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Posted: 05 Apr 06, 08:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi

Dunno whether any of you can tell me the notes of the main DOTL riff on piano?

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Posted: 05 Apr 06, 08:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

D'you mean the piano fluttery stuff at the very beginning, or the main piano hook AFTER this stuff ?



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Posted: 05 Apr 06, 09:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't know how to notate the rhythm but here are the notes for the main riff, which I assume you mean the part that plays after the floaty/growling intro section drops out and then again during the "death on two legs....you're tearin me apart" chorus parts...

left hand does a strange chromatic pattern mostly between F# and B

B.....F# B A#...F# A....G#....D E F# G....E F#

right hand, on a higher register, hits an interval of B & D in steady quarter notes.

I imagine once you find the notes then the rhythmic pattern will come to you from familiarity.

hope that helps

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Posted: 05 Apr 06, 10:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Mercury007
If you buy "The Making of 'A Night at the Opera'", Brian plays that riff in an interview. There's a close up on the frets and everything.


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Posted: 05 Apr 06, 13:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dumbass it's piano we want not guitar. Keep ur dumb comments to yourself. Ha!

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Posted: 06 Apr 06, 06:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

billycat nearly got it right.

The main riff is played in octaves in the left hand and goes:

B.....F# B A#.F# A.....G#....B D F# G.D F#....

The right hand just plays repeated crotchets of a Bm chord, voiced as D F# B (low to high) with possibly another B below the D.


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Posted: 06 Apr 06, 07:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That comment by una999 was not only rude it was ignorant. Apparently he/she does not play an insturment and doesnt realise that notes from the guitar are the same notes on a piano and can easily be transfered over and onto most other instrument for that matter.


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Posted: 06 Apr 06, 09:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks Bohardy! I admit, I just stumbled on my version of it while fooling around on the piano one day and never really confirmed how absolute my guesswork was. It felt right to me....but now as I play what you wrote I can hear the difference. suppose I spoke to soon. oh well, at least I was about 90% right...I tried :-P


as for how rude that one poster was...yeah, what a jerk! Though as for people saying how simple it is to transfer notes from a guitar to a piano I would have to argue that your assuming that every piano player should instantly have knowledge of the guitar and how the notes are set up on the neck. How do you figure? While I do the the notes on a guitar neck and can translate I still wouldn't call it a simple concept. Nearly every instrument uses the 12 tone scale but that doesn't automatically mean that when you see a slide trombone play something that you can instantly translate that to the sax.

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Posted: 07 Apr 06, 01:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If you have Guitar Pro 5:

http://www.mysongbook.com/

(You'll even find "Was It All Worth It" in its entirety here - everything except the vocal score, for whatever reason.)

If you have Power Tab:

http://pta.acidpit.org/

If you don't have Power Tab:

http://www.power-tab.net/

Most of the files should be accurate, especially high rated tabs on MySongBook. If not wholly accurate, they do serve as a good guide for figuring it out for yourself. The PTA used to be rated, but they removed all the tabs from the main site due to the whole MPA issue.


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