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Foals tabs for Balloons

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FOALS "BALLOONS"
(mainly transcribed by ear)


Tuning: Standard or Drop A chord diagramD MajorD
(mainly for the bridge section)

INTRO:
(fig.1)
GTR.I, let ring throughout
e|----------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|-----------------------(repeat for some time)-|
A chord diagramG+G|----------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-----12+-----12+-----12+------12+-------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-12+-----12+-----12+-----12+------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|----------------------------------------------|
GTR.II, let ring throughout                     |
e|--------------------------------|-------------|
A chord diagramBB|--------------------------------|-------------|
A chord diagramG+G|--------------------------------|---------7+--|(this can be heard
A chord diagramD MajorD|----7+------7+------7+-------7+-|----7+-------| a few times)
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-7+-----7+------7+------7+------|-7+----7+----|
A chord diagramD MajorD|--------------------------------|-------------|

(fig.2)
GTR.I
e|-------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|------------------------15-13-------13-----|
A chord diagramG+G|----12-------------(14)-------14-14----14--|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-12----15-12--12---------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-------------------------------------------|
GTR.II                                       |
e|-------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|----------8---8/---------------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|--7-10-7-------------14------14-----14\----|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-------------------------------------------|

(fig.3)
GTR.I                                          (on the 4th measure)
e|-------------------------------------------|----------------------|
A chord diagramBB|-------------------------------------------|----------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|----12--------------12-14-12-14--14--14----|-12-14-12-14-14-14-14-|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-12----15-12--12---------------------------|----------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-------------------------------------------|----------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-------------------------------------------|----------------------|
GTR.II                                       |
e|-------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|----------8---8/-------------13------------|(the '13' is played on the
A chord diagramG+G|--7-10-7------------12-14-12-----14--14----| 1st and 3rd measure. the
A chord diagramD MajorD|-------------------------------------------| 2nd plays the '12' like
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-------------------------------------------| GTR.I)
A chord diagramD MajorD|-------------------------------------------|



VERSE:
both guitars play their part from (fig.2)
just before the chorus, GTR.II plays this from (fig.3):
e|----------------------|
A chord diagramBB|----------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-12-14-12-14-14-14-14-|
A chord diagramD MajorD|----------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|----------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|----------------------|


CHORUS:
GTR.I, dampen after each note
e|----1717-15-17-15-----------------|-1313-12-13-12-----------|
A chord diagramBB|-------------------17-17--15------|---------------13-13--15-|
A chord diagramG+G|----------------------------------|-------------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|----------------------------------|-------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|----------------------------------|-------------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|----------------------------------|-------------------------|
GTR.II, dampen after each note      | (above is a GTR.III, or keyboard
e|----------17----------------17-17-|  part which harmonizes with GTR.I)
A chord diagramBB|-----13--------13-------13--------|
A chord diagramG+G|-14-----------------14------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|----------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|----------------------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|----------------------------------|


BRIDGE:
Both Guitars           (this part: GTR.I)
e|---------------|-------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|---------------|-------------------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|---------------|-------------------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-0~----0~------|-----14-14--12-12--------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-0~----0~--etc-|------------------15-15--12-12-|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-0~----0~------|-(0~)--------------------------|

That part for GTR.I is the reason why i use Drop D;
so that i can use the open string to ring out whilst
playing the riff.

The rest of bridge is quite hard to hear, there are seperate
guitar riffs playing (im sure GTR.II could be playing something
simular to the chorus). I'm also sure that riff is the GTR.I part
(from what i've heard live and maybe on the record).
So i'm sorry that i haven't worked it out just yet.

REPEAT CHORUS until END

Enjoy, cheers (Y)
let me know what you think!


Ring Out: ~
Ghost Note: (0) (as an example)
Slide Up: / and Slide Down: \
ⓘ Guitar tab for 'Balloons' by Foals, an indie band formed in 2005 from Oxford, England. Foals is known for their passionate rock/pop music.

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