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Mars Chords & Tabs

Television Chords & Tabs

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Mars Tab

   
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From: yorkie@praxis.co.uk (John Howell)
Subject: TAB: Mars by Television

Well after lurking for a few weeks on t'net I thought I ought to give as
well as take. So here's my first post.
After the post about a week ago asking for Tom Verlaine / Television
tabs, I thought I'd better get my guitar out and actually write down some
of the songs I play along to. Unfortunately a lot of these tend to be
incomplete, but I managed to get pretty much all of Mars from the triff
'n' brill last album. Anyway, here goes:

'Mars' by Television, from their eponymous third album.

I haven't bothered with the solo - if you know the song 
you'll appreciate why it would be fairly pointless to 
transcribe it. When I last saw them (in the Town & Country 
club as it was then) they didn't play this - WHY NOT?, but 
Tom Verlaine used a knife for a bit of the solo on Rocket. He 
held it at one end, and wiggled it so the other end whizzed back 
& forth across the strings - makes a good racket & would be 
suitable for this song, methinks. Doesn't wreck your strings to 
fast, either, unless you turn it round and start sawing at 
them (which also sounds good). Anyway, on with the song (in 
which I'm sure there are tons of mistakes - any corrections 
gratefully accepted)...

There are 2 main bits; the verse is based around an E D C# B 
progression (I think), but playing those chords sounds a bit 
weird.
The chorus is 4 repeats of G G G Em Am C B7, with the last B7 
ringing out for a bar, big and wobbly.
[ Tab from: http://www.guitartabs.cc/tabs/t/television/mars_tab.html ]
There are 3 chunks to this transcription; the intro, the 
verse and the chorus. The intro is virtually the same as the 
verse; the end of each bar is different:

(Intro):
e-|--------------------|--------------------|
B-|--------------------|--------------------|
G-|--------------------|--------------------|
D-|----------------5-4-|------------------4-|
A-|----------4-3-2-----|----------4-3-2-----|
E-|-0------3-----------|-0------3-------3---|

(Verse): (Repeat this 4 times for each verse)
e-|-------------------------------|
B-|-------------------------------|
G-|-------------------------------|
D-|-------------------------------|
A-|----------------4-3-2----------|
E-|-0-----------3----------3-2----|
  |                               |
(Verse Bass)                      |
  |E       D       C#      B      |
G-|-------|-------|-------|-------|
D-|---5---|---5---|---5---|-------|
A-|-7---7-|-5---5-|-4---4-|-------|
E-|-------|-------|-------|-3-2---|

(Chorus) - the bass just follows the main chords here:
I play the chords open - they're not actually done like that, 
but it's too complicated for me to work out. A second guitar 
playing the same chords further up the neck would improve it.

    G G G G Em      Am          C     B7
e-|-3-3-3-3-0---------------------------|
B-|-0-0-0-0-0-------------1-------1-----|
G-|-0-0-0-0-0-----------2---2-------0---|
D-|-0-0-0-0-2---------2-------2---------|
A-|-2-2-2-2-2-------0-----------3-----2-|
E-|-3-2-2-2-0---2-3---------------------|
                ^-^-these 2 damped
Repeat this 4 times, and let the last B7 ring out, long & 
loud.


Finally after the last B7 of the last bit of the chorus,
end with a REALLY BIG trembly EMaj7


John Howell, yorkie@praxis.co.uk
ps please email me with any more TV / Tom Verlaine stuff. Thanks.
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