Banal

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Banal - Bill Nelson

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Tabbed by twilightcapers

 

 

From Bill Nelson's solo output... 

The first track from the Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam album.  

One of his most popular guitar solos too, so I have attempted to tab it.

 

 

Tuning: EADGBe

 

 

| /  slide up

| \  slide down

| h  hammer-on

| p  pull-off

| ~  vibrato/sustain

| +  harmonic

| x  Mute note

 

 

Intro and main riff...

 

___B________________________________G7_____________________________ 

 

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|--------------------------------|-------------------------3---3--|

A|-2---2-----------2---2----------|---------2---2---5---5----------|

E|---------4---2-----------4---2--|-3---3--------------------------|

 

 | 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -| 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -|

 

 

___B________________________________G7_____________________________

(lead guitar during intro...)

e|--------------------------------|/19~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|

B|----------------/12~~~~~~~~~~~~~|--------------------------------|

G|-4~~~~~~~~~~~~~-----------------|--------------------------------|

D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

Verse: (palm mute chords slightly...)

 

___A________________________________B_______________D______________ 

         " Every   sound   I        hear

           Seems  to   sound   the  same 

           Every       face    I    see

           Seems the   same    to   me "

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------|-----------------3---3---3---3--|

G|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|-4---4---4---4---2---2---2---2--|

D|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2--|-4---4---4---4---0---0---0---0--|

A|-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0--|-2---2---2---2------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

Repeat chord sequence until...

 

Chorus:

 

___B________________________________G7_____________________________ 

 " Banal... "

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|--------------------------------|-------------------------3---3--|

A|-2---2-----------2---2----------|---------2---2---5---5----------|

E|---------4---2-----------4---2--|-3---3--------------------------|

 

 

Repeat chorus part four times.

 

Repeat verse.

 

Repeat chorus, then...

 

 

Middle part:

 

 

___E________________________________A______________________________ 

                 " I       know     you... "

e|---------0---0-----------0------|---------0---0-----------0------|

B|---------0---0-----------0------|---------2---2-----------2------|

G|---------1---1-----------1------|---------2---2-----------2------|

D|---------2---2-----------2------|---------2---2-----------2------|

A|---------2---2-----------2------|-0------------------------------|

E|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 | 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -| 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -|

 

___B_______________________________________________________________ 

                 " you     know     me... "

e|---------2---2-----------2------|---------2---2-----------2------|

B|---------4---4-----------4------|---------4---4-----------4------|

G|---------4---4-----------4------|---------4---4-----------4------|

D|---------4---4-----------4------|---------4---4-----------4------|

A|-2------------------------------|-2------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

___E________________________________A______________________________ 

                 " talk   about     it... "

e|---------0---0-----------0------|---------0---0-----------0------|

B|---------0---0-----------0------|---------2---2-----------2------|

G|---------1---1-----------1------|---------2---2-----------2------|

D|---------2---2-----------2------|---------2---2-----------2------|

A|---------2---2-----------2------|-0------------------------------|

E|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

___B_______________________________________________________________ 

                 " con  -  stant  - ly... "

e|---------2---2-----------2------|---------2---2-----------2------|

B|---------4---4-----------4------|---------4---4-----------4------|

G|---------4---4-----------4------|---------4---4-----------4------|

D|---------4---4-----------4------|---------4---4-----------4------|

A|-2------------------------------|-2------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

Repeat middle part,then...

 

 

___B________________________________G7_____________________________ 

 (sax solo...)

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|--------------------------------|-------------------------3---3--|

A|-2---2-----------2---2----------|---------2---2---5---5----------|

E|---------4---2-----------4---2--|-3---3--------------------------|

 

 

 

Repeat sax solo/main riff four times.

 

Repeat verse.

 

Repeat chorus.

 

 

Guitar solo first half...

 

 

___E_(022100)_____________________________________________________

 (same rhythm chords as middle part...)

e|-------------------------7--------------------------------------|

B|-10b12~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--------10b12~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|

G|----------------------------------------------------------------|

D|----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___A_(x02220)_____________________________________________________

 

e|-7--------------------------------------------------------------|

B|-------------10----------9-------7~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-9-h10--|

G|----------------------------------------------------------------|

D|----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___B_(x24442)_____________________________________________________

 

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|

B|-7--------------------------------------------------------------|

G|--------------------------------/8------------------------------|

D|-------------9-------9-----------------------9-------9----------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___B_(x24442)_____________________________________________________

 

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|

B|/7-------------------------------10~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-------|

G|----------------------------------------------------------------|

D|-------------9-------9------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___E______________________________________________________________

