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Cygnus x-1

Rush


"Cygnus X-1" by Rush from A Farewell to Kings
(tune up to concert pitch)
Prologue:
|---------------------| [bass enters at app. 1:25] |---------------------| |---------------------| [drums enter at app. 2:13] |---------------------| |---------------------| |---------------------|
[guitar enters at app. 2:25] (x4) |------------------------------------------------------------------| |------------------------------------------------------------------| |------------------------------------------------------------------| |----2--0-2--5------2--0-2--5--5------2--0-2--5------2--0-2--5-5-5-| |------------------------------------------------------------------| |-0--------------0-----------------0--------------0----------------|
1 1 |---------------------------------|-------------------------------------|--| |---------------------------------|-------------------------------------|--| |-2-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2-|-5-5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5-|--| |-2-------------------------------|-5-----------------------------------|--| |-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---|--| |---------------------------------|-------------------------------------|--|
2 3 4 3 3 4 |-----------------------|-------0-|-------0-|--|-0--0-|--|--| |-----------------------|-------0-|-------0-|--|-0--0-|--|--| |-5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5--5-5-|-7--6--4-|-5--4--x-|--|-6--2-|--|--| |-5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5--5-5-|-7--6--4-|-5--4--4-|--|-6--2-|--|--| |-3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3--3-3-|-5--4--2-|-3--2--4-|--|-4--0-|--|--| |-----------------------|---------|-------2-|--|------|--|--|
5 6 6 7 8 |------------|------------------|----------------|--|--|-----------------| |------------|------------------|----------------|--|--|-----------------| |-7--6--4--6-|-6-6-6-6--9-9-9-9-|----------------|--|--|-----------------| |-7--6--4--6-|-6-6-6-6--9-9-9-9-|-6-6-6-6--5-6-5-|--|--|-----------1-4-5-| |-5--4--2--4-|-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-|-6-6-6-6--5-6-5-|--|--|-----2-3-5-------| |------------|------------------|-4-4-4-4--3-4-3-|--|--|-3-4-------------| ^-----------------7------------------^
9 9 (x5) |---------------------|------------------|------------------------|--|-----| |---------------------|------------------|------------------------|--|-----| |-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--4-|------------------|----8--8-8--8-8--8-8--7-|--|-----| |-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--4-|-4--4-4--4-4--4-4-|-4--8--8-8--8-8--8-8--7-|--|-4-4-| |-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--2-|-4--4-4--4-4--4-4-|-4--6--6-6--6-6--6-6--5-|--|-4-4-| |---------------------|-2--2-2--2-2--2-2-|-2----------------------|--|-2-2-| ^-----------------------play-this-9-times-----------------------^
Part 1:
"All who dare to cross her course..." lr 2 lr 2 3 4 5 10 |---|--|------|--|--|-------0-----|--|-------0-----|--|-0-|--|-----| |---|--|------|--|--|-----0---0---|--|-----0---0---|--|-0-|--|-----| |-5-|--|-5--5-|--|--|---4---------|--|-------------|--|-2-|--|-----| |-5-|--|-5--5-|--|--|-4---------4-|--|---4-------4-|--|-2-|--|-5-5-| |-3-|--|-3--3-|--|--|-------------|--|-4-----------|--|-0-|--|-5-5-| |---|--|------|--|--|-------------|--|-------------|--|---|--|-3-3-| ^------------------10------------------^ (The 1st time on 10, play the open B and e strings on the last C# of section 5)
Part 2:
Fill 1 Fill 2 Fill 3 b v |--------------| |---| |----| |--------------| |---| |----| |-9--10--7--12-| |-9-| |-12-| |--------------| |---| |----| |--------------| |---| |----| |--------------| |---| |----|
"I set a course just east of Lyra..." * (x2) lr lr(x4) |------|------------|--------------1-------------------3-----| |-5--5-|-5-----7----|-5--5-5-5-----1------7--7-7-7-----3-----| |-5--5-|-5--2--7--4-|-5--5-5-5--2--2-2-2--7--7-7-7--4--4-4-4-| |-5--5-|-5--3--7--5-|-5--5-5-5--3--3-3-3--7--7-7-7--5--5-5-5-| |-3--3-|-3--3--5--5-|-3--3-3-3--3--3-3-3--5--5-5-5--5--5-5-5-| |------|----1-----3-|-----------1--1-1-1------------3--3-3-3-| * with Fill 1 2nd time ^--w/Fill2 2nd time w/Fill3 4th time pm-------------- - - - | |---------------------------------| |---------------------------------| |---------------------------------| |-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-| |-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-| |-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
