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GRATEFUL  DEAD  TAB
The Music of the Grateful Dead

Scarlet begonias
THE  GRATEFUL  DEAD
DICK'S PICKS: VOLUME 6
(Hartford Civic Center 10/14/83)
Disc 2 / track 1
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Comments
 
 

Scales Used
 
 

Chords Used
 
 

Words / Chord Progressions / Licks / Solos
 
 


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Welcome to my tab to
Scarlet Bagonias.
This is an extremely cool song to play.
The solo is pretty straight forward and is not to difficult to play.
So enjoy it and have fun!

If you don't already have this CD, Dick's Picks 6,
I would suggest you get it, the Scarlet/Fire is worth it's price alone.
You can click here to order it from the DEAD.NET,
or click on the picture above to check out the play list.
 

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scales used

 This is the scale that Jerry uses throughout this song (B major), although certain notes maybe sharped or flatted at some points.  The solos that Jerry plays in this song are truly amazing and take some dexterity and time to master.  So, I suggest just learning this scale proficiently first, before tackling the solo's of  'Scarlet'.  Plus, once you've got the scale down you can better understand the structure of Jerry's solo's and the notes played.

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E-|---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|
B-|---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|---|
G-|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---|
D-|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---|
A-|---|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|
E-|---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|---|
 


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chords used

Below is the chords that are used throughout this song.
I've also included their various positions on the neck as well.
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B 7th
E-|-o-|---|---|
B-|-o-|---|---|
G-|---|-o-|---|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|-x-|---|---|
E-|-o-|---|---|
A 5th
E-|-o-|---|---|
B-|-o-|---|---|
G-|---|-o-|---|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|-x-|---|---|
E-|-o-|---|---|
E 7th
E-|---|---|---|
B-|---|---|-o-|
G-|---|---|-o-|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|-o-|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
B 11th
E-|-o-|---|---|
B-|---|-o-|---|
G-|-o-|---|---|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|---|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
A 9th
E-|-o-|---|---|
B-|---|-o-|---|
G-|-o-|---|---|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|---|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
E 4th
E-|-o-|---|---|
B-|---|-o-|---|
G-|-o-|---|---|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|---|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
E 0th
E-|---|---|---|
B-|---|-o-|---|
G-|---|-o-|---|
D-|---|-o-|---|
Ao|---|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
B 2nd
E-|---|---|---|
B-|---|---|-o-|
G-|---|---|-o-|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|-o-|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
F# 11th
E-|---|---|---|
B-|---|---|-o-|
G-|---|---|-o-|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|-o-|---|---|
E-|---|---|---|
F# 2nd
E-|-o-|---|---|
B-|-o-|---|---|
G-|---|-o-|---|
D-|---|---|-o-|
A-|-x-|---|---|
E-|-o-|---|---|
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Words /Chord Progressions /Licks /Solos

intro rhythem

As I was walkin' 'round Govenor Square

Lick #1
 
Not a chill to the winter but a nip to the air,

Lick #1

From the other direction, she was calling my eye,
 
It could be an illusion, but I might as well try, might as well try.

She had rings on her fingers and bells on her shoes.

And I knew without askin' she was into the blues.

She wore scarlet begonias tucked into her curls,

I knew right away she was not like other girls, other girls.

In the thick of the evening when the dealing got rough,

She was too pat to open and too cool to bluff.

As I picked up my matches and was closing the door,

I had one of those flashes I'd been there before, been there before.

Well, I ain't often right but I've never been wrong

Seldom turns out the way it does in a song.

Lick #2

Lick #3

Once in a while you get shown the light

In the strangest of places if you look at it right.

Bridge Lick

Well there ain't nothing wrong with the way she moves,

Scarlet begonias or a touch of the blues.

And there's nothing wrong with the look that's in her eyes,

I had to learn the hard way to let her pass by, let her pass by

Solo #1

The wind in the willow's playin' "Tea for Two";

The sky was yellow and the sun was blue,

Strangers stoppin' strangers just to shake their hand,

Everybody's playin’ in the heart of gold band, heart of gold band.

