Machine Head

Machine Head - Machinehead guitar tab

From: "the Grand High Poobah of Upper Butt-Crack"

TAB: "Machinehead" by Bush

This song may be in a tuning other than standard, but I don't think so.

There really isn't anything in the song that can't be played elsewhere on

the fretboard. Therefore, what I have tabbed here should be pretty damn

accurate. If nothing else, it sounds very much like what is on the CD.

There are several different parts that repeat a few times so I'll just

tab those out with a few tips and let you figure out where they should be.

But there are also a few parts that occur during only one part of the

song so I'll try to be as specific as possible with those bits.

Intro and "Fill 1"

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||-11-11-13-13-13/14-14/16-16-||

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||-9--9--11-11-11/12-12/14-14-||

Fill 2

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||----------------------------|----------------------------|

||----------------------------|----------------------------|

||-11-11-13-13-13/14-14/16-16-|-11-11-13-13-13/14-14/16-16-|

||----------------------------|----------------------------|

||-9--9--11-11-11/12-12/14-14-|-9--9--11-11-11/12-12/14-14-|

------------------------------------------------------------||

14-14-14-14\12-12-12-12/14-14-14-14\12-12-12-12/14-14-14-14\||

13-13-13-13\11-11-11-11/13-13-13-13\11-11-11-11/13-13-13-13\||

------------------------------------------------------------||

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While you keep doing Fill 1 another guitar needs to start doing this:

*-(drums in)

||------|------|------|-----|--

||------|------|------|-----|--

||------|--6---|-10---|-6---|--

||-11---|--7---|-11---|-7---|--

||-11---|--7---|-11---|-7---|--

||-9----|--5---|-9----|-5---|--

*-(stop Fill 1)

--------------------------------------------------------------|

--------------------------------------------------------------|

10-10-------10---10-10---------10-10-------10---10-10---------|

11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-|

11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-|

9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-|

----------------------------------------------------|

----------------------------------------------------|

6-6-------6---6-6---------6-6-------6---6-6---------|

7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-|

7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-|

5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x-5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x-|

*-(begin Fill 2 on second guitar)

--------------------------------------------------------------|

--------------------------------------------------------------|

10-10-------10---10-10---------10-10-------10---10-10---------|

11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11---------|

11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11---------|

9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-|

----------------------------------------------------|

----------------------------------------------------|

6-6-------6---6-6---------6-6-------6---6-6---------|

7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-|

7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-|

5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x-5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x-|

Then the vocals start with the "Breathe in, breathe out" stuff and you start

that main riff over again. Then the lead bit over the first chorus ("Got a

machinehead, it's better than the rest" etc.) is like so:

|-----------------|

|-4h5-5-5-4h5-5-5-| repeat and crescendo until "I walk from my machine..." etc.

|-----------------|

|-----------------|

|-----------------|

|-----------------|

I think that's it as far as tab goes.

The main chord progressions for the verses and choruses are as follows:

Verse: C# and A

Pre-chorus: ("I walk from my machine..." etc.) F# and A

Chorus: ("Got a machinehead, it's better than the rest..") E B C# A

I think that's it. If I've missed something and you can't figure it out from

what I have here, let me know (by email) and I'll get back to ya'.

Questions/comments/CONSTRUCTIVE criticism welcome (by email).

Flames intelligently rebuked (if I feel like it).

Good Luck!

Paul D. (pdmytrewycz@music.transy.edu)

Machinehead

From BUSH's sixteen stone (c) 1994

Tabbed out by: Bas van Pelt [9250128@bn.fnt.hvu.nl]

Okay this is a fairly simple song (like most songs of this album)

but it sound really good

I tabbed out this song about three months or so but never posted it

(I'm lazy) but when i got the version that was on the net i saw that

mine was much better :) so i decided to post it! (it's completer)

A5 C#5

x x

x x

x x

7 11

7 11

5 9

Intro (just guitar no drums or base)

RIFF 1

(guitar 1) repeat a couple of times variation 1

e: ------------------------------|--7/9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-9---4~~~~~------

B: -2--2--4--4--4-5--5--5/7-7\---|-------------------------------------

G: ------------------------------|--^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^---------------

D: ------------------------------|--play the above part ---------------

A: ------------------------------|--three times before.........^-------

E: ------------------------------|-------------------------------------

: variation (listen for it)

:

