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Take on Me – A-ha

Difficulty: Hard

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  • _C
  • _D
    _C#
    _Db
  • _E
    _D#
    _Eb
  • _F
  • _G
    _F#
    _Gb
  • _A
    _G#
    _Ab
  • _B
    _A#
    _Bb
  • .C
  • .D
    .C#
    .Db
  • .E
    .D#
    .Eb
  • .F
  • .G
    .F#
    .Gb
  • .A
    .G#
    .Ab
  • .B
    .A#
    .Bb
  • C
  • D
    C#
    Db
  • E
    D#
    Eb
  • F
  • G
    F#
    Gb
  • A
    G#
    Ab
  • B
    A#
    Bb
  • ^C
  • ^D
    ^C#
    ^Db
  • ^E
    ^D#
    ^Eb
  • ^F
  • ^G
    ^F#
    ^Gb
  • ^A
    ^G#
    ^Ab
  • ^B
    ^A#
    ^Bb
  • *C
  • *D
    *C#
    *Db
  • *E
    *D#
    *Eb
  • *F
  • *G
    *F#
    *Gb
  • *A
    *G#
    *Ab
  • *B
    *A#
    *Bb
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The catchiest, squeakiest, highest-pitch 80's is finally here, "Take on Me" by A-ha - get ready for an extra challenging challenge (and in my case, a burst ear drum!)

It turns out "Take on Me" has one of the biggest pitch ranges of any song I've done so far on this site, spanning nearly 3 octaves...! The notes as they are sound perfect on a piano, however the chorus has a few low A's which can happily be substituted for a low C on instruments that don't go so low. Alternatively or you can shift the song up a few semitones, but then you'll have a crazy high note to deal with later - your call, I went for the former!  though - so it will be a very different experience for you depending on your instrument of choice :)

I'd love to know how you get on with this, and if you are able to play it successfully - I definitely can't and would love to feature a video, so would be great if you'd be up for showing us how it's meant to sound! :)

Did you know?! "Take On Me" has been covered by many artists including Reel Big Fish, Northern Kings, Pentatonix and the Glee cast!

 

^E      ^D-^D   ^C#-B
We're talking away

^C#  ^C#  ^C#   A
I don't know what

^F# ^F# ^F#
I'm to say

^E ^D  ^D  ^D-^C#-B
I'll   say   it   anyway...

E-^C#   ^C#-^C#-B   A-B  ^C#   B-^C#   A
Today's      another      day     to      find    you

^D-^D ^D-^D-^C#-B
Shying away    ~    ~

F#  A    A - A     A      A        A     G#-F#
I'll be coming for your love, okay?

 

.A       G#   A
Take on me...

  ^E  ^F# ^E
(Take on me)

A     ^E    ^F#
Take me on...

  ^E  ^F#  ^E
(Take on me)

^C#  ^G#  ^A
I'll     be     gone

^B *C# ^B  ^A  *E
In   a   day   or   two...

 

^E   ^D-^D  ^C#  B
So needless to say

E   ^C#  ^C#  ^C#-B-A
At odds and ends    ~

A   ^F# ^F#-^E
But I'll be

^D-^D   ^C#-B
Stumbling away...

^C#-^C#  ^C#-B     A       A    B    ^C#-B-A
Slowly    learning   that  life  is  OK   ~

^D ^D-^D ^D
Say  after  me

F#   A     A-A    A   A     A      G#   G#-F#
It's no better to be safe than sorry...

 

.A       G#   A
Take on me...

  ^E  ^F# ^E
(Take on me)

A     ^E    ^F#
Take me on...

  ^E  ^F#  ^E
(Take on me)

^C#  ^G#  ^A
I'll     be     gone

^B *C# ^B  ^A  *E
In   a   day   or   two...

 

^F#  ^E   ^D     ^D   ^C#   B
Oh the things that you say

^C# ^C# ^C# A
Is   it   life   or

^F# ^F# ^F#  ^E  ^D-^D   ^C#-B
Just  to  play  my  worries  away

E      ^C#   ^C#   ^C#
You're all the things

B       A    B    ^C#-B-A
I've got to remember

F#       ^D-^D   ^D-^D
You're shying away

F#  A     A-A      A      A     A-G#-F#-E
I'll be coming for you anyway...

 

.A       G#   A
Take on me...

  ^E  ^F# ^E
(Take on me)

A     ^E    ^F#
Take me on...

  ^E  ^F#  ^E
(Take on me)

^C#  ^G#  ^A
I'll     be     gone

^F#  ^G#   *E
In a day....

  ^E  ^F#  ^E
(Take on me)

^C#  ^G#  ^A
I'll be gone

  ^E  ^F#  ^E
(Take on me)

^F#  ^G#  *E
In a day...

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