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Keeping the Blade  Coheed and Cambria

As recorded by Coheed and Cambria
(From the 2005 Album GOOD APOLLO, I'M BURNING STAR IV - VOLUME ONE: FROM FEAR THROUGH THE EYES OF MADNESS)
Music by Coheed and Cambria
Transcribed by sprinklerthief
Gtr I (D# G# C# F# A# D#) - 'strings arr. for gtr.'
Gtr II (D# G# C# F# A# D#) - 'piano arr. for gtr.'
Gtr III (D# G# C# F# A# D#) - 'piano arr. for gtr.'
Gtr IV (D# G# C# F# A# D#) - 'strings arr. for gtr.'
Gtr V (D# G# C# F# A# D#) - 'strings arr. for gtr.'
Intro
Slowly Q=70
N.C.
[4/4] Gtr I
H.. E W H.. E W
 
 |-10---------7-|-9--------|-10---------7-|-9----||
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Second Stage Theme
[(F#m)]Gtr I
W
 
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| Gtr II
| H +E E +S E.
 
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 |-17----------------(17)-14-------(14)-15--|
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| Gtr III
| S S E S S E E. T T Q
 
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 |-20-19-------19---------------------------|
 |-------19-19----18--18-----18-19----------|
 |----------------------------------21------|
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<[(C#)]
E +Q. Q. E W
 
 |--9-----(9)-----------------------------------7-|-------------------------------------|
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| E. S +E E +S E. +Q H.. E
 
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 |------------14-(14)-----------------------------|-17-------------------------------14-|
 |-16--------------------14-(14)-16--------(16)---|-------------------------------------|
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| S S E S S E E. T T Q S S E S S E E. T T Q
 
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 |-20--19-------------19--------------------------|-20---19-------19--------------------|
 |--------19------19-----18--18------18-19--------|---------19-19----18-18--18-19-------|
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W [(F#m)] W
 
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| +E E +E E +H H +E E +S E.
 
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 |-(14)----15-(15)----------------------|-17----------------(17)-14-------(14)-15--|
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| S S E S S E E. T T Q S S E S S E E. T T Q
 
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[B] [B]  
 
 |-17-----------------------15------------------|
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| E. S +E E +S E. +Q
 
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 |-----------14-(14)----------------------------|
 |-16-------------------14-(14)-16--------(16)--|
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| S S E S S E E. T T Q
 
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 |-20--19------------19-------------------------|
 |--------19-----19-----18--18------18-19-------|
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[(C#)] H.. E
 
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| H.. E
 
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| S S E S S E E. T T Q
 
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 |-20---19-------19--------------------|
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H=H
[(Fm)] 
W [6/4] W.
 
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| +E E +E E +H W.
 
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| >
| S S E S S E E. T T Q W.
 
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 |--20--19---------19-------------------|-7-----||
 |---------19--19-----18--18--18-19-----|-4-----||
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Interlude
Faster Q=78
N.C.
[4/4] Gtrs I, IV Gtr I
>
E E E E E E E E Q. +S +S H W
 
 |----------9-10-9----14-|-12----(12)-(12)---------|-----------------|
 |-12----12--------12----|-------------------------|-----------------|
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| Gtrs IV, V
| W H E E E E E E E E E E E E
 
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 |-----------------------|-----------------4---4-6-|-4---4-6-7-6-4---|
 |-----------------------|-------------------4-----|---4-------------|
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|-3-|
H. Q Q. S S Q E E E Q Q Q Q
 
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 |-10-------7--|-12----10-8-7--8-7-5-|----5--------|
 |-------------|---------------------|-7-----6-----|
 |-------------|---------------------|----------7--|
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Gtr Gtr[5/4]s I, IV
>
H. S +S E Q Q Q Q Q
 
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 |-5-------5-(5)-7-|-4--2--0--------||
 |-----------------|----------4-----||
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In Keeping Theme
Faster Q=90
[(B)] [(F#m)] 
[4/4] Gtr I
<
Q +S S S S E +Q S S Q +E E E E E E
 
 |---------------7------(7)-----5---|---------------------------|
 |------------5-------------------8-|--7----------(7)---7-8-----|
 |-4--(4)-6-7-----------------------|-----------------7-----7-6-|
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| Gtr IV
| < < <
| Q +Q S E. +Q S E. +H.
 
