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Brad Paisley's Nervous Breakdown

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by RelicStrat, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. RelicStrat

    RelicStrat Tele-Meister

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    Brad Paisley
    Nervous Breakdown

    p=pull off; s=slide; h=hammer on; b=bend
    x=choke off note; v=vibrato


    3p0-1p0----------------------------------------------------
    ----------3p0-1p0--------------------------1--------1-----
    --------------------3p0-----0-----------------3b-------3b-
    -------------------------3s5---3p0-----1h2-----1h2------
    -------------------------------------3s5--------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------


    3p0-1p0----------------------------------------------------
    ----------3p0-1p0---------------------------3x-2x-----1v
    --------------------3p0-----0---------0--------------------
    ------------------------3s5---3p0-------3s4-------1s2----
    ------------------------------------1s2---------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------


    3p0-1p0----------------------------------------------------
    ----------3p0-1p0--------------------------1--------1-----
    --------------------3p0-----0-----------------3b-------3b-
    -------------------------3s5---3p0-----1h2-----1h2------
    -------------------------------------3s5--------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------


    ------------------------------------------------------------
    -------------------------------------------------------------
    5-3p0------0-----------------------------------------------
    --------3s5---5-3p0------3p0-----------------------------
    -----------------------3s5------4-3-1h2-------------------
    --------------------------------------------3---------------

    Just sitting around figuring out the first verse to Nervous Breakdown, thought I'd share. The 2 bends on the 3rd string, 3rd fret are bends up from Bb to C and back down to Bb.
     
  2. Baard

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    I´d do it this way

    3p0-----0--------------------------------
    ------6----3p0-----0---------------------
    -----------------5-----3p0-----0--------------------- 5--3
    -----------------------------5----3p0----0--------
    ----------------------------------------5----------5s7---x
    -----------------------------------------


    Thats my general approach to scales and tricks.
    To me that´s easier, using thumbpick and fingers.... Havent really played the whole song, just some nice tricks to dabble with when warming up, or noodling around.




    Baard
     
  3. RelicStrat

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    Could very well be the way Paisley plays it. I just tabbed it and played it to how my ear heard the tone and timbre of the notes and stings. That and also slowing it down with Amazing Slow Downer it sounded like he was pulling off the 1st sting F to E and the second sting C to B. But even slowing it waaaay dooooown it's hard to tell exactly what dat boy's a doin'.
     
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    Baard's way is the way I do it.. sounds right to me.. but I've heard it done your way before too, so who knows..

    Mike
     
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    baard is right

    i've seen brad do that lick in person (i was backstage at a cancer benefit a few years ago with him).........he told me that the secret to his really fast pull off licks is to keep your fingers VERY LOW..... i had a bad habit of picking my fingers up too high when doing a pull off.... its common sense to me now but think about it : are ya'll unknowingly picking your fingers up a little bit high on a pulloff??? just making a small change can really speed them up! just a suggestion

    twang on,
    jerry
     
  6. Mike Fleming

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    So Benderking, was he playing it with his pick and middle finger or was he flatpicking the whole thing? There's a major debate raging in my brain right now about his picking style, fueled by some fellow posters. I've never seen him live, but I can't imagine trying to flatpick nervous breakdown when it is such a natural hybrid picker of a tune.

    Mike
     
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    I've never seen him live but I have him on video from when he was on Austin City Limits and he is clearly hybrid picking that section. He clearly hybrid picks a lot in that particular performance. I've watched it many times.
     
  8. benderking

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    yup

    yea, its hybrid

    and for future reference:
    i saw someone a while back post something about brad using a "b bender".... technically no... he uses a "g bender"... its one of the joe glaser built benders. Also, brad plays a MULTITUDE of pickups. He told me he liked the older 7.25 fender necks and also the modern C 9.5 necks. Im not sure what he gigs with all the time but when i saw him he had a "dr. z" amp.

    twang on,
    jerry
     
  9. Mike Fleming

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    Thanks for the reinforcements, guys. I was sure he was a hybrid picker. When I was figuring out his licks I used to wonder why he didn't just use a thumbpick, since they sounded like almost purely pick and finger lines. His style reminds me of bluegrass dobro players, with the constant two finger action and the particular way he uses open strings.
     
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