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Tame Impala tabs for Be above it

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Tame Impala - Be Above It
                       from their 2012 album Lonerism

This has to be one of the easiest songs ever to physically play. It's literally
two chords, with only one note different between them (t's amazing how much Kevin
gets out of these two chords). Getting it to sound like the song is a completely
different story however. There's some crazy effects going on with loads of delay,
phase and vibrato.
Intro:
"Gotta be above it, gotta be above it, gotta be above it, gotta be above it..."
This is the note that the synth plays after the drums and vocals come in.
I've tried to indicate the rhythm with the spacing, because it's kind of strange:
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-10----------------10----10----10--------10--------10----------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

1st verse:
"And I know that I gotta be above it now,
And I know that I can't let them bring me down,
And I gotta bide my time as a face in the crowd,
And I know that I gotta be above it now"
Since there's hardly anything else going on during the verse, here's how to play
the vocal melody on guitar:
e|-----------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|-----------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-------12--11-11-9-9-11-11-9-------------------| x3
A chord diagramD MajorD|-12-14-----------------------12.--12--109----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-----------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|----------------------------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-------12--11-11-9-9-11-11-9------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-12-14-----------------------12.--12----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|----------------------------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|----------------------------------------|

The synth keeps that note
going after each line is sung:
e|-------------------|
A chord diagramBB|-------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-------------------| x3
A chord diagramD MajorD|-------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-10----------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------------|

And the hit this chord after
the last line of the verse is sung:
e|-10--------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|-12--------------------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-12--------------------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-12--------------------------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-10--------------------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------------------|

2nd verse:
"And I know that I gotta be above it now,
And I gotta bide my time as a face in the crowd,
And I know that I gotta be above it now,
And I can't let them all just bring me down"
e|-10----10----10----10----10----------------|
A chord diagramBB|-12----12----12----12----12----------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-12----11----12----11----12----------------| x3
A chord diagramD MajorD|-12----12----12----12----12----------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-10----10----10----10----10----------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------------------------------------|

3rd verse - variation:
"This time I'm just gonna take it or I'm never gonna shake it,
I'll just close my eyes and make it so that all those little things don't affect me now,
Know that I gotta be above it now"
For this variation you hit the A chord diagramGmaj7Gmaj7 chord 4 times before the A chord diagramG+G major:
e|-10----10----10----10----10----------------|
A chord diagramBB|-12----12----12----12----12----------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-11----11----11----11----12----------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-12----12----12----12----12----------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-10----10----10----10----10----------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------------------------------------|

This is the vocal melody for this bit on guitar:
e|----------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|----------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|----------12-12-11-11-9-9----9-12-12-11-11-9-9----9-|
A chord diagramD MajorD|----12-14-----------------12-------------------12---|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-14-------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|----------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramBB|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-12-12-11-11-9-9----9-12-12-11-11-9-9-11-11-9-------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-----------------12---------------------------12.--12--109----|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|----------------------------------------------------------------|

4th verse:
"And I can't let them all just bring me down,
This time I'm just gonna take it or I'm never gonna shake it,
I'll just close my eyes and make it so that all those little things don't affect me now"
e|-10----10----10----10----10----------------|
A chord diagramBB|-12----12----12----12----12----------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-12----11----12----11----12----------------| x2
A chord diagramD MajorD|-12----12----12----12----12----------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-10----10----10----10----10----------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-------------------------------------------|

Outro:
"Gotta be above it, gotta be above it, gotta be above it, gotta be above it..."
e|-10----10--------------------|
A chord diagramBB|-12-----12-------------------|
A chord diagramG+G|-11------12------------------|
A chord diagramD MajorD|-12-------12-----------------|
A chord diagramA augmentedA|-10--------10----------------|
A chord diagramE MajorE|-----------------------------|


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| /   slide up
|    slide down
| h   hammer-on
| p   pull-off
| ~   vibrato
| +   harmonic
| x   Mute note
| .   staccato
| b   Bend
| pb  Pre-bend
| br  Bend release
| pbr Pre-bend release
| brb Bend release bend

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