Lesson:Inca Roads





"Inca Roads" uses such time signatures as: 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 3/8, 7/8, 3/16, 5/16, 7/16, 11/16, and quite possibly others. The tune begins with prominent vocals, drums, and marimba, however soon the electric guitar and bass take over for most of the the song. Towards the end the vocals return, but the guitar continue to keeps its dominancy. After a short marimba solo "Inca Roads" is back to the starting feel of the song. The song finishes with the lyrics "On Ruth, on Ruth, that's Ruth!" acknowledging Underwood for her leading on the marimba.In an interview performer and keyboard player George Duke declared that Zappa pushed for him to sing on "Inca Roads" and that beforehand Duke had no intentions of singing expertly and was only there to play keyboards. He went on to explain how Zappa had purchased him a synthesizer (an instrument which Duke had disliked) and told him he could dig into it if he wanted. This led to Duke playing the synth part on "Inca Roads" as well.
Lesson: Inca Roads


The song in most cases explores the stereotypes of aliens encountering the Incan civilization. These themes, like the album cover of One Size Fits All seem to parody the spirituality of numerous progressive rock albums around the same era.
The Inca road system (called Capaq Ñan or Gran Ruta Inca) was a really important part of the success of the Inca Empire. Including an estimated 40.000 kilometers in its extent, the Inca road was developed for use in all kinds of climate, and meant to move people and goods--and armies when needed--across the length and breadth of the empire.








Tab:

quartal scale
--15---14---12---10---8-7--------------||-------------------------------|
--15---13---12---10---8-7-10---8-------||-------------------------------|
--14---12---11---9----7-5-9----7-------||-------------------------------|
--14---12---10---9----7-5-9----7-------||-------------------------------|
--------------------------9----7-------||-------------------------------|
---------------------------------------||-------------------------------|


Now, here's the opening bassline, and the chord stabs over it.

--------------------------------------------|---------------||----------|
--------------------------------------------|---7-5---7-5---||----------|
--------------------------------------------|---7-5---7-5---||----------|
--------------------------------------------|---7-5---7-5---||----------|
3-3---3-3-----3-5-----3-3---3-3-----3-5-----|---------------||----------|
----------5-3-------------------5-3---------|---------------||----------|
bass line

----6---4---------------------------------||----------------------------|
----7---5---7---5-------------------------||----------------------------|
----7---5---7---5-------------------------||----------------------------|
------------8---6-------------------------||----------------------------|
------------------------------------------||----------------------------|
------------------------------------------||----------------------------|

Melody

  Did a vehicle come  from  somewhere     out there       just  to
----------------------------5-------------5---------------8-----7-------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
--4---7-5-4-----------7-----------7-----------7-------------------------|
------------7---5-------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


land  in  the Andes       was it  round   and did it  have  a motor
5---------8---7-5-------------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------8-------------------8-------------------------|
------7-----------------------------------7-----------------7-----------|
------------------------------9---7---------------9---7-------10-9------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


  or  was it  something     di-if'rent      very fast bit
--------------3-----3-------3-------------|-----------------------|-----|
------------------------------------------|-----------------------|-----|
----------5-----------------------5-------|-----------------------|-----|
--5---3-------------------------5---------|-----------------------|-----|
------------------------------------------|-----------------------|-----|
------------------------------------------|-----------------------|-----|


    did a   vehicle           did   a vehicle   did   a vehicle fly
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
--------------------7-5-7-5---------------------------------7-----------|
----4---7---5-4-----7-5-7-5---4-----7-5-4-------4-----7-5-4-7---4-------|
----------------7-------------------------7-----------------7-----------|
----2---5---3-2---------------------------------------------------------|
----------------5-------------------------------------------------------|


along the mountain   and find  a place   to  park  it  se-e-lf
--------------10-----5---4-----6-3-------4---------3--------------------|
------7---8----------------------------------6--------------------------|
7-5----------------------------------------------------4-7-5-4---4------|
---------------------------------------------------------------7--------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


                      park  it  se-e-lf
----------------------------3-------------------------------------------|
----------------------6-------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------------4-7-5-4---4-----------------------------|
----6-------6---------------------------7-----10-7---9-7---7-7-10-7-9---|
---------------------------------------------------7--------------------|
--4---4---4---4-4-4-----------------------------------------------------|


        park  it    park  it    or  did someone   build   a place
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------8---------8---6---------------------|
----------------------------------------------------------8-5-----------|
7-------1-----------1-----------5-------5-------------------------------|
--------------2-----------2---------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


to  leave   a space     for such a thing  to   land
-----------------------------------11-----10---8-----||-----------------|
------------8-----------8--------8-------------------||-----------------|
----------------------------10-----------------------||-----------------|
5---8---------9--------------------------------------||-----------------|
-----------------------------------------------------||-----------------|
-----------------------------------------------------||-----------------|


flute line                                                            4x
-------------------------------------------------14-10----------------||
-13-15-12-13----------------------------------------------------------||
-------------14-12-------14-------------------14-------11------------*||
----------------------14----------------14-12-------------14-12------*||
-------------------15-------15-12-14-15-------------------------14-12-||
----------------------------------------------------------------------||


