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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 10:57 am 

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Hey all, here's some transcriptions/outlines I've done of some of Emil's tunes. The reason I say "outlines" is because, as Emil said somewhere on this forum when asked about posting some transcriptions he basically said "I'd be happy to help but a lot of holy sons tunes are written/recorded fast and sometimes in different tunings or not standard pitch" and he also mentions that a lot of things are improvised as well so I haven't taken the time to transcribe something like the solo to "fermenting mind" as I'm sure Emil doesn't play the solo live the exact same way as he does on the record. Besides things like that, I've tried to make these as complete as I can. If there is a song or riff or whatever that you can't figure out please ask me. Enjoy


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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 11:02 am 

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Gnostic Device"

G#- ================== F# E
I can't walk these streets at night,
G#- ==================F# E
Humility reveals and puts me right

B=========== A#- ==G#- == F#
I can't trust these eyes, or realities disguise,
== ==E (let ring out)
Till you put me in my place put me in my place put me up


G#- ==== A
Ohhhhhh ohhhhhh

G#- ========'======F# ======= E
I always thought that I was doing wrong
(same progression continues)

G#- ========F#======== E
I can't walk these streets at night


So, as you can see this song is basically one chord progression that (on the studio version) has three different variations on it. The "I can't trust these eyes..." is just a descending bass line walking down from the relative major of the key. This same thing happens in "ready to die."

Please note also that if your going to play along the with "decline..." recording, Emil is tuned down a whole step.

To give you an idea of some variation on the main progression:
E
B 4== 4== 4== 4 ===== 2 ==0
G 4== 4== 4== 4 ===== 3 ==1
D 6== 6== 6== 6 ===== 4 ==2 GUITAR 1
A 6== 6== 6== 6 =====4 ==2
E 4== 4== 4== 4 ===== 2 ==0 these guitars are overdubbed on each other

E ==========================0
B ==========================0
G ==========================1 GUITAR 2
D ==========================2
A
E

This is based more on how I've heard it played live.
Hopefully the tab there will give you an idea what I'm talking about.
I'm not at my place right now so I'm typing this out on a blackberry playbook so sorry if that's a tad messy. Just listen to the recording and you'll get it.

I think what makes some people think this song, from a purely harmonic standpoint, think it's more complicated then it is is due to the great arrangement and instrumentation.
An example of a much more harmonically rich tune would be "a chapter must be closed" that sees Emil changing keys three times in the song.

He posted a live video of holysons playing "gnostic device" to his vimeo account. Just check that out and this transcription should all make sense.

When I typed this out on the bb it crunched all the chords together so I used = to space them.
Also, in case you don't know, - means minor.


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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 11:06 am 

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"A Chapter Must be Closed"

======Abmaj7=======================Gbmaj7
see your old clothes on some junkies back, watch your furniture get up, and disappear

===Abmaj7
have pity on those, who gotta suffer from their own hand

==Gbmaj7
and watch what they have get up and disappear

=Dbma7===============C-7
a chapter must be closed, a chapter must be closed,

======Bmaj7==================Bb-7
it cant go on and on and on and on and on

===Dbmaj7=========C-7
you gotta shut it down, to start it up again,

======Bmaj7==================Bb-7
it cant go on and on and on and on and on



Dbmaj7=========Bmaj7


========Dbmaj7
Im not gunna rise up like a phoenix from the fire, and fly away

==Bmaj7
or hold hands with the whole wide world on an endless sunny day

======Dbmaj7
why cant people accept it may just be the way, the way it always was

==============Bma7===== Bb-7
their so wraped up in fantasy

====F#maj7=======A#-7==F#maj7======A#-7
ohh, a chapter must be closed, a chapter must be closed

======Emaj7===============D#-7
it cant go on and on and on and on and on

===F#maj7===A#-7===F#maj7==A#-7
you gotta shut it down, to start it up again

=======Emaj7==============D#-7 (Bmaj13)
it cant go on and on and on and on and on


Amazing tune and also very fun to analyze harmonically what's going on here as it can be viewed a few different ways...

I wrote the chords as either -7 or maj7 but of course these can be extended like -9 maj6/9 maj13 ect.
If you want some voicing suggestions I'd be happy to help.


