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Steely Dan: guitar tab and chords for Pretzel Logic, Pretzel Logic


    Pretzel Logic  -  Steely Dan
    ----------------------------

    From the album of the same name

    Transcribed by Michael Sebree
    Michael (dot) Sebree (at) Eng (dot) Sun (dot) COM

    Additions/alternatives by Howard Wright
    hakwright (at) gmail (dot) com


The basic chords for this song are written over the top of the tab.

As always, there are different ways to intepret the song on guitar, so
some parts basically have two alternative lines of tab.
Try both and see which you like, or maybe try playing both together
with a friend.


Intro :
--------


A simple bass note + triad approach uses this riff for the Am7 :


  Am7

E----------------------------------------------
B-------------7---8----------------7---8-------
G-------------7---9----------------7---9-------  (Repeat twice)
D---7---------9---10------7--------9---10------
A------0--0------------------0--0--------------
E----------------------------------------------



For a slightly bigger sound, try this :

  Am7

E-----2-2h5==-----|-----2-2h5==-----|-----2-2h5==-----|-----2-2h5==-----
B-----3-3h5==-----|-----3-3h5==-----|-----3-3h5==-----|-----3-3h5==-----
G-----4-4h5==-----|-----4-4h5==-----|-----4-4h5==-----|-----4-4h5==-----
D-----4-4h5==-----|-----4-4h5==-----|-----4-4h5==-----|-----4-4h5==-----
A-0-0-0-0---0-0---|-0-0-0-0---0-0---|-0-0-0-0---0-0---|-0-0-0-0---0-0---
E---------------0-|---------------0-|---------------0-|---------------0-


Play the riff 6 times for the intro.



Verse 1:
---------


    Am7               Fmaj7             Am7

  |-----2-2h5==-----|-----3-3h5==-----|-----2-2h5==-----|-----2-2h5==-----
  |-----3-3h5==-----|-----3-3h5==-----|-----3-3h5==-----|-----3-3h5==-----
  |-----4-4h5==-----|-----4-4h5==-----|-----4-4h5==-----|-----4-4h5==-----
  |-----4-4h5==-----|-3-3-3-3---3-3---|-----4-4h5==-----|-----4-4h5==-----
  |-0-0-0-0---0-0---|-----------------|-0-0-0-0---0-0---|-0-0-0-0---0-0---
  |---------------0-|---------------0-|---------------0-|---------------0-

1.I would love to   | in a travelling
  tour the Southland| minstrel show.

2.I have never met  | but I plan to
  Napoleon,         | find the time.



    Dm7                                 Am7

  |-----5-5====-----|-----5-5====-----|-----2-2h5==-----|-----2-2h5==-----
  |-----5-5h6==-----|-----5-5h6==-----|-----3-3h5==-----|-----3-3h5==-----
  |-----5-5====-----|-----5-5====-----|-----4-4h5==-----|-----4-4h5==-----
  |-----5-5h7==-----|-----5-5h7==-----|-----4-4h5==-----|-----4-4h5==-----
  |-5-5-5-5---5-5---|-5-5-5-5---5-5---|-0-0-0-0---0-0---|-0-0-0-0---0-0---
  |---------------5-|---------------5-|---------------0-|---------------0-

1.Yes, I'd love to  | in a travelling
  tour the Southland| minstrel show.

2.Yes,I've never met| but I plan to
  Napoleon,         | find the time.



Chorus :
---------

There are a few alternatives here for the chord shapes.
For the second chord in each bar you can play a maj7 instead of the
E/A type of chord (i.e you could play D/E  Amaj7  C/D  Gmaj7 ).

Or if you prefer the E/A type of sound, there are a couple of shapes
to try. Michael's tab has the chord moving up to a high position which
has a nice sound. The chord shapes at the end give an alternative lower
voicing for the E/A and D/G.

It might be interesting for two guitars to play the two versions of the E/A
and D/F chords - one high up, one lower down. Should give a really nice
full sound !



   D/E     E/A      C/D      D/G       D/E     E/A       C/D     D/G    

    v v v v v v v v   v v v v v v v v   v v v v v v v v   v v v v v v v v
  |-7-------c-------|-5-------a-------|-7-------c-------|-5-------a-------
  |-7-------c-------|-5-------a-------|-7-------c-------|-5-------a-------
  |-7-------d-------|-5-------b-------|-7-------d-------|-5-------b-------
  |-7-------e-------|-5-------c-------|-7-------e-------|-5-------c-------
  |-7-------c-------|-5-------a-------|-7-------c-------|-5-------a-------
  |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------

1.Yes, I'm dying to | and make them   | Sound just like | phonograph.
  be a star         | laugh.          | a record on a

2.Cause he looked so| upon that hill. | They tell me he | he's lonely
  fine              |                 | was lonely,     | still.



   D/E      Amaj7     C   D   C

    v v v v v v v v   v v v v v v v v  
  |-7-------c-------|-3---5---3---5---|
  |-7-------c-------|-5---7---5---5---|
  |-7-------d-------|-5---7---5---5---|
  |-7-------e-------|-5---7---5---3---|
  |-7-------c-------|-3---5---3-------|
  |-----------------|-----------------|

1.Those days have   | over a long time
  gone forever,     | ago, oh yeah.

2.These days have   | over a long time
  gone forever,     | ago, oh yeah.



    Fmaj7             G
                          --3-- --3-- --3--
    v v v v v v v v       | | | | | | | | |
  |-----3-5-3-5-3==-|-----------------------|
  |-----3-5-3-5-3==-|-----5-3---5-3---5-3---|
  |-----4-5-4-5-4==-|-----5-4---5-4---5-4---|
  |-3-3-3-3-3-3-3==-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
  |-----------------|-----------------------|
  |-----------------|-----------------------|


(this last bit in triplets is the horn riff)


Now it's verse 2 and chorus 2 - chords are the same, words are given above.




Instrumental break over verse and chorus chord sequences.


Then :


Middle 8 :
-----------

Play single chord 'chops' for the first three lines, then
on the 'shoes' line where it goes to Dm7 you can start the riff
idea again (same tab as for the verse).

  Am7
I stand up on the platform

    Fmaj7
The man gives me the news

   Am7
He said "you must be joking son.

      Am       Am/B     Am/C  A/C#   Dm7
Where did you get those shoes ?

                        Am7
Where did you get those shoes ?"


Chorus 3:
---------

Well I've seen 'em on the TV
The movie shows
They say the time are changing 
But I just don't know
These things are gone forever
Over a long time ago
Oh yeah


Fade out over these chords :

Am7      Fmaj7    G  (with horn riff)




Chord Shapes :
----------------


   EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
   x05555    1x3210    x57565    x7777x

     Am7      Fmaj7     Dm7       D/E



   EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
   5x665x    x5555x    3x443x    x3555x

   Amaj7       C/D     Gmaj7       C


   EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
   x0x454    3xx232    x5777x

     E/A      D/G        D   



   EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
   x35500    355433    x02210

    Cmaj7      G        Am



   EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE   
   x22210    x32210    x4222x   

    Am/B      Am/C       A/C#












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