"The x-ray is her siren song..." 11 8 (x2) 11 8 |---------|--|---------------|--|--|---------------| |-4--4--1-|--|-4--4--1--3----|--|--|---------------| |-5--5--2-|--|-5--5--2--4--8-|--|--|-8-----7-----5-| |-5--6--3-|--|-5--6--3--5--8-|--|--|-8-----7-----5-| |-3--6--3-|--|-3--6--3--5--6-|--|--|-6-----5-----3-| |----4--1-|--|----4--1--3----|--|--|---------------| ^-----------------------------------------with solo
Solo:
(with wah wah) AH AH--------| hb AH hb AH-----| |-20~-20-20-18-17-------------------------------------------------------20-18-17-- |-----------------20-18-18~--20-18-17~--------------------11-11-14-13~------------ |---------------------------------------10-10-12-12-14-14------------------------- |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- |---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b p p p p ----17--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -20----20-18~\------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------16-----------14--------8----------------------------------- ----------------14-14----14--12-12----12--10---10~\--14-12-11-------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------14-12-11-------/15- -----------------------------------------------------------------------14-14-----
------10~--15~--18~\-| ---------------------| ---------------------| -15\-----------------| ---------------------| ---------------------|
(x36) 12 (x2) (x24) 12 (x12) 12 (x26) |-----|---------------------------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----| |-----|-----------0---0-----------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----| |---5-|---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5-|---5-|--|---5-|--|---5-| |-----|---6---6-------------------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----| |-3---|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---|-3---|--|-3---|--|-3---| |-----|-4---4---7---7-------------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----| ^-------------^ (This is my approximation of what Alex is doing. He may have recorded the two parts separately.)
|-------------------------------------------------| |-------------------------------------------------| |---4---4---4---4---3---3-------------------------| |---------------------------7---7---6---5---4---3-| |-2---2---2---2---1---1---------------------------| |-------------------------5---5---4---3---2---1---|
(x8) (x4) |------------------------|------------------------| |------------------------|------------0---0---0---| |------------4---4---4---|------------x---x---x---| |-2--2--2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-4--4--4--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-| |-2--2--2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-4--4--4--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-| |-0--0--0--0---0---0---0-|-2--2--2--2---2---2---2-|
Part 3:
("Spinning..." on 5th time) ("Sound..." on 5th time) v-----------------(x5)--v (x5) 6 6 |-------------------------------|--|------|--|------------|-3-| |-------------------------------|--|------|--|------------|-4-| |-6--9--------6--9--5-5-5-5-5-5-|--|------|--|-5-5--5-5-5-|-5-| |-6--9--6--5--6--9--5-5-5-5-5-5-|--|-6--5-|--|-5-5--5-5-5-|-5-| |-4--7--6--5--4--7--3-3-3-3-3-3-|--|-6--5-|--|-3-3--3-3-3-|-3-| |-------4--3--------------------|--|-4--3-|--|------------|---| ^---------^ ^--------^ (listen to the song to get the exact number of repetitions and beats on these parts)
lr lr lr lr |-3----------6----------0-----0-| |-4----------7----------1-----1-| (fade out on 3rd repeat) |-5----------8----------2-----2-| |-5----------8----------2-----2-| |-3----------6----------0-----0-| |-------------------------------|
KEY: pm--| palm mute x muted string b bend hb half bend AH artificial harmonic (octave) p pull-off h hammer-on ~ tremelo lr let ring / slide up \ slide down
NOTES: I couldn't determine whether or not some of the chords in the song were more than just power chords. So, some of the chords above may really be minor. To get the "twangy" sound Alex has, I play on the back pick-up and strum the strings really hard, near the bridge.
