Red tab with lyrics by King Crimson - Easy chords and tabs for guitar

King Crimson – Red tab

This is the opening guitar melody.

---------------------------------15-17-19---------------------------13-15-17--19--------------------------13-14--16------------------------------13-15-16---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------15-17-19------------------------12-13-15-16--18-----------------------12-14-15----------------------------------14-16------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------------------------15-17-18---------------------------13-15-17--19--------------------------13-14--16------------------------------13-15-16---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The bass for the opening is:
-8--11-10---8---12---11-12-14-16-16-----9--12-10---10--14---------------14-----9--12-12---11--15------------------------------------------------------0-0---
-7--7--10---9---7----7---11-------------9--8--11---9---9----8---12-------------10-8--11---7---10---8---12---------------------------------------------------
-8--11-10---8---12---11-12-14-15-15-----9--12-10---10--14----------------------9--12-12---11--15------------------------------------------------------0--0--
Main Verse Riff:
-----------------------------------3-1-3-1-3-1-3--1--3b(4)r3--1------3-1-3-1-3-1-3--1--3b(4)r3--1-----------------------------------2---------------------------------------------------------------------0-
This gets transposed to positions 1 step up and 1 1/2 steps up. Fripp also plays at the end of the riff sometimes a "sick" sounding note which is:
(i) and (ii) s-0---------0--------------------3/5-------5b(6)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
So the 1st verse is played if we call the main riff E , the transposed riffs of 1 and 1 1/2 steps F# and G respectvely and including the "sick" notes (i) and (ii) we get the sequence... E E F# E (i) G G E (i) then 1st chorus 2nd time through it is.... E E (i) F# (ii) E (i) then 2nd chorus The bass drones these notes as roots for this section playing octaves for accents. Chorus: This is played twice:
guitar free rhythm-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0---!-0---------------------------0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0---!-0---------------------------13-12-13-12-13-12-13-12--!-1---------------------------14-13-14-13-14-13-14-13--!-2----------------------------------------------------!------------------------------------------------------!-0--------------------------
bass s s s s --------------------------!-----------------7/(8)\(7)----------------------------!---6/(7)\(6)-----------------7--6--7--6--7--6--7--6---!-----------------------------0------------------------!-0-----------0-0------------
then for the 1st chorus play these chords (free rhythm)
-0---!--0---!--10---!--10----------0---!--0---!--10---!--10----------4---!--4---!--12---!--12----------4---!--4---!--12---!--12--------------!------!-------!------------------!------!-------!-------------
bass-----!------!-------!------------------!------!-------!--------------2---!-5----!-5-----!--5-4-3--3--------!------!-------!-------------note that these are just the position for fingers. the rhythmsare up to you. The last bar has that little descending riffto the C which is played for that bar.
For the second chorus
-0---!--0---!--0----!--0-----------0---!--0---!--0----!--0-----------4---!--4---!--9----!--9-----------4---!--4---!--9----!--9---------------!------!-------!------------------!------!-------!-------------
bass
-----!------!-------!------------------!------!--4----!-4-2--2-------2---!--0---!-------!------------------!------!-------!-------------
The sort of Bridge section after this.
------------------!-----------------!-------------------------------------!-----------------!-------------------------------------!-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-!-6-4-6-4-6-4-6-4-6---2-1-2-1-2-1-2-1-!-----------------!-------------------------------------!-----------------!-------------------------------------!-----------------!-------------------
bass
------------------!-----------------!-------------------------------------!-----------------!-7------------------0----------------!-6---------------!-------------------------------------!-----------------!-------------------
Middle Break The chords for the middle break are: Hit each as many times as indicated... 20X 32X 3X 5X 24X 16X 1X 1X
----!------!-----!------!-----!------!------!-0-----3--!--3---!--2--!--2---!--5--!--3---!--3---!-3-----3--!--3---!--0--!--1---!--4--!--4---!--4---!-4--------!------!-----!------!-----!------!------!----------!------!-----!------!-----!------!------!----------!------!-----!------!-----!------!------!------
32X 3X 5X 24X 8X 2X 1X
------!-----!------!-----!------!------!-0------3---!--2--!--2---!--5--!--3---!--3---!-3------3---!--0--!--1---!--4--!--4---!--4---!-4----------!-----!------!-----!------!------!------------!-----!------!-----!------!------!------------!-----!------!-----!------!------!------
The middle break has the baseline....
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1-0----------1-0--------4-4-2-------------3-0-1-----1--3-0-1-----1--3-4-------0-0-3-4----
---------------------!-----------------------------------------0-2---!--------------------0-2----4-2---2-0---2-------!--------1-0--------------------0-----0---------!--3-0-1-----1-3-0-1-------
-------------------------------------------------3-3-5-----------------------0-2-----------------------4-4-2---------4-2---2---------------------------------0-0-3-4-----0----------------------
Then for the rest of the song these various sections are played oveer again. You can work that out from the recording. You will have to work out the rhythms for the bass and the chords because notating them here would be stupid to even attempt and not worth the time.
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