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Betterman

	  					   Music & Lyrics by John Butler 
	          From the album "Three" By The John Butler Trio 
 
Intro Tabbed by - Tom Walker  Verse by - Ron Prince 
 
Tuning Open C - C G C G C E 
 
Listen to the intro, there are parts that need a little palm muting and there 
are some dead notes to hit as well as the notes in this tab.  
This is just a basic intro to get you started. After you can play this you'll 
be able to get it sounding more like the CD version.  
 
Intro -  
palm mute a bit 
------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 
------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 
---------------------------------------------------------------5-5-5-3h5p3---- 
-------------5-7-7p5----10--10-10-------10-12p10-12p10---------5-5------------ 
-----x-x-5h7---------7--10--10-10-10h12-----------------12-/-5---------------- 
---7-7-7----------------10--10-10--------------------------------------------- 
                                                                               
 
------------------------------|----------------------------------------------- 
------------------------------|----------------------------------------------- 
------------------------------|----------------------------------------------- 
-5-5---5\-7-7-7-----5---------|------------5-7-7p5----10--10-10--------------- 
----------------5h7---7-5h7p5-|--------5h7---------7--10--10-10--------------- 
------------------------------|-7-7-7-----------------10--10-10--------------- 
                                                                               
 
-------------------------|---------------------------------------------------- 
-------------------------|--------------------------5h7p5--------------------- 
-------10-12h10-12h10----|-5-5-5-5-3h5p3------------------7p5p3-3h5p3--------- 
-10----10-12h10-12h10-10-|-5-5-5--------5-5-5/7-7-7-------------------5\------ 
-10h12----------------12-|-5-5-5---------------------------------------------- 
-------------------------|---------------------------------------------------- 
                                                                               
* With Slide 
		 
----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
---******-------------------********----------------------------------------- 
---/7-7-7------------------/10-10-10-------10-12h10-12h10-------------------- 
---/7-7-7------5-7-7p5-----/10-10-10-10----10-12h10-12h10-10----------------- 
---/7-7-7--5h7---------7---/10-10-10-10h12----------------12----------------- 
---/7-7-7------------------/10-10-10----------------------------------------- 
                                                                               
---******------------------------------------|------------------------------- 
---/5-5-5------------------------------------|------------------------------- 
---/5-5-5--5-3h5p3---------------------------|------------Repeat------------- 
---/5-5-5---------5-5-5/7-7-7------5---------|------------------------------- 
---/5-5-5----------------------5h7---7-5h7p5-|------------------------------- 
---------------------------------------------|------------------------------- 
 
VERSE 
 
Tabbed by  - Ron Prince 
 
if you got at 12 string like John you can rip off your high G string (look  
at the picture on the Pickapart EP). 
 
John uses a glass slide on his little finger. 
 
-\ indicates slide 
 
This is the basic riff 
 
E-\7-7----\10-10----\5-5----\7-7 
C-\7-7----\10-10----\5-5----\7-7 
G-\7-7----\10-10----\5-5----\7-7 
C-\7-7----\10-10----\5-5----\7-7 
G-\7-7----\10-10----\5-5----\7-7 
C-\7-7----\10-10----\5-5----\7-7 
 
There are little licks and stuff that he plays but I haven't had time to  
work 'em out. 
 
The Don't want to be a thorn in your side bit is like 
 
E-\3-3-3----\10-10-10----\5-5-5-5-5-5 
C-\3-3-3----\10-10-10----\5-5-5-5-5-5 
G-\3-3-3----\10-10-10----\5-5-5-5-5-5 
C-\3-3-3----\10-10-10----\5-5-5-5-5-5 
G-\3-3-3----\10-10-10----\5-5-5-5-5-5 
C-\3-3-3----\10-10-10----\5-5-5-5-5-5 
 
That's about all the different riff 'n stuff there is a huge ass solo but I  
don't have time to write it/work it out so just have some fun playing your  
own. 
 
Tabbed by - Hamish, [email protected]  
 
here is the solo to betterman because I know a lot of people requested it. 
This tab also includes the six-string lap-steel solo, played by Rory, but I  
only have a regular 4-string so thats what i tabed it on, it still sounds  
right. 
 
