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Mean Street  Van Halen

Van Halen - Mean Street
First of all this is very advanced stuff so be prepared. There are a lot of brief notes
the intro for obvious reasons. The intro makes this song what it is. I can?t even play
right. Having said that this tab is quite accurate & will help a lot I?m sure. Yes It
me a good while to tab this so please rate etc. Thanks! Contact me at:
rattlehead.coolio@hotmail.com
Tablature Legend:
t - tap
x - muted note
h - hammer-on
p - pull-off
H - Harmonic
~ - Vibrato
PM|-| - Palm-Mute
t~ - tremolo
d - dive-bomb
?(?) - Bend(to whatever is in the brackets)
/ - Slide up
\ - Slide Down
* - Brief Note
X\ - Pick Slide
Intro:
 
 e|-12t---------12t-------------12t---------12t------------|
 B|-12t---------12t-------------12t---------12t------------|
 G|--------------------------------------------------------|
 D|-----x-----x-----x---------x-----x-----x-----x----------|
 A|-----x-----x-----x---------x-----x-----x-----x----------|
 E|-----x-12t-x-----x-12t-12t-x-----x-12t-x-----x-12t-12t--|

*This is done by tapping the 12th fret of both the high e & B strings together with the
finger & then slapping the strings with the left hand (denoted by ?x?) & then tapping
12th fret of the low E string with the thumb, slapping the strings with the left hand &
on. This bar is played about 6 times.
 
 e|-----------------------------------------------|
 B|-----------------------------------------------|
 G|-----------------------------------------------|
 D|-------12tp5-------------------------------h7--|
 A|-12tp5-------10tp5-12tp5-----------------------|
 E|-------------------------12t-12t-12t-12tp5-----|

*This is done by a bunch of taps & pull-offs. Then a hammer-on of the 7th fret of the D string.
[B] [B] [B] [B] [B]  
 
 e|---------------------------------------------------|
 B|---------------------------------------------------|
 G|------------------4p0-4-5--------------------------|
 D|-------12tp5p0-5-----------5h7-12t-7-11t-------h7--|
 A|-12tp5---------------------------------------------|
 E|-----------------------------------------12tp5-----|

* ?H? are natural harmonics created at the fret.
 
 e|-----------------------------------------------|
 B|-----------------------------------------------|
 G|-----------------------------------------------|
 D|-------12tp5-------------------------------h7--|
 A|-12tp5-------10tp5-12tp5-----------------------|
 E|-------------------------12t-12t-12t-12tp5-----|

[B] [B] [B] [B] [B]  
 
 e|---------------------------------------------------|
 B|---------------------------------------------------|
 G|------------------4p0-4-5--------------------------|
 D|-------12tp5p0-5-----------5h7-12t-7-11t-------h7--|
 A|-12tp5---------------------------------------------|
 E|-----------------------------------------12tp5-----|
 e|-----------------------------------------------|
 B|-----------------------------------------------|
 G|-----------------------------------------------|
 D|-------12tp5-------------------------------h7--|
 A|-12tp5-------10tp5-12tp5-----------------------|
 E|-------------------------12t-12t-12t-12tp5-----|

[B] [B] [B] [B] [B] [B] [B] [B]  
 
 e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
 B|-------------------------------------------------------------|
 G|------------------4p0-4-5------------------------------------|
 D|-------12tp5p0-5------------5h7-12t--11t--10t--11t--12t--p0--|
 A|-12tp5-------------------------------------------------------|
 E|-------------------------------------------------------------|

[B] [B] [B] [B] [B]  
 
 e|------------------------------------|
 B|------------------------------h5p0--|
 G|------------------------------h5p0--|
 D|------------------------------------|
 A|-h7--10t--11t--12t--12t--14t--------|
 E|------------------------------------|

