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Rush: Available Light
From the album Presto (Atlantic Records)
Copyright 1989 Core Music Publishing
Music by Lee and Lifeson
Lyrics by Peart

Comments/corrections to Branden Robinson 

Transcribed by Jesse Gress and Branden Robinson


Riff A1 (q = 64) (intro and first verse)

    s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--3-----------3-----------3-----------3----------------------------|
G:--------3-----------3-----------3-----------2----------------------|
D:-----5-----5-----5-----5-----5-----5-----3-----3-------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|   PM-------------------------------------------|                   |
|                                                                    |
|   H                                   q                            |
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--3-----------------------------------3----------------------------|
G:--3-----------------------------------2----------------------------|
D:--5-----------------------------------3----------------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
    (piano arranged for guitar)

    s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--3-----------3-----------3-----------3----------------------------|
G:--------2-----------2-----------2-----------2----------------------|
D:-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|   PM-------------------------------------------|                   |
|                                                                    |
|   w                                                                |
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--3----------------------------------------------------------------|
G:--2----------------------------------------------------------------|
D:--3----------------------------------------------------------------|
A:--5----------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|

Riff A2 (q = 64) (second verse)

    s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--5-----------5-----------5-----------5----------------------------|
G:--------5-----------5-----------5-----------4----------------------|
D:-----7-----7-----7-----7-----7-----7-----5-----5-------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|   PM-------------------------------------------|                   |
|                                                                    |
|   H                                   q                            |
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--5-----------------------------------5----------------------------|
G:--5-----------------------------------4----------------------------|
D:--7-----------------------------------5----------------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
    (piano arranged for guitar)

    s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s  s
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--5-----------5-----------5-----------5----------------------------|
G:--------4-----------4-----------4-----------4----------------------|
D:-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|   PM-------------------------------------------|                   |
|                                                                    |
|   w                                                                |
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--5----------------------------------------------------------------|
G:--4----------------------------------------------------------------|
D:--5----------------------------------------------------------------|
A:--7----------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|

Fill 1 (with riff A2)

    h  s  t  t  s  s  e  s  s      H  q
e:------------------------------|------------------------------------|
B:--------------5-----8--8------|------------------------------------|
G:-----------------5--------7s--|--9---------------------------------|
D:--------5h-7------------------|------------------------------------|
A:------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E:------------------------------|------------------------------------|

Fill 2 (with riff A2)

    h   s       t   t   t   e   s   s      w
e:------------------17------------------|----------------------------|
B:---------(18b)20------20--17~-17------|----------------------------|
G:----------------------------------19--|--17~-----------------------|
D:--------------------------------------|----------------------------|
A:--------------------------------------|----------------------------|
E:--------------------------------------|----------------------------|
           ghost bend

Fill 3 (with riff A2)

    h  e  s  s  s  s  s  s     e  e  H
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------7s-8s-7--5--7-----|--------7-------------------------------|
G:--------7s-8s-7--5--7--5--|--7p-5--7-------------------------------|
D:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
A:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|

Fill 4 (with riff A2)

    h  E  s  s  s  e
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--------X\---------------------------------------------------------|
G:--------X\-9--9--9\------------------------------------------------|
D:--------X\-9--9--9\------------------------------------------------|
A:-----------7--7--7\------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
          pick slide

Riff B (q = 128) (pre-chorus)

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e  |  e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
G:--------0--------0--------|--0-----0-------------------------------|
D:-----2--------0-----------|-----3-----------3----------------------|
A:--0--------2-----------3--|--------------3-----2-------------------|
E:--------------------1-----|-----------1-----------3----------------|
    (with chorus, let all notes ring)
    (doubled by synth)

Riff C1 (6/4 time, q = 128) (chorus)

    Q   e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--12--12------12------10--12--10--12--10---------------------------|
G:--12--12------12------11--12--11--12--11---------------------------|
D:--12--12------12------12--12--12--12--12---------------------------|
A:--10--10------10------12--10--12--10--12---------------------------|
E:----------------------10------10------10---------------------------|
                                        *

* omit on final repeat; instead slide previous chord into next measure

Riff C2 (6/4 time, q = 128) (chorus)

    Q   e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--8---8-------8-------7---8---7---8---7----------------------------|
G:--9---9-------9-------7---9---7---9---7----------------------------|
D:--9---9-------9-------9---9---9---9---9----------------------------|
A:--7---7-------7-------9---7---9---7---9----------------------------|
E:----------------------7-------7-------7----------------------------|
                                        *

* omit on final repeat; instead slide previous chord into next measure

Riff C3 (6/4 time, q = 128) (chorus)

    Q   e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--5---5-------5-------3---5---3---5---3----------------------------|
G:--5---5-------5-------4---5---4---5---4----------------------------|
D:--5---5-------5-------5---5---5---5---5----------------------------|
A:--3---3-------3-------5---3---5---3---5----------------------------|
E:----------------------3-------3-------3----------------------------|
                                        *

* omit on final repeat; instead slide previous chord into next measure

Riff C4 (q = 128) (chorus)

    (4/4 time)                              (5/4 time)
    e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e       e   e   h
e:--------------------------------------|----------------------------|
B:--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--|---12-----------------------|
G:--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--|---12-----------------------|
D:--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--12--|---12-----------------------|
A:--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--10--|---10-----------------------|
E:--------------------------------------|----------------------------|
    (crescendo through measure)

Riff D1 (q = 128) (bridge)

