Transcribing Notes From John Neil (Head Transcriber)

Don’t Bring Me Down – Electric Light Orchestra – Song Breakdown

Keyboard

There are a few keyboard parts I hear in this recording – at least 2 tracks of piano (higher octave chords come in on verse 2 while the normal octave chords/low bass continue etc), a synth on the last 4 bars of the verse/choruses & synth lines throughout, and a Farfisa type line in the bridges. There are also bursts of white noise before the bridges. So I had to pick my battles. I believe I got the main gist of it in this part. I also added in a “door closing sample” on the last bar, which is optional, of course.

Keyboard Sheet Music for "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra

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Lead/Rhythm Guitar

This is the guitar that plays around with the hook throughout the song. It’s kind of buried under the mix, so I got out of it what I could.

Lead Guitar Tablature for "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra

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Strum Guitar

There is a steady strum going on from verse/chorus 3 on (and probably from the beginning too, but it’s mixed low). So this makes for a pretty easy strum part.

Strum Guitar Tablature for "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra

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Bass

A nice bass part that sounds like it’s played with a pick. It picks up the hook, and also lays down repeated 8th notes with lots of hammer-on action. The bridges have more of a 16th note pattern going on. A part to keep you busy.

Bass Guitar Tablature for "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra

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Drums

Drum Sheet Music for "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra

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Lead Sheet for "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra
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Full Band Sheet Music for "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra

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