[B] [B] [B] [B] [B] [B] [B] [B]  
 
 e|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 B|-h7-19tp5-17t-h7-19tp5-17t-h7-19tp5-17t-h7-19t-h5h7p5\4~-(4)--d~~~~~~~--|
 G|-h7-19tp5-17t-h7-19tp5-17t-h7-19tp5-17t-h7-19t-h5h7p5\4~-(4)--d~~~~~~~--|
 D|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 A|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Pre-Verse:
 
 e|--------------------------------------------|
 B|----------------------------------0---------|
 G|-5--------5---------------5-------0---------|
 D|-5-7-7--5---7-7----5h7p5--5-7-7---0---------|
 A|-----------------7--------------7-----------|
 E|--------------------------------------------|
 PM|-------------------------------------------|

*Softly palm-Mute
[B] [B] [B] [B] [B] [B] [B] [B]  
 
 e|-----------------------------------------------------------|
 B|---------------------------------------5----------12-------|
 G|-5--------5---------------5--------------5---7-------12----|
 D|-5-7-7--5---7-7----5h7p5--5-7-7---5--5-----7---12----------|
 A|-----------------7--------------7--------------------------|
 E|-----------------------------------------------------------|
 PM|----------------------------------------------------------|

*Softly palm-Mute
 
 e|---------------------------------------------------------|
 B|---------------------------------------------------------|
 G|-5------------------------5-------5----------------------|
 D|-5-7-7--5-x-7-7----5h7p5--5-7-7-5---7-7-5-5-5-5----------|
 A|-----------------7------------------------------7-7-7----|
 E|---------------------------------------------------------|
 PM|---------------------------------||---------------------|

*Softly palm-Mute & then full palm mute at the gap of the palm Mute.
 
 e|-------------------------------------------|
 B|-------------------------------------------|
 G|-5--------------------x-x-x-x-x-x-x--5-----|
 D|-5-7-7--5-x-7-7----5--x-x-x-x-x-x-x--5-----|
 A|-----------------7----x-x-x-x-x-x-x--------|
 E|-------------------------------------------|
 PM|------------------------------------------|

*Softly palm-Mute
*A type of phaser is used (denoted by ?x?) & this is done by rubbing the strings over
bridge pick-up.
Verse I:
H (x4)
 
 e|-----------------------------------------------------------|
 B|-----------------------------------------------------------|
 G|-----------------------------------------------------------|
 D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
 A|-3p0-0----3p0-0--------3p0-0----3p0-0----------------------|
 E|--------3--------0-3~---------3---------3-3-3-3p0-0-0-0----|
 PM |-------------------|

Chorus I:
 
 e|-------------------------------------------------|
 B|-------------------------------------------------|
 G|-----------5-----------------------7-------------|
 D|-----------5-----------------------7-------------|
 A|-3p0-0-0-0----3p0-0-3/5--3p0-0-0-0----3p0-0-3/5--|
 E|-------------------------------------------------|
 e|----------------------------------------------------|
 B|-----------6-----------------------10---------------|
 G|-----------5------10-12------------9-----X\---------|
 D|------------------10-12------------------X\---------|
 A|-3p0-0-0-0----0-0-8--10--3p0-0-0-0-------X\---------|
 E|---------------------------------------------12~----|
 e|-------------------------------------------------|
 B|-------------------------------------------------|
 G|-----------5----------------------7---7-7--------|
 D|-----------5----------------------7---7-7--------|
 A|-3p0-0-0-0----3p0-0-3/5?3p0-0-0-0----------------|
 E|-------------------------------------------/15\--|
 e|-------------------------------|
 B|----3--------------------------|
 G|----2--------------------------|
 D|-2--0----------------------9---|
 A|-0------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--7---|
 E|--------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--0---|

