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FROM THE BEGINNING

( Emerson, Lake & Palmer )

Written by Greg Lake in the key of Am in 4/4 time
Released on the album: Trilogy (1972)
From The Beginning on Wikipedia | Live | Studio | Lyrics
Fingerstyle version for single acoustic guitar
thumb: x
index: a
dirty: b
ring: c
pinky: d

Hammer on: h
Pull off: p
Slide up: /
Slide down: \
Staccato: :

Bend up: )
Bend down: (
break: p
Mute: m

Grab but don't pick: !
Strum (Arpeggio): ~~~
downward stroke: ↑
upward stroke: ↓

Greg is flatpicking and strumming this song.
For finger pickers I suggest the following tab:

INTRO
e---------------------0 - harm.-----------|---10a---12c---\---7c--------\---5a---|---7ch8dp7c-----------------------------|
b--------------------0 - harm.------------|-----------------------------\--------|----------------5a-----------5ah7ch8d---|
g-----------p-------0 - harm.-------p-----|-------------------------p------------|-----------------------p----------------|
D-----------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E---0--( let ring )-----------------------|--------------------------------------|----------------------------------------|

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<--------------------------------------------------- Hint ------------------------------------------------->
e-----------------------------------------|----------------------0--------------|
b------------8d---/---13d-----------------|-----------------0-------------------|
g-------0---------------------p-----p-----|------------12c------------p----\----|
D-----------------------------------------|-------10a---------------------------|
A---0-------------------------------------|---0---------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|

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picking pattern:
x - a - b - b
x - x - a - b - c

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Change to 3/4 time and increase tempo
e-------------------0---------------|-------------------0----------------------|
b-------------10b-------10b---------|-------------10b-------10b-----------/----|
g-------11c-------------------11c---|-------11c-------------------11c----------|
D---0-------------------------------|---0--------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------|------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------|------------------------------------------|

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - b - a ( 2x )

e-------------------0---------------|-------------------0----------------------|
b-------------11b-------11b---------|-------------11b-------11b-----------\----|
g-------10a-------------------10a---|-------10a-------------------10a-----\----|
D---0-------------------------------|---0--------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------|------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------|------------------------------------------|

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - b - a ( 2x )

e-------------------0---------------|-------------------0----------------------|
b-------------6b--------6b----------|-------------6b--------6b-----------------|
g-------5a--------------------5a----|-------5a--------------------5a-----------|
D---0-------------------------------|---0--------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------|------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------|------------------------------------------|

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - b - a ( 2x )

ritardando

Change to 4/4 time again
e------0---------------------------------------------------------|
b-----6b---------------------------------------------------------|
g----5a------p------p--------------------------------------------|
D---0------------------------------0-----------------------------|
A-------------------------------------------0---( let ring )-----|
E---------------------------2b(-------2b(------------------------|

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picking pattern:
a ~~~
x - a - x - x

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<----- Hint ----->

Am7(9)
Gsus2(maj7)
e---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑0------↓0:------------|
b---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑3a-----↓3a:-----------|
g----b----↑12c-----↓12c:-----b-----|-----------↑0------↓0:------b-----|
D---------↑10a-----↓10c:-----------|-----------↑4b-----↓4b:-----------|
A---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|----0------↑0------↓0:------------|
E----------------------------------|----------------------------------|

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Hint

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e---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑0------↓0:------------|
b---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑3a-----↓3a:-----------|
g---------↑12c-----↓12c:-----b-----|-----------↑0------↓0:------b-----|
D---------↑10a-----↓10c:-----------|-----------↑4b-----↓4b:-----------|
A----0----↑0-------↓0:-------------|----0------↑0------↓0:------------|
E----------------------------------|----------------------------------|

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picking pattern:
a - x: ( 2x )

picking pattern:
a - x: ( 2x )

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1ST VERSE
... There might have been things I missed ...
e---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑0------↓0:------------|
b---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑3a-----↓3a:-----------|
g---------↑12c-----↓12c:-----b-----|-----------↑0------↓0:------b-----|
D---------↑10a-----↓10c:-----------|-----------↑4b-----↓4b:-----------|
A----0----↑0-------↓0:-------------|----0------↑0------↓0:------------|
E----------------------------------|----------------------------------|