Transcribed by: Blake Butterworth butterwo@cs.tulane.edu ----------
X-Sun-Data-Type: default X-Sun-Data-Description: default X-Sun-Data-Name: CygnusX-1.tab
"Cygnus X-1" by Rush from A Farewell to Kings
(tune up to concert pitch)
Prologue:
|---------------------| [bass enters at app. 1:25] |---------------------| |---------------------| [drums enter at app. 2:13] |---------------------| |---------------------| |---------------------|
[guitar enters at app. 2:25] (x4) |------------------------------------------------------------------| |------------------------------------------------------------------| |------------------------------------------------------------------| |----2--0-2--5------2--0-2--5--5------2--0-2--5------2--0-2--5-5-5-| |------------------------------------------------------------------| |-0--------------0-----------------0--------------0----------------|
1 1 |---------------------------------|-------------------------------------|--| |---------------------------------|-------------------------------------|--| |-2-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2-|-5-5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5-|--| |-2-------------------------------|-5-----------------------------------|--| |-0---0---0---0---0---0---0---0---|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---|--| |---------------------------------|-------------------------------------|--|
2 3 4 3 3 4 |-----------------------|-------0-|-------0-|--|-0--0-|--|--| |-----------------------|-------0-|-------0-|--|-0--0-|--|--| |-5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5--5-5-|-7--6--4-|-5--4--x-|--|-6--2-|--|--| |-5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5--5-5-|-7--6--4-|-5--4--4-|--|-6--2-|--|--| |-3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3--3-3-|-5--4--2-|-3--2--4-|--|-4--0-|--|--| |-----------------------|---------|-------2-|--|------|--|--|
5 6 6 7 8 |------------|------------------|----------------|--|--|-----------------| |------------|------------------|----------------|--|--|-----------------| |-7--6--4--6-|-6-6-6-6--9-9-9-9-|----------------|--|--|-----------------| |-7--6--4--6-|-6-6-6-6--9-9-9-9-|-6-6-6-6--5-6-5-|--|--|-----------1-4-5-| |-5--4--2--4-|-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-|-6-6-6-6--5-6-5-|--|--|-----2-3-5-------| |------------|------------------|-4-4-4-4--3-4-3-|--|--|-3-4-------------| ^-----------------7------------------^
9 9 (x5) |---------------------|------------------|------------------------|--|-----| |---------------------|------------------|------------------------|--|-----| |-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--4-|------------------|----8--8-8--8-8--8-8--7-|--|-----| |-5--5-5--5-5--5-5--4-|-4--4-4--4-4--4-4-|-4--8--8-8--8-8--8-8--7-|--|-4-4-| |-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--2-|-4--4-4--4-4--4-4-|-4--6--6-6--6-6--6-6--5-|--|-4-4-| |---------------------|-2--2-2--2-2--2-2-|-2----------------------|--|-2-2-| ^-----------------------play-this-9-times-----------------------^
Part 1:
"All who dare to cross her course..." lr 2 lr 2 3 4 5 10 |---|--|------|--|--|-------0-----|--|-------0-----|--|-0-|--|-----| |---|--|------|--|--|-----0---0---|--|-----0---0---|--|-0-|--|-----| |-5-|--|-5--5-|--|--|---4---------|--|-------------|--|-2-|--|-----| |-5-|--|-5--5-|--|--|-4---------4-|--|---4-------4-|--|-2-|--|-5-5-| |-3-|--|-3--3-|--|--|-------------|--|-4-----------|--|-0-|--|-5-5-| |---|--|------|--|--|-------------|--|-------------|--|---|--|-3-3-| ^------------------10------------------^ (The 1st time on 10, play the open B and e strings on the last C# of section 5)
Part 2:
Fill 1 Fill 2 Fill 3 b v |--------------| |---| |----| |--------------| |---| |----| |-9--10--7--12-| |-9-| |-12-| |--------------| |---| |----| |--------------| |---| |----| |--------------| |---| |----|
"I set a course just east of Lyra..." * (x2) lr lr(x4) |------|------------|--------------1-------------------3-----| |-5--5-|-5-----7----|-5--5-5-5-----1------7--7-7-7-----3-----| |-5--5-|-5--2--7--4-|-5--5-5-5--2--2-2-2--7--7-7-7--4--4-4-4-| |-5--5-|-5--3--7--5-|-5--5-5-5--3--3-3-3--7--7-7-7--5--5-5-5-| |-3--3-|-3--3--5--5-|-3--3-3-3--3--3-3-3--5--5-5-5--5--5-5-5-| |------|----1-----3-|-----------1--1-1-1------------3--3-3-3-| * with Fill 1 2nd time ^--w/Fill2 2nd time w/Fill3 4th time pm-------------- - - - | |---------------------------------| |---------------------------------| |---------------------------------| |-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-| |-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-| |-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
