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From simko@acs2.bu.edu (Peter Simko)
Subject: TAB:  The Musical Box (Genesis)
Date: 15 Mar 1994 00:58:33 GMT


        Hi All.  I've picked up a few gems here and there over
the last couple of months so I guess it's time to start
contributing as well.  Much thanks to the genius who posted
Pleiades by King's X!
        Anyway, what we have here is essentially the intro to
The Musical Box by Genesis as it is performed on Genesis Live.
I've also managed to pick out to first couple of arpeggios
that immediately follow.  Obviously, this is by no means complete!
If anyone out there has more, or wants to make corrections, feel
free! I'd like this to be a group effort, if at all possible.

        Key of F#min  (I think, I suck with theory)
Intro
F#                   C#sus4     F#                  C#sus4
---6--------6--7--6---4---4-----6--7--6----6--6--6---4---------
---7--------7--7--7---7---7-----7--7--7----7--7--7---7---------
---6--------6--6--6---6---6-----6--6--6----6--6--6---6---------
---4--------4--4--4---6---6-----4--4--4----4--4--4---6---------
---4--------4--4--4---4---4-----4--4--4----4--4--4---4---------
---------------------------------------------------------------

I'm not convinced that the C#sus4 is right, but there are two
guitars going here, and it's tough to get the voicing exactly
right.
        From here...

GTR I
Play me Old King Cole....
  Bm                             F#
-----2-------2-------2-------2-------2-------2-------2-------2---
---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2-
-4-------4-------4-------4-------3-------3-------3-------3-------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------

                       >snip here<

        And that's it for now!  Sorry!  I'm pretty sure the next
chord stays F# but with a different arpeggio.  By the way, before
I get flamed for posting such a tiny chunk of such a great song,
let me just add that I have figured out more of the song, but I
don't want to just throw in all the different bits until I get
the bits in between.
        Don't forget, the live version has three guitars going
at once, so this is going to be real ugly when I finish it.

More Guitar, less Thesis!


From: christopher b king bmed stnt 

Here's the way I've figured out the closing section to "the Musical Box"
by Genesis. This is the bit they segue into from "The Lamb Lies Down
on Broadway" when they play live (Check out Seconds Out to see what
I mean)

Here are the major patterns for the first bit (the "she's a lady" part)

all below are 2 beats each...
 F# pattern    D#m pattern   C# pattern   E pattern
e----9-7-9--------6-4-6--------4-2-4----------0--------------------------
B---7-7-7-7------4-4-4-4------2-2-2-2--------0-0-------------------------
G-------------------------------------------1---1------------------------
D------------------------------------------2-----2-----------------------
A--9------------6------------4------------2-------2----------------------
E------------------------------------------------------------------------

Below is 8 beats (2 measures)
 F# pattern 2
e------------------------------------------------------------------------
B----2---2---2---0----2---2---2------------------------------------------
G-----3---3---3---1----3---3---3-----------------------------------------
D------4---4---4---2----4---4---4----------------------------------------
A------------------------------------------------------------------------
E---2---2---2---0----2---2---2---2---------------------------------------

Putting it together:
(the chord name is the pattern name here. each "/" is 1 beat)

|F# /  F#  / |F# / F# / |D#m /      D#m    /        |D#m  /  D#m  /|
                             She's a lady, she's got time        Oh
                             She's a lady, she is mine           Oh

C#       /         C#   /    |E    /    E    /       |F# no. 2 :||
   Brush back your hair, and let me get to know your face
   Brush back your hair, and let me get to know your flesh.


Now Tony comes in on the organ.
                                     |-|
Organ:  |F#  B  C#  F# |/. B     C# F# C#|   D#m. A#m D#m. A#m |
                                    I've been waiting here for so long
You stand there with your fixed expression casting doubt on all I have to say


|C#  G#m  B  /          |F#.  E  F#          E F#| E. F#  E  F# E |
            and all this time has passed me by            It hardly seems to
           why don't you touch me, touch me why don't you touch me, touch me

                               ____________
                               |1.
         |B.   E  F#  E  B  E  |F# / / / :||
          matter now
touch me now now now now now
________________
|2.
||: F# .  E  F# E B E |B .  E F# E B E F# :||  repeat this a few times
                       now now now now now

ending

|B / / / |C# / / / |F# / / / | B / / / |C# / / / | F# / / B C# |F#

The rapidly alternating part flips between an F# and a C#, and
finally ends on F#

Sorry there's no solo here, but I haven't quite figured it out yet.
Questions, comments, corrections all welcome. If anyone has the rest
of this, I'd love to see it!

enjoy!
-=Chris


Genesis albums
1991 We Can't Dance
1986 Invisible Touch
1983 Genesis
1981 Abacab
1980 Duke
1978 And Then There Were Three
1977 Spot the Pigeon
1976 Trick of the Tail
1976 Wind and Wuthering
1974 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
1973 Selling England by the Pound
1972 Foxtrot
1971 Nursery Cryme
1970 Trespass
1969 From Genesis to Revelation
Nursery Cryme tabs
01The Musical Box tabbass tab
02For Absent Friends tabbass tab
07The Fountain Of Salmacis tabbass tab

 

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