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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 11:09 am 

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"Ready to Die" from "I want to live a peaceful life"

TUNE 1/2 step down


This is the basic picking pattern (the song is in 6/8)

A ==========F#- =========E ==========F#-
ready to die, ready to die, baby im ready to die

Here's how Emil arpeggiate's the chords:

--A --------- F#- --------------E----------------- F#-
e----0-------------------------------------------------------
b------2-------------2---------------0h2p2-------------2-----
g---2----2-------------2--------------------1-------------2--
d--2-------------4--------4-------2-----------2------4------4
a-0-------------4----------------2-----------------4---------
e-------------2----------------0-----------------2-----------

That fill on the E was just something I heard him do live. Just mess around with the F# natural minor and you can figure out the fills easily. Just keep it in 6/8

Here's the other two parts

==== A == A/G# == F#-
And Im soo ready to die X2

=== A== G#- = F#- = E == Dmaj7
And im soo ooo ooo ooo


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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 11:11 am 

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"No Claws"

C#- ======= A ====== C#- ====== A
rush off to work again, pushin off that mean last stair

C#- =====A
gotta lot of streets to pound my heads turned down
legs know the path and i wear a frown

C#- ====A =========== C#- ====A
if there is too much stress, the liver cleans up the mess

==C#- ===== A
its just another dusty mop when your weapons drop
if you tip back too much and your night watch stops

G#-
im vulnerable to the thieves and all the other scum on the street

===================A- ========F
dont you know there aint no claws im searching for

=======A- ==========F
there aint no laws im searching for

=======A- ==========F
there aint no spells im searching for

====A- ================================== G
there aint no clause that im under to harness my mind


=========A- =========================G
too much comfort dulls the mind, shovels soil i hoped to find

=========A- =========================G
feelings cold on mind controlled, wasted life on the blind

=========A- =========================G
cover dust over my name, ill never pass this way again

=======F
change my walk lose their trail history written never mailed


A- ==================== F

F
too much comfort dulls the mind........


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:33 pm 

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Sweet dude, i'll dump some of the stuff I got. I put some of the stuff on tab sites, but they butchered them in the submission process.


Code:
Drifter's Sympathy - Holy Sons
From Drifter's Sympathy
I generally just play these chords, but the bass line is pretty easy to figure out.



Bmin
I've been chipping away at stone
Bmin
Living in the dark of mine
Bmin  Bsus2     

G
But then you just walked right in
G
Turn on the light and I smiled again

Bmin                        Gmaj7(Barre at 7th fret)
Feels like I've never been  received
                    Bmin
And so I'd never be received
                      Gmaj7
Sometimes I feel like I
                   Bmin
Wouldn't recognize love


*At this point, its up to you, but I usually fill with*
Bmin Bsus2      G      Emin       Gmaj7



Bmin
Its hard to question my aloneness
Bmin
Or embrace redemption when its not hard won
Bmin  F#sus4     

G
You see things laid out for you
G
Being a king was easy for you

Bmin                        Gmaj7(Barre at 7th fret)
Feels like I've never been  received
                    Bmin
And so I'd never be received
                      Gmaj7
Sometimes I feel like I
                   Bmin
Wouldn't recognize love
Bmin     Bsus2       G         Emin       Gmaj7
Wouldn't recognize    love


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:33 pm 

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Keep on Dreaming - Holy Sons
From Staying True to the Ascetic Roots
Code:
Standard Tuning, Capo on First Fret (~ = let ring)

Define Chord:   "Open" F      FILL:
                 -0-          -0-0-------|
                 -0-          -0-0p1h1-0-|
                 -1-          -1-1~~~~1--|
                 -2-          -2-2~~~~~--|
                 -2-          -2-2~~~~~--|
                 -0-          -0-0~~~~~--|


Intro:
E | C | E | C | E | C | Fill E


E                                                     C 
I know those visions of what you thought you might've had
E                           C
Were probably pretty Grand
                   E          C
Probably pretty Grand
                E                C
But keep on dreaming my friend

E                                                      walk up to C
Keep on dreaming (despite of what you thought you might of had)
E                 Open F
Keep on dreaming (I hope its not that bad)
E                                                      walk up to C
Keep on dreaming (despite of what you thought you might of had)
E                 Open F
Keep on dreaming (I want it to be that bad)



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:34 pm 

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ore Therapy - Holy Sons
From Decline of the West Vol I.

This was figured out from his live version on BTR session, so it might not match
up with the studio one completely. Only chords are given here, though, it should
be easy to figure out an exact transcription of the acoustic version.

If you want me to do it note for note, let me know.

