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 "Alive"

Pearl Jam

Ten

TCB Graham Jorgenson/GrahamJ1@aol.com

 

This is one of the greatest songs of all time in terms of originality and

from the technical aspect as well. It's exceedingly complex and tough to

imitate. Lots of attempts at this song come up as fair imitation, but this

is as exact as it's gonna get. If you're a starting guitarist this is

a great song to learn mainly because of the guitar solo. Practicing that

solo gives you a hell of a mental library of solo material. If you're new

you're gonna have a hell of a time getting those chords down especially

ones that span across 3 or 4 frets. Well don't fret, because practice

makes perfect. If you have any questions e-mail at GrahamJ1@aol.com.

 

Key:

 

s = slide

h = hammer

p = pull off

x = pick scrapes

~ = vibrato

bh = 1/2 step bend and hold

br = 1/2 step bend and release

BH = Full step bend and hold

BR = Full step bend release

b = Bend single note/no hold/release 1/2 step

B = Bend single note/no hold/release full step

[B]= Bend 2 whole steps.

/ = Bend BEFORE you pluck note (ex. 14/BH)

(x) = note as a result of bend release or ring

 

"Alive" is broken up in this way:

Intro/Verse/Pre-Chorus/Chorus/Bridge1/Bridge2/Bridge3/Solo

 

Intro - Distortion

1[------------------------------|-------------------------------------------]

2[------------------------------|-------------------------------------------]

3[--------0--2------------------|-2-2-2--2--------------------------------0-]

4[------0----2-------0-7p9-7~~~-|-2-2-2--2-------0-7p9--7-9bh-(9)-(9br)-7-0-]

5[-10s0------0--h5s7------------|-0-0-0--0--h5s7------------------------5---]

6[------------------------------|-------------------------------------------]

 

Rhythm Fill - Mild Distortion (played throughout Intro and verse)

1[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

2[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

3[-------------------------7------------------------------------------------]

4[-----------2-------0-7p9--------------------------------------------------]

5[-----------0--h5s7----------0--0------------------------------------------]

6[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

 

Acoustic Intro (barely audible)

 

A Asus4 (a) (b) (c)

1[--0-------5----|---0---0-0---5--|---0-0-0---0--0-0---5---5-5-|---0-0-0----]

2[--2-------3----|---2---2-2---3--|---2-2-2---2--2-2---3---3-2-|---2-2-2----]

3[--2-------2-x2-|---2---2-2---2--|---2-2-2---2--2-2---2---2-2-|---2-2-2----]

4[--2-------2----|---2---2-2---2--|---2-2-2---2--2-2---2---2-2-|---2-2-2----]

5[--0-------0----|---0---0-0---0--|---0-0-0---0--0-0---0---0-0-|---0-0-0----]

6[---------------|----------------|----------------------------|------------]

 

(cute little rhythm)

(c) F5 C

1[--0--0-0---5--|----------------------0-0-0--|--1--1--1--1----0--0---(0)---]

2[--2--2-2---3--|----------------------2-2-2--|--1--1--1--1----1--1---(1)---]

3[--2--2-2---2--|---rep-part-(b) then--2-2-2--|--2--2--2--2----0--0---(0)---]

4[--2--2-2---2--|----------------------2-2-2--|--3--3--3--3----2--2---(2)---]

5[--0--0-0---0--|----------------------0-0-0--|--3--3--3--3----3--3---(3)---]

6[--------------|-----------------------------|-----------------------------]

 

Acoustic Verse (w/ Rhythm Fill) [Same chords as intro]

 

A---A-A--Asus4------Asus4---Asus4

 

A---A-A--Asus4------Asus4---Asus4----Asus4-Asus4-Asus4

 

Acoustic Pre-Chorus (no rhythm fill)

 

(New Chord: Cadd9 - x3023x)

 

F5--F5--F5--F5----C-C

 

C-C-Cadd9--Cadd9-C

 

F5--F5--F5--F5----C-C

 

C--C-C-C-C-C => jump into Chorus

 

Chorus (distortion)

 

Chord E: 012200

Chord G: 320033

Chord D: x00230

Chord A: x02220

 

