BIRTHDAY As recorded by The Beatles (From the 1968 Album THE BEATLES (WHITE ALBUM)) Words and Music by John Lennon & Paul McCartney Transcribed by Slowhand Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'PaulMcCartney - Electric Guitar' Gtr II (E A D G B E) - 'John Lennon - Electric Guitar' Gtr III (E A D G B E) - 'Paul McCartney - Piano arr. for Gtr.' 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Q E |-------------|-------------------------------| |-------------|-------------------------------| |-------------|------------------------2---2--| |-------------|---------------3s===4----------| |-------------|------------2------------------| |-5-----------|-0-0--2s=4---------------------| A7 E H Q E E E S S E E Q E |--------------|---------------------| |--------------|---------5-7b8-7--5--| |--------------|-2-2-4s6-------------| |-14-----------|---------------------| |--------------|---------------------| |--------------|---------------------| | | E H Q E E E S S E E Q E |--------------|---------------------| |--------------|---------------------| |--------------|---------------------| |--------------|---------------7--7--| |--------------|---------7-9---------| |--0-----------|-5-5-7s9-------------| Verses 1. $$ A7 E H Q E E E S S E E Q E E H Q E E E S S E E Q E |-------------||--------------------|-------------|----------------------| |-------------||---------5-7b8-7--5-|-------------|---------5-7b8-7--5---| |-------------||-2-2-5s6------------|-------------|-2-2-5s6--------------| |-7-----------||--------------------|-7-----------|----------------------| |-------------||--------------------|-------------|----------------------| |-------------||--------------------|-------------|----------------------| | | E H Q E E E S S E E Q E E H Q E E E S S E E Q E |-------------||--------------------|-------------|----------------------| |-------------||--------------------|-------------|----------------------| |-------------||--------------------|-------------|----------------------| |-------------||---------------7--7-|-------------|---------------7--7---| |-------------||---------7-9--------|-------------|---------7-9----------| |-5-----------||-5-5-7s9------------|-5-----------|-5-5-7s9--------------| D7 E H Q E E E S S E E Q E |-------------|---------------------------| |-------------|----------10-12b13-12--10\-| |-------------|-7-7-9s11------------------| |-7-----------|---------------------------| |-------------|---------------------------| |-------------|---------------------------| | | E H Q E E E S S E E Q E |-------------|---------------------------| |-------------|---------------------------| |-------------|--------------------7---7--| |-------------|-----------7--9------------| |-------------|-5-5-7s=9------------------| |-5-----------|---------------------------| A7 E H Q E E E S S E E Q E |--------------|----------------------| |--------------|---------5-7b8-7--5---| |--------------|-2-2-4s6--------------| |-12-----------|----------------------| |--------------|----------------------| |--------------|----------------------| | | E H Q E E E S S E E Q E |--------------|----------------------| |--------------|----------------------| |--------------|----------------------| |--------------|---------------7--7---| |--5-----------|---------7-9----------| |--------------|-5-5-7s9--------------| E7 E H Q E E E S S E E Q E |-------------|------------------------------| |-------------|-----------12-14b15---14--12\-| |-------------|-9-9-11s13--------------------| |-7-----------|------------------------------| |-------------|------------------------------| |-------------|------------------------------| | | E H Q E E E S S E S S Q E |-------------|------------------------------| |-------------|------------------------------| |-------------|-----------------------2---2--| |-------------|---------------2s===4---------| |-------------|------------2-----------------| |-5-----------|-0-0--2s=4--------------------| To Dbl. Coda A7 E H Q E E E S S E E Q E |--------------|---------------------| |--------------|---------5-7b8-7--5--| |--------------|-2-2-4s6-------------| |-14-----------|---------------------| |--------------|---------------------| |--------------|---------------------| | | E H Q E E E S S E E Q E |--------------|---------------------| |--------------|---------------------| |--------------|---------------------| |--------------|---------------7--7--| |--------------|---------7-9---------| |--0-----------|-5-5-7s9-------------| Interlude (Drums & Keys) E H Q E Wx8 |-------------||--------|| |-------------||--------|| |-------------||--------|| |-7-----------||--------|| |-------------||--------|| |-------------||--------|| | | E H Q E Wx8 |-------------||--------|| |-------------||--------|| |-------------||--------|| |-------------||--------|| |-------------||--------|| |-5-----------||--------|| E E E Q Q E E +H H Q Q Q E E |-----------------|-------------------|-----------------| |-----------------|-------------------|-----------------| |-9-9-----------9-|-(9)---------------|-9-------------9-| |-9-9-----------9-|-(9)---------------|-9-------------9-| |-----------------|-------------------|-----------------| |-----------------|-------------------|-----------------| | | E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E |-----------------|-------------------|-----------------| |-----------------|-------------------|-----------------| |-----------------|-------------------|-----------------| |-----------------|-------------------|-----------------| |-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|--7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-| |-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|--0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| +H Q E E +H Q E E |-------------------|-------------------| |-------------------|-------------------| |-(9)-------------9-|-(9)-------------9-| |-(9)-------------9-|-(9)-------------9-| |-------------------|-------------------| |-------------------|-------------------| | | E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E |-------------------|-------------------| |-------------------|-------------------| |-------------------|-------------------| |-------------------|-------------------| |--7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|--7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-| |--0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|--0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| +H Q E E +H Q E E |-------------------|-------------------| |-------------------|-------------------| |-(9)-------------9-|-(9)-------------9-| |-(9)-------------9-|-(9)-------------9-| |-------------------|-------------------| |-------------------|-------------------| | | E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E |-------------------|-------------------| |-------------------|-------------------| |-------------------|-------------------| |-------------------|-------------------| |--7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|--7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-| |--0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|--0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-| Bridge $ C Gtr I Gtr III +Q Q E E +Q E E E E E E E E |---------------------||-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-| |---------------------||-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-| |-(9)---------9-(9)---||-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-| |-(9)---------9-(9)---||-------------------------| |---------------------||-------------------------| |---------------------||-------------------------| | | Gtr II | E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E |---------------------||-------------------------| |---------------------||-------------------------| |---------------------||-------------------------| |---------------------||--------2--2--3--3--4--4-| |--7--7-7-7-7-7--7--7-||--3--3-------------------| |--0--0-0-0-0-0--0--0-||-------------------------| G C E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E |-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12--| |-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13--| |-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12--| |-------------------------|--------------------------| |-------------------------|--------------------------| |-------------------------|--------------------------| | | E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E |-------------------------|--------------------------| |-------------------------|--------------------------| |-------------------------|--------------------------| |--5--5--3--3--2--2-------|--------2--2--3--3--4--4--| |--------------------5--5-|--3--3--------------------| |-------------------------|--------------------------| G C E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E |-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-| |-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-| |-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-| |-------------------------|-------------------------| |-------------------------|-------------------------| |-------------------------|-------------------------| | | E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E |-------------------------|-------------------------| |-------------------------|-------------------------| |-------------------------|-------------------------| |--5--5--3--3--2--2-------|--------2--2--3--3--4--4-| |--------------------5--5-|--3--3-------------------| |-------------------------|-------------------------| G C E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E |-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-| |-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-| |-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-| |-------------------------|-------------------------| |-------------------------|-------------------------| |-------------------------|-------------------------| | | E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E |-------------------------|-------------------------| |-------------------------|-------------------------| |-------------------------|-------------------------| |--5--5--3--3--2--2-------|--------2--2--3--3--4--4-| |--------------------5--5-|--3--3-------------------| |-------------------------|-------------------------| To Coda G E/B Gtr I E E E E E E E E H Q E E |-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-|------------12-----| |-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|------------15b17==| |-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|-------------------| 