Code:
DEFINE CHORDS:

G6Add9  F6Add9   A6Add9   B6Add9   C6Add9     Ebmaj7 (Voicing at third fret)
e-3-    -1-      -5-      -6-      -7-        -3-
B-3-    -1-      -5-      -6-      -7-        -3-
G-0-    -0-      -0-      -0-      -0-        -3-
D-0-    -0-      -0-      -0-      -0-        -4-
A-0-    -0-      -0-      -0-      -0-        -5-
E-3-    -1-      -5-      -6-      -7-        -3-


G6Add9                   \F6Add9/
Sometimes when I'm lonely
G6Add9                   Fill, if you'd like
I'll do anything I can
G6Add9  A6Add9   B6Add9            A6Add9       G6Add9
To get  the      blood   pumping   in my veins again


G6Add9       F6Add9
I'll avert my eyes 
          G6Add9 (bend E note, if you wish)
You know where I've been
G6Add9                F6Add9
Just creeping way down low
                      G6Add9
Where nobody else can know


Ebmaj7              F6Add9       G6Add9
Feels just like your losing your mind

Ebmaj7              F6Add9       G6Add9

Ebmaj7              F6Add9       G6Add9
Feels just like your losing your mind

Ebmaj7              F6Add9       G6Add9


G6Add9                   \F6Add9/
Sometimes when I'm lonely
G6Add9                   Fill, if you'd like
I'll do anything I can
G6Add9  A6Add9   B6Add9            A6Add9       G6Add9
To get  the      blood   pumping   in my veins again



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:35 pm 

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Saccharine Trust - Holy Sons
From Decline of the West Vol 1
Code:
Intro
E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|--------------------|
B  :10-----10-----10-----10|10-10---10---9-------9-9-|13---12---10----10--|
G  :-----------------------|-------------------------|--------------------|
D  :-----------------------|-------------------------|--------------------|
A  :-----------------------|-------------------------|--------------------|
E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|--------------------|

E  :----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
B  :10-5----5-h6-p5---3---|5---6---8---6-5-|3-5-1--5------------|
G  :----------------------|----------------|----------4--4-h5-p4|
D  :----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
A  :----------------------|----------------|--------------------|
E  :----------------------|----------------|--------------------|

E  :----------------|----------------|--------------3----|-3------3--------|
B  :------------3--5|--8--5---8----5-|--8--10---3-5---3-5|----3-5----------|
G  :--2--4--5-------|----------------|-------------------|-----------0---2-|
D  :----------------|----------------|-------------------|-----------------|
A  :----------------|----------------|-------------------|-----------------|
E  :----------------|----------------|-------------------|-----------------|


E  :-----------------|----------------|
B  :------3---3^-----|----------------|
G  :--5------------5-|-2--------------|
D  :-----------------|----------------|
A  :-----------------|----------------|
E  :-----------------|----------------|


C                                    G
The sun is up and im trailing down a twisted gift that Im leaving out
Am           G     F
and its only on my mind
C
Sick with dust well on my way
C
I refuse that throne yet another day
Am           G     F
and its only on my mind


Well I guess that I just
     F                       E
E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
B  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
G  :------------2----------|---------------1---------|
D  :-----3-----------3-----|---------2---------2-----|
A  :---3------3----3---3---|------2----2-----2-----2-|
E  :-1---------------------|-0-----------------------|
     lost         my          mind       Coming       
     
    Am
E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
B  :------------1----------|---------------1---------|
G  :-----2-----------2-----|---------2---------2-----|
D  :---2------2----2---2---|------2----2-----2-----2-|
A  :-0---------------------|-0-----------------------|
E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
    into this   sobering kind    And now that I have

E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
B  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
G  :------------2----------|---------------1---------|
D  :-----3-----------3-----|---------2---------2-----|
A  :---3------3----3---3---|------2----2-----2-----2-|
E  :-1---------------------|-0-----------------------|
      wrote       and             I write   

E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
B  :------------1----------|---------------1---------|
G  :-----2-----------2-----|---------2---------2-----|
D  :---2------2----2---2---|------2----2-----2-----2-|
A  :-0---------------------|-0-----------------------|
E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
   about those old dusty days and their too many ways to

E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
B  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
G  :------------2----------|---------------1---------|
D  :-----3-----------3-----|---------2---------2-----|
A  :---3------3----3---3---|------2----2-----2-----2-|
E  :-1---------------------|-0-----------------------|

   be disastisfied

(duck duck duck and cover)

