Guitar and Ukulele Tabs for I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)

One measure of the popularity of a song over time, and not just on the charts at a given time, is the number of covers it has. Well, there’s no shortage for Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released!

Bob Dylan

With every cover, there’s a little variation on it from the others and from the original. However, for this song, most only differed slightly in the notes sang and tempo. There’s no big rearrangement involved. My tabbed version is no different, with only a high D to emphasize a few important points in the lyrics. It is noted among the notes that come with the tabs.

I Shall Be Released (in C), Bob Dylan Guitar Tabs Letter Sized PDF
I Shall Be Released (in C), Bob Dylan Guitar Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

I Shall Be Released (in G), Bob Dylan Guitar Tabs Letter Sized PDF
I Shall Be Released (in G), Bob Dylan Guitar Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

I Shall Be Released (in F), Bob Dylan Ukulele Tabs Letter Sized PDF
I Shall Be Released (in F), Bob Dylan Ukulele Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

I Shall Be Released (in G), Bob Dylan Ukulele Tabs Letter Sized PDF
I Shall Be Released (in G), Bob Dylan Ukulele Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

These tabs all fit on one page to avoid the inconvenience of page turns. However, the letter size tabs (8.5″ x 11″) may be too small for your eyes. If so, you can either enlarge to tabloid size (11″ x 17″) using an automatic enlarge feature on many photocopiers, or download the tabloid sized versions for printing. The tabloid size tabs can be inserted into a typical letter sized binder on the 11″ size, and folded almost in half to fit. You just open each tab to use it.

The chord sequence is fairly easy with G, Am, Bm and back down again with Am and G. Then a D7 separates the next phrase, and it cycles all over again throughout the entire song. You need to Capo 2 this to get it in the key of A that Bob originally wrote it in. I took the chords off The Definitive Bob Dylan Songbook.

If you have trouble playing the Bm on guitar like I do, you might try the version in C, capoing as you need to get it in your voice range. That uses C, Dm, Em and G7. These are a lot easier than that Bm, in my opinion.

The ukulele challenge is also with that Bm, but I tabbed an alternate version in F because the Em (like in the guitar alternate version), is almost like that Bm on guitar, which was what I was trying to avoid. The version in F on the ukulele uses F, Gm, Am and C7, which I find all fairly easy chords to play.

As for trying to find a video close to my tabbed version, the one below from a concert in 1976 matched it best, though not exactly. This was some concert, featuring Bob and an all-star cast like Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr and many other famous musicians! It should serve as a good guide to figuring out the tabs.

The good thing about a “solid” song like this, though, is that the chords are pretty robust to any little variation you might want to put in the melody to “make it your own”. So you don’t have to follow the notes I have. Just sing it the way it feels to you for notes and it will work.

Rhythm is another story, though!  The trickiest part to this song is adjusting from phrase to phrase of when you start in. For some phrases, you strum the opening chord (like G) on the first word. For many phrases, you start in while still on the 7th chord that separates the phrases. Then for the rest, you actually strum that opening chord before you start singing, like with the opening line to the chorus. Figuring out the adjustments from line to line is the hardest part, by far, as far as I’m concerned, to learning this song.

But it just wouldn’t be Bob if it were otherwise! 🙂

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Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.7

Guitar and Ukulele Tabs for My Back Pages (Bob Dylan)

This is just a great song, especially the version performed at Columbia Records’ 30th Anniversary Tribute for Bob Dylan that seems to have been ripped off the Net, but here’s a close version in rehearsal.

It is also the version I tabbed. I never thought I’d say it but thank goodness for Chinese video sites that still holds videos like the one above as YouTube has grown up and wimped out to copyright threats.

My Back Pages, Bob Dylan Guitar Tabs Letter Sized PDF

My Back Pages, Bob Dylan Guitar Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

My Back Pages, Bob Dylan Ukulele Tabs Letter Sized PDF

My Back Pages, Bob Dylan Ukulele Tabs Tabloid Sized PDF

Bob Dylan

These tabs all fit on one page to avoid the inconvenience of page turns. However, the letter size tabs (8.5″ x 11″) may be too small for your eyes. If so, you can either enlarge to tabloid size (11″ x 17″) using an automatic enlarge feature on many photocopiers, or download the tabloid sized versions for printing. The tabloid size tabs can be inserted into a typical letter sized binder on the 11″ size, and folded almost in half to fit. You just open each tab to use it.

Just a few notes to the tabs. In verses 4-6, there is a slight change in one of the lines from the same line for verses 1-3, so I have highlighted the note in red. It’s a little thing, but gives the song a little “ooomph” after 3 go arounds of the verse and chorus. Despite having 6 verses, a great song doesn’t get boring with repetition. You just find ways to lift it even more, like with that little note in red.

On the ukulele tab, I have added a little chord modification for that note. I have labeled the chord with an asterisk and denoted it as basically a C chord but with the finger on the bottom A string to be on the 5th fret instead of the 3rd fret. Written out in fret and string numbers, it is 0005 (fifth fret fourth string from top down) rather 0003 for a regular C chord. The labeling is in the tab sheet. I have not done this for the guitar tabs because there isn’t anything similar and the C chord on the guitar handles the slight disharmony (C chord, D note) just fine.

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Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.1

A Transformers Music Video Idea — A Girl Like You (Arcee)

Transformers 6x4 Vertical Picture Cards Arcee

Arcee

I’m just learning taking my very first steps in learning digital video manipulation. I’ve got to cover the spectrum of my blog namesake, Digital Citizen, and I haven’t yet done manipulation of video.

Here, I used my newly learned skill of how to capture a YouTube video to get a great source video by Jarek Zabczynski showing the female Transformer, Arcee. Then I took the sound out of it and made the soundtrack a song called A Girl Like You, by Edwyn Collins.

Why that song?

Well, ever since I first heard A Girl Like You in 1995, I immediately thought of the G1 Transformers toys and cartoons because of a sequence of sound effects within the song that sounds similar to Transformers transforming in the cartoon. Of course, with Arcee being the sole female Transformer at the time (or so I thought), the song had to be about her. However, making videos in the mid-1990s wasn’t quite the simple thing it is today in 2009.

Push ahead to mid-2009 and while I was making cards of Arcee like the one at right, as well as wallpapers, I recalled Edwyn Collins’ song. Later in the year that is now, in early November, I’m learning to do learn some digital video editing and voilà!

I’ve just turned my idea of 14 years into reality. I haven’t learned how to edit out some frames, like the credits to the Rihanna song in the original video so it’s not all right. However, I hope you like it!

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I’ve never known a girl like you before,
Now just like in a song from days of yore,
Here you come a-knock knocking on my door,
Well I’ve never met a girl like you before.

(Guitar Solo)

You give me just a taste so I want more,
Now my hands are bleeding and my knees are raw,
‘Cause now you got me crawling, crawling, on the floor.
And I`ve never known a girl like you before.

(Another guitar solo)

You made me acknowledge the devil in me
I hope to God I’m talking metaphorically,
Hope that I’m talking alegorically,
Know that I’m talking about the way I feel
And I`ve never known a girl like you before.
Never, never, never, never
Never known a girl like you before.

This old town’s changed so much.
Don’t feel like I belong,
Too many protest singers,
Not enough protest songs.
And now you’ve come along,
Yes you’ve come along,
And I’ve never met a girl like you before.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.3