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Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs

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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-05-07 9:14 AM (#525056)
Subject: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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Since Cat Stevens is the reason I picked up the guitar in the first place (an Ovation no less, signed by Alun Davies), I decided a while ago to go through his entire repertoire again and transcribe all the classic songs that I like and always wanted to play properly.

A few dozen guitar tabs later, I now collect them all in one place, with more tabs to come, at

https://catstevensguitar.wordpress.com.

Feel free to stop by!

I also further refined the look and feel of the site to make it more accessible. I hope you like it!



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Nancy
Posted 2016-05-07 9:42 AM (#525057 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: RE: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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Thank You! I have always Loved Cat Stevens!
He had so many Great songs!!

Thank you for sharing!
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Love O Fair
Posted 2016-05-07 1:54 PM (#525058 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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Great job on your transcriptions. Thank you for posting. Now, if you could just do some for those of us who have hooves instead of fingers.. lol.

Edited by Love O Fair 2016-05-07 1:57 PM
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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-05-07 3:19 PM (#525059 - in reply to #525058)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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Love O Fair - 2016-05-07 1:54 PM

Great job on your transcriptions. Thank you for posting. Now, if you could just do some for those of us who have hooves instead of fingers.. lol.

A wider neck could help... Ever considered a Folklore? :D
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nerdydave
Posted 2016-05-07 8:38 PM (#525064 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs


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Wow. Lotsa work!!
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Love O Fair
Posted 2016-05-08 5:00 AM (#525069 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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>>>A wider neck could help... Ever considered a Folklore?<<<

Naaaaaa.. sometimes I just grind the hoof down to a fine point and enjoy the challenge of a narrow neck.. but ya gotta be fast. Real fast.
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Englishplayer
Posted 2016-05-08 8:42 AM (#525071 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: RE: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs


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I was just playing peace train yesterday, and I thought the Tab I was using wasn't complete enough. Yours is much better. Thanks for your hard work. It looks great.
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Nancy
Posted 2016-05-08 9:56 AM (#525073 - in reply to #525069)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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Love O Fair - 2016-05-08 5:00 AM

>>>A wider neck could help... Ever considered a Folklore?<<<

Naaaaaa.. sometimes I just grind the hoof down to a fine point and enjoy the challenge of a narrow neck.. but ya gotta be fast. Real fast.


****SNORT****
DEW-SPEW!!!!!
All OVER my Screen!!!!
LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!
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Jimmer
Posted 2016-05-09 1:15 PM (#525089 - in reply to #525059)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs


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leonardmccoy - 2016-05-07 4:19 PM

Love O Fair - 2016-05-07 1:54 PM

Great job on your transcriptions. Thank you for posting. Now, if you could just do some for those of us who have hooves instead of fingers.. lol.

A wider neck could help... Ever considered a Folklore? :D


DO NOT...I repeat...DO NOT look at the 50th anniversary Folklore.

She will seduce you.
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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-05-14 4:47 PM (#525262 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: RE: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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The song Don't Be Shy is now up on the site fully tabbed.

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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-09-02 3:18 PM (#528603 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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The project is still on-going. The site is still being updated with new and revised guitar tabs by me, but momentarily only accessible by me out of legal concerns.
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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-09-16 6:01 AM (#528838 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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The site is up again, with tabs, FAQ section, and layout overhauled.

Edited by leonardmccoy 2016-09-16 6:03 AM
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d'ovation
Posted 2016-09-16 11:19 AM (#528850 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs


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Thanks this looks very detailed, glad you got the legal issues resolved. The only Cat Stevens I have played so far is Morning has Broken which I play on the ukulele and I do the piano chords as a picking pattern, I think I use fairly similar chords as you do, but may have to adjust. Now I may have to learn another one or two on guitar as well ...
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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-09-16 11:56 AM (#528851 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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Thanks for the kind words.

I try to be as accurate as humanly possible, often using live performances as reference material for the more difficult parts of a given song to figure out.

On another note, "Oh Very Young" will soon join the ensemble of guitar tablatures on the site.