 

e|-16-p14----------14---------------------------------------------|

B|---------17-p16------17-p16-p14---------------------------------|

G|---------------------------------16-p14-------------------------|

D|-----------------------------------------18-p16-p14-h16-h18--14-|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 | 1   -   &   -   2   -   &   -   3   -   &   -   4   -   &   -  |

 

___A______________________________________________________________

 

e|-----------------------------------------14----------14--16-----|

B|-----------------------------14-h16-h17------16-h17-------------|

G|---------14-h16-h18--14-h16-------------------------------------|

D|-16-h18---------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___B______________________________________________________________

 

e|-17----------16----------17------17b19~~~~~~~17~~~~~~~~~-16h17p16

B|----------------------------------------------------------------|

G|----------------------------------------------------------------|

D|----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___B______________________________________________________________

 

e|-14~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--|

B|----------------------------------------------------------------|

G|----------------------------------------------------------------|

D|----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

 

Guitar solo second half.  

 

There are two guitars in harmony at the beginning of this part. I have

tabbed both so you can choose which one to play.

 

 

___E______________________________________________________________

(guitar one...)

e|-------------------------7---7----------------------------------|

B|-10b12~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~---------10b12~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|

G|----------------------------------------------------------------|

D|----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 | 1   -   &   -   2   -   &   -   3   -   &   -   4   -   &   -  |

 

 

___A______________________________________________________________

(guitar one...)

e|-7--------------------------------------------------------------|

B|-------------10----------9-------7-----------------------9h10---|

G|----------------------------------------------------------------|

D|----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___B______________________________________________________________

(guitar one...)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|

B|-10-----------------------------/7------------------------------|

G|-------------8-------8-----------------------8-------8----------|

D|----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 | 1   -   &   -   2   -   &   -   3   -   &   -   4   -   &   -  |

 

___B______________________________________________________________

(guitar one...)

e|---------------------------------9\-----------------------------|

B|/10-------------------------------------------------------------|

G|-------------8-------8------------------------------------------|

D|----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

Alternatively play the harmony lead line below...

 

 

__________________________________________________________________

(guitar two...)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|

B|-------------------------9---9----------------------------------|

G|-11b13~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--------11b13~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-----|

D|----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

__________________________________________________________________

(guitar two...)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|

B|-9--------------------------------------------------------------|

G|-------------11----------9-------8-----------------------9h11---|

D|----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

__________________________________________________________________

(guitar two...)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|

B|-7--------------------------------------------------------------|

G|--------------------------------/8------------------------------|

D|-------------9-------9-----------------------9-------9----------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

__________________________________________________________________

(guitar two...)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------|

B|/7-------------------------------10\----------------------------|

G|----------------------------------------------------------------|

D|-------------9-------9------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

 

(Now back to one guitar...)

 

 

___E______________________________________________________________

 

e|---------------------------------12--h14--h16----14--h16--/17---|

B|---------------------------12-----------------------------------|

G|----------------------13----------------------------------------|

D|-------------9---14---------------------------------------------|

A|-------11-------------------------------------------------------|

E|-12-------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 | 1   -   &   -   2   -   &   -   3   -   &   -   4   -   &   -  |

 

___A______________________________________________________________

 

e|-16--h17--h19----17--p16--p14----14--h16--h17----19b21~~~~~~~~~-|

B|----------------------------------------------------------------|

G|----------------------------------------------------------------|

D|----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___B______________________________________________________________

 

e|-19~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--------17-p16-p14-----------------------------|

B|-------------------------------------17-p16-p14-----------------|

G|-------------------------------------------------16-p14-p13-----|

D|-------------------------------------------------------------16-|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

___B______________________________________________________________

 

e|-19~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--|

B|----------------------------------------------------------------|

G|----------------------------------------------------------------|

D|----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

 

Repeat chorus until...

 

Final chord:

 

___Bsus4___________________________________________________________ 

 (let ring...)

e|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|-0------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|-4------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|-4------------------------------|--------------------------------|

A|-2------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

 

Lyrics:

 

Every sound I hear

Seems to sound the same 

Every face I see

Seems the same to me

 

Banal...

 

Every book I've read 

Says the same old thing 

Everything I've said 

Has that same old ring

 

Banal...

 

 

I know you, you know me

Talk about it constantly

Sky of blue, sea of green

Only fools harbour dreams

 

 

Everyone I meet 

Hands me the same old line

Buildings in the street

Display familiar signs 

 

Programmes on TV

Employ the same device

Their warm humanity

Just leaves me cold as ice

 

Banal...

 

 

 

Words & Music by Bill Nelson.

© Bill Nelson 2020

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