Verse II: same as Verse I
Chorus II:
 
 e|-------------------------------------------------|
 B|-------------------------------------------------|
 G|-----------5-----------------------7-------------|
 D|-----------5-----------------------7-------------|
 A|-3p0-0-0-0----3p0-0-3/5--3p0-0-0-0----3p0-0-3/5--|
 E|-------------------------------------------------|
 e|---------------------------------------1-3-3-1~---|
 B|-----------6-----------------------10-------------|
 G|-----------5------10-12------------9--------------|
 D|------------------10-12---------------------------|
 A|-3p0-0-0-0----0-0-8--10--3p0-0-0-0----------------|
 E|--------------------------------------------------|
 e|-------------------------------------------------|
 B|-------------------------------------------------|
 G|-----------5----------------------7---7-7--------|
 D|-----------5----------------------7---7-7--------|
 A|-3p0-0-0-0----3p0-0-3/5?3p0-0-0-0----------------|
 E|-------------------------------------------/15\--|
 e|--------|
 B|----3---|
 G|----2---|
 D|-2--0---|
 A|-0------|
 E|--------|

Bridge:
(x4)
 
 e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
 B|-8/10--10-----------------------|-8/10--10-----------------------|
 G|-x/x---x---------------7p5------|-x/x---x----------------12/14---|
 D|-5/7---7-----12/14--14-----7p5--|-5/7---7-----12/14--14--10/12---|
 A|----------10-10/12--12----------|----------10-10/12--12----------|
 E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

Solo:
[B] [B] [B] [B] [B] [B] [B] [B]  
 
 e|-------------------------------------------------|
 B|-------------------------------------------------|
 G|-7(9)-(9)-(9)-(9)-(9)-(9)-(9)-(7)~~~-5---7p5-----|
 D|---------------------------------------7-----7~--|
 A|-------------------------------------------------|
 E|-------------------------------------------------|

[B] [B] [B] [B]  
 
 e|----5-8-6-5----7-10-8-7----------------------|
 B|---5----------7---------10-8-7-------8-7-8~--|
 G|--5----------9-----------------9-8-7---------|
 D|-8-------------------------------------------|
 A|---------------------------------------------|
 E|---------------------------------------------|
 e|-----19-17-15-14-17-15-14----15-14--------------------|
 B|-/15----------------------15-------17-15-14-----------|
 G|--------------------------------------------17-15-14--|
 D|------------------------------------------------------|
 A|------------------------------------------------------|
 E|------------------------------------------------------|
 e|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 B|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 G|-15(16)-(16)-12-15(16)-(16)-12-15(16)-(16)-12-15(16)-(16)-12------------|
 D|-------------------------------------------------------------15t~~~~~~--|
 A|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

| mess with the whammy here |
 
 e|-15(17)(15)-13-15-|-15p12h15p12h15p12h15p12h15p12-|--|
 B|-----------------------------------------------------|
 G|-----------------------------------------------------|
 D|-----------------------------------------------------|
 A|-----------------------------------------------------|
 E|-----------------------------------------------------|
 e|-------------------------------------15t~~\---|
 B|-------------------------------------15t~~\---|
 G|-------------------12----12h15p12-------------|
 D|-15-12----12h15p12----15----------15----------|
 A|-------15-------------------------------------|
 E|----------------------------------------------| End Solo

Verse III: Same as Verse I
Chorus III: Same as Chorus I
Interlude:
volume swells (x4)
 
 e|-----------------------------------------|
 B|-----------------------------------------|
 G|-5-------------------7-------------------|
 D|-5-------------------7-------------------|
 A|-----------------------------------------|
 E|-----------------------------------------|

Outro:
*For the next part add strumming of the open A string with the swells of the interlude.
Here?s an outro riff used:
 
 e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 B|-3(3)------5(5)-6-(6)--8-(8)-10(10)-11(11)-------13(13)-14(14)-15(15)-------------|

G|-5(7)~~~~~~7(9)~8(10)~10(12)~12(14)~13(15)~~~~~~~15(17)~16(18)~17(19)-20(22)~~~~--|
 
 D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

*The rest is just a lot of tremolo that fades out!
Is it me or does the outro sound similar to that infamous part of Guns N' Roses' Rocket
you know th one!;)
Enjoy or else!

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