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Knockin on heavens door  Guns N'Roses

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##Subject: Knockin' on Heaven's Door (GN'R version)##I include my rendition of Slash's first solo in this transcription. I#people recognize it, but the second solo I improvise; and I don't feel like## / - slide# ^ - half bend# ~ - vibrato#(ACK! Did we decide on a standard somewhere for ASCII tab notation. Could##throughout, and you should do whatever feels best instead of trying to#this song in concert anyway (even doing it with a reggae beat).
[G5]              [D]                 [C]                                                        
-3---3--------------2-0-------|-----------------0--------------------|--------
-3-----3---3------3-----3---3-|----------1--------------1------------|--------
-0-------0------2---------2---|-0------0---0----------0---0-0------0-|--------
-0------------0---------------|-0-2----------2------2-------0-2------|--------
------------------------------|--H---3-----------------------H---3---|--------
-3----------------------------|--------------------------------------|--------


This is the picking for the first line. Again, the picking will vary
throughout the song.
[G5]                [D]                   [Am]                                                    
-3--------------2-------2-0-------|-0-----H-------0----------------------|
-3---3-------3--3-------3-------0-|-1----0-1-------------1---------------|
-0---0-----0----2----2-------2----|-2--2-----2---------2---2------0---0--|
-0---0-----0----0----0------------|-2----------2-----2-------0-2----2----|
----------------------------------|-0-------------------------H----------|
-3--------------------------------|--------------------------------------|



Song goes like this:

Intro:
Twice with picking G5 D C
Twice just power chords G5 D C

Verse 1 (with picking)
[G5]Mamma take [D]this badge from [Am]me
[G5]I can't use[D] it anymor[C]e
[G5]It's getting dark,[D] too dark to s[Am]ee
[G5]Feels like I'm [D]knockin' on heaven's doo[C]r

Chorus (if you're really concerned about playing it like the
CD, listen to it for rhythm. But this song has been done by so
many people so differently that you might as well give it your own
feel.)
[G5]Knock, knock, [D5]knockin' on heaven's do[C5]or,
[C5]Hey, hey, hey, hey, yeah
[G5]Knock, knock, [D5]knockin' on heaven's do[C5]or,
[C5](no lyrics)
[G5]Ooh, knock, knock, [D5]knockin' on heaven's do[C5]or
[C5]Ooh yeah
[G5]Knock, knock, [D5]knockin' on heaven's do[C5]or
[C5]Hey, hey, hey, hey, yeah

First Guitar Solo
[G]                   [D]           [C]                                                         
------------------------------------------------------
----^^---P---------15--^------~~~~~~~~~~~~------------
-12-14-14-12-14-------14-12-12-------------------12---
------------------------------------------13/14-------
------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------

[G]                      [D]            [C]                                                     
---------------P------------P--------P------------------15----
15/17---15---13-12-13/15--13-12---13--12----------12-13----13-
-------------------------------------------~~~~~~~------------
-----------------------------------------14-------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------

G ^^ D ^^ ^^ C
--~~~-------15-17--17--17--17--15-----------------------------
12---15/17----------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------

G ^^ ^^ D C
--20-20-19-20--19-20--20-20-20---~~~~~----------------------------------
-------P-----------------------17------^^----^^-------------------------
---------------------------------------19-19-19-19-^-----^--------------
---------------------------------------------------19-19-19-19----------
---------------------------------------------------------------17--17---
------------------------------------------------------------------------



Additional lyrics:
Mama, put my guns in the ground
I can't shoot them anymore
That cold black cloud is comin' down
Feels like I'm knockin' on heaven's door

Basically there are lots of "knockin' on heaven's door"s throughout the rest


Date: Saturday, 8 March
From: David Harrison


This is one of GUNS N' ROSES best song if you ask me.
I saw that no one had tabbed the second solo so I did as
well as the rest of the song. If you have any questions,
Comments, additions, or Corrections feel free to e-mail
them to me.
P.S. Tune your guitar down half a step.


Riff 1:-used in intro and the verses.

E|--3----3----------0---------------0--------------|
B|--3-----3-3--3---3-3-----------1---1--1----------|
G|--0------0---2--2---2-----------0---0--0------0--|
D|--X----------0-------0--0h2-2----2-------0h2-2---|
A|--2---------------------0h3--------------0h3-----|
E|--3----------------------------------------------|
E|-------3-----------0-----------------------||
B|--------3-3-------3-3------1----1--1-1-----||
G|--0------0---0h2-2---2-------0---0--0-0----||
D|--x----------0--------0---2---2---2----2---||
A|--2---------------------3------3--------3--||
E|--3----------------------------------------||



Riff 2:-used in intro and the choruses.

    [G]      [D]      [C]      [C]                                                                
E|-----|-----|-----|-----|
B|-----|-----|-----|-----|
G|--4--|--7--|--5--|--5--|
D|--5--|--7--|--5--|--5--|
A|--5--|--5--|--3--|--3--|
E|--3--|-----|-----|-----|


Solo 1:

E|-------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------15-------------------------15/17--15--|
G|--12-14brp12-14-----14br-1212~~~---------12------------|
D|--------------------------------------/14--------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------15----------15-|
B|-13p12-13/15---13p12-13---12--------1213--1312---/17---|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------14-------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-17br17---17br17br15-------22--20192019-22--20-2020----|
B|---------------------------------------------------17--|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------15--||
B|--15brbr----------------||
G|----------14brbr--12----||
D|------------------------||
A|------------------------||
E|------------------------||



Solo 2:

E|-------------------------------------------------------|
B|--19b~~~~~~~r-19---19brp17-19-1717----20-17--20-17br---|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------16---18b-18p16-|
B|-1517--1517--------1517---------------13--16-----------|
G|-----------------------------------/13-----------------|
D|-----17----19br1719----19br19br17----------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-1618P161620192022b--20192022b--20192022b-22b22b-------|
B|------------------------------------------------2022b--|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|
B|--2022br-202222b-202220--20~~---2019----19br-17191717--|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|
B|-2017--17~~15~~12~~~~~~--------------------------------|
G|------------------------12~--11~---11br-9~---7---5/4---|
D|----------------------------------------------------5--|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|



Here's The Order:

RIFF 1 (00:00) 1X
RIFF 2 (OO:15) 2X
RIFF 1 (OO:30) 2X
RIFF 2 (00:59) 4X
SOLO 1 (O1:29) 1X
RIFF 1 (01:59) 2X
RIFF 2 (02:27) 4X-play all the way through the solo until 3:54
SOLO 2 (02:56) 1X
RIFF 2 (04:51) 4x


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