Charles Ray - Hit The Road Jack Chords & Tabs


Hit The Road Jack Chords & Tabs

Charles Ray Chords & Tabs

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Hit The Road Jack Tab

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#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
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From: (Bob Longmire)
Subject: TAB: Hit the Road Jack / Ray Charles

This is my first post here, and I'm not exactly sure about the credits.
I believe Ray wrote this himself.  If anyone knows better, let me know.
I'll hold off before posting this to Nevada.

Enjoy --

   TITLE:  HIT THE ROAD, JACK          Written by  :  Ray Charles
                                       Arranged by :  Bob Longmire

   MAIN RIFF (aka Chorus):  (**)

                                        (1)          (2)
   E -0---0-|-------------|-------0--0-|-0--0--5--5-|-8--8--5-0----|
   B -------|-1-----------|-1--3-------|------------|--------------|
   G -------|----2------2-|------------|------------|--------------|
   D -------|-------------|------------|------------|--------------|
   A -------|-0--0--------|------------|-0--0-------|-8--8---------|
   E ---0---|--------3--3-|-1--1--0--0-|-------3--3-|-------0----0-|

          (3)             (4)                                (5)
   E --------------------|-------0----|------------|----------0----|
   B ----0h1-------------|-1--3-----1-|----1--0----|-1--1--0-------|
   G ---------2-----2----|------------|-2--2--0----|-2--2--1-------|
   D --------------------|------------|----2--0----|-3--3--2-------|
   A ------0--0----------|------------|-0--0-------|---------------|
   E ------------3--3----|-1--1--0--0-|-------3--3-|-1--1--0-----0-|

   (**) Repeat this a few times as needed.

   VERSE: (**)

              (6)                  (7)
   E --5--5p3--0-----------------|--------------0------|
   B -------------1--3--1--3--1--|--3-----4------------|
   G ----------------------------|---------------------|
   D ----------------------------|---------------------|
   A -----0----0-----------------|---------------------|
   E ----------------3-----3-----|--1-----1-----0---0--|
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                         (8)                      (9)
   E --0--0-------------|------------|-5--5--5--5--5--0----0--|
   B --------3--1-------|-1----------|------------------------|
   G --------------2--2-|----2--2----|------------------------|
   D -------------------|------------|------------------------|
   A -----0--0----------|------------|----0--0----------------|
   E -----------3--3----|-1--1--0--0-|-------------3-----3----|

   E --------0----|-0-0----------|----------0-----|
   B --3--4-------|------3--1----|-1--------------|
   G -------------|------------2-|----2--2--------|
   D -------------|--------------|----------------|
   A -------------|---0--0-------|----------------|
   E --1--1--0--0-|---------3--3-|-1--1--0-----0--|

   (**)  Sandwich in between main riffs

   NOTES on main riff:

   (1)  Leave no fingers on the fretboard here.  Get into position
        for the next two-note chord.

   (2)  Using the higher F is a form of cheating, but when played up
        to speed the octave change is hidden.  This is the main trick
        of the piece.

   (3)  The measure actually starts with the hammered-on C.  I didn't
        include the bar only because it looked hard to read that way.

   (4)  It takes extra practice to move the left index finger from
        the second-string C to the sixth-string F.  Same as bar 2.

   (5)  This is the same high E as the first note in the main riff, so
        you can see that the timing is not exact.  I hope you can get
        the idea through the feel of this rather than exact notation.

   NOTES on Verse:

   (6)  Set the left index finger on the second-string C now, and use
        the pinky for the D.  The ring finger can handle the bass G.

   (7)  Same as note 4.

   (8)  Use a full first-fret barre to fret both the second and sixth
        strings.  Keep the ring finger on the A while changing this.

   (9)  Syncopate the bass with the melody here.

  (10)  The second verse has an extra 4 bars.  Make it up as I'm getting
        tired of doing this.


   I find it easier to use the pinky to fret the low G on the first
   four measures, and to use the thumb for the F. (Please don't flame
   this part; I have had lessons but sometimes expediency prevails over
   theoretical technique.)  This keeps the right hand in a good position
   for doing both melody and the step-down bass.