Band of Horses - The Funeral Guitar Chords

Band of Horses

folk-pop, indie folk, indie pop, indie rock

Chords: Ab, Eb, Bb, Cm, CM
Tuning: EADGAe  (Note firth string tuned to A)

Entire tab is standard notation, not relative to the capo.

Comments:  There are several tabs that sound correct for the album version.  However, 
watching live performances, Ben Bridwell's guitar part is not being played as it has been tabbed 
He has the firth string tuned to an A rather than B.

He essentially keeps his hands in almost an identical position throughout the
entire song, making this a remarkably easy song to play.

He fingers the intro using his ring finger on the low D, his middle finger on the G
and his pinky on the (re-tuned) high A.  He changes the fingering for last chord shape 
in the intro by removing his middle finger from the G and replacing it with his index finger one fret down.   

For the strumming part he uses a pick.  For all strumming during the verse, he simply strums
the chord shapes being picked during the introduction.  

For the chorus he keeps his fingers in the same chord shape, but he adds his index finger on 
the low A string as indicated below, one half step below the basic chord shape.  In one video it 
appears he adds the index finger to the low E, and mutes the fifth string with the index, which sounds
better to me, but isn't how he usually plays it.

Gear:

He plays this with a 1976 Gibson Standard guitar.  I believe the effect chain being 
used in this song is:

Effect:  Boss DigitalDelay DC-5 
Settings:  Level 10 o'clock, F.Back 10 o'clock, D.time 12 o'clock, effect: room

Effect:  T-rex Boom-mate reverb
Setting: High cut: 9 o'clock, mix, 10 o'clock, input 9 o'clock, mode 1

Effect: MXR Micro Amp 
Setting:  Single knob at 12:30 o'clock

Effect: Pusher by sfe 
Setting:  Amp: 2, Booster 9 a.m.  

AMP:  Marshall 1963 Blues Breaker amp.
 
Effect usage:  All effects are on throughout song except digital delay, which is only used
in sections that are strummed.


Playing notes:  

He slides between positions and the slide can sometimes be heard, expecially 
between the end of the pattern and the restart.

He plays the finger picking sections by playing the first two notes picking down with his thumb,
and the second two notes picking up with his index finger.

Strumming during the verse is almost mechanical, with small strokes only hitting the fretted notes.  
During the barre chord section he relaxes his strumming to play a more traditional sounding rhythm guitar,
using the strumming pattern indicated below. 

I did not tab the second guitar because I could not find a video that clearly showed exactly how it he was 
playing.  However, I am fairly confident he is playing the identical tab as Bridwell, except not playing the 
picking section.   (He does pick the Cm transition sections).  


Chord shapes for Verses:

   Ab  Eb  Bb  Cm
e|----------------|
A|-18--13--8--10--|
G|-17--12--7--8---|
D|-18--13--8--10--|
A|----------------|
E|----------------|

Srrumming Pattern for Verses: DU UDU UDU UDUDU


Chord shapes for Chorus:

   Bb Eb  Ab
e|-----------|
A|-8--13--6--|
G|-7--10--5--|
D|-8--13--6--|
A|-6--11--3--|
E|-----------|

Strumming Patern of the Chorus:  

     On Bb: Bb all down strokes at the start of chorus subsequent times up down strumming: DUDU
     On Eb, Ab, Ab:  D  D DUUD DU UDU UDU UDUDU  (Note, other than initial strokes it is the same pattern 
                                                  as the verse, and he plays the initial strokes in different
                                                  ways in different videos... so play that by feel)
  

[Intro] 

[Picking Patern]
    Ab             Eb            Bb         Cm           Cm
e|---------------|-------------|----------|------------|-------------|
B|--------18-----|-------13----|------8---|-------10---|-------10----|
G|-----17----17--|----12----12-|----7---7-|-----8---8--|---8------8--|
D|--18-----------|-13----------|--8-------|--10--------|-10----------|  x2
A|---------------|-------------|----------|------------|-------------|
E|---------------|-------------|----------|------------|-------------|


[Verse 1]
(Picked)

Ab               Eb   Bb      Cm       Cm
   I'm coming up only to hold you under
Ab               Eb   Bb         Cm    Cm
   And coming up only to show you wrong
Ab        Eb       Bb         Cm       Cm
   And to know you is hard we wonder
Ab    Eb       Bb             Cm       Cm
   to know you all wrong we were
Ab  Eb    Bb   Cm   Cm
  Ooh oooh ooooh ooh
Ab  Eb    Bb   Cm   Cm
  Ooh oooh ooooh ooh

[Verse 2] 
(Strummed)

Ab          Eb      Bb        Cm          Cm
   Really too late to call so be wait for
Ab          Eb      Bb        Cm          Cm
   Morning to wake you is all we got
Ab    Eb      Bb        Cm     Cm
   To know me as hardly golden

Ab       Eb    Bb         Cm [hit chord once only then finger pick CM as indicated below]
  is to know me all wrong (they would)


 Cm         Cm
e|---------------|---------------|
B|---------10----|--------10-----|
G|------8------8-|-----8------8--|
D|--10-----------|-10------------|
A|---------------|---------------|
E|---------------|---------------|


[Chorus]
(Strummed)

Bb                         Eb                   Ab              Ab
And every occasion I'll be ready for the        funeral
Bb                         Eb                   Ab              Ab
And every occasion once    more it's called the funeral
Bb                         Eb                   Ab              Ab
Every occasion oh I'm      ready for the        funeral
Bb                         Eb                   Ab              Ab
And every occasion oh one  billion day          funeral

[Verse 3]
(Picked)

Ab             Eb  Bb          Cm            Cm
    I'm coming up only to shove you down for
Ab             Eb  Bb          Cm            Cm
    And coming up only to show you wrong

(Strummed)
Ab        Eb             Bb          Cm                    Cm
   To the outside of the dead leaves they're on the lawn
Ab        Eb        Bb          Cm
     For they died, had trees to hang their own
Ab  Eb   Bb   Cm  Cm
   Ooh ooh ooh
Ab  Eb  Bb  Cm     Cm [hit chord once only then finger pick CM as indicated below]
   Ooh ooh ooh ooh


 Cm               Cm
e|---------------|----------------|
B|---------10----|-------10-------|
G|------8------8-|-----8------8---|
D|--10-----------|-10-------------|
A|---------------|----------------|
E|---------------|--=-------------|

[Chorus]
(Strummed)

Bb                           Eb                   Ab              Ab
  And every occasion I'll be ready for the        funeral
Bb                           Eb                   Ab              Ab 
  And every occasion once    more it's called the funeral
Bb                           Eb                   Ab              Ab 
  Every occasion oh I'm      ready for the        funeral
Bb                           Eb                   Ab              Ab  
  And every occasion oh      one billion day      funeral

Bb     Eb     Ab    Ab  X3
Bb     Eb     Ab    Eb

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