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    hello
    Has anyone come across mandolin tabs for the Bert Jansch tune - Needle of Death
    I am still learning this instrument so nothing too complicated please.
    Thank you
    Brian George

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    That's a real deep cut! Great song, thoughtful message. And that side also has Angie on it, IIRC.

    I don't think you're going to find tabs.
    What you should do if you can't find them, is to learn the chords to the song.

    From https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab...h-tabs-1898360

    A . . . . . . A6 . . . . . . D/A
    When sadness fills your heart
    . . . F#m . . . . . . Eadd9 . . . E9
    And sorrow hides the longing to be free
    A . . . . . . A6 . . . . . . D/A
    When things go wrong each day
    F#m . . . . . . . . . . . . Eadd9 . . . . . . E9
    You fix your mind to 'scape your misery

    F#m
    Your troubled young life
    . .A . . . . . . A6
    Had made you turn
    . .D/A . . . . . . Eadd9
    To a needle of death


    From there, you'll have the approximate finger position and pitches, and you can figure out the melody relatively easily.

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    There is a book of Bert Jansch guitar transcriptions, including this song. It has melodies (standard notation) and chords.

    https://www.amazon.com/Bert-Transcri.../dp/178558555X

    D.H.

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