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/ Bob Dylan / Time Out of Mind (1997) / Dirt Road Blues guitar tab

Dirt Road Blues
Words and music by Bob Dylan
Released on Time out of Mind (1997)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem


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The guitars in the original recording are playing high up on the fretboard,
so I originally suggested a capo on the 5th fret and the chords E, A, and B.
Then it is possible to play the little lick that runs through the whole song:

  with E                               with A
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .      :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-3b------0-----0-|-----------0-----||-3---------------|------------------||
|-0-----------2---|-----0---2-------||-2-------5---2-5-|---------2-5------||
|-1---------------|-----------------||-2---------------|-----4------------||
|-2---------------|-----------------||-2---------------|------------------||
|-2---------------|-----------------||-0---------------|------------------||
|-0---------------|-----------------||-----------------|------------------||

Note 1: it is mostly played on the E, but can occasionally be heard for the other chords too.
Note 2: It is played with the tone on the 2nd fret, 2nd string, although the 3rd fret falls more naturally, to me, at least.
Note 3: It's easier and sounds better if the initial bent note is moved to the second beat,
so that the first beat gets a clear bass note.

Another option is to use the 076750 shape for the E. The open third string can be left
sounding, since it produces the same clash as the first note in the lick, which leaves
you with enough fingers to play a modified version of the lick, combined with the bass figure:

  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----7b--5-----5-|-----------------| (or 8 or 8b on the first note on this string)
|-------------7---|-----------------|
|-6---------------|-6---------------|
|-7---------------|-7-------5---7---|
|-0---------------|-0---7-----------|

For the B I'd suggest to leave out the lick an instead do the bass:

  B7                                                                      E
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :
|(3)--------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----
|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----
|-2---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----
|-1---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----
|-2-----------0---|-2-----------0---|-2-----------0---|-2---0-----------|----
|---------2-------|---------2-------|---------2-------|---------3---2---|-0--

It may be easier to make an interesting solo-song out of it with no capo and something
like the following bass line, which can be combined with a variant of the lick, an octave
lower (or just play the bass line – that's much easier...):

  with A                               with D
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .      :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-----------------|-----------------||----------------|-----------------||
|-----------------|-----------------||(3)-------------|-----------------||
|-5b------2-----2-|-----------------||-5b-----2-----2-|-----------------||
|-2-----------4---|-----------------||-0----------4---|-0---------------||
|-0---------------|-0---------------||----------------|--------0---3----||
|-----------------|--------0----3---||----------------|-----------------||

  with E
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----
|-5---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----
|-7---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----
|-6---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----
|-7-----------5---|-7-----------5---|-7-----------5---|-7---5---3---2---|-0--
|-0-------7-------|---------7-------|---------7-------|-----------------|----


Bob Dylan albums
2003 Masked and Anonymous
2001 Love and Theft
1997 Time Out of Mind
1993 World Gone Wrong
1992 Good as I Been to You
1990 Under the Red Sky
1989 Oh Mercy
1988 Down in the Groove
1986 Knocked Out Loaded
1985 Empire Burlesque
1983 Infidels
1981 Shot of Love
1980 Saved
1979 Slow Train Coming
1978 Street Legal
1976 Desire
1975 The Basement Tapes
1975 Blood on the Tracks
1974 Planet Waves
1973 Dylan
1970 New Morning
1970 Self Portrait
1969 Nashville Skyline
1967 John Wesley Harding
1966 Blonde on Blonde
1965 Highway 61 Revisited
1965 Bringing It All Back Home
1964 Another Side of Bob Dylan
1964 The Times They Are A-Changin'
1963 The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
1962 Bob Dylan
Time Out of Mind tabs
02Dirt Road Blues tabbass tab
04Million Miles tabbass tab
07Not Dark Yet tabbass tab
08Cold Irons Bound tabbass tab
09Make You Feel My Love tabbass tab
10Can't Wait tabbass tab
11Highlands tabbass tab

 

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