Peter Hammill - Black Ice (chords)


Chord transcription by Mikayel Abazyan mikayelabazyan@yahoo.com


Playing tips

This song catches at the very first notes of the Intro. Searching for the 
way to play them, I came up with playing E chord on 7th fret while doing 
(well, trying to do) 8-to-9 fret transition on third string, i.e. 7-7-9-8-9-7 
to 7-7-9-9-9-7 (you will understand what I was going to do if you listen to 
the original track, of course). However, later I found that very quickly 
slide-changing from 4th fret to 5th one on 2nd string while keeping the first 
string open gives lovely result. In other words (or in other signs), x-x-x-x-4-0 
should be very quickly changed to x-x-x-x-5-0. This is not shown in this 
transcript, but is implied all through the song. (Of course, you're right - here 
I am referring you to the original once again). Also, "descending chromatically" 
is just what I've heard'n'tried to fix on the paper, i.e. not "must" but you can 
see if you can.

Why wouldn't you invite your friend who plays guitar and try playing it in duo?


Intro: (single guitar) x4     (two guitars) x8   - see above

          E                         E            E   E 
Nobody's second guess'll get to surpass you

        E                       E                  E  E
in your over-estimation of your innate worth

          E       E      E   E
and your natural virtue

               E                            E                  E  E
but someone's here to bend your ear with a quiet word.

 Am            Am(+d)  Am                     E             E
Best pay attention,   you'll get no better advice:

  Am              Am(+d)  Am                          E           E
clamp on the crampons,   riding for a fall tonight.

 B      B          C    C   A         G   F#
Get a grip, this slippery slope you stand on

                    E    E E E E E E E E E E E  (add g-g-f#-e single notes played on 1st string)
is a sheet of black ice.


E  E  E  E  


         E	                         E                E   E
Now the rush of blood's gushing in upon you

         E                        E                   E   E
in slow motion you strain to maintain your poise.

         E         E              E    E
The red carpet reception

          E                        E                E  E
a clear spotlight affair that you can't avoid.

 Am            Am(+d) Am                            E  E (descending chromatically from g to a)
Forward projection,   everyone here seems so nice.

 Am               Am(+d) Am                         E  E (descending chromatically from g to b)
Handbags and gladrags,  milk the applause tonight.

 B      B          C  C   A            G  F#
Get a grip, this starry stair you're climbing's

                         E    E E E E E E E E E E E  (add g-g-f#-e single notes played on 1st string)  
built on blocks of black ice.

E  E  E  E   transforming into    BRIDGE    and coming back to the main theme


            E                         E            E   E 
There's no safety net ready there to catch you

         E                      E                  E   E 
and your overstated case has unravelled fast.

         E           E                             E   E 
This is no perfect playground

                 E                      E          E   E 
though stardom's accidental moment has been a blast.

            B      B
You try to get a grip

         C   C    A       G    F#          
but the hipster trip's undone you,

                             E     E E E E E E E E E E E E
you're skidding on the black ice.




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