Outro

Fire Transition
 

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Intro Rhythem
The following is the chord progression for the intro to 'Scarlet'.  Listen to the song for the time and changes of the chords.  I like to play these chords in the upper positions on the neck, but you can play them anywhere.  Refer to the Chord Page for more information on the chord fingerings and their positions.
Below are two ways you can play the intro.  The numbers above the chord names are the fret position where the chord is played.  When I play this I like to switch between the two progressions, it gives it a cool sounding groove.  I also like to play an E at the end of the progression, but it's not necessary.

Time~(0:00-0:53)
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               7    7    7    5    7

B   E   B   A  (E)optional

               7    7    7    9    7

B   E   B   A  (E)optional
 

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Lick #1
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First Time (0:56)
E-|------------------------
B-|------------------------
G-|------------------------
D-|----------6-7-----------
A-|-----6-9-9--------------
E-|--7-9-------------------

Second Time (0:59)
E-|------------------------
B-|------------------------
G-|------------------------
D-|-------------6-7--------
A-|-----6-9-9-6------------
E-|--7-9-------------------
 

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Lick #2 and #3
Lick #2
E-|-----------------
B-|-----------------
G-|-----------------
D-|------------2----
A-|-----2-2-4-2-4-2-
E-|--0-2-4----------

Lick #3
E-|-----------------
B-|-----------------
G-|-----------------
D-|------------2----
A-|-----2-2-4-2-4p0-
E-|--0-2-4----------
 

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Bridge Lick
     (2:35)
E-|-------------------------------------------------
B-|-------------------------------------------------
G-|-------------------------------------------------
D-|----------2--------------4-----------------7-----
A-|-----2-2-4--------4-4-6-4-6-4-------7-7-9-7-9-7--
E-|--0-4--------2-4-6-------------5-7-9-------------
 

E-|-------------------------------------------------
B-|-------------------------------------12-10-------
G-|-----------------------------11--11--------------
D-|---------------9---9--9-11s13--13--13------------
A-|--------9-9-11------11---------------------------
E-|--7-9-11-----------------------------------------


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Jerry Solo #1
(3:17)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|-----------------------------------------------
G-|-------9---9--9-9p8-9-11--11p9p8h9-------------
D-|--9h11--11-------------------------9-----------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:19)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|-----------------------------------------------
G-|--8-8-8-9-----8-9-11p9p8h9---------------------
D-|---9---9-9-11----------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:22)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|-----------------------------------------------
G-|-------9--9--------9--8-8--8-------------------
D-|--9h11--11-11s13s11-11---11-9------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:37)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|-----------------------------------------------
G-|--9-8h9-9-9p8p6---------8----------------------
D-|---------------9---9-7-9-9---------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:39)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|-----------------------------------------------
G-|------8-----8-9-8--8-9-11p9p8h9--8-------------
D-|--9-11-9--11-------------------11-9------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|-----------------------------------------------
G-|-------------------------------9----9----------
D-|--11-10-9--9-8-7--5s6------9-11-9-11-----------
A-|---------------------7-7s11--------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:)
E-|----------------------------------------12-12--
B-|---------12-12--12-12--14-14-14---------12-12--
G-|--9--11--11-11--11-11--x--x--x---11s13--13-13--
D-|-----13----------------14-14-14----------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:)
E-|--12h14-14p12-12-14-14s11--11------------------
B-|-------------------------12--12----------------
G-|-----------------------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:)
E-|--12-12-11-12-14p12p11-14----------------------
B-|-----------------------------------------------
G-|-----------------------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:)
E-|--12p11-----------11---------------------------
B-|-------14-12h14-14--14-12-12-12----------------
G-|-----------------------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:)
E-|----------------------------------------------12
B-|--12--------------12s14-14-14h15p14-14-12-14-15-
G-|----14-14-14p13-13------------------------------
D-|------------------------------------------------
A-|------------------------------------------------
E-|------------------------------------------------

(3:)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|--17s16--16-16-16s14--14-14-14s12--------------
G-|-----------------------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|--14p12p10-12---12p10p9-10-9-10----------------
G-|-------------------------------11--------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|--10p9---------------10------------------------
G-|------11-10-9-8--11-8--11----------------------
D-|---------------11------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|-----------------------------------------------
G-|---8------------------9------------------------
D-|--9-9-8-7-9-9-8-7------------------------------
A-|------------------9s11-11----------------------
E-|-------------------------12--------------------

