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Some These Days

PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:02 pm
by willy mcblues
Does anyone have a tab for Some These Days I'll Be Gone by Charley Patton? I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.

RE: Some These Days

PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:39 pm
by bighollowtwang
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Apr-28-05 AT 12:43 PM (EST)]I don't have the tab for it but I can explain it to you if you want.

It's in standard tuning, key of E (capoed higher, though).
Most of the song's melody is played on the high E and G strings in unison.
It starts with an E lick that is repeated all through the song:

-0--2--4-4
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-1--2--4-4
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Then the same notes descend back to an A chord with the pinky finger doing a quick pulloff from the 2d fret high E string (technically that would be A6 to A major).

Then the ascending E lick is played again, descending to a 1st position B7 chord on its way back this time.

Then comes a tricky part - in the second half of the verse the E lick climbs to a 4th fret B chord with the pinky fretting the 7th fret high E (over the words "you're gonna miss me") and then Patton either slaps his guitar or claps his hands (over the words "sweet dreams").

Then there's a bridge ("you will never know, what your friend will do, when he's going away....") where the E is a B7 shape slid up to E and then returns to the same pattern as the verse.

Hope that's not too confusing.

The notes and fretted positions themselves are quite easy, but the timing and rhythm is a little tricky....not because it's difficult but rather because it's so archaic.
If you can get your hands on it, check out Paul Rishell's version, he does a very nice melancholy cover of it.

RE: Some These Days

PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 5:24 pm
by willy mcblues
Thanks a lot, you wouldn't happen to know what fret the capo goes at would you?

RE: Some These Days

PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 5:42 pm
by bighollowtwang
As far as I remember Patton sings it in F so the capo is at the 1st fret. You should be able to hear it...

RE: Some These Days

PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 7:09 pm
by willy mcblues
During the "tricky bit" the fourt fret B chord do you mean something like this:

E)--7--------
B)--4--------
G)--4--------
D)--4--------
A)-----------
E)-----------

The rest sounds great. Thanks again for the help.

RE: Some These Days

PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 11:12 pm
by boogiechillun85
Seriously, Zac. Charlie Patton college. ;)
Jim A.
http://www.soundclick.com/jimarkuszewski

RE: Some These Days

PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 11:35 pm
by willy mcblues
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Apr-28-05 AT 07:35 PM (EST)]> Seriously, Zac. Charlie Patton college. ;)
>Jim A.
> http://www.soundclick.com/jimarkuszewski

It really does sound that way to me. He certainly knows his stuff.

RE: Some These Days

PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 3:14 am
by bighollowtwang
>During the "tricky bit" the fourt fret B chord do you mean
>something like this:
>
>E)--7--------
>B)--4--------
>G)--4--------
>D)--4--------
>A)-----------
>E)-----------
>

Yep, you got it!
Have fun, it's a really cool tune and one of the things I like about it is that it sounds good played at almost any tempo. Sometimes I like playing it at Charley's tempo, but when the mood strikes I like playing it at a dirge-like speed...great choice of a song to learn, enjoy yourself!

RE: Some These Days

PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 6:20 pm
by willy mcblues
Next time you do some recording you should do a version of it. I always enjoy hearing other people's takes on classic blues songs.