TRANSCRIPTIONS    

This Place

Guitar tablature transcribed by Howard Wright  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: BbFDFBbC   "Joni" Tuning: Bb79352

Rating: 0.00 (no ratings)
Log in to rate this transcription


This song is pretty simple in terms of chords: there are only 6
different ones used. That means it's easy to play the basic chord
changes, but it's harder to get the Joni nuances right to make the
song work. 

The basic chords used in the song are:

Bbadd9 = 0 12 12 0 0 0
Ebadd9 = 555555
Gadd9  = 999999
Fadd9  = 777777
Cadd9  = 222222
Csus4  = 2232xx


As with so many Joni guitar songs, open strings are used in certain
places to "blur the edges" of the chord changes. Using the open strings
in this way gives the fretting hand a little time to move into place 
for the next chord, and the sustained sound of the open strings gives
harmonic continuity between chords. The main use of these open string 
"passing chords" is shown in the chord sequence given below.

Another detail worth focussing on is, for each chord, to listen to 
whether all the strings are used. Listen to the original to try and 
hear whether just the lower or middle strings are strummed, or whether 
all strings are used for each chord.

The other crucial element to this song is Joni's tried-and-tested
"percussive acoustic shuffle" technique. As with similar songs
(Cherokee Louise, Crazy Cries of Love) the basic rhythm used in the
picking hand is a triplet shuffle (1-2-3, 2-2-3, 3-2-3, 4-2-3)
but the way the thumb and fingers play alternate strokes in this
pattern (on bass and middle/treble strings) gives a more complex 
two against three feel. This can take time to get comfortable with,
so practice, and stick to the basic triplet/shuffle feel to start
with. 


Intro:
-------

NB notes played as harmonics are enclosed in angle brackets
e.g. <12> = harmonic at 12th fret

The intro uses the basic sequence of chords used for all the verses, 
with a chord of 12th fret harmonics used to start the song.
I've written brief open string chords/notes in brackets, where these 
are used as short "passing chords" between the main chord changes.


x <12> <12> <12> <12> x        0 12 12 0 0 0
      Bbadd9                      Bbadd9


(xx0xxx)      555555     (x000xx)
              Ebadd9          


0 12 12 0 0 0
   Bbadd9


(xx0xxx)      555555     (x000xx)
              Ebadd9


0 12 12 0 0 0      999999           
    Bbadd9         Gadd9


555555     777777
Ebadd9     Fadd9


0 12 12 0 0 0
Bbadd9


Here's the same intro sequence written out in (slightly simplified)
tablature:

Percussive tabs/slaps of the strings are shown using "x".

C-------------------------------------------5-----------------
Bb--<12>------------0-----------------------5----------5------
F---<12>------------0---------5----------5--5----------5--0---
D---<12>--------12---------0--5---x------5-------x-----5--0---
F---<12>---12---12------x-----5---x------5-------x-----5--0---
Bb-------0----0---------x-----5------5--------------x---------



C-------------------------------------------------------------
Bb------------0-----------------------------------------------
F-------------0---------5----------5--5---------5--0----------
D---------12---------0--5---x------5--5----x----5--0----------
F----12---12------x-----5---x------5--5----x----5--0----------
Bb-0----0---------x-----5------5---------5---x----------------



C-----------0------------------------5-----------7------------
Bb----------0----9-----------5-------5---7-------7---7--------
F-----------0----9---x---9---5-------5---7-------7---7--------
D-----------12---9---x---9---5---5---5---7---7---7---7--------
F------12---12---9---x---9---5---5-------7---7----------------
Bb---0----0--------9---9-------5---5-------7---7---7----------



C---------------0-------------0-------------0-------------0---
Bb--------------0-------------0-------------0-------------0---
F---------------0-------------0-------------0-------------0---
D----------12------------12------------12------------12-------
F-----12------------12------------12------------12------------
Bb--0----0----0---0----0----0---0----0----0---0----0----0-----


The picking pattern used at the end here for the final Bbadd9
chord is worth practising as it's used pretty consistently
at the end of each verse. Keep the triplet 1-2-3, 2-2-3, 3-2-3,
4-2-3 pattern in mind, and try to get the alternating thumb
strokes (on the bass string) and finger strokes (on the other
strings) working so that they pattern sounds smooth and 
comfortable. 



Verse 1
--------
(Use the basic chord sequence as above for all the verses)

Sparkle on the ocean
Eagle at the top of a tree
Those crazy crows always making a commotion
This land is home to me.


Verse 2
--------
I was talking to my neighbor
He said, "When I get to heaven, if it's not like this,
I'll just hop a cloud and I'm coming right back down here
Back to this heavenly bliss."


Middle 8:
----------

    555555
    Ebadd9
You see those lovely hills


They won't be there for long


They're gonna tear 'em down

                
                0 12 12 0 0 0    x <12> <12> <12> <12> x
                  Bbadd9
And sell them to California



     222222             2232xx   222222
     Cadd9              Csus4    Cadd9
Here come the toxic spills

                       2232xx   222222
                       Csus4    Cadd9
Miners poking all around


When this place looks like a moonscape


777777
Fadd9
Don't say I didn't warn ya...


Verse 3
--------
Money, money, money...
Money makes the trees come down
It makes mountains into molehills
Big money kicks the wide wide world around.


Verse 4
--------
Black bear in the orchard
At night he's in my garbage cans
He's getting so bold but no one wants to shoot him
He's got a right to roam this land.


Middle 8 (instrumental)
------------------------
(Same chords as first middle 8)


Verse 5
--------
I feel like Geronimo
I used to be as trusting as Cochise
But the white eyes lies
He's out of whack with nature
And look how far his weapons reach!


Verse 6
--------
Spirit of the water
Give us all the courage and the grace
To make genius of this tragedy unfolding
The genius to save this place. 


Outro 
------

(Same chord sequence as intro/verses)

Ends on repeat of the Bbadd9 chord (0 12 12 0 0 0)
using the repeated picking pattern below:


C---------------0-------------0-------------0-------------0---
Bb--------------0-------------0-------------0-------------0---
F---------------0-------------0-------------0-------------0---
D----------12------------12------------12------------12-------
F-----12------------12------------12------------12------------
Bb--0----0----0---0----0----0---0----0----0---0----0----0-----



 

This transcription is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song.
You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.
Copyrighted material on this website is used in accordance with 'Fair Use'

Comments on this transcription


» Log in and be the first to add a comment.