(3:)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|----------------9--9-10-12---------------------
G-|---------9--9-11-11----------------------------
D-|--------9-9------------------------------------
A-|--7-9s11---------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:)
E-|----9-10-11----9-----9-------------------------
B-|--12-------12---10-12-12-10-9-10---------------
G-|-----------------------------11-9--------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(3:)
E-|---------------------------------------------11
B-|---9---9--9-10--12p10p9-10-9--10p9---------12--
G-|--9-9-9-9------------------------11-10-9-8-----
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(4:24)
E-|-------11-12----12-12-12-----------------------
B-|--12-14------14--------------------------------
G-|---- ------------------------------------------
D-|------ ----------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(4:25)
E-|-----12----------------------------------------
B-|--s14--14p13p12--12------12-13-----------------
G-|---------------14--13--13----------------------
D-|---------------------14------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(4:28)
E-|----------------------------9------------------
B-|--12s10----10-10-10-9-s10-10-10----------------
G-|--11s9----9-----------s9-----------------------
D-|--13s11-11------------s11----------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(4:31)
E-|-------12-12--12--11---------------------------
B-|--------------------14-12--12-14-12------------
G-|--11s13------------------14--------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(4:35)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|--12-12s--10-10--------------------------------
G-|---------------11p10p9-9p8---------------------
D-|--------------------------9--------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(4:38)
E-|-------------------------------------------10--
B-|--------------8--8-8-8-9--9-9-9-11--11-11-11-11
G-|--9-9-11-11-11---------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(4:42)
E-|--10-12------12--12-14-16-12-14-16-17p16p14----
B-|--------10s12--14------------------------------
G-|--------11s13----------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(Another Way To Play It)
(4:42)
E-|--10-12----------------14-16--14-16-17p16p14---
B-|--------10s12--17-14-17-----17-----------------
G-|--------11s13----------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(4:46)
E-|--19b21-16-17p16-17-18-19p18p17p16-17-16-------
B-|----------------------------------------19-17--
G-|-------- --------------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(4:50)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|--19-19-19p17p16-17-17-------------------------
G-|----------------------18-17-16--16-18-16-------
D-|------------------------------18---------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(4:52)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|----------------19-17----17------17------------
G-|--16----------18-----18----18--18--------------
D-|----18-19-(19)---------19----19----------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(4:55)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|--17-17--17-17--16-----------------------------
G-|--------------16-------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------


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Outro Groove
(6:06)
E-|--------------------------------------------
B-|--------------------------------------------
G-|---------------6----6-9-8-8-----------------
D-|------9-7----7--9--7-------9-7--------------
A-|---6h9------9-------------------9-----------
E-|--7-----------------------------------------


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Fire Transition
(6:40)
E-|-----------------------------------------------
B-|-----------9------9-10-11p10p9-10-9------------
G-|---8-11-9-9-11--11-----------------11-9--------
D-|--9--------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(6:--)
E-|--------------------------9-11p9-11-11h12p11p9-
B-|--------10-9-9-11-10-10s12---------------------
G-|--99--11---------------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(6:--)
E-|-----------------9-----------------------------
B-|-------10p9-12-10-12---------------------------
G-|--9-11-11--------------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(6:55)
E-|--11-12-11--11-9---------------------9---------
B-|----------------12--10-9-----12-10-10-12-------
G-|------------------------11-11------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(7:00)
E-|--11-9-12-11-12-12-12-12-12-12s14--14b16-------
B-|-----------------------------------------------
G-|-----------------------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(7:--)
E-|--12-11-12--14--12-11--------11----------------
B-|---------------------14-12-14------------------
G-|-----------------------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(7:--)
E-|----------------11-12b14-12b14-----------------
B-|--14b16-14-12-14-------------------------------
G-|-----------------------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------

(7:--)
E-|--12-11-12-11-12-13-14--12-11------------------
B-|----------------------14-----14-12-14----------
G-|-----------------------------------------------
D-|-----------------------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------------------
E-|-----------------------------------------------


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