: (guitar 2) repeat 2 or three times

:

e: -------------------------------------------------------------------

B: -------------------------------------------------------------------

G: --------------------------------------------------------------------

D: ------------------------(11)------11\7---(7)------------------------

A: ------------------------(11)------11\7---(7)------------------------

E: ------------------------(9)-------9-\5---(5)------------------------

ahjajahahja hajhajhahaahj (i think) :)

after you did that you just strum those same cords a couple of times

it goes something like this (guitar 2)

figure 1

e: -------------------------------------------------------------------

B: -------------------------------------------------------------------

G: -------------------------------------------------------------------

D: --11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x---

A: --11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x---

E: --9---9---x-x-x--9---9---x-x-x-x--9---9---x-x-x--9---9---x-x-x-x---

e: -------------------------------------------------------------------

B: -------------------------------------------------------------------

G: -------------------------------------------------------------------

D: --7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x---

A: --7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x---

E: --5---5---x-x-x--5---5---x-x-x-x--5---5---x-x-x--5---5---x-x-x-x---

these rakes may be a little of so you'll have to listen

to the record for the exact timing (it's easy though)

okay you play this part 2 times

the second time this riff gets played VARIATON 1(guitar 1) is played over it

Figure 2

e: -------------------------------------------------------------------

B: -------------------------------------------------------------------

G: -------------------------------------------------------------------

D: -------------------------------11\(7)------------------------------

A: -------------------------------11\(7)------------------------------

E: -------------------------------9-\(5)------------------------------

Breath in breath out (2x) .. Breath in

Figure 3

e: -------------------------------------------------------------

B: -------------------------------------------------------------

G: -------------------------------------------------------------

D: --x-x--11----------------------x-x-x-x-(7)-------------------

A: --x-x--11----------------------x-x-x-x-(7)-------------------

E: --x-x--9-----------------------x-x-x-x-(5)-------------------

Breath in breath out (2x) .. Breath in.......tied to a wheel

Okay from here it's just the C#5 A5 cord (Figure 1) for the verse

here's the lyrics

-tied to a wheel fingers got to feel

-feeling to a tolocate smile

-i spin on a whim i slide to the right

-i felt you like electric light

-for our love

(riff 1 starts here and get's played three times)

-for our fear

-for our rise against the years and years and years

Okay some change here

(guitar stops)

-Got a machinehead better than the rest }

-green to red.... machinehead } this part gets played twice } the second time with this

} the second time with this

} guitar

e: ----------------| |-----------|

B: --2h4-5-5-------| this gets played |-5^fb~~~~r-|

G: ----------------| approx 7 times |-----------|

D: ----------------| then |-----------|

A: ----------------| |-----------|

E: ----------------| |-----------|

-got a machinehead it's better than the rest

-green to red

then something like this follows (listen to the record for exect timing)

figure 4

e: -------------------------------------------------------------------

B: -------------------------------------------------------------------

G: -------------------------------------------------------------------

D: ---4--4--444-444---(7)-x-x-x--------------------------------------

A: ---4--4--444-444---(7)-x-x-x--------------------------------------

E: ---2--2--222-222---(5)-x-x-x--------------------------------------

and i walk my machine

i walk my machine

Figure 1 + riff 1 twice + Variation once

Figure 2

Figure 1 with the following lyrics

-deaf dumb and thirty

-starting to deserve this

-leaning on my conscience wall

-blood is like wine

-i'm conscience all the time

-if i had it all again

-i'd change it all

then the next part (2x)

figure 5

e: -------------------------------------------------------------

B: -------------------------------------------------------------

G: --9-9-x-x-x--------------------------------------------------

D: --9-9-x-x-x-9-9-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x------------------

A: --7-7-x-x-x-9-9-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x------------------

E: ------------7-7-x-x-x-9--9--x-x-x-5-5-x-x-x------------------

-got a machine head it's better

-than the rest meachine head

-green to red machine head

Figure 4

- Mumbling riff 1 twice + Variation once

Figure 1 (inc text)

Figure 4 (inc text)

the the last part

e: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

B: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

G: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

D: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

A: -4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--/--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--\-slide back to 4-and repeat as many--

E: -2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--/--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--\-slide back to 2-times as you like---

but for the last

time you play it

play -2 instead of

-0

instead of

-4

-2

after that he strums something in the E chord and thats it!

Tabbed out by: Bas van Pelt [9250128@bn.fnt.hvu.nl]

From haqi@magmacom.com Tue Jun 18 20:20:13 1996

Date: Tue, 18 Jun 1996 15:17:37 -0500

From: haqi@magmacom.com (Ikramul Haq)

Subject: tab: Machinehead by Bush

MACHINEHEAD

by Bush

written by Gavin Rossedale for the album Sixteen Stone

This is a kick ass song. Here it is. Have fun!

