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Mediterranean Sundance Tabs (ver.2)

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Mediterranean Sundance Tabs (ver.2)

Dimeola Al
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This is my transcription of Al DiMeola's _Mediterranean Sundance_, an
acoustic duet with Paco Delucia off of the album _Elegant Gypsy_.  Al
plays on the right channel, and Paco plays on the left channel.  Paco
picks finger-style, while Al uses a pick.

Some notes:

I have only transcribed Al's parts, as I got tired of transcribing this
monster.  (Paco's rhythm parts would be very difficult to transcribe
note for note, as he plays more intricate finger-style parts than Al)

Apparently, an incomplete transcription of this piece exists (from an
old magazine).  I have not seen it, and therefore have not had the
opportunity to refer to it.

Al's playing is very fast and very clean.  Amazing, especially beacause
he is doing it on a steel-strung acoustic.  He may be playing
certain phrases in different positions, but the ones I notated are the
most likely.  The transcription is broken up roughly by phrasing. 

Though I have not transcribed any of Paco's parts, there are only two
basic chord progresssions in the entire piece.  Em D C B7, and Am Bm7
(Bbm7) Am7 B7.  Paco uses the Bbm7 to approach the Am7 from the Bm7 when
he is playing in the upper positions, a very common jazz-thing.

This piece is ideal for a duet.  One player can jam out the chords,
while the other solos, and the players can switch around.  It would be
kind of silly to try to recreate this piece note for note, don't you
think?  Otherwise, Al's leads are good scalar exercises for building up
your acoustic chops. 

Transcription notation:

h - hammer on

p - pull off

/ - slide up

\ - slide down

~ - vibrato

muted - palm mute

strum - strum the preceding chord

random comments are located throughout the transcription


A:
|---0--0--0----0----0--0--0----0-----------0-|------------------------------
|--1--1--1----1-1--1--1--1----1-1----0-----0-|------------------------------
|-4--2--0--0h2----4--2--0--0h2------0-0------|-(repeat A  2nd time muted)---
|----------------------------------4---4---2-|------------------------------
|---------------------------------2-----2--2-|------------------------------
|----------------------------------------0-0-|------------------------------



B:
|---------10--12\------12-10-7-10-7-----7-7-7-5-3-5-3-2-2-----2-3-5-3-2-----
|--8-10/12--12-------8-10--8-5--8-5-----5-5-5-3-1-3-1-0-0-------------------
|-9-9---------------9-------------------------------------------------------
|-------------------------------------------------------------(fast)--------
|----------------------|-muted----|-----|---let ring----|-------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------




-----------2-3-5-3-2-----------2-3-5-3-2-----------2-3-5-3-2---------|------
-4-5-7-5-4-----------5-4-5/7-7-----------4-5-7-5-4-----------5-4-5-5-|------




------------|--7-8-10-8-7------------7-8-10-8-7---------------7-8-10-8-7----
------------|-------------7-8-10-8-7------------10-8-10/12-12---------------
-(repeat B)-|---------------------------------------------------------------
------------|--(fast)-------------------------------------------------------
------------|---------------------------------------------------------------
------------|---------------------------------------------------------------




------------7-8-10-8-7--------||--------------------------------------------
-7-8-10-8-7------------8-7-5~-||--------------------------------------------
------------------------------||---(end of the intro)-----------------------
------------------------------||--------------------------------------------
------------------------------||--------------------------------------------
------------------------------||--------------------------------------------



DiMeola's Lead, Paco plays essentially Am Bm7 (Bbm7) Am7 B7
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|---7---8---10---12-----13p12-10h12-10-8-8h10-8h10-8-8h10-8-8h10-8----------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------
|-|-tremelo-picking-|-------------------------------------------------------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------




-----------------------------------------------|--------5-7-8-7-5---7-5-----
-8p7-8p7-8p7-8p7--7-7\5-5----5-5-5-5-5-5/7-7~--|--5-7-8-----------8-----8-7-
-----------------------------------------------|----------------------------
-----------------------------------------------|----------------------------
-----------------------------------------------|--(fast)--------------------
-----------------------------------------------|----------------------------




-5----------------------------------------------------------|---------------
---8-7-5-8-7-5----------------------------------------------|---------------
---------------7-5---4-----------------------4-5-4---4-5-4--|----------5-7--
-------------------7---5-7-4-5---4-----4-5-7-------7--------|--4/5-7-9------
-------------------------------7---5-7----------------------|---------------
-----------------------------------------------(slower)-----|--(fast)-------




--------------------7-------------7-10-8-7----8-7-------------7-8-10--10----
-------7---8-7-10-8---10-8-7-8-10----------10-----10-8-7-8-10---------------
-9-7-9---9------------------------------------------------------------------