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Q |-------------------------|-------------------| |-------------------------|-------------------| |-------------------------|-------------------| |--5--5--6--6--7--7--8--8-|-9-----------------| |-------------------------|-------------------| |-------------------------|-------------------| 2. E N.C. +Q Q. Q. E E E E E Q +E |-(12)---12------12-------||-5---------------------| |-(15)r--15b17---15b17---o||---5---8---8pb10r==(8)-| |-------------------------||-----------------------| |-------------------------||-----------------------| |------------------------o||-----------------------| |-------------------------||-----------------------| | | Q Q. Q. E E E E E E E E |---------5-------5-------||-----------------------| |---------8b10----8b10---o||-----------------------| |-------------------------||-----------------------| |-------------------------||-----------------------| |------------------------o||---7---5---7--------5--| |-------------------------||-5---------------------| D.S. al Coda & ~ ~~ |-3--| E E E E H E E E E E E E E E +E S S S E H |--------------|-----------5---8-|-10pb12r(10)-8h10p8-----------|| |-5------------|---5---8---------|--------------------10-8------|| |---7-5--------|-----------------|------------------------------|| |-------7-5----|-7---------------|------------------------------|| |--------------|-----------------|------------------------------|| |--------------|-----------------|------------------------------|| | | ~ ~~ | |-3--| | E E E E H E E E E E Q E E +E S S S E Q. E |--------------|-----------------|------------------------------|| |--------------|-----------------|------------------------------|| |--------------|---------------5-|--7pb9r==(7)-5h=7p5-----------|| |--------------|-------5---7-----|-----------------------5------|| |-7-5-3--------|---7-------------|------------------------------|| |-------5-3----|-5---------------|------------------------------|| D.S.S. al Dbl. Coda E/B E Q H E E Q Q. Q. |-------------12-----|-12---12------12------|| |-------------15b17==|=15r--15b17---15b17---|| |--------------------|----------------------|| |-9------------------|----------------------|| |--------------------|----------------------|| |--------------------|----------------------|| | | E E Q H Q Q. Q. |--------------------|-------5-------5------|| |--------------------|-------8b10----8b10---|| |--------------------|----------------------|| |-9-9-9--------------|----------------------|| |--------------------|----------------------|| |--------------------|----------------------|| Outro && A7 E E S S E E Q E +E E S S E E Q E |----------------------|----------------------| |-----------5-7b8-7----|-----------5-7b8-7----| |-------4s6------------|-------4s6------------| |--7--7--------------7-|-(7)-7--------------7-| |----------------------|----------------------| |----------------------|----------------------| | | +E E S S E E Q E +E E S S E E Q E |----------------------|----------------------| |----------------------|----------------------| |----------------------|----------------------| |-----------------7----|-----------------7----| |-----------7-9--------|-----------7-9--------| |-(5)-5-7s9----------5-|-(5)-5-7s9----------5-| H.=H +E E S S E E E E E +W +W |-----------------------|------------|--------*| |-----------5-7b8-7-5---|------------|--------*| |-------4s6-------------|------------|--------*| |-(7)-7---------------7-|-(7)--------|-(7)----*| |-----------------------|------------|--------*| |-----------------------|------------|--------*| | | +E E S S E E E E E +W +W |-----------------------|------------|--------*| |-----------------------|------------|--------*| |-----------------------|------------|--------*| |-----------------7-----|------------|--------*| |-----------7-9-----7---|------------|--------*| |-(5)-5-7s9-----------5-|-(5)--------|-(5)----*| Duration Legend --------------- W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura + - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration) Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the duration for. Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests. Multi- bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for. Low melody durations appear below the staff Tablature Legend ---------------- h - hammer-on p - pull-off b - bend pb - pre-bend r - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately) /\ - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere") s - legato slide S - shift slide - natural harmonic [n] - artificial harmonic n(n) - tapped harmonic ~ - vibrato tr - trill T - tap TP - trem. picking PM - palm muting \n/ - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip \n - tremolo bar down n/ - tremolo bar up /n\ - tremolo bar inverted dip = - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls <> - volume swell (louder/softer) x - on rhythm slash represents muted slash o - on rhythm slash represents single note slash Misc Legend ----------- | - bar || - double bar ||o - repeat start o|| - repeat end *| - double bar (ending) : - bar (freetime) $ - Segno & - Coda Tempo markers - = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths
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