“Space Tuckin'” by Deep Purple

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Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate

Composer – Deep Purple

Where to find this song – Machine Head track #7

Release Date – June 1972

The Band:

Ritchie Blackmore – guitar ( no longer with them)

Ian Gillian – vocals

Roger Glover – bass

Ian Paice – drums

Jon Lord – organ

Deep Purple formed in 1968 and since that time have continued, (through
various line-up changes) recording and touring. They were regarded as
fine musicians in the ‘hard-rock’ genre with their albums
‘Deep Purple in Rock’ & ‘Machine Head’ considered
classics. Songs such as ‘Smoke on the Water’, ‘Lazy’
& ‘Highway Star’ set new standards in rock musicianship.
Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was one of the first hard rock players to
use exotic scales and modes

Intro Riff

The intro riff is made up of 2 note power chords. Use your 1st finger
to fret the lower notes and your 3rd finger to fret the higher notes.
Make sure you let it “breathe” by giving it the pauses in
between.

Here’s what it sounds like looped at the normal tempo of 120 bpm:




Verse Riff



Guitar 1

Here is a breakdown of all the identical measures –

Measures one, two, four, six, and eight – play these measures by using
any finger to barre the fourteenth frets on the “D” string,
the “G” string, and the “B” string.

Measures three and seven – play these measures by using any finger
to barre the fifth frets on the “D” string, the “G”
string, and the “B” strings. Then, to finish the measure,
simply move to the seventh frets on the same strings.

Measure five is really mostly like the first measure, but there is
a pull-off in the tablature, along with a confusing chord to play. A
pull-off is when you go from a higher note to a lower note, only striking
the first note(s). Begin this measure by barring your 1st finger on
the fourteenth frets on the “D” string, the “G”
string, and the “B” string. Now, to perform the pull-off successfully,
place your 3rd finger on the seventeenth fret on the “D” string
and your 2nd finger on the fifteenth fret on the “B” string.
Play that once, and then just pull your 2nd and 3rd fingers off of the
strings, leaving your 1st finger barring the fourteenth frets.

Measures nine and eleven – very easy to play. All you need to do is
use any finger to barre the “D” string, the “G”
string, and the “B” string on the seventh frets.

Measure ten – play this by barring any finger on the fourteenth fret
on all string except the two “E” strings.

Measures twelve and thirteen – play this by barring any finger on the
ninth fret on the “D” string, the “G” string, and
the “B” string.

Guitar 2

Measures one, two, four, five, six, eight, and ten – these parts are
all identical, and are also power chords. Place your 1st finger on the
fifth fret on the “low E” string. Place your 3rd finger on
the seventh fret on the “A” string. Play that once, and then
use either your 3rd or 4th finger to stretch to the ninth fret on the
“D” string.

Measures three and seven – play these measures by placing your 1st
finger on the “A” string on the third fret and your 3rd finger
on the fifth fret on the “D” string. Then, just leave your
1st finger where it is, and move your 3rd finger, if it is strong enough,
to the seventh fret on the “D” string, If it isn’t, use your
4th finger to hit the seventh fret. Next, simply use your 1st finger
on the fifth fret on the “A” string and your 3rd finger on
the seventh fret on the “D” string. Move according to the
tablature to the ninth fret on the “D” string once again with
either your 3rd or 4th finger.

Measures nine and eleven – here you are actually playing the same thing
that you did in the first measure, but this time, move to the “A”
string and the “D” string to do so.

Measures twelve and thirteen – these two measures are pretty much the
same. Play them by barring your 1st finger on the seventh fret on the
“A” string down to the “high E” string. Leave the
“low E” open. Next, place your 3rd and 4th fingers on the
ninth frets on the “D” and “G” strings. Pick accordingly,
and at the end of the last measure, simply remove your 3rd and 4th fingers
to play that last seventh fret note.

Bass Guitar

Measures one, two, four, five, and six – play these parts by placing
your 3rd finger on the fifth fret of the E string. Play that according
to the timing of the guitar.

Measures three and seven – begin these measures by placing your 1st
finger on the “A” string on the third fret. Use your 3rd finger
to play the fifth fret on the same string.

Measure eight – play this part by placing your 3rd finger on the fifth
fret. After you have played that a few times, use your 1st finger to
play the third fret on the “A” string. Then, use your 2nd
or 3rd finger to play the fourth fret on the same string.

Measures nine and eleven – play these measures by placing your 3rd
finger on the fifth fret on the “A” string. Then, use your
1st finger to play the fourth fret on the “D” string. Next,
use your 2nd finger to play the fifth fret on the same string. To finish
the measure, use your 3rd finger to play the sixth fret, and then your
4th finger to play the seventh fret, all on the “D” string.

Measure twelve – To play the last measure of the bass part, place your
3rd finger on the seventh fret on the “A” string. Then, after
you have played that a little, use your 1st finger to play the fifth
fret on the same string, and then use your 2nd finger to play the sixth
fret on the same string.

Chorus Riff

This one is a little bit harder to play. Fingerings are easy. Just
use your 1st finger for notes on the 1st fret, your 2nd finger for notes
on the 2nd fret, and your 3rd finger for notes on the 3rd fret. It makes
a great finger exercise, too!

The first 4 measures are just the same notes played over and over except
for a slight change at the very end. The next 3 measures is basically
the same thing, except it is played on the bottom two strings.

Here’s what it sounds like looped at the normal tempo of 120 bpm:



This one is a little bit harder to play. The fingerings are easy. Just
use your 1st finger for notes on the first fret, your 2nd finger for
notes on the second fret, and your 3rd finger for notes on the third
fret. It makes a great finger exercise, too!

The first four measures are just the same notes played over and over
except for a slight change at the very end.

The three measures after that are basically the same thing, except they
are played on the bottom two strings. There is really no need to go
into much detail on how to play it, as most of it is self-explanatory.

Video

Riff Resources

Complete Transcription To “Space
Truckin ” (PDF)

Complete Transcription To “Space
Truckin ” (Power Tab)