Viola Lee Blues scale

Viola Lee Blues scale

Postby DudeWithTheFan » Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:17 pm

So, my band is trying to play Viola Lee Blues. Now here comes the bridge i have been dreading to cross. I remember seeing somewhere that Jerry uses this G scale on one of the solos:

(/) Slide Up () Slide Down (h) Hammer On (p) Pull Off (b) Bend (r) Release (v) Vibrato

E|------------------------------------6--8--10--8--6------------------------------------
B|------------------------------6--8------------------8--6------------------------------
G|----------------------3--5/7------------------------------7\5-------------------------
D|----------------3--5-------------------------------------------5--3-------------------
A|--------1--3/5-------------------------------------------------------5\3--1-----------
E|--1--3-----------------------------------------------------------------------3--1-----

Now, my quetion to you all is that, is this the ONLY scale he uses (being Jerry, i expect there are some accentuations he adds). What scales do YOU use when you play this song live? Help is appreciated. thanks!
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Postby shakedown_04092 » Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:39 pm

Code: Select all
GRATEFUL DEAD - Viola Lee Blues
_______________________________

Intro: G7
-------
--8~~~-
-10~~~-
--9~~~-
-10~~~-
-------

--------------------
--------------------
--------------------
--------------------
--------1---3---1---
-1--3-3---3---3---1-


          G
The judge decreed it, the clerk he wrote it.
         G
Clerk he wrote it down indeed-a
      C                             G
Judge decreed it, clerk he wrote it down
                   F       C                      G
Give you this jail sentence you'll be Nashville bound

before every solo:
-------------
-------------
-------------
----3---3-5~-
-/5---5------
-------------

1st solo:

-----------------------------------------------10--8-6h8p6---6----
----6---6-6h8~~--------------------6h8--6h8\---------------8---8\-
-/7---7-----------7\5-3---3-5(7)----------------------------------
------------------------5-----------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------
-7\5-3---3-3(5)---------------------------------------------
-------5--------5-3---3-----------------3---5--5--5-5p3h5-5-
--------------------5---5--3--1------/5---5-----------------
--------------------------------1-3-------------------------
                                              12x
-------------------------------------------||-------13-||
----------------------------------6---6-8\-||-13h15----||
----------------3---3-5(7)5-3-5/7---7------||----------||-12\-
-3--3-1-3-1-3-5---5------------------------||----------||
-------------------------------------------||----------||
   G
Some got six month some got one solid.
             G
Some got one solid year indeed-e
         C                 G
Some got six month some got one solid, yeah
         F          C         G
But me and my buddies,    we all got lifetime here

2nd solo:

-----13----13-15~~-------------------------15-15-15-15~~--
-/15----15----------15\13-11----11-13(15)-----------------
-----------------------------12---------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------
                            4x
------------------------||-------------||-----------------------------------
-15\13-11----11-13(15)--||-13(15)13----||-----------------13(15)13----11-13-
----------12------------||----------12-||--12-10----10-12----------12-------
------------------------||-------------||--------12-------------------------
------------------------||-------------||-----------------------------------
------------------------||-------------||-----------------------------------

-----15~~--15(17)-15(17)-15p13----------------------------------------------
-/15---------------------------15\------11---11-13(15)-(15)13p11----11-11---
-------------------------------------/12--12---------------------12---------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

------------13----13-15~~-15p13----13---------------------------------------
-13(15)-/15----15---------------15----15p13\11-13(15)-13p11----11-11--------
------------------------------------------------------------12-------12\----
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
   12x
||-------13-||
||-13h15----||
||----------||-12\-
||----------||
||----------||
||----------||

     G
I wrote a letter I mailed in the,
     G
Mailed it in the air indeed-a
     C           G
I wrote a letter I mailed in the air.
           F   C              G
You may know by that I've got a friend somewhere



3rd solo:

-3---------------------------------------------------------
-3---------------------------------------------------------
-4--5(7)5p3---3----------------3---3--------------3(4)-----
-5----------5----5p3---3-5p3h5---5---5\----3-5p3h5---------
---------------------5------------------/5-----------------
----------------------------------------------------------

----------------------------------------------------------
-----------/8-8-6-8-6--8-8-6-8-6-8-8(10)-8p6--6---6-8(10)-
-5(7)5p3------------------------------------7---7---------
---------5------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------

-----------------------------------------------------------------
-13(15)~~---13(15)--13(15)-13(15)~~--13(15)13(15)-13p11----11-11-
--------------------------------------------------------12-------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------

----------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------
-5(7)5-5p3---5(7)---5(7)5--5(7)5p3---3(4)-----------------
-----------5----------------------5-------5-3-5-3-5p3h5---
----------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------

---------------------------13--15-15~~----------------------------
-----------------------/15---------------13(15)~--(15)13p11-------
------------------------------------------------------------12----
-----3---3-5\---5p3h5---------------------------------------------
-3h5---5----------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------

-----------------------------------------------------------/15-15~~-
-11-13(15)-13(15)-13(15)13p11----13(15)~~--13(15)13P11--11----------
------------------------------12----------------------12------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------


-15-15-13-15-15(17)--15(17)-15(17)-15(17)15P13----13-13~~-
-----------------------------------------------15---------
----------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------
-13(15)13P11----11-13(15)-13(15)----------
-------------12----------------------5(7)-
------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------
crescendo begins
    4x         4x         
||-----------------||-15p13h15--15p13h15p13~~-||
||-8p6h8--8p6h8p6~-||-------------------------||
||-----------------||-------------------------||
||-----------------||-------------------------||
||-----------------||-------------------------||
||-----------------||-------------------------||

okay, I'm not going to transcribe the entire frenzy, because
it follows the same blues runs transcribed above.

Follow the G blues scale:
-------------------------6-8(10)-
---------------------6-8---------
---------------3-5/7-------------
-----------3-5-------------------
-----1-3/5-----------------------
-1-3-----------------------------


at the climax of the frenzy, play this chord over and over
-15-----
-15-----
-17(19)-
--------
--------
--------

then sing the airmail verse over

-----------3~-
-----------3~-
-----------4~-
----3---3--5~-
-/5---5-------
--------------



Sorry it didn't come out perfect; just copy and paste it into MS Word or equivalent
Last edited by shakedown_04092 on Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:57 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Postby BlobWeird » Fri Jun 15, 2007 4:46 pm

btw thats a long G minor pattern you tabbed.
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Postby ronster » Fri Jun 15, 2007 5:00 pm

That would be the right scale.

If you go to Max's web site you can get the all of Jerry solos from the album version tab out. In fact you can get the entire first album tabbed out along with alot of other good stuff.

http://www.maxguitartab.com/
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Postby ronster » Fri Jun 15, 2007 5:05 pm

The stuff shakedown posted is from Max's website. Probably should give the guy some credit if your going to take it from his site.
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Postby BlobWeird » Fri Jun 15, 2007 5:23 pm

ronster im sure shakedown just merely forgot. Not a big deal. besides its JERRYS stuff not maxs
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Postby shakedown_04092 » Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:14 pm

BlobWeird wrote:ronster im sure shakedown just merely forgot. Not a big deal. besides its JERRYS stuff not maxs


Exactly! :lol:

I've had that for so long I forgot where I got it, but thanks for reminding me!
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Postby DudeWithTheFan » Fri Jun 15, 2007 9:33 pm

Thanks a bunch guys! I'm gonna work on this all week lol and hopefully get something down that's a good, idk, 15 minute. My other guitarist wants a segue into Purple Haze and back into Viola Lee to open the show...gonna be rough..Thanks again!
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