"The x-ray is her siren song..." 11 8 (x2) 11 8 |---------|--|---------------|--|--|---------------| |-4--4--1-|--|-4--4--1--3----|--|--|---------------| |-5--5--2-|--|-5--5--2--4--8-|--|--|-8-----7-----5-| |-5--6--3-|--|-5--6--3--5--8-|--|--|-8-----7-----5-| |-3--6--3-|--|-3--6--3--5--6-|--|--|-6-----5-----3-| |----4--1-|--|----4--1--3----|--|--|---------------| ^-----------------------------------------with solo
Solo:
(with wah wah) AH AH--------| hb AH hb AH-----| |-20~-20-20-18-17-------------------------------------------------------20-18-17-- |-----------------20-18-18~--20-18-17~--------------------11-11-14-13~------------ |---------------------------------------10-10-12-12-14-14------------------------- |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- |--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- |---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b p p p p ----17--------------------------------------------------------------------------- -20----20-18~\------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------16-----------14--------8----------------------------------- ----------------14-14----14--12-12----12--10---10~\--14-12-11-------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------14-12-11-------/15- -----------------------------------------------------------------------14-14-----
------10~--15~--18~\-| ---------------------| ---------------------| -15\-----------------| ---------------------| ---------------------|
(x36) 12 (x2) (x24) 12 (x12) 12 (x26) |-----|---------------------------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----| |-----|-----------0---0-----------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----| |---5-|---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5-|---5-|--|---5-|--|---5-| |-----|---6---6-------------------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----| |-3---|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---|-3---|--|-3---|--|-3---| |-----|-4---4---7---7-------------------|-----|--|-----|--|-----| ^-------------^ (This is my approximation of what Alex is doing. He may have recorded the two parts separately.)
|-------------------------------------------------| |-------------------------------------------------| |---4---4---4---4---3---3-------------------------| |---------------------------7---7---6---5---4---3-| |-2---2---2---2---1---1---------------------------| |-------------------------5---5---4---3---2---1---|
(x8) (x4) |------------------------|------------------------| |------------------------|------------0---0---0---| |------------4---4---4---|------------x---x---x---| |-2--2--2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-4--4--4--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-| |-2--2--2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-4--4--4--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-| |-0--0--0--0---0---0---0-|-2--2--2--2---2---2---2-|
Part 3:
("Spinning..." on 5th time) ("Sound..." on 5th time) v-----------------(x5)--v (x5) 6 6 |-------------------------------|--|------|--|------------|-3-| |-------------------------------|--|------|--|------------|-4-| |-6--9--------6--9--5-5-5-5-5-5-|--|------|--|-5-5--5-5-5-|-5-| |-6--9--6--5--6--9--5-5-5-5-5-5-|--|-6--5-|--|-5-5--5-5-5-|-5-| |-4--7--6--5--4--7--3-3-3-3-3-3-|--|-6--5-|--|-3-3--3-3-3-|-3-| |-------4--3--------------------|--|-4--3-|--|------------|---| ^---------^ ^--------^ (listen to the song to get the exact number of repetitions and beats on these parts)
lr lr lr lr |-3----------6----------0-----0-| |-4----------7----------1-----1-| (fade out on 3rd repeat) |-5----------8----------2-----2-| |-5----------8----------2-----2-| |-3----------6----------0-----0-| |-------------------------------|
KEY: pm--| palm mute x muted string b bend hb half bend AH artificial harmonic (octave) p pull-off h hammer-on ~ tremelo lr let ring / slide up \ slide down
NOTES: I couldn't determine whether or not some of the chords in the song were more than just power chords. So, some of the chords above may really be minor. To get the "twangy" sound Alex has, I play on the back pick-up and strum the strings really hard, near the bridge.
Transcribed by: Blake Butterworth butterwo@cs.tulane.edu

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