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picking pattern:
a - x: ( 2x )

picking
x - abc
b - b b - b -

pattern:
~~~
b - b
b

... but don't be un- ...
e------------------------------------------|
b-------------------1a----------------0----|
g--------------0------------------0--------|
D--------2b-------------------0------------|
A---3c-------------------2b----------------|
E------------------------------------------|

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c ( 2x )

... kind ... it don't mean I'm ...
Fm7(b13)
Gm7(b13)
e-----------------3d-------------------------/----|-----------------5d-------------------------|
b-------------1a-------1a--------------------/----|-------------3a-------3a--------------------|
g--------2b------------------2b--------2b----/----|--------4b------------------4b--------4b----|
D---3c----------------------------3c---------/----|---5c----------------------------5c---------|
A-------------------------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|
E-------------------------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - b - a - x - a ( 2x )

... blind ...
Dm7
Dm7
e-----------------5b-------------------------|-----------1a------------------------------------------|
b-------------6c-------6c--------------------|-----------1a------------------------------------------|
g--------5a------------------5a--------5a----|-------2c------2c--------------------------------------|
D---0----------------------------------------|---0----------------------0----------------------------|
A---------------------------------0----------|------------------------------------0---( let ring )---|
E--------------------------------------------|--------------------2b(-------2b(----------------------|
... Perhaps there's a thing or two ...
e---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑0------↓0:------------|
b---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑3a-----↓3a:-----------|
g----b----↑12c-----↓12c:-----b-----|-----------↑0------↓0:------b-----|
D---------↑10a-----↓10c:-----------|-----------↑4b-----↓4b:-----------|
A---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|----0------↑0------↓0:------------|
E----------------------------------|----------------------------------|

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... I think of lying in ...
e------------------------------------------|
b-------------------1a----------------0----|
g--------------0------------------0--------|
D--------2b-------------------0------------|
A---3c-------------------2b----------------|
E------------------------------------------|





picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - b - a - x - a
x - a - bc - a

picking pattern:
a - x: ( 2x )

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picking pattern:
x - a - b - c ( 2x )

... bed ... I shouldn't have ...
Fm7(b13)
Gm7(b13)
e-----------------3d-------------------------/----|-----------------5d-------------------------|
b-------------1a-------1a--------------------/----|-------------3a-------3a--------------------|
g--------2b------------------2b--------2b----/----|--------4b------------------4b--------4b----|
D---3c--------------------------------------------|---------------------------------5c---------|
A---------------------------------3c---------/----|---5c---------------------------------------|
E-------------------------------------------------|--------------------------------------------|

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - b - a - x - a ( 2x )

... said ... but there it is ...
e-----------------5b-------------------------|-----------1a---------------------------------------|
b-------------6c-------6c--------------------|-----------1a---------------------------------------|
g--------5a------------------5a--------5a----|-------2c------2c-----------------------------------|
D---0----------------------------------------|---0----------------2bp0----------------------------|
A---------------------------------0----------|---------------------------3c----0---( let ring )---|
E--------------------------------------------|----------------------------------------------------|

picking pattern:
x - a - b - c - b - a - x - a
x - a - bc - a - x - x - x

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e---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑0------↓0:------------|
b---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑3a-----↓3a:-----------|
g----b----↑12c-----↓12c:-----b-----|-----------↑0------↓0:------b-----|
D---------↑10a-----↓10c:-----------|-----------↑4b-----↓4b:-----------|
A---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|----0------↑0------↓0:------------|
E----------------------------------|----------------------------------|

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... You see it's ...
e---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑0------↓0:------------|
b---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑3a-----↓3a:-----------|
g---------↑12c-----↓12c:-----b-----|-----------↑0------↓0:------b-----|
D---------↑10a-----↓10c:-----------|-----------↑4b-----↓4b:-----------|
A----0----↑0-------↓0:-------------|----0------↑0------↓0:------------|
E----------------------------------|----------------------------------|

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picking pattern:
a - x: ( 2x )

picking pattern:
a - x: ( 2x )

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CHORUS ( The three strummed chords that follow can be played in different ways )
... all clear ... you were meant to be ...
1. alternative
Dm7
G
Dm7
e------5b-------------------------|------3a-------------------------|------1a-------------------------|
b-----6c--------------------------|-----3a--------------------------|-----1a--------------------------|
g----5a------p------p------p------|----4b------p------p------p------|----2b------p------p------p------|
D---0-----------------------------|---0-----------------------------|---0-----------------------------|
A---------------------------------|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

strum and let ring:
a~~~ ( 3x )

2. alternative
Dm7
G
Dm7
e------1a-------------------------|------3a-------------------------|------5c-------------------------|
