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Bullet in the Brain by The Black Keys
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    Bullet in the Brain - The Black Keys
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    Tabbed by: Kee689
    This tab is for the studio version. If you want to play it like the live
    version--- bring it down two steps to Dm instead
    Em key. (So chords would be Dm G F)
    Tuning:
    Standard
    Chords used:
    Em barre
    0-7-9-9-8-7
    Em (*) Barre
    12-14-14-12-12-12
    A (variation barre played like a C chord with thumb)
    5-7-7-6-5-5
    12-12-14-14-12-12
    G (variation played like a C chord with thumb)
    3-5-5-4-3-3
    x-10-12-12-12-10
    N.B. Chords with an asterix (*)are used in the chorus/verse fill and are
    essentially an octave higher.
    C
    x2 
    play like this
    Em /// / slide to A // / slide to G // (note: Dan Auerbach does some hammerons/pulloffs
    in the live version)
    EmAG
    Bullet in the brain 
    EmAG
    I prefer than to remain the same 
    EmAG
    Bullet in the brain 
    EmAG
    I prefer than to remain the same 
    riff
    Synth riff :
    then this part for the higher octave chorus bit
    (No guitar in this verse- you can play the chords if you like but there is a bass riff)
    Something like this (I'm just guessing since I'm no bassist)
    Looking back on where we used to be
    Everything was clear, still I refuse to see
    Hearts began to burst
    The diamond turned to dust
    You made me talk the pain all out of me
    Bullet in the brain
    I prefer than to remain the same
    Bullet in the brain
    I prefer than to remain the same
    Bass Riff:
    I know I share the blame for what's in store
    I was in the wrong but weren't you in it more?
    I let you use my gifts
    To back your lying lips
    I'll never know just what I did it for
    Bullet in the brain
    I prefer than to remain the same
    Bullet in the brain
    I prefer than to remain the same
    End on an Em barre chord.
    That's pretty much it for this song. It's pretty straight forward, just jam and have fun with and don't over
    think it too much. If you've got any questions/corrections be sure to leave a comment, and make
    sure you rate
    the tab if you like it! Good luck! :)
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    | / slide up
    | \ slide down
    | h hammer-on
    | p pull-off
    | ~ vibrato
    | + harmonic
    | x Mute note
    | b Bend
    | pb Pre-bend
    | br Bend release
    | pbr Pre-bend release
    | brb Bend release bend
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