Fill over flute line       guitar solo
----||-------------||---------------------------------------------------|
----||--5-7---5-7--||---------------------------------------------------|
----||--5-7---5-7--||---------------------------------------------------|
----||-------------||---------------------------------------------------|
----||-------------||---------------------------------------------------|
----||-------------||---------------------------------------------------|


Here's the vocal melody that brings us out of the guitar solo. The melody is the top 
the other two are the harmonies.


------------------------------------------10-------------|--------------|
7---8---10-----7---8-10-----7-8-7---5-----12---10---10---|--------------|
7---9---11-----7---9-11-----7-9-7---5---7-12---11---11---|--------------|
7---9---10-----7---9-10-----7-9-7---5---9------12---12---|--------------|
----------------------------------------9----------------|--------------|
---------------------------------------------------------|--------------|

------------------------------------------------------------||----------|
--7---8---10-----7---8-10-----7---8-7---5---3--5------------||----------|
--7---9---11-----7---9-11-----7---9-7---5---4--5--5---2---2-||----------|
--7---9---10-----7---9-10-----7---9-7---5---4--5--7---4---4-||----------|
--------------------------------------------------7---3---3-||----------|
------------------------------------------------------------||----------|


The Middle Section.

did a vehicle come  from  somewhere     out there   did a vehicle
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------6-----4-------7-------------------------------|
3---5-4-3-----------6-----------------------8-------3---5-4-3-----------|
----------5---x-----------------------------------------------5---------|


come
----------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
----------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
----------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
--------x-x---x-x-----x-x-----x-x-|-------------------------------------|
--------x-x---x-x-----x-x-----x-x-|-------------------------------------|
4-------x-x---x-x-----x-x-----x-x-|-------------------------------------|


come  from  somewhere     out there   did the indians first   on  the
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------3-------------------3---------|
----------------------------------------------5-3-----------------3-----|
x-----x-----x-----x-------x---x-------3-----------5---3-----------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


bill  carve   up  her hill
------------------------------11----8---------------------------|-------|
--------------3------------------11---8----11-------------------|-------|
5-----------------3---5-----------------10----8-----------------|-------|
------3-----------------------------------------8-10------------|-------|
-----------------------------------------------------10-8-------|-------|
----------------------------------------------------------8-10--|-------|

--------------------------------||--------------------------------------|
---------------------------15---||--------------------------------------|
-12---12-12-12---12--------16---||--------------------------------------|
-12---12-12-12---12---12---17---||--------------------------------------|
-12---12-12-12---12---12--------||--------------------------------------|
----------------------15---17---||--------------------------------------|

------------------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------10----10----13-12-10----13-12---10-------------------|
------------------------------------------------------12---------12-----|
9-12-10-9-------12----12----12----------12---------------9----12----9---|
----------12-10--------------------------------------------12-----------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|

------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------12-10-12-10------------------------------------------|
---12-10-9------10---------------9-12-10-9----9-12-10-9----9-12-10-9----|
12---------10-8----------------------------12-----------12--------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|

-------------------10---------------------------------------------------|
----------------------10-9-11-8-9----8-----8---8--------------8---9-----|
-------------10-12----------------10-------------10-8-------------------|
-----9-12-10---------------------------9-8---8--------10----8---9-------|
12-------------------------------------------------------11-------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|

------11-9-8-|----------------------------------------------------------|
---11--------|----------------------------------------------------------|
10-----------|----------------------------------------------------------|
-------------|----------------------------------------------------------|
-------------|----------------------------------------------------------|
-------------|----------------------------------------------------------|


This is the same melody that is played before and after the guitar solo, but twice as 
It ain't easy...

