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Ray Charles guitar tabs for Hit the road jack

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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)
   A chord diagramE MajorE -0---0-|-------------|-------0--0-|-0--0--5--5-|-8--8--5-0----|
   A chord diagramBB -------|-1-----------|-1--3-------|------------|--------------|
   A chord diagramG+G -------|----2------2-|------------|------------|--------------|
   A chord diagramD MajorD -------|-------------|------------|------------|--------------|
   A chord diagramA augmentedA -------|-0--0--------|------------|-0--0-------|-8--8---------|
   A chord diagramE MajorE ---0---|--------3--3-|-1--1--0--0-|-------3--3-|-------0----0-|


          (3)             (4)                                (5)
   A chord diagramE MajorE --------------------|-------0----|------------|----------0----|
   A chord diagramBB ----0h1-------------|-1--3-----1-|----1--0----|-1--1--0-------|
   A chord diagramG+G ---------2-----2----|------------|-2--2--0----|-2--2--1-------|
   A chord diagramD MajorD --------------------|------------|----2--0----|-3--3--2-------|
   A chord diagramA augmentedA ------0--0----------|------------|-0--0-------|---------------|
   A chord diagramE MajorE ------------3--3----|-1--1--0--0-|-------3--3-|-1--1--0-----0-|


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


   VERSE: (**)

              (6)                  (7)
   A chord diagramE MajorE --5--5p3--0-----------------|--------------0------|
   A chord diagramBB -------------1--3--1--3--1--|--3-----4------------|
   A chord diagramG+G ----------------------------|---------------------|
   A chord diagramD MajorD ----------------------------|---------------------|
   A chord diagramA augmentedA -----0----0-----------------|---------------------|
   A chord diagramE MajorE ----------------3-----3-----|--1-----1-----0---0--|

                         (8)                      (9)
   A chord diagramE MajorE --0--0-------------|------------|-5--5--5--5--5--0----0--|
   A chord diagramBB --------3--1-------|-1----------|------------------------|
   A chord diagramG+G --------------2--2-|----2--2----|------------------------|
   A chord diagramD MajorD -------------------|------------|------------------------|
   A chord diagramA augmentedA -----0--0----------|------------|----0--0----------------|
   A chord diagramE MajorE -----------3--3----|-1--1--0--0-|-------------3-----3----|

                                                     (10)
   A chord diagramE MajorE --------0----|-0-0----------|----------0-----|
   A chord diagramBB --3--4-------|------3--1----|-1--------------|
   A chord diagramG+G -------------|------------2-|----2--2--------|
   A chord diagramD MajorD -------------|--------------|----------------|
   A chord diagramA augmentedA -------------|---0--0-------|----------------|
   A chord diagramE MajorE --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 A chord diagramFF 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 A chord diagramC majorC to the sixth-string F.  Same as bar 2.

   (5)  This is the same high A chord diagramE MajorE 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 A chord diagramC majorC 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 chord diagramA augmentedA 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.

   FINGERING:

   I find it easier to use the pinky to fret the low A chord diagramG+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.

   [CRDPRO]


Main Riff (aka Chorus)

   Hit the [A chord diagramA minorAm] ..[A chord diagramG+G] and [A chord diagramFF] ..[A chord diagramE MajorE] ..
   No [A chord diagramA minorAm] ..[A chord diagramG+G] ..[A chord diagramFF] ..[A chord diagramE MajorE] ..
   Hit ..[A chord diagramA minorAm] ..[A chord diagramG+G] and [A chord diagramFF] ..[A chord diagramE MajorE] ..
   No [A chord diagramA minorAm] .. [A chord diagramG+G]  [A chord diagramFF] [A chord diagramE MajorE]

         "What'd you say"
         ... Chorus ...


Verse 1

   Old [A chord diagramA minorAm] ..[A chord diagramG+G] ..[A chord diagramFF] ..[A chord diagramE MajorE] ..
   You're .. [A chord diagramA minorAm] ..[A chord diagramG+G] ..[A chord diagramFF] ..[A chord diagramE MajorE] ..
   Well I [A chord diagramA minorAm] ..[A chord diagramG+G] ..[A chord diagramFF] so [A chord diagramE MajorE]
   I'll [A chord diagramA minorAm] ..[A chord diagramG+G] ..[A chord diagramFF] go [A chord diagramE MajorE] ..

         ... Chorus ...
         "What'd you SAY ! !"
         ... Chorus ...


Verse 2

   Now [A chord diagramA minorAm] ..[A chord diagramG+G] ..[A chord diagramFF] ..[A chord diagramE MajorE] way
   'Cause [A chord diagramA minorAm] ..[A chord diagramG+G] ..[A chord diagramFF] ..some[A chord diagramE MajorE]day,
   *Don't [A chord diagramA minorAm] ..[A chord diagramG+G] ..[A chord diagramFF] under[A chord diagramE MajorE]stood,*
   *You [A chord diagramA minorAm] ..[A chord diagramG+G] ..[A chord diagramFF] ..[A chord diagramE MajorE] good*
   Well I [A chord diagramA minorAm] ..[A chord diagramG+G] ..[A chord diagramFF] so [A chord diagramE MajorE]
   I'll [A chord diagramA minorAm] ..[A chord diagramG+G] ..[A chord diagramFF] ..[A chord diagramE MajorE] right*

         ... Chorus ...
         "What'd you SAY ! !"
         ... Chorus ...

Coda

   Repeat [A chord diagramA minorAm] [A chord diagramG+G] [A chord diagramFF] [A chord diagramE MajorE] ...

   "Well ...
    Uh..
    I ..
    You ..
    Aw ..
    What ..

    And Fade.


    Regards,

    ^^^^
     --oo   longmire@mcs.net
        >
       ~

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