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Red Tabs

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                "Red" by Robert Fripp as heard on the album RED

This is an arrangement of RED. It is arranged here for 
guitar and bass. On the album there is considerable
doubling of various lines to thicken it up.

This is the opening guitar melody.

---------------------------------15-17-19-------
--------------------13-15-17--19----------------
----------13-14--16-----------------------------
-13-15-16---------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------


------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------15-17-19-------
-----------------12-13-15-16--18----------------
-------12-14-15---------------------------------
-14-16------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------


---------------------------------15-17-18-------
--------------------13-15-17--19----------------
----------13-14--16-----------------------------
-13-15-16---------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------

The bass for the opening is:

-8--11-10---8---12---11-12-14-16-16----
-9--12-10---10--14---------------14----
-9--12-12---11--15---------------------
---------------------------------0-0---

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

-8--11-10---8---12---11-12-14-15-15----
-9--12-10---10--14---------------------
-9--12-12---11--15---------------------
---------------------------------0--0--


Main Verse Riff:

----------------------------------
-3-1-3-1-3-1-3--1--3b(4)r3--1-----
-3-1-3-1-3-1-3--1--3b(4)r3--1-----
------------------------------2---
----------------------------------
--------------------------------0-

This gets transposed to positions 1 step up and 1 1/2 steps up.

Fripp also plays at the end of the riff sometimes a "sick" sounding note
which is:

(i)  and  (ii)
  s
-0---------0-------------------
-3/5-------5b(6)---------------
-------------------------------
-------------------------------
-------------------------------
-------------------------------

So the 1st verse is played if we call the main riff E , the transposed
riffs of 1 and 1 1/2 steps F# and G respectvely and including the "sick"
notes (i) and (ii) we get the sequence...

 E  E  F#  E (i)  G  G  E (i)    then 1st chorus
 
 2nd time through it is....
 
 E  E (i)  F# (ii)  E (i)        then 2nd chorus
 
The bass drones these notes as roots for this section playing octaves 
for accents.

Chorus:

This is played twice:

guitar
                               free rhythm
-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0---!-0--------------------------
-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0---!-0--------------------------
-13-12-13-12-13-12-13-12--!-1--------------------------
-14-13-14-13-14-13-14-13--!-2--------------------------
--------------------------!----------------------------
--------------------------!-0--------------------------

bass
                               s   s         s   s    
--------------------------!-----------------7/(8)\(7)--
--------------------------!---6/(7)\(6)----------------
-7--6--7--6--7--6--7--6---!----------------------------
-0------------------------!-0-----------0-0------------

then

for the 1st chorus play these chords (free rhythm)

-0---!--0---!--10---!--10---------
-0---!--0---!--10---!--10---------
-4---!--4---!--12---!--12---------
-4---!--4---!--12---!--12---------
-----!------!-------!-------------
-----!------!-------!-------------

bass
-----!------!-------!-------------
-----!------!-------!-------------
-2---!-5----!-5-----!--5-4-3--3---
-----!------!-------!-------------
note that these are just the position for fingers. the rhythms
are up to you. The last bar has that little descending riff
to the C which is played for that bar.

For the second chorus

-0---!--0---!--0----!--0----------
-0---!--0---!--0----!--0----------
-4---!--4---!--9----!--9----------
-4---!--4---!--9----!--9----------
-----!------!-------!-------------
-----!------!-------!-------------

bass

-----!------!-------!-------------
-----!------!--4----!-4-2--2------
-2---!--0---!-------!-------------
-----!------!-------!-------------

The sort of Bridge section after this.

------------------!-----------------!-------------------
------------------!-----------------!-------------------
------------------!-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-!-6-4-6-4-6-4-6-4-6-
--2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-!-----------------!-------------------
------------------!-----------------!-------------------
------------------!-----------------!-------------------

bass

------------------!-----------------!-------------------
------------------!-----------------!-7-----------------
-0----------------!-6---------------!-------------------
------------------!-----------------!-------------------

Middle Break

The chords for the middle break are:

Hit each as many times as indicated...

20X   32X    3X     5X    24X    16X    1X    1X

----!------!-----!------!-----!------!------!-0----
-3--!--3---!--2--!--2---!--5--!--3---!--3---!-3----
-3--!--3---!--0--!--1---!--4--!--4---!--4---!-4----
----!------!-----!------!-----!------!------!------
----!------!-----!------!-----!------!------!------
----!------!-----!------!-----!------!------!------

 32X    3X    5X     24X    8X     2X    1X

------!-----!------!-----!------!------!-0----
--3---!--2--!--2---!--5--!--3---!--3---!-3----
--3---!--0--!--1---!--4--!--4---!--4---!-4----
------!-----!------!-----!------!------!------
------!-----!------!-----!------!------!------
------!-----!------!-----!------!------!------


The middle break has the baseline....

------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------
-------1-0----------1-0--------4-4-2------------
-3-0-1-----1--3-0-1-----1--3-4-------0-0-3-4----

---------------------!--------------------------
---------------0-2---!--------------------0-2---
-4-2---2-0---2-------!--------1-0---------------
-----0-----0---------!--3-0-1-----1-3-0-1-------

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

Then for the rest of the song these various sections are played
oveer again. You can work that out from the recording. You will
have to work out the rhythms for the bass and the chords because
notating them here would be stupid to even attempt and not worth
the time.

I hope this is fairly arrangement is fairly understandable. If 
anybody has any questions about the piece or any corrections (there



Mark Hawling
            
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