-10/12-12-12/14-14-14/15-15-15\14-14-14-14\12-12-12-12\10-10-10-10\8-8-8\7--




-7-7/8-7-7-5-5/7-7--|--------5-7-8-7-5---7-5-----5--------------------------
--------------------|--5-7-8-----------8-----8-7---8-7-5-8-7-5--------------
--------------------|------------------------------------------7-5-4-7-5-4--
--------------------|------------------------------------------------------7
--------------------|--(fast)-----------------------------------------------
--------------------|-------------------------------------------------------



                                                        Paco plays Em D C B7
--------------------------------------------------------|-----------12-14-15
--------------------------------------------------------|--12-13-15---------
-5-4-----4----------------------------------------------|-------------------
-----7-5---7-5-4-7-5-4----------------------------------|--(fast and muted)-
-----------------------7-5-3-2-0-2-0-2-0-------0-2-0-2--|-------------------
-----------------------------------------3-2-3----------|-------------------




-14-12-14-12-14-12--|-----------12-14-12-14-12----12-----|-----------12-14--
--------------------|--12-13-15----------------15----15--|--12-13-15--------
--------------------|------------------------------------|------------------
-------(slower)-----|--(fast and muted)--(slower)--------|--(fast)----------
--------------------|------------------------------------|------------------
--------------------|------------------------------------|------------------




-15-14-12----14-12-------12-------------------------------------------------
----------15-------15-13----15-13-12-15-13-12-------------------------------
----------------------------------------------14-12-11-14-12-11-9-12-11-9---




-11-9-------9---------------------------------------------------------------
------12-10---12-10-9-12-10-9----10-9-------9---------------9-10-12-9-10-12-
------------------------------12------12-10---12-10-9-10-12-----------------




--------------------------10-|-12-10-------10-------------------------------
-----------------10-12-13----|-------13-12----13-12-10-13-12-10----12-10----
-9-11-12-9-11-12-------------|----------------------------------12-------12-
-----------------------------|----------------------------------------------
-----------------------------|-(still fast)---------------------------------
-----------------------------|----------------------------------------------




-----------------7-8-7-------------7-8-10-8-7-------------------------------
----10---------8-------10-8-7-8-10------------10-8-7-10-8-7-----------------
-11----12-11-9----------------------------------------------9-7-------------




---------------------------------7-8-7-----------------------|--------------
--------------------------7-8-10-------10-8-7~---7-8-7-------|---7-7--------
----------------------7-9----------------------9-------9-8~--|-9-----9-9----
-7-------------7-9-10----------------------------------------|--------------
---10-9-7-9-10-------------------(slower)--------------------|-(slow)-------
-------------------------------------------------------------|--------------




-7\--7h8-7-------12\--12-12-10-12-10-8-10-8-7-8-7----7-7----7---7-7----7-7--
-7\--------10-10-12\------------------------------10-----10---------10------




----7-7-------------7-8-10-8-7------7---------------------------------------
-10-----10-8-7-8-10------------10-8---10-8-7-10-8-7-------------------------
----------------------------------------------------9-7-5-4-----------------
------------------------------------------------------------7-5-4-----------




---------------------------------------2-0-------0-2-4-5-4------------------
-2-0-------0-2-0-------0-2-3-5-3-2-0-------3-2-3-------------5-3-2-5-3-2-0--
-----3-2-3-------3-2-3---------------3---------------------3----------------




-----------------------------------------------------------||---------------
-----------------------------------------------------------||----end-of-----
-----------------------------------------------------------||---------------
-----------------------------------------------------------||----DiMeola's--
-3-2-0---2-0-------0-2-3-5-3-2-0---------------------------||---------------
-------3-----3-2-3---------------2h3-2-2~-3-3~-2-2-3-3-2-2-||----lead-------



DiMeola's rhythm Em D C B7 (but he actually doesn't play the thirds)
|------------------------------------------|--------------------------------
|------------------------------------------|--------------------------------
|---------9---7----------5---------4-------|--9---------7-----------5--4--5-
|---------9---7(strum)---5(strum)--4(strum)|--9(strum)--7(strum)---5-5--5--5
|---------7---5----------3---------2-------|--7---------5---------3---3--3--
|-0-0-0-0-0--------------------------------|--------------------------------