-------------------------------------------------14-10----------------||
-13-15-12-13----------------------------------------------------------||
-------------14-12-------14-------------------14-------11-------------||
----------------------14----------------14-12-------------14-12-------||
-------------------15-------15-12-14-15-------------------------14-12-||
----------------------------------------------------------------------||

------------------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------10----10-------------------------10----10-------13---|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
9-12-10-9-------12----12----12---9-12-10-9-------12----12----12-11------|
----------12-10----------------------------12-10------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|

------------11---------13-11------------|-------------------------------|
11-------------11-13---------13-11-13---|-------------------------------|
---13-12-10-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
----------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
----------------------------------------|-------------------------------|
----------------------------------------|-------------------------------|

11----8---------------------------------------------------------||------|
---11---8----11----------------------------------------------15-||------|
----------10----8------------------12---12-12-12---12--------16-||------|
------------------8-10-------------12---12-12-12---12---12---17-||------|
-----------------------10-8--------12---12-12-12---12---12------||------|
----------------------------8-10------------------------15---17-||------|


7/16
-------------------|---------------------|--------------------|---------|
----------------10-|-12-10---------------|--------------------|---------|
--------9-10-12----|-------13-9----------|---------------9-10-|---------|
9-10-12------------|------------12-11----|-------9-10-12------|---------|
-------------------|------------------12-|-10-12--------------|---------|
-------------------|---------------------|--------------------|---------|

-----------9------|---------------------|-----------------9-|-----------|
---9-10-12---10---|---------------------|-----------10-12---|-----------|
11--------------9-|----12-10-9----------|------9-11---------|-----------|
------------------|-12---------10-12----|-9-11--------------|-----------|
------------------|------------------12-|-------------------|-----------|
------------------|---------------------|-------------------|-----------|

--------------------|--------------------|----------------------|-------|
13-12-10------------|-----------------12-|----------------------|-------|
---------12-10-9----|------11-9-13-11----|-14-12-11-------------|-------|
-----------------12-|-11-9---------------|----------14-12-11----|-------|
--------------------|--------------------|-------------------12-|-------|
--------------------|--------------------|----------------------|-------|

---------------------|----------------------|-------------------|-------|
------------------12-|-13-15----13----------|-------------------|-------|
------------11-13----|-------14----12-14----|-11-14-9-11----9---|-------|
------11-13----------|-------------------14-|------------11---9-|-------|
11-14----------------|----------------------|-------------------|-------|
---------------------|----------------------|-------------------|-------|

-------9-8-----|----------11-10-------|------------10-12-13-|-----------|
-----9-----9---|-------11-------11----|---------13----------|-----------|
-------------8-|-------------------10-|-9-10-12-------------|-----------|
10-8-----------|-12-10----------------|---------------------|-----------|
---------------|----------------------|---------------------|-----------|
---------------|----------------------|---------------------|-----------|

12-10---------------|-----------|---------||----------------------------|
------10------------|-----------|---8-8---||----------------------------|
---------12-11------|---7-7-----|-5-------||----------------------------|
---------------12-9-|-7---------|---------||----------------------------|
--------------------|-----------|---------||----------------------------|
--------------------|-----------|---------||----------------------------|


3/4
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
--------------------------------------------------------------10--------|
------14----14--------------12----12------------10---10----------9------|
---12----12----12-11-----10----10----10-9-----8----8----8-7--------10---|
10---------------------8--------------------6---------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|

------------12-----------12-----------12---12-----------||--------------|
------------13-----------13----------------13-----------||--------------|
------12-14-12-----12-14-12-----12-14------12-----------||--------------|
9-8-----------------------------------------------------||--------------|
------------13-----------13----------------13-----------||--------------|
--------------------------------------------------------||--------------|

To solo (keyboard or sax)
And then this bit, which is the same as before except (you guessed it) twice as fast. Urrgghh.

---------------------|---------------------|--------------------|-------|
------------------10-|-12-10---------------|--------------------|-------|
----------9-10-12----|-------13-9----------|---------------9-10-|-------|
--9-10-12------------|------------12-11----|-------9-10-12------|-------|
---------------------|------------------12-|-10-12--------------|-------|
---------------------|---------------------|--------------------|-------|

-----------9------|---------------------|-----------------9-|-----------|
---9-10-12---10---|---------------------|-----------10-12---|-----------|
11--------------9-|----12-10-9----------|------9-11---------|-----------|
------------------|-12---------10-12----|-9-11--------------|-----------|
------------------|------------------12-|-------------------|-----------|
------------------|---------------------|-------------------|-----------|

--------------------|--------------------|----------------------|-------|
13-12-10------------|-----------------12-|----------------------|-------|
---------12-10-9----|------11-9-13-11----|-14-12-11-------------|-------|
-----------------12-|-11-9---------------|----------14-12-11----|-------|
--------------------|--------------------|-------------------12-|-------|
--------------------|--------------------|----------------------|-------|

---------------------|----------------------|-------------------|-------|
------------------12-|-13-15----13----------|-------------------|-------|
------------11-13----|-------14----12-14----|-11-14-9-11----9---|-------|
------11-13----------|-------------------14-|------------11---9-|-------|
11-14----------------|----------------------|-------------------|-------|
---------------------|----------------------|-------------------|-------|