Tuning-John plays this in CGCGCE, but i find it easier to play in CGCGCC.  
Just my personal preference. Having siad that though, the solo is probably  
wrong, but im 13, so lay off. 
This solo is played with a slide 
 
~vibrato 
b-bend 
r-release 
 
C---------------------------------------------------------------------- 
C--7~----7\5--------------------------------------------------------/7- 
G/7---------5-5/3-0-5/3------------0-0-3-3/5~--5/6\5--5/6\5--5/6\5----- 
C--------7\5-----------5-5/7~------------------------7------7-----7---- 
G-------------------------------5/7------------------------------------ 
C---------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 
C--------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
C-----10/9----7----------------5-----3-2~----7-7//12--12--12-12---14/12/10-- 
G-7/5-----/10--7-7-7-7-7/8\7-/7-0-3/5-0----/7-------12--12-12-12------------ 
C--------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
G--------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
C--------------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 
C--------------------//\---------------- 
C--------------------//\---------------- 
G-12-12-10/12\10/12--//\---------------- 
C--------------------//\---------------- 
G--------------------//\---------------- 
C--------------------//\---------------- 
 
o.k this part John plays with his fingers i *think* 
C----------------------------------------------------------------- 
C----------------------------------------------------------------- 
G-3h5p3-5-5-5b6r5-3h5p3-5p3-5p3-5p3-5b6p5-3h5p3-5p3-5p3-5p3-5b6p5- 
C----------------------------------------------------------------- 
G----------------------------------------------------------------- 
C----------------------------------------------------------------- 
 
C---------------------------------------------------------------------- 
C----------------------------------------------------------12b-12-10--- 
G------10--10-12-10-12b13r12-12---3h5p3-5p3-5p3-5p3-5b6p5-----------12- 
C-10h12--12------------------------------------------------------------ 
G---------------------------------------------------------------------- 
C---------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 
John uses a slide now 
C--------------------------------14-14-14-14- 
C-10-12-12-10-12---10-12-12-10-s14-14-14-14-- 
G---------------12--------------------------- 
C-------------------------------------------- 
G-------------------------------------------- 
C-------------------------------------------- 
 
When doing the 18th fret slide slid go down to about the 10th fret, and also  
when you doing the slide down from the 18th fret pick the G and C strings  
like this 
C--p-p-p---------- when p stands for pick 
G-p-p-p----------- 
 
C-18\------------18\-----------18\-------------------------------------- 
C-18\----12--12--18\----12--12-18\----12--12--12-12/10--10-10/12-12--12- 
G-18\-/12--12----18\-/12--12---18\-/12--12--12---12/10-10--10/12---12--- 
C----------------------------------------------------------------------- 
G----------------------------------------------------------------------- 
C----------------------------------------------------------------------- 
Im a bit sketchy on this part 
C---------------------------------------------------------- 
C-18\-----------18\----------12/----14/12/10-10-/10/12-12/- 
G--------12--12-------12--12-----/12----------------------- 
C-----/12-12-------/12--12--------------------------------- 
G---------------------------------------------------------- 
C---------------------------------------------------------- 
 
Now you hear this big sliding sound and a lot of rattle and the lap-steel  
bass 
solo somes in. I just use a standard bass in standard tuning with it on my 
lap and with a slide. 
 
G----------------------------------------------------------------------- 
D-/5-0-3-0-/8-0-3-0-/10-10-10-10/11\10-8/10\8\\/5-5-5-0-3-0-3-0-3/8-8-8- 
A----------------------------------------------------------------------- 
E----------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 
G-----------------3/5--12-0-10-12-10-10/15-/12-12-12-12-0-10-0-12-12-15\- 
D-0-8\\3-3-1-3/5--------------------------------------------------------- 
A------------------------------------------------------------------------ 
E------------------------------------------------------------------------ 
 
Gp-p-p-12-12-12-12-0-10-0-12-0-15\-12-12-12-12-0-10-0-10-3-5-3-3/5/6\5-- 
D----------------------------------------------------------------------- 
A----------------------------------------------------------------------- 
E----------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 
G-3-0-3-0-3-6\5-3-3-0-3-0-3-6\5-3-3-0-3-0-3-6\5-3-3-0-3-0-3-6\5-3------- 
D----------------------------------------------------------------------- 
A----------------------------------------------------------------------- 
E----------------------------------------------------------------------- 
 
That's the whole Betterman solo, its rough and hardly spot on 
but if you play it it sounds o.k 
 
cheers 
 
hamish 
 

		  

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