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High Llamas: guitar tab and chords for Janet Jangle, Snowbug


 
    Janet Jangle - The High Llamas
   --------------------------------

    From the album "Snowbug"

    Transcribed by Howard Wright
    hakwright (at) gmail (dot) com



Notes:
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This delight of a song uses the same basic chord progression  
throughout with a few variations thrown in as the song progresses. 
The chord shapes I've written out (at the end of the transcription)
mainly use the same voicings as used in the keyboard part, but the 
shapes fit very comfortably on the guitar. 

All the chord shapes use just four notes (bass note with triad on 
top), which gives a particular "clean" sound. This means you'll need
to mute some strings on the guitar when you play them, but if you
prefer, or if you find the string muting tricky, you could try using
alternative shapes.

I've written out the main melody in tab, as well as the counter 
melody that appears later on in the song. Chord names are always
written above the corresponding sections of guitar tab.

This song just goes to show how much fun you can have with only
10 chords!



Main melody and chord progression:
-----------------------------------

The song starts with the main them on 12-string guitar (doubled
on the marimba), with the keyboard playing the chords:


 E7sus4    E7      Amaj7

E------------------------------------
B----------5---------5--5---7--5-----
G---7--7------6-7--------------------
D--------------------------------7---
A------------------------------------
E------------------------------------



 E7sus4    E7      Amaj7

E------------------------------------
B----------5---------5--5---7--5-----
G---7--7------6-7--------------------
D--------------------------------7---
A------------------------------------
E------------------------------------



 Bbmaj7   C/Bb     Am7     C/D

E--------------------5--5---6--5-----
B---6--6---8--5-6--------------------
G--------------------------------5---
D------------------------------------
A------------------------------------
E------------------------------------



 Bbmaj7   C/Bb     Am7     C/D

E--------------------5--5---6--5-----
B---6--6---8--5-6--------------------
G--------------------------------5---
D------------------------------------
A------------------------------------
E------------------------------------



After a few bars of shaker the keyboard repeats the first half of 
the progression:

E7sus4 E7 Amaj7

E7sus4 E7 Amaj7



The drums enter, and the main melody is played again over the complete
chord progression:

E7sus4 E7 Amaj7

E7sus4 E7 Amaj7

Bbmaj7 C/Bb Am7 C/D

Bbmaj7 C/Bb Am7 C/D



The main melody's repeated again over the main progression, but the 
first chord variations come in towards the end of the sequence:

E7sus4 E7 Amaj7

E7sus4 E7 Amaj7

Bbmaj7 C/Bb Am7 C/D

Gm7 C7b9 Am7 D7b9



Now a repeat of the previous section, including the 7b9 chord variations, 
with rippling, echoed guitar chords adding some interesting texture. 
The counter-melody (in the guitar tab) comes in half way through the 
main sequence:

E7sus4 E7 Amaj7

E7sus4 E7 Amaj7

 Bbmaj7  C/Bb    Am7        C/D

E------------------------------------
B--6--------------5------------------
G------7--------------5----------6---
D------------------------------------
A------------------------------------
E------------------------------------


 Gm7     C7b9   Am7       D7b9

E------------------------------------
B----------------5-------------------
G--7-----------------5---------------
D------------------------------------
A------8-----------------------------
E------------------------------------



The main melody and counter melody continue over what's almost a 
repeat of the second half of the chord sequence, but note the Gm7
variation (instead of C/Bb):

Bbmaj7 Gm7 Am7 C/D

Gm7 C7b9 Am7 D7b9



Now the vocals enter (main melody continues):

E7sus4 E7 Amaj7

E7sus4 E7 Amaj7

Bbmaj7 C/Bb Am7 C/D

Gm7 C7b9 Am7 D7b9



After a few bars of shaker, the keyboard plays the first half of the 
main progression. The second half of the main melody and the counter
melody come in on the Bbmaj7 (along with other instruments): 

E7sus4 E7 Amaj7

E7sus4 E7 Amaj7

Bbmaj7 C/Bb Am7 C/D

Gm7 C7b9 Am7 D7b9


Followed by the slight variation on the Bbmaj7 sequence:

Bbmaj7 Gm7 Am7 C/D

Gm7 C7b9 Am7 D7b9



The song ends with multiple repeats of the last two Bbmaj7 sequences:

Bbmaj7 C/Bb Am7 C/D

Gm7 C7b9 Am7 D7b9

Bbmaj7 Gm7 Am7 C/D

Gm7 C7b9 Am7 D7b9




Chord shapes
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EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
0x775x    0x675x    5x665x    6x776x

E7sus4      E7      Amaj7     Bbmaj7


EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
6x555x    5x555x    x5555x    3x333x

 C/Bb      Am7       C/D       Gm7


EADGBE    EADGBE
x3232x    x5454x    

 C7b9      D7b9


All these guitar shapes use the same chord voicings as the original
keyboard part apart from one: the keyboard uses a slightly different 
voicing for the Bbmaj7 chord (x1323x), but this makes for a slightly 
awkward change to the C/Bb shape on the guitar so I find the 6x776x 
shape works better. 

I also prefer these shapes which are mostly played around the 3rd and
5th frets, but if you prefer you can play the same voicings for some 
chords lower down the neck, such as:

EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE  
0xx230    0xx130    x0x120    

E7sus4      E7      Amaj7



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