    Q  e +h     +w            Q  e +q  q    +h              h
e:--5--5-(5)~-|-(5)~-------|--5--5-(5)-3--|-(3)~------------3--------|
B:--5--3-(3)~-|-(3)~-------|--5--3-(3)-1--|-(1)~------------5--------|
G:--5--4-(4)~-|-(4)~-------|--5--4-(4)-2--|-(2)~------------4--------|
D:--7--5-(5)~-|-(5)~-------|--7--5-(5)-3--|-(3)~------------3--------|
A:------------|------------|--------------|--------------------------|
E:------------|------------|--------------|--------------------------|
         (w/ bar)                           (w/ bar)

    Q  e +h     +w            Q  e +q  q    +w
e:--5--5-(5)~-|-(5)~-------|--5--5-(5)-8--|-(8)----------------------|
B:--5--3-(3)~-|-(3)~-------|--5--3-(3)-6--|-(6)----------------------|
G:--5--4-(4)~-|-(4)~-------|--5--4-(4)-5--|-(5)----------------------|
D:--7--5-(5)~-|-(5)~-------|--7--5-(5)-7--|-(7)----------------------|
A:------------|------------|-----------5--|-(5)----------------------|
E:------------|------------|--------------|--------------------------|
         (w/ bar)


Riff D2 (q = 128) (outro/coda/that bit at the end)

    Q  e +q  q     +h  h     Q  e +q  q    +h               h
e:--5--5-(5)-1--|--(1)-3--|--5--5-(5)-3--|--(3)-------------3--------|
B:--5--3-(3)-1--|--(1)-3--|--5--3-(3)-1--|--(1)-------------3--------|
G:--5--4-(4)-2--|--(2)-4--|--5--4-(4)-2--|--(2)-------------4--------|
D:--7--5-(5)-3--|--(3)-5--|--7--5-(5)-3--|--(3)-------------5--------|
A:--------------|---------|--------------|---------------------------|
E:--------------|---------|--------------|---------------------------|

Solo (with riff D1)

    Q         e          +h        +e     +e   e  e      +h
e:------------------------------|------------------------------------|
B:------------------------------|-----------------13b15-(b15)--------|
G:--12--------12--------(b14)~--|-(b14)--(r12)-----------------------|
D:------------------------------|------------------------------------|
A:------------------------------|------------------------------------|
E:------------------------------|------------------------------------|
    (-2 1/2)  (-1 1/2)
    (dip)     (dip)

                         ---3---
     +e    +e        e   e  e  e   s   s   s   s
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--(b15)-(r13)------13--12----13--15--13p-12------------------------|
G:---------------------------------------------14--------------------|
D:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
     (even release)   (lay back slightly)

                                     ----3----
    s   E    +q     +q   +e   e      q   q   q   E    +s    +q
e:--------------------------------|----------------------------------|
B:--12------------------------12--|--13--12--13--15--(b17)-(b17)-----|
G:------14--(b16)--(r14)-(14)-----|----------------------------------|
D:--------------------------------|----------------------------------|
A:--------------------------------|----------------------------------|
E:--------------------------------|----------------------------------|

     +e    +e   e  e   h
e:-----------------15-(15)~------------------------------------------|
B:--(b17)-(r15)-13---------------------------------------------------|
G:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
                       (w/ bar)

    s  s  e  +e   s  s  E  s  e  e      +h                q  q
e:--12h15p12-(12)--------------------|-------------------------------|
B:----------------12h15p12-12--------|--------------------5--8-------|
G:----------------------------14p12--|--(12)-------------------------|
D:-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|
A:-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|
E:-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|

Riff E (with riffs B and D2)

    Q  e  +q   q      +H        q      Q  e  +q   q      +w
e:--17---------15--|--(15)~-----13--|--12-------------|--------------|
B:-----17-(17)-----|----------------|-----10-(10)-13--|--(13)~-------|
G:-----------------|----------------|-----------------|--------------|
D:-----------------|----------------|-----------------|--------------|
A:-----------------|----------------|-----------------|--------------|
E:-----------------|----------------|-----------------|--------------|
                       (w/ bar)                          (w/ bar)

Remarks:

A stunningly beautiful closer to an incredibly underrated album.  I can't
say enough about how cool this song is, so instead I'll say things about
the transcription.

This song is in G minor with parts in A minor; 4/4 except where noted.

Puritanically speaking, the opening palm muted part (the A riffs)
isn't there.  I think the bass, or a sequenced synth, is doing something
similar.  But if you're short handed this does the trick.

There is insufficient information here for a keyboard player to reproduce
the keyboard parts.  If someone would like to figure them out for me I'll
gladly add them to the transcription.

Almost all of this is played with clean tone, except for the chorus riffs,
the solo, and riff E.  The fills during riff A2 are definitely clean.  Play
with chorus, maybe an almost imperceptible amount of slapback delay -- who
knows what else?  Alex Lifeson's guitar rig costs more than the national
debt and you can really tell it on this song.

And listen to that solo -- you know this man can walk on water.  Oh well,
enough hero-worship.  Mail comments, corrections, et al. to
branden@ecn.purdue.edu .

Tablature explanation:

| - bar line

|----|
|----|
|o--o|  repeat
|o--o|
|----|
|----|

w  - whole note
h  - half note
q  - quarter note
e  - eighth note
s  - sixteenth note
t  - thirty-second note
x  - sixty-fourth note

Captial lengths indicate dotted notes, + indicates tied note

Length notations with no information below them indicate rests

Duplets, triplets, and their ilk are indicated by "---3---" and similar
constructs above the note lengths

h  - hammer on
p  - pull off
tr - trill
b  - bend (use tremolo bar for downbend)
r  - release bend
s  - slide
/  - slide up
\  - slide down
~  - vibrato
t  - tap (with strumming hand)
x  - muted, struck string

+  - wah pedal back
o  - wah pedal forward

() optional note, or note held from previous articulation
 natural harmonics
[] artificial (pinch) harmonics
NH natural harmonics
AH artificial (pinch) harmonics


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