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Joni Mitchell tabs for California

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California - Joni Mitchell
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                                     From the album 'Blue'
                                     Tabbed by Howard Wright
                                     spxhaw@uk.ac.cf.thor


The original has a dulcimer part playing the intro, and playing chords in
the main part of the song.  I've tabbed the dulcimer intro bit for guitar
using an alternative tuning.  For the main part of the song, the acoustic
(using normal tuning) dominates; I've written out chord shapes ( and a bit
of tab) for this, as well as shapes for the 'dulcimer' part.

The original acoustic part adds a few noodles on top of the basic chords
(mostly sus4 and sus2 type of things). I've tried to include a few of these,
but I havn't tried to TAB note for note what is played.

The acoustic part is played with a capo at the 3rd fret, so when I
write A chord diagramD MajorD I mean play a A chord diagramD MajorD shape above the 3rd fret. (The actual
chord would be A chord diagramFF)

OK ?


To play the dulcimer part, tune to : A chord diagramFF A chord diagramBb majorBb A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramA augmentedA A chord diagramC majorC A chord diagramFF     (no capo used)

Low A chord diagramE MajorE up to A chord diagramFF
A chord diagramA augmentedA up to A chord diagramBb majorBb
A chord diagramD MajorD - same
A chord diagramG+G up to A chord diagramA augmentedA
A chord diagramBB up to A chord diagramC majorC
A chord diagramE MajorE up to A chord diagramFF

h - hammer on
p - pull off
/ - slide


INTRO :
--------

                 A chord diagramG+G                        A chord diagramA augmentedA         A chord diagramD MajorD                  A chord diagramG/AG/A

F-------------------------------------------2---------------------------0--0--
C---4h5p4-0---0--2---2-2---2---2-----0----4---4-----0---0-0---0-0-------2--2--
A-----------0----1---1-1---1-------0------3-----3---0---0-0---0-0-------1--1--
D----------------3---3-3---3------------------------3---3-3---3-3-------------
Bb---------------0---0-0---0------------------------------------------2-2--2--
F---------------------------------------------------0---0-0---0-0-------------



VERSE 1:
--------

A chord diagramD MajorD
Sitting ..

A chord diagramG+G                       A chord diagramD/F#D/F#       A chord diagramE7E7
Reading ...

A chord diagramE7E7
They ..

Em/A      A chord diagramA7A7                      A chord diagramD MajorD
That ...

A chord diagramD MajorD                A chord diagramG+G
Still ..

      A chord diagramD/F#D/F#               A chord diagramE7E7
But ...

A chord diagramE7E7               Em/A      A chord diagramA7A7
It's..




CHORUS:
-------

A chord diagramG+G   A chord diagramGsus4Gsus4        A chord diagramG+G
     Ah ..

    A chord diagramD MajorD     A chord diagramB7B7        B7/F#   A chord diagramB7B7
California ..

A chord diagramG+G
I'm ...

A chord diagramD/F#D/F#                    A chord diagramA augmentedA   A chord diagramAsus2Asus2
I'll ...

 A chord diagramA augmentedA              A chord diagramD MajorD
California...


  A chord diagramD MajorD            A chord diagramGmaj7Gmaj7        A chord diagramD MajorD       A chord diagramDsus4Dsus4 A chord diagramD MajorD       A chord diagramA/GA/G

E--0h2p0--------2---2--0----------2---3---2-----------------
B--3-----3---3--3---3--3-----3----3---3---3---------3--3----
G----------2----4---4--4-----2----2---2---2---------4--4----
D----------------------------0----0---0---0---------5--5----
A------------------------------------------------0--0--0----
E---------------3---3---------------------------------------





VERSE 2:
---------
  A chord diagramD MajorD
I ...

A chord diagramG+G                          A chord diagramE7E7
We ..

A chord diagramE7E7
He ..

Em/A         A chord diagramA7A7
But ..

A chord diagramD MajorD
Oh ..

A chord diagramG+G
He ...

      A chord diagramE MajorE
And ...

       A chord diagramA7A7
But ..




CHORUS:
--------
A chord diagramG+G  A chord diagramGsus4Gsus4     A chord diagramG+G
          California

  A chord diagramD MajorD          A chord diagramB7B7       B7/F#  A chord diagramB7B7
Oh ...

   A chord diagramG+G
Oh ..

Dsus2/F#
I'm ...

A chord diagramA augmentedA
California ..


.. A chord diagramD MajorD            A chord diagramGmaj7Gmaj7        A chord diagramD MajorD       A chord diagramDsus4Dsus4 A chord diagramD MajorD

E--0h2p0--------2---2--0-----2----2---3---2-----------
B--3-----3---3--3---3--3-----3----3---3---3-----------
G----------2----4---4--4-----2----2---2---2-----------
D----------------------------0----0---0---0-----------
A----------------------------------------------------
E---------------3---3---------------------------------




MIDDLE 8:
---------

A chord diagramD MajorD            A chord diagramE MajorE
Oh it ..
A chord diagramG+G
  When ..

A chord diagramD MajorD                             A chord diagramA augmentedA
  And ..