Guitar 1

Opening riff (played 10 times):

E |-------------------------------------------------------|

B |-------------------------------------------------------|

G |---6---6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11-------------------------|

D |---X---X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X--------------------------|

A |---4---4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9--------------------------|

E |-------------------------------------------------------|

Fill #1:

E |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

B |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

G |--6--6--X--X--X--6--6--6--X--X--X--X--6--6--X--X--X--6--6--6--X--X--X--X---|

D |--6--6--X--X--X--6--6--6--X--X--X--X--6--6--X--X--X--6--6--6--X--X--X--X---|

A |--4--4--X--X--X--4--4--4--X--X--X--X--4--4--X--X--X--4--4--4--X--X--X--X---|

E |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

B |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

G |---2--2--X--X--X--2--2--2--X--X--X--X--2--2--X--X--X--2--2--2--X--X--X--X---|

D |---2--2--X--X--X--2--2--2--X--X--X--X--2--2--X--X--X--2--2--2--X--X--X--X---|

A |---0--0--X--X--X--0--0--0--X--X--X--X--0--0--X--X--X--0--0--0--X--X--X--X---|

E |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E |-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

B |-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

G |---6---6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11------6--6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11-----------|

D |---X---X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X-------X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X------------|

A |---4---4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9-------4--4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9------------|

E |-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E |----9999/7777/9999/7777 /9999/7777/9999/7777/------------------|

B |----9999/7777/9999/7777/9999/7777/9999/7777/-------------------|

G |---------------------------------------------------------------|

D |---------------------------------------------------------------|

A |---------------------------------------------------------------|

E |---------------------------------------------------------------|

Now the lyrics come in. The guitar starts playing when Gavin says "tied to

a wheel..."

Then you play fill #1 twice:

then this:

E |--------------------------------------------------------------------|

B |--------------------------------------------------------------------|

G |---6---6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11----- 6--6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11------|

D |---X---X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X-------X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X-------|

A |---4---4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9-------4--4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9-------|

E |--------------------------------------------------------------------|

E |----9999/7777/9999/7777 /9999/7777/9999/7777/------------------|

B |----9999/7777/9999/7777/9999/7777/9999/7777/-------------------|

G |---------------------------------------------------------------|

D |---------------------------------------------------------------|

A |---------------------------------------------------------------|

E |---------------------------------------------------------------|

Then you start play when Gaving sings "Deaf dumb thirty".

Then you play Fill #1 twice through.

Then there's a pause:

The lyrics go

Got a machine head

Better than the rest

Green to read

Machinehead

Then you play this twice

Fill #2

E |--------0---------0---------0---------0-------|

B |----4h5---5---4h5---5---4h5---5---4h5--5------|

G |----------------------------------------------|

D |----------------------------------------------|

A |----------------------------------------------|

E |----------------------------------------------|

Then the song goes

"I walk for my machine"

And you play this twice

Fill #3

E |--------------------------------------------------|

B |--------------------------------------------------|

G |--------------------------2--2--2-2-2-2--2--2-----|

D |--4--4--4-4-4-4--4--4-----2--2--2-2-2-2--2--2-----|

A |--4--4--4-4-4-4--4--4-----0--0--0-0-0-0--0--0-----|

E |--2--2--2-2-2-2--2--2-----------------------------|

Then the music fades and there's sort of a drum solo:

In the Backround really softly, you can hear the opening riff played twice.

Actually, they use a mixer a you probably don't have one.

Then Gavin starts singing "Breath in, breath out..."

You play Fill #1 once only.

And once thechorus starts, you play this:

E |----------------------------------------------------------------|

B |----------------------------------------------------------------|

G |----9--9--9-----------------------------------------------------|

D |----9--9--9---9--9--9--9--9---11--11--11---7--7--7--7--7--------|

A |----7--7--7---9--9--9--9--9---11--11--11---7--7--7--7--7--------|

E |--------------7--7--7--7--7---9---9---9----5--5--5--5--5--------|

That lasts almost the rest of the song for guitar #1 but when Gavin

Finishes singing

"Yeah yeah yeah", guitar #2 playes this:

E |-------------------------------------------------------------------|

B |-------------------------------------------------------------------|

G |---9--9--9--11--9--9--9----9--9--9--11--9--9--9--------------------|

D |---X--X--X--X---X--X--X----X--X--X--X---X--X--X--------------------|

A |---7--7--7--9---7--7--7----7--7--7--9---7--7--7--------------------|

E |-------------------------------------------------------------------|

This is played until the end of the song until gaving starts singing

"I walk for my machine........". Then you play this:

E |------------------------------------------------------------------|

B |------------------------------------------------------------------|

G |------------------------------------------------------------------|

D |------------------------------------------------------------------|

A |---4--4--4--4--4--4--4--4hhh7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7----------------|

E |---2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2hhh5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5----------------|

AND THAT'S THE SONG!

If there are any questiones feel free to e-mail me at haqi@magmacom.com

bye,

Imraan

Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 14:56:43 -0500

From: Joe Sargent

I saw BUSH on TV, and found out that the chords posted on here a while

back for the chorus are wrong. I figured out that the chorus goes like

this...

E|------------|

B|------------|

G|-9--5--7--5-|

D|-9--5--7--5-| Guitar one plays this a few times...

A|-7--3--5--3-|

E|------------|

Guitar Two plays...

E|------------------------|

B|------------------------|

G|------------------------| This is what guitar 2 plays, if it

D|-6-6-XXX-3-3-XXX--------| doesn't sound right, try taking out the

A|-6-6-XXX-3-3-XXX--------| hammer-ons...

E|-4-4-XXX-1-1-XXX--------|

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