Spafford Tab: Leave The Light On



  • This tab is based on the Live At Firefly 2013 version of Leave The Light On, but it fits most versions of the song.

    Intro Riff:
    E|-------------------------------------------|
    B|-------------------------------------------|
    G|--------8-8--9-9------------------------|
    D|--9-9-------------9-9--6-6--7-7------ | (Repeat x4)
    A|-------------------------------------------|
    E|-------------------------------------------|

    Brian usually plays this riff 4 times, sometimes playing the chord riff every second time he plays this riff.

    Chord Riff
    E|--7-----------7-7-------------5-5-------------------|
    B|--7h9p7----7-7-------------5-5h7--5------------|
    G|--8--------8-------8----------6-6--------6---------|
    D|--9----------------------------7-7-------------------|
    A|-------------------------------------------------------|
    E|-------------------------------------------------------|

    The whole song is based off a B-A chord progression. Basically imagine Fire On The Mountain by the Grateful Dead in double time, and you've got Leave The Light On.

    The Intro riff is also the Verse riff, and the Chord riff is what he plays during the Chorus. These two riffs are all you need to play along with the song.

    Jam Section:
    Most times it goes Type 1, Jordan and Red follow along with the regular B-A progression. To jam along with the song, you can use B Mixolydian or C sharp minor. I've put tabs for these scales below:

    B Mixolydian Scale
    E|-------------------------------------7-9-|
    B|----------------------------7-9-10------|
    G|---------------------6-8-9--------------|
    D|-------------6-7-9----------------------|
    A|------6-7-9-----------------------------|
    E|-7-9-------------------------------------|

    C Sharp Minor Scale
    E|----------------------------------------------9-11-12--|
    B|-----------------------------------9-10-12-------------|
    G|---------------------------8-9-11----------------------|
    D|---------------------9-11-------------------------------|
    A|-----------9-11-12-------------------------------------|
    E|-9-11-12-----------------------------------------------|

    I hope this helps you Spaffnerds out!



  • Dude. Yes!



  • Yes! More tabs! Thanks!

    PS. You can use 3 backticks (```) to surround your tabs to make them fixed width, which is easier to edit and read. Like so:

    E|-------------------------------------7-9-|
    B|----------------------------7-9-10-------|
    G|---------------------6-8-9---------------|
    D|-------------6-7-9-----------------------|
    A|------6-7-9------------------------------|
    E|-7-9-------------------------------------|
    


  • Great work, man!



  • @dr_rock Where exactly do you put the back ticks? I still haven't been able to get it right.



  • @Bm_Jam

    @Bm_Jam said in Spafford Tab: Leave The Light On:

    @dr_rock Where exactly do you put the back ticks? I still haven't been able to get it right.

    I'd say before and after every line
    Like this ------
    ---- and this ----

    It's the one on the top left of the keyboard on a PC



  • @Cody-Soule @Bm_Jam Not on each line. The backticks tell the parser to begin a section that is preformatted and to end a section that is preformatted.

    So you'd do it like this (I'm going to use single quotes below but you'll need to use backticks which are, as @Cody-Soule said, on the lop left of your keyboard above the tilde (~) character to the left of the 1. )

    '''
    This is some preformatted text
    Here is some more
    This is still some more
    '''

    Again, you'll use backticks and the result will be like this:

    here is some preformatted text
    here is some more 
    and even more
    

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