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Cat Stevens' Guitar: Premiere Fan Guitar Tabs

#1 User is offline   Leonard McCoy 

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 02:01 PM

Since the forums got wiped and with it my old thread, I guess I'll have to start a new one.

New guitar tab:

I Wish, I Wish (1970)

With the advent of his second career and with it his new album MONA BONE JAKON (1970), Steve charted onto a new spiritual journey, and his growing sense of enlightenment is perfectly reflected in the lyrics of this song. Musically, this is a very catchy gigging song that keeps on rolling, one that guitarists can perhaps appreciate the most.

This post has been edited by Leonard McCoy: 01 May 2018 - 02:08 PM

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#2 User is offline   Leonard McCoy 

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 02:35 PM

Oh, I forgot: best played on a Gibson J-180.
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 07:34 AM

View PostLeonard McCoy, on 01 May 2018 - 02:35 PM, said:

Oh, I forgot: best played on a Gibson J-180.



only have a j200 and a few taylors... there goes my fun...

:)

on the other hand, nice tab!

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 07:56 AM

Good looking tab. Easy to follow. Thanks.
One question - why suggested chord fingering on the "F" is to use the thumb on the first fret of the 6th string?
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 08:11 AM

View Postfortyearspickn, on 02 May 2018 - 07:56 AM, said:

Good looking tab. Easy to follow. Thanks.
One question - why suggested chord fingering on the "F" is to use the thumb on the first fret of the 6th string?


Because that’s the proper way to play it !

Never liked that first finger barre chord version of the F
Means you can’t do at pull offs or hammer ons or lift the thumb off and on for a bit of craic on the bass string
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 08:37 AM

View Postblindboygrunt, on 02 May 2018 - 08:11 AM, said:

Because that's the proper way to play it !

Never liked that first finger barre chord version of the F
Means you can't do at pull offs or hammer ons or lift the thumb off and on for a bit of craic on the bass string


I can hammer all day like a Mexican Roofer after a hail storm using the barre on F, but I can see pull-offs would be impossible.
Maybe that's why I don't do those.
I only use my thumb for B7.
But, as I've said countless times before - I'm a hacker, not a player!

edit: OK, sometime D7 too !

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#7 User is offline   Leonard McCoy 

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 08:43 AM

The chord fingering indicated is an exact match for Cat's. If you barré here, you may have trouble playing the hammer-on from Fsus2 onto F hidden in the intro.

This post has been edited by Leonard McCoy: 02 May 2018 - 11:14 AM

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 08:44 AM

Yeah, very easy-to-follow tab. Good stuff. A lot of tabs are a messy conglomeration of symbols with uneven lines because they're in the wrong format. I use the thumb for the 6th and 5th strings most of the time. Lots of the legends did/do the same. I'll never be a legend, but I will use my thumb. [thumbup]
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 09:44 AM

L,

Thanks for the reminder !

As far as the J 180 even the man himself knows "Only an Everly is good enough "







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Posted 02 May 2018 - 11:20 AM

I need to listen to some Cat. Haven't in a long while.
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 01:20 PM

Great tab. I'm a huge Cat Stevens fan and seeing him a couple of years ago from a few rows back playing all the old hits on his J-180 was truly special.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 04:17 PM

Great tab, thankyou!

I was looking at my J180 and my blonde SJ200 the other day and thinking it was high time I played some more Cat material live.
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Posted 15 June 2018 - 09:16 AM

New guitar tab:

Rubylove (1971)

Had I known before how complicated the song structure would turn out to be, I would probably have let this one go. This marks Cat's second song in Open E (besides the sublime "If I Laugh"), and it's a tour de force no doubt. Be sure to get the time signature down first (see notes at bottom). With this one tabbed out, I have the complete Teaser & the Firecat album as guitar tabs on the site now. Yay!

Cat wanted to introduce his Greek influences into his music, and so some friends of his father, who ran a Greek restaurant, came down to the studio to play on the record with their bozoukis. Alun's daughter, then four years old, asked Cat to sing "the Rubylove song" and so the name stayed, but he song was originally called "Who'll Be My Love?" and did not contain the Greek verse until later. Together with "If I Laugh", this song is a tour de force through all kinds of Open E voicings. Even the advanced player will have to overcome the unusual time signature of the song first so be sure to read the bottom notes on rhythm first.

This post has been edited by Leonard McCoy: 15 June 2018 - 09:20 AM

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 04:18 AM

New guitar tab:

Mona Bone Jakon (1970)

Short but sweet.

Another raw gem from that charming diamond-in-the-rough album. A short but strong musical motif that doesn’t overstay its welcome. Steve stated that he never figured out what the title actually meant (same with Tuesday’s Dead).

This post has been edited by Leonard McCoy: 17 February 2019 - 04:18 AM

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 10:21 AM

Good, high-quality tab, cheers.
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Posted 18 February 2019 - 04:09 PM

I think I may listen to some Cat on the way into work tomorrow.
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Posted 18 February 2019 - 06:49 PM

Thumbs are good! Norman Blake observed that one never sees a left thumb in classical guitar, but in hillbilly guitar, you don't see much else. We always called an F chord with a thumbed low E string a 'fingerpicker's F chord'. Then there's Richie Havens....
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Posted 19 February 2019 - 07:25 AM

View PostOldCowboy, on 18 February 2019 - 06:49 PM, said:

Thumbs are good! Norman Blake observed that one never sees a left thumb in classical guitar, but in hillbilly guitar, you don't see much else. We always called an F chord with a thumbed low E string a 'fingerpicker's F chord'. Then there's Richie Havens....


I think Jimmy Page does it on a few songs. I have little girl hands and it is not easy for me to wrap my thumb over the top.
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Posted 24 February 2019 - 03:56 AM

New guitar tab:

Hummingbird (1967)

A hidden gem from Steve’s formative years as a singer/songwriter, “Hummingbird” has the same timeless quality, a combination of delicate lyrics and a catch melody, as Steve’s later, more famous work but, due to its over-arrangment, the original recording falls short despite being beautifully sung.

This post has been edited by Leonard McCoy: 24 February 2019 - 03:56 AM

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Posted 03 March 2019 - 04:24 AM

New guitar tab (major rework):

I’ve Got a Thing About Seeing My Grandson Grow Old

The song was written during Steve's transitional phase from big-band arrangements, the hall mark of his first career, to a softer, more reflective type in his second starting with the original album MONA BONE JAKON (1970) that came closer in sound to his own demos. Ultimately, the song ended up on the cutting floor for that album and remained in the archives of Olympic Studios, London, for almost thirty years, until in the early 2000s it got released, in various mixes, on two compilation albums. It features Steve's own, prominent licks, without relying on session men anymore, as was often the case during his first career. In the chorus, Steve does a rare Buddy Holly impression, singing "Grow old, oh, oh," and delivers his spiel on using power chords. The song eventually received a major rework and got published properly as "Grandsons" on Yusuf's latest album THE LAUGHING APPLE (2017). The version featured here is the initial release. The guitar tablature got significantly revised to account for the use of a capo at the second fret, which is how, I believe, it was initially conceived and played given the major lick of the song.


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