/------------------------\

E---E-E-E-E-E----G---G-G-G-G-G----D---D-D-D-D-D----A---A-A-A-A-A

This part obscured by second <

dist. Guitar playing this: ^

^

(During each cycle through EDGA it plays a slightly different fill there ^

 

[After 1st] [After 2nd]

1[-------2-3-2-5-3-2-0----------------|---------3-2-5-3-2-0-----------------]

2[--3---------------------------------|--3----------------------------------]

3[--2------------------4BH-(4BR)----2-|--2------------------4BH-(4BR)--2--2-]

4[--0---------------------------------|--0----------------------------------]

5[-------------------------------0----|-------------------------------------]

6[------------------------------------|-------------------------------------]

 

[After 3rd] [After fourth] [After Fifth]

1[-------2-3-2-5-3-2-0----------------|-----------------|-------------------]

2[--3---------------------------------|----same-as------|---same-as->-------]

3[--2------------------4BH-(4BR)-2--4-|------1st--------|-----3rd--->--4~~~-]

4[--0---------------------------------|-----------------|---except-->-------]

5[------------------------------------|-----------------|---vibrato->-------]

6[------------------------------------|-----------------|-------------------]

 

Bridge Part 1: (Acoustic + Electric) Hardest part of song to play.

 

Bridge Chords:

 

Chord A7: x02020

Chord A9: x00020

Chord B: 789977

Chord B9: x2422x

Chord B7: xx2424 -\ same

Chord B7sus4: xx2424 -/

Chord D5: xxx23x

Chord Esus2: xx2452

Chord E3 (t2) xx2422 -\ same

Chord E6sus2: xx2422 -/

Chord F#: 244222

Chord F#: x-9-11-11-10-x

Chord F#: xx4676

Chord F#sus2: xx4674

Chord F#sus4: x-9-11-11-12-x

 

(The reason for 3 F# variations is because some variations are closer/near

the previous chord; making it easier to form. Also you may find some just

easier to form.)

 

B--B--B--B----B--B--B--B----B-B---F#---F#-F#-----F#sus4--F#--E--B

 

B-B-B-B---B-B-B-B--B-B----F#--F#-F#--F#--F#sus2-F#--F#sus2 (x2)

 

B-B-B-B---B-B-B-B--B-B----F#--(s1f0)-(s2f0)

(string 1 fret 0 etc.)

Bridge Part 2: (Light strum)

 

1[--0---0---0------5------|---0---0----------------|---0---0---0-----5------]

2[--2---0---3-----------3-|---2---0---3--0----0----|---2---0---3---------3--]

3[--0---0---2-------------|---0---0---2----2----2--|---0---0---2------------]

4[--2---2---0-------------|---2---2---0----0----0--|---2---2---0------------]

5[--0---0-----------------|---0---0----------------|---0---0----------------]

6[------------------------|------------------------|------------------------]

 

1[--0---0-----------------|------------------2-----|------------2-----2-----]

2[--2---0---0------0------|---4----4---2-----5-----|---4----2---2--2--2-----]

3[--0---0-----2-----------|---2----2---2-----4-----|---2----2---4-----4-----]

4[--2---2-----0-----------|---4----4---4-----2-----|---4----4---2-----2-----]

5[--0---0-----------------|---2----2---2-----------|---2----2---------------]

6[------------------------|------------------------|------------------------]

 

Bridge Part 3/Pre Chorus:

 

B7----B9----Esus2--------Esus2-Esus2

 

B7----B9----E3---(s2/f2)--E3

 

Guitar Solo: (Mild Distortion and EGDA going quietly in the background)

 

CD min/sec placed to make it easier to learn. This solo is best learned by

learning without the bends first, and adding on as you master it. You need

a wha-pedal to make it sound authentic, but you can add some sliding and

crap to try and imitate it. I personally don't have a wha, but it's fun as

hell to play anyway. There is one note in this solo which is bent 2 steps

and it is identified by a [B] as in 20/[B]. If any of this doesn't seem

right to you e-mail me and I'll check it out. I have gone over and over this

and I would swear that it's exact.