-------9-8-----|----------11-10-------|------------10-12-13-|-----------|
-----9-----9---|-------11-------11----|---------13----------|-----------|
-------------8-|-------------------10-|-9-10-12-------------|-----------|
10-8-----------|-12-10----------------|---------------------|-----------|
---------------|----------------------|---------------------|-----------|
---------------|----------------------|---------------------|-----------|

12-10---------------|----------------------------------|----------------|
------10------------|--------------------------10-12---|----------------|
---------12-11------|---7-7------------9-10-12---------|----------------|
---------------12-9-|-7---------9---12-----------------|----------------|
--------------------|----------------------------------|----------------|
--------------------|----------------------------------|----------------|


          (Best Band version)
----------19-14-19-14-19-14-19-||---------------------------------------|
--8-8--------------------------||---------------------------------------|
5------------------------------||---------------------------------------|
-------------------------------||---------------------------------------|
-------------------------------||---------------------------------------|
-------------------------------||---------------------------------------|


did   a  booger bear come from somewhere   out  there  just to land
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------10----------10----------13---12-10-------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
9-----12-10-9-------------12--------12----------12----------------------|
----------------12---10-------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


in the  Andes was  it  round  and  did  it  have a  motor  or was
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
---13---12-10-----------------------------------------------------------|
--------------12-------------------12-----------------------------------|
12-----------------9----------12--------9--------12-10-9----------------|
-----------------------12-------------------12-------------10-8---------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


it something   diff'rent     guacamole queen  guacamole queen
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
---12---10-----12---10--------------------------------------------------|
10---------------------------9-12-10-9--------9-12-10-9-----------------|
---------------------------------------12---------------12--------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


guacamole queen  at  the  arm-a-dillo in Austin Texas her  aura  or
-------------------------------------10---------------------------------|
----------------------------------------10-9-11---8-9--------8----------|
-------------------------------10-12--------------------10--------------|
9-12-10-9----------9---12---10---------------------------------9---8----|
----------12------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


  did   someone   clear  the   place  and  leave   a   space   for
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
--8---------8--------------------------------------8-----------9--------|
------------------10-----8----------------------------------------------|
--------8----------------------10----------8-----------9----------------|
--------------------------------------11--------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


Chester's   thing  to  land
------------11-----9---8-|----------------------------------------------|
-----11------------------|----------------------------------------------|
10-----------------------|----------------------------------------------|
-------------------------|----------------------------------------------|
-------------------------|----------------------------------------------|
-------------------------|----------------------------------------------|

(lyrics are from memory - apologies if they're not right)


-------------------------------------------------14-10----------------||
-13-15-12-13----------------------------------------------------------||
-------------14-12-------14-------------------14-------11-------------||
----------------------14----------------14-12-------------14-12-------||
-------------------15-------15-12-14-15-------------------------14-12-||
----------------------------------------------------------------------||


did   a  booger bear come from somewhere   out  there did   a  booger
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------10----------10---------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
9-----12-10-9-------------12--------12----------12-11-9-----12-10-9-----|
----------------12---10-------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


bear come from somewhere   out  there    did  the  in-di-ans  first
------------------------------------------------------------------------|
---------------10----------10-----------------13---11-------------------|
------------------------------------------------------13-12---10--------|
----------12--------12----------12-------11-----------------------------|
12---10-----------------------------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------------------------------------|


  on the  bill carve  up her  hill
--11-----------13-----11-----------|-|----------------------------------|
-----11---13-------------11---13---|-|----------------------------------|
-----------------------------------|-|----------------------------------|
-----------------------------------|-|----------------------------------|
-----------------------------------|-|----------------------------------|
-----------------------------------|-|----------------------------------|

11----8------------------------------------------------0-----4-----3----|
---11---8----11----------------------8---8---8---8-8---3-----4-----3----|
----------10----8--------------------7---7---7---7-7-7-4-----6-----5----|
------------------8-10---------------7---7---7---7-7-7-5-----6-----5----|
-----------------------10-8--------------------------5-0-----4-----3----|
----------------------------8-10----------------------------------------|


      on    ruth  on  ruth            ha  ha  that's      ruth
|-------------------------------------3---------------------||----------|
|---------------------------0-2-4-0-------5---5-------------||----------|
|-----------------3---4-----------------------------------5-||----------|
|-----5-----6-----5---6-------------------------------------||----------|
|---4-----------4-------------------------------------------||----------|
|---4-----------4-----------0-2-4-0-------------------------||----------|
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