Your Blood Runs Cold" off of Girlschool's Screaming Blue Murder (1982) album. With the departure of bassist Enid Williams after the band's second album, SBM featured new bassist Gil Weston. The bass riff tabbed here is from the Instrumental break in the middle of the song and is also heard in the Verses.

Happy Hallowe'en!

GIRLSCHOOL - "When Your Blood Runs Cold"      (K. Johnson/K. McAuliffe/G. Weston)


http://www.angelfire.com/planet/zerofret/annesblog/gsriffs.txt


Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oqz01ga5xYI

Posted by planet/zerofret at 10:20 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, October 30, 2017 10:45 PM EDT
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Monday, September 18, 2017
GOING UNDER by Girlschool
Topic: New Tab Postings


"Going Under" is the opening track of Girlschool's fourth studio album Play Dirty (1983), their last album with Bronze Records in the UK. This album is generally noted for a significant change in the band's sound from punk-influenced metal to a more polished, radio-friendly sound, including the addition of keyboard on a number of the tracks. The overall sound and production is often compared to that of Def Leppard.

This change in direction resulted in the album drawing plenty of criticism. According to various reviews, some people rate this as Girlschool's worst album. I'm definitely not one of those people, I've always heard lots to like on Play Dirty. As Kelly Johnson's guitar playing goes, this album may be her best recorded work. Maybe the different style of this album even further showcased the great melodic sense, phrasing and vibrato Kelly had in her playing. Also, something about this album always reminds me of Queen. Some of the guitar playing has a Brian May-esque sound and stye, and the after-show party Outro of "Breakout (Knob In the Media)" is very reminiscent of the after-show party Outro of Queen's "Let Me Entertain You" from their Jazz album. (And in what is certainly a pure coincidence, "Let Me Entertain You" boasts that "We found the right location, Got a lot of pretty lights", while "Going Under" suggests to "Stow away the promise of pretty lights.")  Considering Play Dirty was produced by Slade's Noddy Holder and Jim Lea, it's probably not surprising to hear influences of other British glam rockers in the music.

"Going Under" has long been one of my favourite songs by Girlschool. It's a very well-constructed track with lots going on guitar-wise...arpeggios, power chords, lead lines and fills, layers of harmonized guitar on the Outro and an impeccably phrased, succinct guitar solo.

Unfortunately, Girlschool didn't play this song live. It's too bad because it would have made a great live number, giving people a chance to hear a more stripped down (by necessity), rawer version of the song. Lyrically, "Going Under" seems to foreshadow Kelly Johnson's imminent departure from the band and subsequent move to Los Angeles ("No time to stay, I've got to run", "I've found a city that burns my eyes".)

All in all, "Going Under" is the strongest track on Play Dirty and among the best in Girlschool's entire song catalogue.


The tab: http://www.angelfire.com/planet/zerofret/girlschooltab/goingunder.txt

Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng-EETLzKj4


Posted by planet/zerofret at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, September 18, 2017 10:08 PM EDT
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Sunday, July 23, 2017
ENCHANTED by Stevie Nicks
Topic: New Tab Postings

"Enchanted" has always been one of my favourite Stevie Nicks songs from her solo career. It's an irresistably catchy, upbeat, piano-driven tune. If you can memorize A-D-E-A you've got the song down, because that progression repeats through the whole song. The track is from the 1983 album The Wild Heart (pictured at right), Nicks' second solo album. The album attained double platinum status in the U.S. and reached #5 on the Billboard charts. It featured the singles "Stand Back", "If Anyone Falls" and "Nightbird."

"Enchanted" later became the title track of Nicks' 3-disc career retrospective box set (pictured at left) in 1998. At that time the song was released as a single, but didn't chart. "The Enchanted Tour" was launched to promote the box set.



 
 
 The tab: http://www.angelfire.com/planet/zerofret/vartab/nicksstevie-enchanted.txt


 Audio (studio version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC278B-_ekU


 Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emfUxCBvw6o


Posted by planet/zerofret at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, July 23, 2017 10:56 PM EDT
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Saturday, July 1, 2017
CANADA 150
Topic: General
HAPPY CANADA DAY!


Happy Birthday, Canada! Looking great at 150!