 

3:38 (This is the easy part of the solo)

1[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

2[--15BH-(15BR)-12----------------------------------------------------------]

3[-----------------14BH-(14BR)-12----12----12-12-12h14---12--14/B---14/B----]

4[--------------------------------14----14-------------14-------------------]

5[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

6[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

3:45 (wha-wha pedal -->)

1[-----------------------------|-----------------12--------12---------------]

2[-----------------------------|--------12-----12--12-15/B---12p15--12------]

3[-14/BH-(14BR)-12-14-12~~~~~--|----14/B--14/B--------------------14--14/BH-]

4[-----------------------------|--------------------------------------------]

5[-----------------------------|--------------------------------------------]

6[-----------------------------|--------------------------------------------]

 

1[------------------------------------------------------------|-------------]

2[------------------------------------------------------------|-0-0---------]

3[-(14BR)-12-14--14-12-14-12----------------------------------|-0-0---------]

4[-----------------------------14-12--------------------------|-------------]

5[------------------------------------14-13-12-10-12-10-12/B--|-------------]

6[------------------------------------------------------------|-------------]

(It gets kind of complicated here)

1[---------17/B~~-17/BH-(17BR)-15---------|-----------15--------------------]

2[-17/B~~------------------------17-------|-15-17-------17------------------]

3[-----------------------------------14s16-|------16B-----16s14h12-14-12~---]

4[-----------------------------------------|--------------------------------]

5[-----------------------------------------|--------------------------------]

6[-----------------------------------------|--------------------------------]

3:57

1[-----------------------------------------------0-3-0-3-5/BH-(5BR)-12------]

2[--0------------------------------------0-3-0-3----------------------15-12-]

3[--0--2/B~~~~~----2/BH-(2BR)--0---2/B--------------------------------------]

4[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

5[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

6[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

4:04 (Vedder sings over this part, so listen for the "whoop" which is)

1[---------------------------------|--------5-7-5-5/BH-(5BR)h3-5-3----------]

2[-------------------3-3---5-3--3--|--5~~-5------------------------5--5s14--]

3[--2/B~~~---2-0-2s4-----4----4----|----------------------------------------]

4[---------------------------------|----------------------------------------]

5[---------------------------------|----------------------------------------]

6[---------------------------------|----------------------------------------]

4:10 (the '5s14' note. That should give you some kind of reference.)

1[--------------------------------------|-----------------------------------]

2[--------12----------------------------|-----------------------------12-12-]

3[--14/B----14-12-----12-12-14-14-12----|---12-12-14-12-14-12-14-14/B-------]

4[---------------14-14---------------14-|-14--------------------------------]

5[--------------------------------------|-----------------------------------]

6[--------------------------------------|-----------------------------------]

4:16 (You can substitute the 18's for 13's and 17's for)

1[--------------|------12-12-12----12------15-15-----15-15--14------14-14---]

2[--------------|-15/B---------15B----18/B-------18B-----------17/B---------]

3[-14/BH-(14BR)-|-----------------------------------------------------------]

4[--------------|-----------------------------------------------------------]

5[--------------|-----------------------------------------------------------]

6[--------------|-----------------------------------------------------------]

(12's one string higher. McReady did that to show off.)

1[------14-14-12------12-12-----12-12-12-|------------12-12----12-12-12-----]

2[--17-----------15/B------15/B----------|-15-12-15/B------15/B-------------]

3[---------------------------------------|----------------------------------]

4[---------------------------------------|----------------------------------]

5[---------------------------------------|----------------------------------]

6[---------------------------------------|----------------------------------]

4:28

1[-----15-15----15-15--12-15p12---12-15-12-15/B-15~~~~--------|--15/B-15-12-]

2[-18/B-----18/B----------------15----------------------------|-------------]

3[------------------------------------------------------x/x\x-|-------------]

4[------------------------------------------------------------|-------------]

5[------------------------------------------------------------|-------------]

6[------------------------------------------------------------|-------------]

 

1[-15-12-12------12-------------------|-------------------------------------]

2[----------15/B----15h12-----12------|-------------------------------------]

3[-----------------------14/B---14/B--|--14/BH-(14BR)-12---12-14-12-14-14---]

4[------------------------------------|-----------------14------------------]

