Radiohead: The Numbers (instrumental acoustic guitar) + TAB

Posted on 06. Aug, 2016 by in Best of Intellimusica, Premium Tabs, Radiohead

The Numbers

As Radiohead rolled out their tour and new album, A Moon Shaped Pool — I’ve poured over interviews and their most recent live performances. [Here’s Radiohead’s entire Lollapalooza set. The Numbers starts at 54:45]

They seem to have a much more positive spirit about them — rather than the brooding vibe they’ve given off for the past 25 years. I don’t mean musically, but rather in their interviews and stage demeanor.

[The image to the left is from The Numbers vignette that Radiohead shared on their Instagram page.]

I’m determined to do as many songs from A Moon Shaped Pool as I can. As well as being a fan, it’s healthy for my musicality to figure out their material.

Not only is Radiohead working with alternate tunings, but the music is truly alien. The structures are different, the chord progressions are different. Radiohead is about as progressive as a band can be.

As a musicians, it’s healthy to expose ourselves to new ideas and concepts. There’s no better way than with Radiohead’s music — especially if you’re a fan.

If you are such a fan, I have an entire Radiohead archive, as well as one just for A moon Shaped Pool.

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How to play The Numbers by Radiohead

The Numbers is a monotous groove based tune. I’m not sure exactly what tuning Thom Yorke is playing in, but my version feels like the obvious one — or an even better alternative.

I also threw in a couple licks that — while not in Radiohead’s original version — feel well suited to the song.

The guitar tab for The Numbers is 3 pages long. Like all Intellimusica guitar tabs, is written in a minimalist way that’s easy to understand.

The symbol (…) that implies that you strum. Underneath the chord shape, I also put a generic strum pattern to help beginners along. D = strum down, while U = strum up. Experienced players should ignore this and strum the guitar intuitively.

In accordance with the guitar tab, my order of play looks like this: Intro, Verse 4x, Chorus #1 — Intro, Verse 4x, Chorus #2, End.

Enjoy, the guitar tab is available below. The Numbers is

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2 Responses to “Radiohead: The Numbers (instrumental acoustic guitar) + TAB”

  1. Chris

    14. Aug, 2016

    Hey Evan, after learning all the new Radiohead content on intellimusica I was wondering if you would be interested in transcribing some Thom Yorke solo material (in a similar light to the Philip selway and Jonny Greenwood solo material you’ve already done). It might not be as up to date but the simplified live piano performance of something like ingenue would definately translate really well to your style of playing and the tone of moon shaped pool as a whole :) Thanks!

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    • Evan Handyside

      14. Aug, 2016

      Thanks Chris. I will check out Ingenue. Up to date stuff definitely gets traffic, but I also like doing music that appeals to a smaller audience too. Ultimately, I’d rather have 5 people love something I do — than 500 people sort of like something I do. Either way, I’ll have more from the Radiohead sphere on the way.

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