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Begin the Beguine – guitar tab

Begin the Beguine | guitar tab
Written by Cole Porter
as arranged by Pete Townshend, 1970 
>From the album Happy Birthday, 1970, and Another Scoop, 1987

#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file 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. #
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Transcribed by:                               Whotabs                       
Kevin kvangels@yahoo.com       2007-08-19     http://www.thewho.net/whotabs/

Original transcription
Jay Verkuilen (jayv@uiuc.edu)  2001-09-17     


Cmaj7:		x3545x
Dm7:		x57565
G7:		355463
G6:		355450
Cm:		x35343
Bb:		x1333x
Bbmaj7:		x1323x
Bb7:		x1313x
Bbmin7:		x1312x
Eb7:		x6868x
Abmaj7:		4x554x
Ab6:		4x354x
Ao7:		x04545
G:		355433
Fm:		x33111
C7:		x3535x
C:		x32010
C6:		x32210
D07:		xx0111
Dm7(2):		xx0211
Am:		x02210
F7:		x 8 10 8 10 x
Am/G:		302010
Am9:		x05559
Am(2):		x07555
Dm7(3):		xx0213
D07(2):		xx0113


Cmaj7
When they begin the beguine,
Cmaj7                                 Dm7
It brings back the sounds of music so tender
Dmin7                         
It brings back a night of tropical splendor
G7                       G6        Cmaj7
It brings back a memory        evergreen


Cmaj7
I'm with you once more under the stars
Cmaj7                            Dm7
Down by the shore an orchestra's playing
Dm7
And even the palms seem to be swaying
G7                G6       Cmaj7
When they begin,       the beguine


Cm7                          Bb  Bbmaj7  Bb7    
To live it again is past all endeavor
Bbmin7           Eb7              Abmaj7   Ab6
Except when that tune clutches my heart
Ao7 (rapid strum)                  G
And there we are, swearing to love forever
Fm            G      Fm       Dm7
And promising never, never to part


Cmaj7                              
What moments divine, what rapture serene
Cmaj7                     C7                       Dm7
'Til clouds came along to disperse the joys we had tasted
Fm                         D07                               Dm7(2)        
And now when I hear people curse the chance that was wasted
Dm7(2)              D07              Cmaj7
I know but too well        what they mean


Cmaj7        C      C6     Am      Cmaj7
So don't let them   begin      the beguine
C                     Am     Dm(2)               G7   G6
Let the love that was once a fire      remain an ember
F                     F7                 Cmaj7    Am   Am/G(See)
Let it sleep like the dead desire I only remember
G7              G6      Cmaj7
When they begin     the beguine


       C        C6        Am                 Cmaj7
Oh yes let them begin the beguine, make them play
Cmaj7    C(rapid)        C6    Am             
'Til the stars that were there before return above you
F                     F7              Am9      Am(2)                
'Til you whisper once more "Darling I love you"
Dmin7                       Dm7(3)          D07(2)
And they suddenly know what heaven we're in
Dm7       Dm7(3)   D07(2)    
When they begin 
    Cmaj7
The beguine 
G7                      G6   
When they begin 
    Cmaj7
The beguine 

Ending Tag: Standard Tuning
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----9-9-9-9-8-8-7-7----|
----7-7-7-7-6-6-5-5-3~~|
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My guess is that he detuned his guitar for just the ending, and edited this 
little bit on. Here is what I think hes really doing.
Ending tag:
Tuning: CADGBE
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-----------------------|
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-----------------------|
----2-2-2-2-1-1-0-0----|
----4-4-4-4-3-3-2-2-0~~|



He attempts to carry the bass figure of the song as much as he can 
throughout.  Here is a TAB of it:  

Cmaj7 figure            G7 figure
-------------5-------|----------------------|
----5-5-5----5----5--|-----3-3-3----3----3--|
----4-4-4----4----4--|-----4-4-4----4----4--|
----5-5-5--5------5--|-----3-3-3--3----0----|
--3------------------|----------------------|
----------------3----|---3------------------|


#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file 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. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#




#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file 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. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#

Begin the Beguine
Written by Cole Porter
as arranged by Pete Townshend 
>from the album Another Scoop

TABbed by Jay Verkuilen (jayv@uiuc.edu)