----------------------|-----------------------------------------------------
----------------------|-----------------------------------------------0-----
--4-----0-0---0---0---|--9---------7---------5-----------5---0--0--0---0---0
---5---4---4-4-4-4-4--|--9(strum)--7(strum)--5(strum)---5-5-4-4--4--4---4-4-
-3--3-2-----2---2---2-|--7---------5---------3---------3---2---2--2--2---2--
----------------------|-----------------------------------------------------




|---------(rhthmically strumming now)--(something like this...)------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------9---------7--------5---------4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
|---------9(strum)--7(strum)-5(strum)--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
|---------7---------5--------3---------2-2-2-2-0-0-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-2-3-2-0-2-|
|-0-0-0-0------------------------------------------------------------------|




-----------------------------------------|----------------------------------
-----------------------------------------|----------------------------------
-9-9-9---------------0--0---0------------|--------------------------7-5-7---
-9-9-9-7-7-7-5-5-5--4--4-4-4-4-----------|---------------------------7-7-7--
-7-7-7-5-5-5-3-3-3-2--2---2---2-0-0-0-0--|--------7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-------5-
-----------------------------------------|--0-0-0---0-0-0-0-----------------




-------------------------------------------------------|--------------------
-------------------------------------------------------|--------------------
-----5---5---5-4-2-------------------------------------|----------9---------
---5--5-5-5-5------5-4-2-------------------------------|----------9(strum)--
-3-3---3---3-------------5-3-2-----------2-0-2-0-2-3-2-|----------7---------
-------------------------------5-3-2-3-5---------------|--0-0-0-0-----------




-------------------------------------|--------------------------------------
-----------------------0--0----------|--------------------------------------
-7---------5------------0--0--0---0--|----------9--------5-7-5-4------------
-7(strum)--5(strum)---4-----4--4-4-4-|----------9(strum)---------7-5-4---4-5
-5---------3---------2---2---2--2----|----------7----------------------7----
-------------------------------------|--0-0-0-0-----------------------------




-----------------------------------------------------------|--------0-------
-----------------------------------------------------------|--------0-------
-----------5---------5---5----5-4-2------------------------|----------------
-4---------5(strum)---5-5-----------5-4-2------------------|--------2-------
---7-5-0-3-3-----------3--3-5-------------5-3-2-0------0-2-|--------2-------
-------------------------------------------------3-2-3-----|--0-0-0-0-------




-7---------------4-5-7-5-4---5-4-----4-----------------5-5-5---5---5---0-0--
-7(strum)--4-5-7-----------7-----7-5---7-5-4-7-5-4-----5-5--5-5-5-5---4---4-
-5-------------------------------------------------7-5-3-3---3---3---2-----2




-----------------|----------------------------------------------------------
-----------------|----------------------------------------------------------
--0--5-4-2-------|-----------------------------------------------------5-7-9
-4-4-------5-4-2-|-2-2-2-(etc.)--0-0-0-(etc.)--------------5-7---5-7-9------
-----------------|-----------------------------------5-7-9-----9------------
-----------------|-----------------------------5-7-9------------------------




-------------------------------------------------------|--------------------
-------------------------------------------------------|--------------------
-7-5-4----------5-4-2----------------------------------|----------9---------
-------5-5-5-5--------5-4-2----------------------------|----------9(strum)--
-------3-3-3-3-0------------5-3-2-0------------2-3-2---|----------7---------
------------------------------------3-2--2-3-5-------0-|--0-0-0-0-----------




-----------------------------------------------------7---8-7-10-8---10-8-7-8
-(knock on guitar body)--7-----------------5-7-9-7-9---9--------------------
-------------------------7(strum)--4/5-7-9----------------------------------
-------------------------5--------------------------------------------------




----7-8-10-8-7----8-7------7-------------7--7-----7-7-7-7-7-8-8-8-8-8-------
-10------------10-----10-8---10-8-7-8-10------------------------------------




---10--/----14-------12-----15---14---12-----------------12-----------------
------------------------------------------------------15----15-13-12--------
--(tremelo picking)------|play ten times very fast|------------------14-12--




-11--11-----11---11-11-11-11-----11---11-11-11--12--11-9-7------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------10-9-7-----------




------------------------|-(very fast constant strumming)----------|---------
------------------------|-----------------------------------------|---------
------------------------|-9---------7---------5---------4---------|---------
---------------9--------|-9(strum)--7(strum)--5(strum)--4(strum)--|---------
---------------9(strum)-|-7---------5---------3---------2---------|---------
-10-8-7-10-8-7-7--------|-----------------------------------------|---------




(fast constant strumming)----------------|--------------------------------||
-----------------------------------------|--------------------------------||
-9---------7---------5---------4---------|--------------------------------||
-9(strum)--7(strum)--5(strum)--4(strum)--|--play intro, without A, to end-||
-7---------5---------3---------2---------|--------------------------------||
-----------------------------------------|--------------------------------||
            
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