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Old 02-06-2014, 06:26 PM
Capt Kirk Capt Kirk is offline
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Hey Zappa heads, a little help please

I in my foolishness I decided that my band needs to play a Zappa tune, specifically "We are not alone". I play Bass and started working it out by ear, got farther than I thought I would. I went searching online for charts/chords but all the usual suspects seem to link back to Ultimate Guitar or 911 tabs that have this weird autoplay thing, which makes me stabby.

So, help a doper out. Where would you find charts/chords for Zappa or other adventuresome music?

Thank you and I apologize in advance for my weak google fu and crummy intertubes connection.

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Old 02-11-2014, 05:51 PM
Capt Kirk Capt Kirk is offline
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I am doing a one and only one bump in the hope that someone here knows where I can find an accurate version of Zappa and other difficult music.

Any thoughts?

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Old 02-11-2014, 06:20 PM
Le Ministre de l'au-delà Le Ministre de l'au-delà is offline
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You might have some luck with fake books - according to the Seventh String site, there's a "Peaches en Regalia" in the Old Real Book, Vol. 1.

The big drag is - it's in the nature of fake books that they're listed by title, not composer. Going through Zappa's massive catalogue one title at a time is not going to be quick nor easy.

It might also be worth checking for some of the sheet music of Zappa. The grand-daddy of them all is the Frank Zappa Guitar Book - at that site, Amazon seems to want me to believe that there are books of Overnite Sensation, Apostrophe, Hot Rats, and One Size Fits All available.

When I did a Zappa tribute show with the Montréal based Association pour les Créations et Récherches Electro-acoustique de Québec (ACREQ), Gail Zappa made the charts available to the arrangers, but she and the family were getting their royalties, and the whole show was based on the crème de la crème of the Montréal New Music scene performing. The family went out of their way to assist us. With Dweezil doing ZPZ, those charts might be a lot harder to obtain.

The earlier stuff is easier to lift than the later stuff; that's still a level of ear-training that's way beyond what I can do...
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:49 PM
Capt Kirk Capt Kirk is offline
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Thank you,

I am going to get over my aversion to Amazon. I don't mind buying at all. I have been amazed at the general lack of quality online for just about anything. For instance, we started playing Toto's "Africa". Printed out a chord chart rated 5 stars and it has a random B chord randomly inserted in place of the correct Aflat minor, an error I would think almost anyone could hear.

Again thank you

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