b-----1a--------------------------|-----3a--------------------------|-----6d--------------------------|
g----2b------p------p------p------|----4b------p------p------p------|----5b------p------p------p------|
D---0-----------------------------|---0-----------------------------|---0-----------------------------|
A---------------------------------|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

strum and let ring:
a~~~ ( 3x )

3. alternative
Dm7
F-5/G
Dm7
e------5c-------------------------|------5c-------------------------|-------5c-------------------------|
b-----6d--------------------------|-----6d--------------------------|------6d--------------------------|
g----5b------p------p------p------|----4a------p------p------p------|-----5b------p------p------p------|
D---0-----------------------------|---5b----------------------------|----0-----------------------------|
A---------------------------------|---------------------------------|---5a-----------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|----------------------------------|

strum and let ring:
a~~~ ( 3x )

4. alternative ( power chords )
Dm7
G
F
e------1a-------------------------|--------3d-------------------------|--------1a-----------------------|
b-----1a--------------------------|-------0---------------------------|-------1a------------------------|
g----2b------p------p------p------|------0-------p------p------p------|------2b------p------p------p----|
D---0-----------------------------|-----0-----------------------------|-----3d--------------------------|
A---------------------------------|----2b-----------------------------|----3c---------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---3c------------------------------|---1a----------------------------|

strum and let ring:
a~~~ ( 3x )

... here ...
Dm6/E
e-------------------------------0-----|---------------------------|---------------------------------------------------|
b-------------------------3d----------|---------------------------|---------------------------------------------------|
g--------------------2b---------------|----b-----b-----b-----b----|----b-----b----------------------------------------|
D--------------3c---------------------|---------------------------|----------------------0----------------------------|
A--------2a---------------------------|---------------------------|--------------------------------0---( let ring )---|
E----0--------------------------------|---------------------------|----------------2b(-------2b(----------------------|

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... from the beginning ...
Am7(9)
Gsus2(maj7)
e---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑0------↓0:------------|
b---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑3a-----↓3a:-----------|
g----b----↑12c-----↓12c:-----b-----|-----------↑0------↓0:------b-----|
D---------↑10a-----↓10c:-----------|-----------↑4b-----↓4b:-----------|
A---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|----0------↑0------↓0:------------|
E----------------------------------|----------------------------------|

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¼

¼









¼

¼



¼

picking pattern:
a - x: ( 2x )

Hint

¼

e---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑0------↓0:------------|
b---------↑0-------↓0:-------------|-----------↑3a-----↓3a:-----------|
g---------↑12c-----↓12c:-----b-----|-----------↑0------↓0:------b-----|
D---------↑10a-----↓10c:-----------|-----------↑4b-----↓4b:-----------|
A----0----↑0-------↓0:-------------|----0------↑0------↓0:------------|
E----------------------------------|----------------------------------|

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picking pattern:
x - x - x - a - b - c



picking pattern:
a - x: ( 2x )

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2ND VERSE ( same tab as first verse )
Note: To give the song some more variety, a variation of the stroked part might be a good idea
... Maybe I might have changed ...
Am7(9)
Gsus2(maj7)
e---------↑0--------↑0-----↓0:-----------|----------↑0-------↑0-----↓0:----------|
b---------↑0--------↑0-----↓0:-----------|----------↑3a------↑3a----↓3a:---------|
g---------↑12c------↑12c---↓12c:----b----|----------↑0-------↑12c---↓0:-----b----|
D---------↑10a------↑10a---↓10c:---------|----------↑4b------↑10a---↓4b:---------|
A----0----↑0--------↑0-----↓0:-----------|----0-----↑0-------↑0-----↓0:----------|
E----------------------------------------|---------------------------------------|

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¼

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picking pattern:
a - a - x: ( 2x )

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... and not been so ...
... cruel ... not been such a ...
... fool ...
...
...
...
...

Whatever was done is done ...
I just can't re ...
call ... it doesn't matter at
all ...

CHORUS ( same tab as above )
OUTRO ( another strummed variation to finish the song )
e---------↑0------0-------------------------|---------↑0-----0-----------------------0----( let ring )---|
b---------↑0----------0---------------------|---------↑3a--------3a------------------0----( let ring )---|
g---------↑12c------------12c---------------|----b----↑0--------------0--------0-----5c---( let ring )---|
D---------↑10a------------------10a---------|---------↑4b-----------------4b---------5b---( let ring )---|
A----0----↑0---------------------------0----|---------↑0-----------------------------0----( let ring )---|
E-------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------------------------|

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e---------------------------------------------|---------------------------------|
b---------------------------------------------|---------------------------------|
g----b----b----b----b-------------------------|---------------------------------|
D---------------------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A---------------------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E------------------------5a---( let ring )----|---------------------------------|

picking pattern:
x

picking pattern:
x - a - c - b - a - x - x
a - c - b - a - x - a
a
ritardando


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