I Wouldn't Want to be Like You - Intro

danelectro

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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!
 

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
 

danelectro

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Tab is getting harder and harder to find (damn MPA). I found one version of the tab, but its incorrect.
 

bluejack

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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
 

danelectro

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bluejack: That would be greatly appreciated!

That wasn't me that you had previously sent it to.
 

danelectro

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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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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
 

bluejack

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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
 

Tonefish

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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?
 

danelectro

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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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