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Wire Music by U2 Lyrics by Bono Transcribed by Brandon Leniart "Wire" is written in E major and has 2 main guitar parts: the intro/outro, and the chorus. The intro and outro are played by rapidly going back and forth on the 12th and 15th frets on the 1st and 2nd strings. The chorus is simply E and D chords being arpegiated. I wish I had my CD here to transcribe this completely, but this is basically how it goes: Intro (with delay set on fast with few repeats, played with a heavy 4/4 beat) (faster) 1)---12---12---12---12---12---12---12---12------15-15-15-15-15-15- 2)------12---12---12---12---12---12---12---12---15-15-15-15-15-15- 3)---------------------------------------------------------------- 4)---------------------------------------------------------------- 5)---------------------------------------------------------------- 6)---------------------------------------------------------------- When the band comes in, the intro is repeated with several overdubbed fills, 3 of which are below: 1)---x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-- 2)---x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-- 3)---x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-- (strum muted strings) 4)---x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-- 5)---x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-- 6)---x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-- 1)---<12>--<12>--<12>- 2)---<12>--<12>--<12>- 3)---<12>--<12>--<12>- (strum natural harmonics 4)---<12>--<12>--<12>- at 12th fret) 5)---<12>--<12>--<12>- 6)---<12>--<12>--<12>- 1)---12--(12)--(12)--- 2)---12--(12)--(12)--- 3)-------------------- (Hit E & B at 12th frets and 4)-------------------- let echo repeat) 5)-------------------- 6)-------------------- Another overdubbed fill is Edge sliding up and down the neck of the guitar, so try to do as many overdubs that you can. The Verse is done with Edge strumming muted strings then hitting E & B of the 12th fret on the 1st and 2nd strings, letting them echo. The Chorus can be done by arpegiating E and D chords: (E) (D) 1)---------------------------------------- 2)---------9-----------------7------------ 3)-------9----9------------7----7--------- 4)-----9--------9--------7--------7------- 5)---7------------7---5--------------5---- 6)---------------------------------------- The part before the outro (Bono sings "do, do, do") is the same as the above overdubs. The outro (with Bono singing fast) is the same as the intro. Here's a tip: For those with a delay pedal, listen to the last 2 seconds of the song, when Edge slides down the strings, which is echoed. This will give you an idea as to the speed and the repetition of the delay used. --Brandon Leniart

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