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Mahavishnu Orchestra - Lilas Dance tab

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                         Lila´s dance - Mahavishnu Orchestra
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Tabbed by: Lewah69  released on the LP "visions of the emerald beyond" (1975)
E-mail: if you want to write me please PM me on UG first, thanks.
Tuning: standard
Intro: piano chords:  7/4 beat (G  C  Bb  Eb  Db  Gb  E  A  G  D/F#  Em9)


(A) part (drums enter the 3rd time, bass enters the 5th time).

5/4 beat, eight notes (picking pattern down/down/up/down/up... )

     Em9            Gmaj13add#11       A           A/G      A/F#      8x
e|---------------2--------------0--|----------------------------------||
B|---------3--------------2--------|---------2-----------2--------2---||
G|------------0--------------4-----|----------------------------------||
D|---------------------4-----------|------2-----------2--------2------||
A|------2--------------------------|---0------------------------------||
E|---0--------------3--------------|------------4--3--------2---------||

     1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.     1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3 ... (eight note counting)


bassline for part (A)  half & quarter notes

     Em9            Gmaj13add#11       A           A/G      A/F#
G|---------------------------------|----------------------------------||
D|---------------------------------|----------------------------------||
A|---------------------------------|----------------------5-----7-----||
E|---0-----------0-----3-----0-----|---5------------7-----------------||

     1.    2.    3.    4.    5.      ... (quarter note counting)


(B) part:

7/4 beat, quarter & eight notes (picking pattern down/down/up... )

     *(bass plays the root notes of the chords)
     G             C          Bb          Eb
e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------8---|
G|--------------12---------9-----------7------------|
D|----------12-------------------------------8------|
A|---10*---------------10-----------8-----6---------|
E|------------------8---------6---------------------|

     1.     2.      3.     4.    5.    6.    7.

                                              7/8 beat
     Db          Gb       E          A            G           Bm/F#
e|--------------------------------------------|-------------------------||
B|------------6----------------------------2--|------------0--------0---||
G|---------------------3----------1-----------|-------------------------||
D|---------6----------------------------2-----|---------0--------0------||
A|---4--------------4-----------2----0--------|-------------------------||
E|---------------2--------0-------------------|---3-----------2---------||

     1.    2.    3.    4.    5.    6.   7.        1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.


melody for (B)part on Guitar (original played on violin)

7/4  G           C           Bb               Eb
e|------------------------------------------------15--13---|
B|-----------------------12-----------15--13---------------|
G|-----------12------12------14--12~----------15-----------|
D|---12--14------14----------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|

    Db                Gb          E     A        7/8            5/4
e|--13~-------------------------------------14--|--15--17--19--||--19~------|
B|--------------------11--12--14~---15--17------|--------------||-----------|
G|--------13--11--13----------------------------|--------------||-----------|
D|----------------------------------------------|--------------||-----------|
A|----------------------------------------------|--------------||-----------|
E|----------------------------------------------|--------------||-----------|


Repeat (A) 2 times (interlude) / then play (A) several times for backing violin solo

Repeat (B) / break on Em

Interlude by guitar (E-dominant): John McLaughlin plays several bluesy licks in a nice
rhythmically way, also throws in some picked chords and then leads into a soloing.

Ralphe Armstrong plays the following bass-line underneath with some variations.

(C) part: bass

20/8 beat (shuffle)  (triple eight notes over a quarter beat)

    (E7)                                                           x times
G|------------------6--7-----7--6-----------------------6--7--9---||
D|------------6--9-----------------9--6-----------6--9------------||
A|---7-----7-----------------------------7-----7------------------||
E|----------------------------------------------------------------||
     1) 2. 3. 2) 2. 3. 3) 2. 3. 4) 2. 3. 5) 2. 3. 6) 2. 3. 7) 2.


melody for (C) part guitar (unisoni with violin)

    (E7)         * smear bend (1/4 tone)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------12------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------12----------|
G|-------------12*-------14--12--14b16br14p12-----12------14----------14---|
D|--/14~---14--------14------------------------14------14------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

     hold note then bend up                                               2x
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------||
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------||
G|---12---12b13-----------------------------------------------------------||
D|--------------14\-------------------------------------------------------||
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------||
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------||

*variation (alternate melody-line)

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------15--14----------------------|
G|-------------12*-------14*--14b15b16br14p12----------14------------------|
D|--/14~---14--------14------------------------------------------14----12--|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------12*---------------------------------------------------------|
D|---12h14~----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|


repeat (C) 4x (*with the variation every 2nd time)
then play (B) followed by (A) part for the outro


melody over the last 6 times of (A) part (original played by violin)
                                                                              3x
e|-----------------|--------------------|---------------------|------------||
B|----------8------|--7~------8---------|---------------------|------------||
G|-----------------|-----------------7h-|-9--------9~-----7p--|--6---------||
D|-----------------|--------------------|---------------------|------------||
A|-----------------|--------------------|---------------------|------------||
E|-----------------|--------------------|---------------------|------------||


ending: piano chords:  7/4 beat (G  C  Bb  Eb  Db  Gb  E  A  G  D/F#  E)


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| /   slide up
| \   slide down
| h   hammer-on
| p   pull-off
| ~   vibrato
| +   harmonic
| x   Mute note
| b   Bend
| *   smear bend

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P.S.: I am a German guy so I hope that I explained this in proper english ;-)
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