C                              C
Praise and curse my memory its something thats still making me
Am           G     F
and its only on my mind
C                                  C
Curse this ____ I'm holding tight,, a criminal needs a haven
Am   G      F
tonight
only on my mind

Well I guess that ill
E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
B  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
G  :------------2----------|---------------1---------|
D  :-----3-----------3-----|---------2---------2-----|
A  :---3------3----3---3---|------2----2-----2-----2-|
E  :-1---------------------|-0-----------------------|
     descend       to this tune       like a fucking

E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
B  :------------1----------|---------------1---------|
G  :-----2-----------2-----|---------2---------2-----|
D  :---2------2----2---2---|------2----2-----2-----2-|
A  :-0---------------------|-0-----------------------|
E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
    firework over the      moon            so you can

E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
B  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
G  :------------2----------|---------------1---------|
D  :-----3-----------3-----|---------2---------2-----|
A  :---3------3----3---3---|------2----2-----2-----2-|
E  :-1---------------------|-0-----------------------|
   salute                me down           and forever

E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
B  :------------1----------|---------------1---------|
G  :-----2-----------2-----|---------2---------2-----|
D  :---2------2----2---2---|------2----2-----2-----2-|
A  :-0---------------------|-0-----------------------|
E  :-----------------------|-------------------------|
     gaze upon this gold plated frown


so just remember me
Am      F                E
now you cant remember me.
Am      F                E
now you cant remember me.
Am      F                E
now you cant remember me.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:37 pm 

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Code:
Holy Sons - Slow Days
From Survivalist Tales

E  :--------3-------|--------3-------|--------3-------|--------3-------|  |
B  :----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---| :|
G  :0---------------|0---------------|0---------------|0---------------|  |
D  :----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|  |
A  :----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| :|
E  :3-------3-------|3-------3-------|3-------3-------|3-------3-------|  |x1



E  :--------3-------|--------3-------|--------3-------|--------3-------|
B  :----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|
G  :0---------------|0---------------|0---------------|0---------------|
D  :----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A  :----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E  :3-------3-------|3-------3-------|3-------3-------|3-------3-------|

            Slow             days              dont hold    over


E  :----3-------3---|----3-------3---|----3-------3---|----3-------3---|
B  :2---------------|2---------------|2---------------|2---------------|
G  :0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------|
D  :----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A  :----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E  :--------3-------|--------3-------|--------3-------|--------3-------|
               easy on your brain             when ya     


E  :----3-------3---|----3-------3---|--------------------|---------------------|
B  :3---------------|3---------------|--------------------|---------------------|
G :0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-h2-h0-----|-0-h2-h0---0-h2-h0---|
D  :----------------|----------------|----2------------2--|---------2---------2-|
A  :3-------3-------|3-------3-------|4-------------------|-4---------4---------|
E  :----------------|----------------|--------------------|---------------------|

         throw the clock away


E  :----3-------3---|----3-------3---|--------------------|---------------------|
B  :3---------------|3---------------|--------------------|---------------------|
G  :0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-h2-h0-----|-0-h2-h0---0-h2-h0---|
D  :----------------|----------------|----2------------2--|---------2---------2-|
A  :3-------3-------|3-------3-------|4-------------------|-4---------4---------|
E  :----------------|----------------|--------------------|---------------------|

         throw   the clock     away


E  :----3------3----|----3------3----|----3------3----|----3------3----|
B  :3---------------|3---------------|3---------------|3---------------|
G  :0------0--------|0------0--------|0------0--------|0------0--------|
D  :----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A  :-------3--------|-------3--------|4------4--------|-------4--------|
E  :----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

                     It just comes back again                       In its


E  :----3------3----|----3------3----|----3------3----|----3------3----|
B  :3---------------|3---------------|3---------------|3---------------|
G  :0------0--------|0------0--------|0------0--------|0------0--------|
D  :----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A  :-------3--------|-------3--------|-------4--------|-------4--------|
E  :----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 
         own              way                          In its    own

E  :----3------3----|----3------3----|----3------3----|----3------3----|
B  :3---------------|3---------------|3---------------|3---------------|
G  :0------0--------|0------0--------|0------0--------|0------0--------|
D  :----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A  :-------3--------|-------3--------|-------3--------|-------3--------|
E  :----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

   way


It repeats and when the synth comes in Im currently trying to figure out the chords

Something like Cadd9 and then

-3--3
-3--3
-0--0
----2
-3---


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