2001-09-17                   Whotabs   www.thewho.net/whotabs/

The song is in C major (C D E F G A B) with lots of chromatic parts and a 
modulation to C minor (C D Eb F G Ab Bb).  The rhythm is pretty much
in 4, although there are some strange parts which you'll need to get by
listening to the recording.  Pete plays it pretty straight, keeping it simple, 
as befits the song, just him and his acoustic.  I've heard a lot of versions 
of "Begin" and I think his is the best--it captures the plaintive longing of 
the song in a way none of the others did.  (Some were actually upbeat, which 
leads me to wonder if the artist or producer actually understood the lyrics--
kind of like some recordings of Heartbreak Hotel.)


Chords (loads of them, but none are particularly hard :):  

Cmaj7:		x3545x
Cmaj13:		x35455  (alternate with this in Cmaj7--see TAB below)
G7:		3x343x
F:		133211
Dmin7(1):	x5x565
G7sus4: 	3x353x
Cmin7:		x3x343
F7:		131233
Bb:		x1333x
Bbmaj7:		x1323x
Bb7:		x1313x
Bbmin7:		x1312x
Eb7:		x6868x
Abmaj7:		4x554x
Ab6:		4x354x
Ao7:		x0454x (or 5x454x)
Ab:		466544
G:		355433
Fmin(1):	133111
C7:		x3535x
Fmin(2):	xx3111
D07(1):		xx0111
Emin7:		x7x787		
Amin9:		5x5557
Amin7:		5x5555
D07(2):		x5656x
Dmin7(2):	xx0211
Dmin7/C:	x30211
Fmin/C:		x3x111


Verse 1:

Cmaj7
When they begin the beguine,
Cmaj7                                 G7
It brings back the sounds of music so tender
F                         Dmin7(1)
It brings back a night of tropical splendor
G7        G7sus4 G7 Cmaj7
When they begin the beguine


Verse 2 (as before):
I'm with you once more under the stars
Down by the shore an orchestra's playing
And even the palms seem to be swaying
When they begin the beguine


Bridge:

Cmin7            F7          Bb  Bbmaj7  Bb7    
To live it again is past all endeavor
Bbmin7           Eb7  Abmaj7      Ab6
Except when that tune clutches my heart
Ao7 (rapid strum)
And there we are, swearing to love forever
G             Ab     Fmin(1)  G7 G7sus4 G7
And promising never, never to part


Verse 3: 

Cmaj7                             Cmaj13 
What moments divine, what rapture serene
C7                        G7                      
'Til clouds came along to disperse the joys we had tasted
Fmin(2)             D07(1)                           Fmin(2)       
And now when I hear people curse the chance that was wasted
G7                G7sus4 G7   Cmaj7
I know but too well what they mean


Verse 4:

Cmaj7
So don't let them begine the beguine
Cmaj7                        G7
Let the love that was once a fire remain an ember
F                     Dmin7(1)    Emin7  Amin9 Amin7
Let it sleep like the dead desire I only remember
G7        G7sus4 G7 Cmaj7
When they begin the beguine


Verse 5:

Cmaj7                                        Cmaj13
Oh yes let them begine the beguine, make them play
Cmaj7                                 G7
'Til the stars that were there before return above you
F                    Dmin7(1)     Emin7  Amin9 Amin7
'Til you whisper once more "Darling I love you"
Dmin7(1)               D07(2)
And they suddenly know what heaven we're in
G7        Dmin7(2)  Dmin7/C  Fmin/C      
When they begin 
G7  Cmaj7
The beguine 



He attempts to carry the bass figure of the song as much as he can 
throughout.  Here is a TAB of it:  

Cmaj7 figure            G7 figure
-------------5-------|----------------------|
----5-5-5----5----5--|-----3-3-3----3----3--|
----4-4-4----4----4--|-----4-4-4----4----4--|
----5-5-5--5------5--|-----3-3-3--3----0----|
--3------------------|----------------------|
----------------3----|---3------------------|


End tag (sort of, anyway):

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----5-5-4-4-3-3-2-2----|
----3-3-2-2-1-1-0-0----|
--------------------4--|


-- 
J. Verkuilen							jayv@uiuc.edu

#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file 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. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#

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