Edited by leonardmccoy 2016-09-16 11:59 AM
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2016-09-16 2:16 PM (#528856 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs


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I used to play Father and Son, but struggled with going from an open G to a C in the introduction and finally settled on doing the first two chords as barre chords, which didn't sound right. I'll try it your way and see what I think.
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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-09-17 4:41 AM (#528863 - in reply to #528856)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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Mark in Boise - 2016-09-16 2:16 PM

I used to play Father and Son, but struggled with going from an open G to a C in the introduction and finally settled on doing the first two chords as barre chords, which didn't sound right. I'll try it your way and see what I think.

I guess it's possible to play the intro of Father and Son as barre sequence, 1970s style, with a full-on hammer-on from barred G onto barred C, but it won't ever sound as good as the open-string chords.

Here's a video of a live performance of the song (there are countless more) for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ7WPh5KtB4.
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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-09-17 10:19 AM (#528865 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: RE: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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Oh Very Young is now up on the site.

Getting all the intricate detail of the song down was time-consuming to say the least.

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Mark in Boise
Posted 2016-09-17 12:48 PM (#528867 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs


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I remember why I used the barre chords. It was much easier to add the second guitar part into the intro from a barre than trying to jump up to the 3rd and 5th frets from an open C.
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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-09-17 1:54 PM (#528869 - in reply to #528867)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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Mark in Boise - 2016-09-17 12:48 PM

I remember why I used the barre chords. It was much easier to add the second guitar part into the intro from a barre than trying to jump up to the 3rd and 5th frets from an open C.

That makes a lot of sense.

If I were to incorporate the second guitar intro into the single-guitar performance, I'd probably just slide up the cane.

E|--3--3-3--3-----------3~~---3/5~~----|
B|--0--0-0--0--h1~~-1------1-----------|
G|--0--0-0--0-----------------------------|
D|--0--0-0--0--h2~~------------------|
A|--x--x----x--------------------------|
E|--3--3----3--------------------------|

Usually I just strum over the second-guitar intro bit in that song or tap rhythmically on the guitar.

Edited by leonardmccoy 2016-09-17 2:03 PM
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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-10-17 11:31 AM (#529339 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: RE: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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I've been digging a lot of Steve's demo tapes lately, so here we go with the most recently transcribed The Day They Make Me Tsar (Demo).

While I took the site down from public view, I also finished tabbing Can This Be Love? (Demo).

Other tabs on the site have been further revised and touched up as usual.

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Mike S.
Posted 2016-10-17 11:52 AM (#529341 - in reply to #529339)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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Hi, Jimmer,
What was that you said about the 50th Anniversary Folklore? Something like, "DO NOT LOOK AT."..? OOPS. TOO LATE. "IGOTTAGETMEWANNATHOZ!", aka GAS has struck!
Mike S.
Ottawa,ON., CANADA.
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Jimmer
Posted 2016-10-17 11:58 AM (#529342 - in reply to #529341)
Subject: Re: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs


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Oh Dear

Well you were warned.

I heard the first one that they built at New Hartford. Even though it isn't an Ovation model I'd ever thought about before it's beautiful tone struck me and made me think Hmmmm.
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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-10-29 4:17 PM (#529570 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: RE: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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I took some time off today to transcribe the iconic I Love My Dog (1966), Cat Stevens' first single.

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leonardmccoy
Posted 2016-11-05 11:11 AM (#530660 - in reply to #525056)
Subject: RE: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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The Katmandu tablature got further revised (here especially the interlude) thanks to recent live footage.

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Mike S.
Posted 2016-11-07 10:28 AM (#530669 - in reply to #529570)
Subject: RE: Passion Project: Cat Stevens Guitar Tabs



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Hi, leonard,
I have played,"Morning Has Broken", at various weddings, etc. I always loved playing it. I am NOT a tab person, being a classically-trained/ traditional jazz/old school notation kinda guy, but I do admire your sheer guts, and determination in taking on this project. It's not for the faint of heart, is it? Cat Stevens was another artist who put Ovation guitars in the public eye in his heyday. Keep up the good work, eh?
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