Posted by planet/zerofret at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, July 1, 2017 1:05 AM EDT
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Thursday, June 8, 2017
BABY WONCHA PLEASE COME HOME by Trooper
Topic: New Tab Postings

In 1975 "Baby Woncha Please Come Home" was released as Trooper's first single ever, charting at #45 in Canada. The song appeared on the band's self-titled debut album, which was produced by Randy Bachman and also featured the follow-up (#14) hit "General Hand Grenade" (previously tabbed for this website.) A long line of hit singles followed throughout the 1970s, paving the way for "Baby Woncha Please Come Home" to also appear on the band's 1979 record-breaking four times platinum greatest hits album Hot Shots.

This marks the 10th Trooper entry I've tabbed for my website (8 tabs and 2 chord charts), behind only Max Webster (11 entries) among Canadian bands. It's also the 101st Canadian artist tab posting.


The tab:
http://www.angelfire.com/planet/zerofret/cantab/trooper-babywoncha.txt

Audio:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_KAodx_VF8

Posted by planet/zerofret at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, June 8, 2017 7:09 PM EDT
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Monday, April 10, 2017
UNDER A STORMY SKY by Daniel Lanois
Topic: New Chords Postings

Already well-known as a producer of major music artists such as Peter Gabriel, U2, Robbie Robertson and several other Canadian bands/artists, in 1989 Daniel Lanois launched his own career as a recording artist with his debut album Acadie.

Atmospheric singles "Still Water" and "The Maker" became well-known Lanois classics, as did "Jolie Louise."

The briefest track on the album, "Under A Stormy Sky", recalls a time from Lanois' childhood when his grandfather's farm was sold and Lanois relocated with his mother and siblings from Quebec to Hamilton, Ontario. While he refers to the song as a celebration, it also has a bittersweet tone, reflecting the changes happening in his life, contrasting the happy and the sad, rural and urban, and the French and English languages. Lanois talks about the song in this short video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9_UdYbzLxk 

The chord chart includes tablature for the guitar solo and the fills in the second bridge.



 
 
 The chord chart: http://www.angelfire.com/planet/zerofret/crd/lanoisdaniel-underastormysky.txt


 Audio (album version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzlpaz-8-j4


 Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFCjds--pJI


Posted by planet/zerofret at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, April 10, 2017 10:36 PM EDT
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
HEART - "SAND"
Topic: New Tab Postings

The song "Sand" first appeared on the 1997 album Whirlygig by the Lovemongers, a side project of Heart's Ann & Nancy Wilson. Heart later recorded the song for their 2010 album Red Velvet Car. The Heart version is tabbed here.

The song is in the key of A Major and the tab includes three different ways it can be played. The main tab is based on the way Nancy Wilson's guitar is tuned for the song. The tuning is Open A at the 5th fret. (Tune to Open E and capo at the 5th fret.)

When Heart plays the song live, Ann also plays guitar. Her guitar is in Standard tuning and capoed at the 2nd fret. Below the main tab are chord diagrams and a chord chart based on her guitar part. 

For anyone who doesn't want to re-tune or use a capo, stay in Standard tuning and play the chords shown above the tab staff, whatever fingering you like. All three ways of playing the song are in the same pitch as the studio recording.

The tab:
http://www.angelfire.com/planet/zerofret/vartab/heart-sand.txt

Audio (studio version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3l5v1fTWyU

Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YaJuG4mB7w


Posted by planet/zerofret at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 4:41 AM EDT
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Saturday, March 5, 2016
DOUG AND THE SLUGS
Topic: Riff-In-A-Jiff

In 1980 Vancouver band Doug and The Slugs released their debut album Cognac and Bologna. The album's first single was the Top 20 hit "Too Bad". (The Intro of that song was the Riff-In-A-Jiff entry for May 21, 2012.) The follow-up single was "Chinatown Calculation", the Intro of which is tabbed here.


DOUG AND THE SLUGS - "Chinatown Calculation"      (D. Bennett)

http://www.angelfire.com/planet/zerofret/annesblog/canriffs.txt


Audio (studio version): 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCkHUp0qPCo

Live (good camera shot of guitar riff being played at beginning):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEziXvnzXHo

Posted by planet/zerofret at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, March 5, 2016 11:07 PM EST
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