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Michael Jackson' "Black and White"

sws1

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Is there more to the song than just Esus4, E, Eadd2, over and over and over?
 

A-Bone

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Is there more to the song than just Esus4, E, Eadd2, over and over and over?
It has a breakdown/bridge in it before and during the rap section that sounds like it makes use of additional chords, plus there is this brief, really fast note flurry directly preceding the rap which always sounded like keyboards to me, but which might be processed guitar.
 

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It has a breakdown/bridge in it before and during the rap section that sounds like it makes use of additional chords, plus there is this brief, really fast note flurry directly preceding the rap which always sounded like keyboards to me, but which might be processed guitar.
Right and that would be way cool to reproduce if the band was up to the task.
 

lasido

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Thanks binge, that's a good tab. And we may do that flurry part before the rap, we will see.

Thanks guys.
 

Mayfield

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We do this song and we took out the rap. We have an MC/Singer that has great skills covering hip hop....but the lyrics of that rap are so outdated...and I know it is sacriligious to alter an MJ song....but crowds love it and no one has complained about taking out the rap as we cut to a verse of Bad during that section, then go back to Black and White....so we made it work.
 

lasido

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We do this song and we took out the rap. We have an MC/Singer that has great skills covering hip hop....but the lyrics of that rap are so outdated...and I know it is sacriligious to alter an MJ song....but crowds love it and no one has complained about taking out the rap as we cut to a verse of Bad during that section, then go back to Black and White....so we made it work.
Interesting approach. I'm definitely ok without the rap. Thanks for the idea.
 

jhumber

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I've gigged that song before quite a few times. Great fun!
The poster above is right, it's pretty much E, Esus4, Esus2 all the way, with A and B power chords in the pre-chorus. There's a neat little funk part under the rap, which I hope you get to do. In terms of tone, any mild/medium gain OD should cut it live. I've used all kinds of guitars/amps/pedals for it and no-one's complained yet....
Note: just before the rap section there's a truly monstrous keyboard line (played in groups of 5, I think) - good luck with whoever takes that on! I tried to cover it with some ridiculous tapping line - not sure if I ever fooled anyone but it sounded close enough for the 1.5 seconds it lasted :)
Good luck!
Cheers
Jordan
 

badhorsie551

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Great song but i think slash only played the intro thing when the kid is listening to the music.

I read some interview a few years ago where slash said he didn't play on the song at all.
 

sws1

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Who ever played the original, probably only played 1 bar. The copy / paster played the rest of the song.
 

english_bob

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Great song but i think slash only played the intro thing when the kid is listening to the music.

I read some interview a few years ago where slash said he didn't play on the song at all.
Slash played on another song from the album IIRC, "Give In To Me" or something. I'm pretty sure that's not him on "Black or White".
 

tonyhay

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The bit in the middle is the most interesting bit, before the rap part. We do the flurry part on guitar....sounds great.
 






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