A chord diagramA augmentedA               A chord diagramE MajorE   A chord diagramD/F#D/F#   A chord diagramG+G                  A chord diagramE7E7
All ..

A chord diagramC majorC                 A chord diagramA augmentedA        A chord diagramAsus4Asus4  A chord diagramA augmentedA  A chord diagramAsus2Asus2  A chord diagramA augmentedA
Just ..

.      A chord diagramG+G                        A chord diagramA augmentedA         A chord diagramD MajorD                  A chord diagramG/AG/A

F--------------------------------2---------------------------0--0--
C-----2---2-2---2---2-----0----4---4-----0---0-0---0-0-------2--2--
A-----1---1-1---1-------0------3-----3---0---0-0---0-0-------1--1--
D-----3---3-3---3------------------------3---3-3---3-3-------------
Bb----0---0-0---0------------------------------------------2-2--2--
F----------------------------------------0---0-0---0-0------------


VERSE 3:
---------
(For the standard tuning acoustic, use the G,E7 and A chord diagramA augmentedA shapes which are
higher up the neck - I've marked them below with a '*' )


     A chord diagramD MajorD                                      G*
So I ...
                                E7*
Went ..


There ..

A*           G*               A chord diagramD MajorD
Reading ..

A chord diagramD MajorD                          G*
They ..

G*                  E7*
I ..

                         A*
Just ..

              G*
And ..



CHORUS:
--------

A chord diagramG+G A chord diagramGsus4Gsus4   A chord diagramG+G
    To ...

   A chord diagramD MajorD
California

           A chord diagramB7B7   B7/F#
I'm..

A chord diagramB7B7   A chord diagramG+G
Oh   ..

A chord diagramD/F#D/F#
Strung ..

A chord diagramA7A7                     A chord diagramD MajorD
California ..


  A chord diagramD MajorD            A chord diagramGmaj7Gmaj7        A chord diagramD MajorD       A chord diagramDsus4Dsus4 A chord diagramD MajorD

E--0h2p0--------2---2--0-----2----2---3---2-----------
B--3-----3---3--3---3--3-----3----3---3---3-----------
G----------2----4---4--4-----2----2---2---2-----------
D----------------------------0----0---0---0-----------
A----------------------------------------------------
E---------------3---3---------------------------------



A chord diagramD MajorD             A chord diagramE MajorE
Oh ..

A chord diagramG+G
  When ..

A chord diagramD MajorD                           A chord diagramA augmentedA
And ..

                A chord diagramE MajorE        A chord diagramG+G
All ..

               A chord diagramD MajorD                  A chord diagramA augmentedA
More ..

  A chord diagramE MajorE                      A chord diagramG+G
Oh ..

                      A chord diagramD MajorD
Will ..

        A chord diagramA augmentedA                      A chord diagramE MajorE
Will ..

A chord diagramG+G              A chord diagramD MajorD            A chord diagramA augmentedA
   Mmm ...

             A chord diagramE MajorE
Take ........



Chord Shapes :
--------------

Standard tuning (acoustic guitar part)
REMEMBER - these are capoed at the 3rd fret


 EADGBE    EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE    EADGBE
 xx0232    3x0003     020100     x02020     3x0013    xx5433

   A chord diagramD MajorD         A chord diagramG+G          A chord diagramE7E7         A chord diagramA7A7        A chord diagramGsus4Gsus4      G*


 EADGBE    EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE    EADGBE
 x21202    x02220     2x023x     x02230     x02200    2x0230

   A chord diagramB7B7        A chord diagramA augmentedA         A chord diagramD/F#D/F#       A chord diagramAsus4Asus4      A chord diagramAsus2Asus2    Dsus2/F#


 EADGBE    EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE
 x32010    x02030     x0543x     x0200x     2x120x     xx2434

   A chord diagramC majorC       A chord diagramA7sus4A7sus4      A chord diagramG/AG/A        Em/A       B7/F#       E7*


 EADGBE
 xx7655

   A*


Alternative tuning (Dulcimer part)
-----------------------------------

Just to keep things simple I'll keep the same chord names as for
the standard tuning guitar part.  In actual fact, the dulcimer chords
are all in F, but since the acoustic guitar is played in A chord diagramD MajorD with
a capo on the 3rd fret, it's also effectively playing in F, although
all the chord names are written in D.  So to make it easy (I hope!)
I'll write all the chords as though it were in D.


If you can't understand what the fuck I'm on about, mail me and I'll try
to explain.

I havn't tabbed all the chords, but these are the basic ones.

(I'll write 'b' for the A chord diagramBb majorBb string to save space)


 FbDACF    FbDACF     FbDACF     FbDACF   FbDACF      FbDACF
 023000    xx3354     x03120     x03555   243222      x22102

   A chord diagramD MajorD         A chord diagramD MajorD          A chord diagramG+G          A chord diagramG+G        A chord diagramE7E7         A chord diagramA7A7


  FbDACF    FbDACF    FbDACF    FbDACF
  xx0321    x03130    4x3000    x2x120

    A chord diagramB7B7       A chord diagramGsus4Gsus4     A chord diagramD/F#D/F#      A chord diagramG/AG/A

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