I Wouldn't Want to be Like You - Intro

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  1. danelectro

    danelectro Supporting Member

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    I can pick out leads fairly easily, but when it comes to chords, sometimes I feel like I'm tone deaf. Does anybody know the intro chords to Alan Parson's "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You". They're played on a Rhoads, but I need to fake it on the guitar. Its a sequence of 8 chords that repeats twice before the song kicks in. Anybody out there with better ears than me up for the challenge? Thanks!
     
  2. dave s

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    I would certainly think that intro would be available via TAB somewhere! Have to looked around?

    Agree through, the chord changes are very subtle and would be difficult to get all 8 exactly correct.

    dave
     
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    Tab is getting harder and harder to find (damn MPA). I found one version of the tab, but its incorrect.
     
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    I have a old Alan Parsons songbook that has that song in it. I remember sending someone on this forum a copy awhile back. Is this you? Anyway, give me a day or two and i'll try to decipher the chord progression. They are just piano staff with no chord names above. Some are 4 note and some are 5 note chords so kinda hard to finger exactly as the keyboard voicing. But i'll give naming them a whirl.
    J
     
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    bluejack: That would be greatly appreciated!

    That wasn't me that you had previously sent it to.
     
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    I spent over an hour trying to figure out 40 seconds worth of chords, but I think I've got it. I'm at least close.

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    -8---8---8---8--|-8---8---6---8--|-8---6---4---8-|-8---6---6---8-|
    -8---10--8---10-|-8---7---8---10-|-8---7---5---7-|-8---7---5---7-|
    -7---10--7---10-|-7---8---6---8--|-10--8---6---8-|-10--8---6---8-|
    ----------------|----------------|---------------|---------------|
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  7. bluejack

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    OK, here ya go Mr. Electro,
    Think i got it figured, now if i can just relay and type it all. It's not too terribly hard once you get it but the chords are different and require some Holdsworthian stretches. There are only 5 chords to it.

    First , so we're on the same page, the intro is 20 measures long. That's 20 before the funky guitar comes which is a 4 bar vamp before the vocals enter. Some might say it's a 24 bar intro.

    I break it down like this. 4 bars of just keys, then hi hat and bass enter for 4 bars. Then guitar starts to fade in at measure 9. 20 bars with the guitar doing 16ths notes. Drum fill/lead in at bar 20 into the 4 bars of funky rhythm guitar.


    We're in the key of Cm. If i use accidentals it's cause i'm thinking of the 3 flats.

    First 8 bars alternate between these two chords.
    g f Could call these Cm6/9 and Bbm6/9
    eb db I see them as stacks of intervals
    d c
    a g

    Fingered like this - barre the g and eb with 1st finger at 8th fret,second and third strings. Then stretch and play the d and a at the 12th fret with your 3rd and 4th fingers.
    Bbm 6/9, just move down two frets

    Then at measure 9 it's the same Cm6/9 as above
    Bar 10 is a Bb6 g 1st finger, 2nd string, 8th fret
    f 2nd finger,3rd string, 10th fret
    d 3rd fin, 4th string, 12th fret
    bb 4th fin, 5th string, 13th fret



    Bar 11 is an Abmaj7, g eb c ab fingering at 8th fret.
    Bar 12 back to the Bb6
    Bar 13 is a Cm at the 8th fret, just g eb c

    Notice the Abmaj7 and Cm are pretty enharmonic. Also dig how the g note stays on top thru all of these 3 chords.

    Bar 14 is the Bb6.
    Bar 15 Abmaj7
    Bar 16 Bb6
    Bar 17 Cm
    Bar 18 Bb6
    Bar 19 Cm
    Bar 20 Bb6 , drum roll into the song.

    Rock on,
    J
     
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    When i hit reply,some of the stuff got squished together.
    To to clarify, those first two chords are g eb d a , high to low notes

    and f db c g , high to low

    I tried some tab notation but it didn't come out right either when i previewed the message.

    Hope this helps,
    J
     
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    gonna have to go dig out some Alan Parsons Project now.......another blast from the past!

    Good luck with your endeavor...what effects will you use?
     
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    I play this on keyboard... if you can play it on guitar, congrats!
     
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    bluejack: Thank you for taking the time to work out the chording. I put it into tab form to make it easier to read:

    ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------
    -8---6---8---6--|-8---8---8---8--|-8---8---8---8--|-8---8---8---8--
    -8---6---8---6--|-8---10--8---10-|-8---10--8---10-|-8---10--8---10-
    -12--10--12--10-|-12--12--10--12-|-10--12--10--12-|-10--12--10--12-
    -12--10--12--10-|-12--13--11--13-|-10--13--11--13-|-10--13--10--13-
    ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------


    The chords sound right, but its a challenge for me to transisition smoothly from chord to chord due to the stretching involved. I may have to find alternate positions in order to make it easier to fret.

    Thanks again!
     

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