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Hot Tuna tabs for Hesitation blues

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HESITATION BLUES (trad., after J. Kaukonnen, as recorded on the LP
"Hot Tuna", ca. 1972).  Tab by Tim Keenan

This is in response to a request last week.  It is a great country
blues tune, in "swung" 4/4, i.e. every quarter is subdivided in 3
(or you can think of it as 12/8, if you'd rather).  When this sort
of thing is written down, it is traditionally written as dotted
time, but the eighth note is really only 1/3 of a quarter note, not
1/2.  Clear as mud? Count it as ah 1 and ah 2 and ah 3 and ah 4,
with all syllables the same length, and you'll do fine.  Quarter
notes are at a normal walking speed.

Notes:

1. Low notes, on the beat, are always played by the thumb
2. I use the chord positions marked above the tab to play all the
   other notes--just use the most obvious convenient finger within
   the chord (or nearby) to fret the tabbed notes
3.
/= 1-fret rising slur, //= 2, etc.
^= 1/2 tone push
x= damped note
h= hammer on
!= Broken chord (rapid arpeggio, bass>treble)
==== sustained note

4. The vamp in the first line shows h's before the treble notes in the
   A chord diagramA minorAm and A chord diagramE7E7 chords: these are hammered on on the beat, but not plucked.

5. There are probably some errors-- if it doesn't sound right, you'll
   know.  It is pretty obvious, once you get the feel.  I never play it
   exactly the same, two verses running, so this is just a template.

I'm not at all sure of the first line of that last verse, but it's
my best guess.  I'd be happy to hear alternate "translations".

Tim Keenan
Department of Forest Resources
UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK

I hope someone enjoys this--let me know.

        A chord diagramA minorAm          A chord diagramE7E7           A chord diagramA minorAm          A chord diagramE7E7
e-----|-----------------O-------|-----------------O-------
B-----|h1x----1-----O---3-------|h1x----1-----O---3-------
G---O-|h2x----2---Oh1---------O-|h2x----2---Oh1---------O-
D-----|h2x----2----h2-----2-----|h2x----2----h2-----2-----
A-----|-Ox---------h2-----------|-Ox---------h2-----------
E-----|-------------O-----------|-------------O-----------
4 + a   1 + a 2 + a 3 + a 4 + a   1 + a 2 + a 3 + a 4 + a

a       ..

 A chord diagramA minorAm           A chord diagramE MajorE             A chord diagramC majorC          A chord diagramC7C7
|-----------------O-1---2-|!3---O-------------------
|h1x----1-----O-----------|!1-----1---------3-1-----
|h2x----2---Oh1---------O-|!O---------4-3---------O-
|h2x----2----h2-----2-----|-------2-----------2-----
|-Ox---------h2-----------|!3-----------3-----------
|-------------O-----------|-------------------------
  1 + a 2 + a 3 + a 4 + a   1 + a 2 + a 3 + a 4 + a

     I ..


Chorus:
   A chord diagramFF           A chord diagramFF              A chord diagramFF          A chord diagramFF
e|-------------------------|-------------------------
A chord diagramBB|-1x----3x----3^====3---1====x----3x----3^====3---1-
A chord diagramG+G|-2x----2x----------2---2====x----2x----------2---2-
A chord diagramD MajorD|-3x----------3-----------|-3x----------3-----------
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-------------------------|-------------------------
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------------------|-------------------------
   1 + a 2 + a 3 + a 4 + a   1 + a 2 + a 3 + a 4 + a

     How ..

   A chord diagramC7C7                        A chord diagramC7C7
e|-------------------------|-------------------------
A chord diagramBB|-------1x----------------|-1x----------------------
A chord diagramG+G|-------3x----2-/-3====x--|-3x----2-/-3====---------
A chord diagramD MajorD|-------2x----1-/-2====x--|-2x----1-/-2====---------
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-3x----------2-/-3====x3x|-------2-/-3====--------- OR:-----O---1--|-2
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------------------|-----------------O-1---2-    ---3--------|--
   1 + a 2 + a 3 + a 4 + a   1 + a 2 + a 3 + a 4 + a        a 4 + a

   A chord diagramG7G7                        A chord diagramG7G7
e|-------1---------1-------|-------------------------
A chord diagramBB|-----------3-------------|-----------5-4-----3-----
A chord diagramG+G|-----O-----------------O-|-----O-----------O-----O-
A chord diagramD MajorD|-------O-----------O-----|-----//5-----4-----3-----
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-------------------------|-------------------------
A chord diagramE MajorE|-3x----------3-----------|-3-----------------------
   1 + a 2 + a 3 + a 4 + a   1 + a 2 + a 3 + a 4 + a

Can I    ..

   A chord diagramC majorC     A chord diagramC7C7    A chord diagramFF     A chord diagramFm6Fm6     A chord diagramC majorC           A chord diagramG7G7
e|-------------------------|-----------1===========--
A chord diagramBB|-----1-------1-----1-----|-1---------O===========--
A chord diagramG+G|-------3-----2-----1-----|-O---O-----O===========--
A chord diagramD MajorD|-------2-----3-----O-----|-------------O-----------
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-3-----------------------|-3-----------------------
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------------------|-------3-----------3-----
   1 + a 2 + a 3 + a 4 + a   1 + a 2 + a 3 + a 4 + a

  -tate?

Well, ..
You ..--
(Chorus)
If ..,
You ..
(Chorus)
Rocks ..
knows ..
(Chorus)
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