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Nirvana tabs

About a Girl (MTV Unplugged in N.Y.) guitar tab

This is a lovely song - in fact my favourite nirvana song - and i still havent found a tab for it that is quite right yet so i thought id try. I think this is mostly correct, but note that I tabbed this from listening to the NIRVANA UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK album. I havn't heard the Bleach version so this may be slightly different.

First of all, on the unplugged album, the guitars are tuned down a semi-tone for some reason which means the tuning will look like this: D#    (E)
                                                        A#    (B)
                                                        F#    (G)
                                                        C#    (D)
                                                        G#    (A)
                                                        D#    (E)

Although these are the notes that the guitar will be playing, I will still write them as E A D G B E because it's just easier.

Here is a chord table for anyone who doesn't know them

Chord      Fingering
          E A D G B E
---------------------
Em        0-2-2-0-0-0
G         3-2-0-0-0-3
E         0-2-2-1-0-0
A         0-0-2-2-2-0
C         0-3-2-0-1-0


Intro - play Em, G FOUR times. After the third time you play them, the drums come in, then after the fourth, the bass comes in. After that you play Em, G another FOUR times before starting the verse.


VERSE 1

Em       G  Em         G
I   need an easy friend

G Em       G  Em         G
I do, with an ear to lend

G Em       G   Em           G
I do think you fit this shoe

G Em     G   Em         G
I do but you have a clue


CHORUS

I know these next chords are wrong but it fits in nicely. (where there is nothing written on a string, that means you don't play that string on that chord. Other people put an 'x' but I think that makes it harder to read for the less experienced people)

        Take advantage while          You hang me out to dry  if
E---0-0-0----0-2--2----0----------0-0-----0----0--2-2----0----0---
A---2-2-2----2-2--2----2----------2-2-----2----2--2-2----2----2---
D---1-1-1----1-3--3----3----------1-1-----1----1--3-3----3----3---
G---2-2-2----2-4--4----4----------2-2-----2----2--4-4----4----4---
B--------------4--4----4--------------------------4-4----4----4---
E-----------------------------------------------------------------


   E               A     C     Em  G  Em  G
If I can't see you every night free
   
G Em  G  Em  G
I do


VERSE 2

Em      G    Em           G
I'm standing in your light

G Em      G   Em           G
I do hope you have the time

G Em      G Em        G
I do pick a number two

G Em      G Em           G
I do keep a date with you


CHORUS

        Take advantage while          You hang me out to dry  if
E---0-0-0----0-2--2----0----------0-0-----0----0--2-2----0----0---
A---2-2-2----2-2--2----2----------2-2-----2----2--2-2----2----2---
D---1-1-1----1-3--3----3----------1-1-----1----1--3-3----3----3---
G---2-2-2----2-4--4----4----------2-2-----2----2--4-4----4----4---
B--------------4--4----4--------------------------4-4----4----4---
E-----------------------------------------------------------------


   E               A     C     Em  G  Em  G
If I can't see you every night free

G Em  G  Em  G
I do


SOLO

E-------2-24-4-333---
A--------------333---
D------02-24-4-------        X4
G---020--------------         
B--------------------
E--------------------

  (same as 'Take advantage while...)
E---0-0-0-0-22-0----0-0-0-0-22-0---
A---2-2-2-2-22-2----2-2-2-2-22-2---
D---1-1-1-1-33-3----1-1-1-1-33-3---
G---2-2-2-2-44-4----2-2-2-2-44-4---
B-----------44-4------------44-4---
E----------------------------------


E, E, E, E, A-A, C, C-C-C

Em  G  Em  G Em  G  Em  G


VERSE 3 (Repeat of VERSE 1)

Em     G  Em         G
I need an easy friend

G Em       G  Em         G
I do, with an ear to lend

G Em       G   Em           G
I do think you fit this shoe

G Em     G   Em         G
I do but you have a clue


CHORUS

        Take advantage while          You hang me out to dry  if
E---0-0-0----0-2--2----0----------0-0-----0----0--2-2----0----0---
A---2-2-2----2-2--2----2----------2-2-----2----2--2-2----2----2---
D---1-1-1----1-3--3----3----------1-1-----1----1--3-3----3----3---
G---2-2-2----2-4--4----4----------2-2-----2----2--4-4----4----4---
B--------------4--4----4--------------------------4-4----4----4---
E-----------------------------------------------------------------


   E               A     C
If I can't see you every night

   E               A     C   *C C C C C C C C C C C C C C  (play C 14 times from *)
If I can't see you every night___________________________

Em  G  Em  G
Free

G Em  G  Em  G
I do

G Em  G  Em  G
I do

G Em  G  Em  G
I do

G Em
I do______


NOTES

In the verses, try not to just play the chords straight like they're written. Try to 
elaborate a bit. You will see what I mean when listening to the song. Put an emphasis on beats 2 and 4. The Em chord should be played so that you strum it once then play the top E string then the B string like this:


Beat   1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4

   E---0-0--33-0-0--33-0-0--33-0-0--33---
   A---0--0-00-0--0-00-0--0-00-0--0-00---
   D---0----00-0----00-0----00-0----00---
   G---2----00-2----00-2----00-2----00---
   B---2----22-2----22-2----22-2----22---
   E---0----33-0----33-0----33-0----33---


In the solo, the bit which is played four times is played very stacato (short, sharp notes). Play it so that when you play a note, you quickly release your finger from the fretboard to mute it again. Like I said before, listen to the song whilst reading this. You will get the gist of what I'm trying to say!


E-------2-24-4-333---
A--------------333---
D------02-24-4-------
G---020--------------
B--------------------
E--------------------


Well thats about it I think. If there's anything you would like to say about this tab then feel free to email me with your comments.
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