5[------------------------------------|-------------------------------------]

6[------------------------------------|-------------------------------------]

(This takes practice.) 4:39

1[-----------------|-------12-----------|-----------------------------------]

2[-12~~~~-12-12-12-|----------15h12-----|----------0-----14-12--------------]

3[-12~~~~-12-12-12-|--14/B--------------|----------0-----14-12--------------]

4[-----------------|--------------------|-------------14-------14-12--------]

5[-----------------|---repeat-8-times---|----------------------------14-----]

6[-----------------|--------------------|---9s0-----------------------------]

 

1[----------------------------------12--12-------12-12------15--|------15---]

2[-14-12--------------12--12----12--12--12-------12-12----------|-15B--15---]

3[-14-12-----------14-12--12-14------------14/B--------14B------|-14B-------]

4[-------14-12----------14--------------------------------------|-----------]

5[-------------14-----------------------------------------------|--4-times--]

6[--------------------------------------------------------------|-----------]

/---------o let ring

1[------15------------------------------------------------0---0--|----0---0-]

2[--15BH---15---15-------------------------------------h3s5-5-5--|---h3s5-5-]

3[--14BH---14---14-(14BR)-12----12-14-14-14---14-14-14-----------|----------]

4[---------------------------14----------------------------------|----------]

5[---------------------------------------------------------------|----------]

6[---------------------------------------------------------------|----------]

4:52 (This is the most difficult part of the solo)

1[-0-0-3-0-0-0-5-0-0-0-3-0-0-0--0---0-0-3-0-0-0-15/B--12-12----12----12-12--]

2[-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-h3s5-5-5-5-5-5-5------------15/B--15/B-------]

3[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

4[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

5[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

6[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

(Along with this part and then that repeating part)

1[-15/B--12-12-----12-12----12-12----12-15h12-15-15--17/B-17-15-17-15b------]

2[-------------15/B-----15/B-----15/B------------------------------------17-]

3[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

4[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

5[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

6[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

5:10

1[-----------------|--17/B-17-15-17-15b-------------------------------------]

2[-15----15-17h15--|---------------------17-15---15-------------------------]

3[----16-----------|---------------------------16--16s(12)---14-12----12----]

4[-----------------|-----------------------------------------------14-------]

5[-----------------|--------------------------------------------------------]

6[-----------------|--------------------------------------------------------]

 

1[---------12---------------------------------|-----12----------12-15h12----]

2[------12----12-15/B~~-15/B-15/BH-(15BR)h12--|-------15h12-----------------]

3[-14/B---------------------------------------|-14/B--------14/B------------]

4[--------------------------------------------|-----------------------------]

5[--------------------------------------------|-----------------------------]

6[--------------------------------------------|-----------------------------]

 

1[-----12------------12-------------12--------------------------------------]

2[--------15h12---------15h12----------15h12-----------12-12-12------12-----]

3[-14/B----------14/B----------14/B-----------14--14/B----------14/B---15---]

4[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

5[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

6[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

5:16 (Finale)

1[------------------|---------------------------------|---------------------]

2[------------------|------12-----12-------14-----15--|-------17-----17-----]

3[--14-12--12~~~~---|--14/B---14/B~~~~-16/B---17/B~~--|---19/B---19/B-------]

4[-------14---------|---------------------------------|---------------------]

5[------------------|---------------------------------|---------------------]

6[------------------|---------------------------------|---------------------]

 

1[------------x-x--|-----------------------15-------15-------17-------------]

2[------17~~-------|------17-----19----18/B~~---18/B~~---20/B~~--20/B-20[B]-]

3[--19/B-----------|--19/B~~-21/B-------------------------------------------]

4[-----------------|--------------------------------------------------------]

5[-----------------|--------------------------------------------------------]

6[-----------------|--------------------------------------------------------]

5:31

1[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

2[-20/BH-(20BR)-17-20B-17-20-17-(17)-slide down-----------------------------]

3[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

4[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

5[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

6[--------------------------------------------------------------------------]

 

Liam Gallagher said, "Eddie Vedder should be working at a car wash." Liam

couldn't wash a car for a gram of coke (or if his life depended on it).

 

 

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