Artists by letter: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 0-9

 
Optimistic Tab
This is a correction to the other tabs for this song
Posted by me: SEYTIN
I assure you these tabs are correct and complete
This is my first posting there will be more in depth tabs in the future.
THE TUNING IS ACTUALLY: DADGBD
so the top E string is actually tuned down to D as well.
THE SONG IS STRUCTURED LIKE THIS
REFER TO THE LABELS ON THE RIFFS FOR THE ORDER

RIFF A
MAIN RIFF 2x
VERSE 1 (MAIN RIFF 4x)
CHORUS (play riff 2x)
BREAKDOWN (4 MEASURES)
VERSE 2 (MAIN RIFF 4x)
CHORUS (play riff 2x)
MAIN RIFF 4x (sounds different because of the bass)
BRIDGE RIFF 2x
CHORUS (play riff 2x)
TAG (play second half of chorus riff 3x instead of once)
MAIN RIFF 4x (sounds different because of the bass)
RIFF A
OUTRO  (this is just a mellower variation/breakdown of the main riff)


For the opening riff let the top string (tuned to D) ring out.
These are the chords, listen to the song for the rhythm
I borrowed this first riff from Mikhailo's Kid A album tab post because
he had this riff right (aside from the tuning)

RIFF A:
strum the following 2x, then the second half 1x:
D---0--------0-------0-------------0--------0----0----|
B--10-------12-------7-------------6--------8----7----|
G-----------------------------------------------------|
D--10-------12-------7-------------8-------10----9----|
A---0--------0-------0-------------0--------0----0----|
D---0--------0-------0-------------0--------0----0----|

MAIN RIFF and verses:

D ---------------------|-----------------------|
B ---------------------|-----------------------|
G -----7--77---5555555-|-----9--9--9---7777777-|
D ---------------------|-----------------------|
A -----8--88---7777777-|-----10-10-10--9999999-|
D -0-0-0--00---0000000-|-0-0-0--0--0---0000000-|

CHORUS:

D--------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
B10--10--10-10-10 -10 10 10 10 10 10 10|10--10--10-10-10--7-7-7-7-7-7-7|
G--------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
D10--10--10-10-10 --9 -9-9 -9-  9 -9 -9|-8---8---8--8--8--7-7-7-7-7-7-7|
A-0---0---0--0--0 --0 -0-0 -0-  0 -0 -0|-0---0---0--0--0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0|
D-0---0---0--0--0 --0 -0-0 -0-  0 -0 -0|-0---0---0--0--0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0|


D ---------------------|-----------------------|
B ---------------------|-----------------------|
G -----7--77---5555555-|-----9--9--9---7777777-|
D ---------------------|-----------------------|
A -----8--88---7777777-|-----10-10-10--9999999-|
D -0-0-0--00---0000000-|-0-0-0--0--0---0000000-|

The other guitar plays this on the chorus:

D-------------------------------------------------------|
B-----------------------------------------3--5--8/7-----|
G-----------------------------2--3--5-------------------|
D-----------------2--3--5-------------------------------|
A--0--2--3--5-------------------------------------------|
D-------------------------------------------------------|

FROM THE SECOND CHORUS ON THE SECOND GUITAR ALSO PLAYS THIS
AFTER THE ABOVE RIFF:

D--0------------------------------------0----------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------------------------------|
G------5/3--2------0----3--2----------------5/3-2---0----3--2--------|
D---------------------------------------------------------------0----|
A--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------------------------------------|


After the first chorus there is a break down where a guitar is strumming with the fingers from
the left hand covering the strings to make a rhythmic sound.  LISTEN TO THE RECORDING FOR
THE RHYTHM
THE NUMBERS LINE UP TO THE RHYTHM  its a tough beat but listen close and you can get it.
The strings go from muted to open to create a beat:

BREAKDOWN:

-----1-------2-------3-------4------1------2-------3-------4-----

D --|------------------------------|------------------------------|
B --|------------------------------|------------------------------|
G X-|X-X-0-X-X-0-X-X-X-X-0-X-X-0-X-|X-X-0-X-X-0-X-X-X-X-0-X-X-0-X-|
D X-|X-X-0-X-X-0-X-X-X-X-0-X-X-0-X-|X-X-0-X-X-0-X-X-X-X-0-X-X-0-X-|
A X-|X-X-0-X-X-0-X-X-X-X-0-X-X-0-X-|X-X-0-X-X-0-X-X-X-X-0-X-X-0-X-|
D X-|X-X-0-X-X-0-X-X-X-X-0-X-X-0-X-|X-X-0-X-X-0-X-X-X-X-0-X-X-0-X-|

THIS RIFF IS PLAYED OVER THE BREAKDOWN AND MAIN RIFF IN THE SECOND VERSE
AND THROUGHOUT THE SONG:

D--0------------------------------------0----------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------------------------------|
G------5/3--2------0----3--2----------------5/3-2---0----3--2--------|
D---------------------------------------------------------------0----|
A--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------------------------------------|

BRIDGE: "I'd really like to help you man..."  The main riff changes a little bit:
It repeats both parts of the riff twice:

D ---------------------|---------------------|
B ---------------------|---------------------|
G -----7--77---5555555-|-----7--77---5555555-|
D ---------------------|---------------------|
A -----8--88---7777777-|-----8--88---7777777-|
D -0-0-0--00---0000000-|-0-0-0--00---0000000-|

D ---------------------|-----------------------|
B ---------------------|-----------------------|
G -----9--9-9--7777777-|-----9--9--9---7777777-|
D ---------------------|-----------------------|
A -----10-1010-9999999-|-----10-10-10--9999999-|
D -0-0-0--0-0--0000000-|-0-0-0--0--0---0000000-|
 
 
Radiohead - Optimistic Tab :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
Optimistic tabs @ 911Tabs

About the artist behind Optimistic Tab:

Radiohead are an English alternative rock band from Oxfordshire. The band is composed of Thom Yorke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, electronics), Jonny Greenwood (lead guitar, other instruments), Ed O'Brien (guitar, backing vocals), Colin Greenwood (bass guitar, synthesisers) and Phil Selway (drums, percussion). Radiohead have released seven albums and have sold over 23 million records throughout their career.[1]

Radiohead released their first single, "Creep", in 1992, and their debut album, Pablo Honey, in 1993. Though initially unsuccessful, "Creep" was a worldwide hit when reissued a year later. Radiohead's popularity in the United Kingdom increased with the release of their second album, The Bends (1995). The band's textured guitar atmospheres and Yorke's falsetto singing were warmly received by critics and fans. With the release of OK Computer (1997), Radiohead were propelled to greater fame worldwide. Featuring an expansive sound and themes of alienation from the modern world, OK Computer has often been acclaimed as a landmark record of the 1990s.

The release of Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001) saw Radiohead reach their peak popularity, although the albums divided critical opinion. This period marked a change in Radiohead's musical style, with their incorporation of avant-garde electronic music, Krautrock and jazz influences. Hail to the Thief (2003), Radiohead's sixth album, blended styles from throughout the band's career, mixing guitar-driven rock, electronic influences and contemporary lyrics. Radiohead subsequently left their record label, EMI, and released their seventh album, In Rainbows (2007), through their own website as a digital download for which customers selected their own price.

Indexed at Wikipedia.

Show us your talent, perform Optimistic Tab!

Here you can post a video or audio performance. Tell me more ...
Where can we find your performance? Tell me more ...
Your comment:
Please, log in to post your performance.