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 |-4--(4)-----------2-------(2)-----|---------------------------|
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| Gtr V
| <
| H +S Q.. +S S +H..
 
 |------------------7---------------|-(7)-----------------------|
 |----------------------------------|-----7--(7)----------------|
 |-4------------(4)-----------------|---------------------------|
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[(B)]Q +S S S S E +Q S S [(F#m)] Q +E E Q Q
 
 |---------------7------(7)-----5---|-------------------------|
 |------------5-------------------8-|--7----------(7)---------|
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| < < <
| Q +Q S E. +Q S E. +H.
 
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| <
| H +S Q.. +S S +H..
 
 |------------------7---------------|-(7)---------------------|
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[(B)]Q +S S S S E +Q S S [(F#m)] Q +E E E E E E
 
 |---------------7------(7)-----5---|---------------------------|
 |------------5-------------------8-|--7----------(7)---7-8-----|
 |-4--(4)-6-7-----------------------|-----------------7-----7-6-|
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| < < <
| Q +Q S E. +Q S E. +H.
 
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| <
| H +S Q.. +S S +H..
 
 |------------------7---------------|-(7)-----------------------|
 |----------------------------------|-----7--(7)----------------|
 |-4------------(4)-----------------|---------------------------|
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[(B)]Q +S S S S E +Q S S [(F#m)] Q +E E Q Q
 
 |---------------7------(7)-----5---|-------------------------|
 |------------5-------------------8-|--7----------(7)---------|
 |-4--(4)-6-7-----------------------|-----------------7-7--6--|
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| < < <
| Q +Q S E. +Q S E. +H.
 
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| <
| H +S Q.. +S S +H..
 
 |------------------7---------------|-(7)---------------------|
 |----------------------------------|-----7--(7)--------------|
 |-4------------(4)-----------------|-------------------------|
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[(B)]Q +S S S S E +Q S S [(F#m)] Q +E E E E E E
 
 ||----------------7------(7)-----5---|---------------------------|
 ||o------------5-------------------8-|--7----------(7)---7-8-----|
 ||--4--(4)-6-7-----------------------|-----------------7-----7-6-|
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| < < <
| Q +Q S E. +Q S E. +E E E E E E
 
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 ||o----------------------------------|---------------------------|
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 ||--4--(4)-----------2-------(2)-----|-------------------4-5-----|
 ||o----------------------------------|-----------------5-----5-4-|
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| <
| H +S Q.. +S S +H..
 
 ||-------------------7---------------|-(7)-----------------------|
 ||o----------------------------------|-----7--(7)----------------|
 ||--4------------(4)-----------------|---------------------------|
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 ||o----------------------------------|---------------------------|
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[(B)]Q +S S S S E +Q S S [(F#m)] Q +E E Q Q
 
 |---------------7------(7)-----5---|--------------------------||
 |------------5-------------------8-|--7----------(7)---------o||
 |-4--(4)-6-7-----------------------|-----------------7-7--6---||
 |----------------------------------|--------------------------||
 |----------------------------------|-------------------------o||
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| < < <
| Q +Q S E. +Q S E. +E E Q Q
 
 |----------------------------------|--------------------------||
 |----------------------------------|-------------------------o||
 |----------------------------------|-----2-------(2)----------||
 |-4--(4)-----------2-------(2)-----|--------------------------||
 |----------------------------------|-----------------5-5--4--o||
 |----------------------------------|--------------------------||

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| <
| H +S Q.. +S S +H..
 
 |------------------7---------------|-(7)----------------------||
 |----------------------------------|-----7--(7)--------------o||
 |-4------------(4)-----------------|--------------------------||
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 |----------------------------------|-------------------------o||
 |----------------------------------|--------------------------||

+W +W +W
 
 |-------------------|----------------|--------*|
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 |-(6)---------------|-(6)------------|-(6)----*|
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 |-------------------|----------------|--------*|
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| < < <
| E +Q. E +Q. E +H.. +W
 
 |-------------------|----------------|--------*|
 |-------------------|----------------|--------*|
 |--2--(2)-----------|----------------|--------*|
 |-----------5-(5)---|--4--(4)--------|-(4)----*|
 |-------------------|----------------|--------*|
 |-------------------|----------------|--------*|

Duration Legend
 
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 W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura

+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the
duration for. Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests. Multi-
bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for. Low
melody durations appear below the staff
Tablature Legend
 
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h - hammer-on
p - pull-off
b - bend
pb - pre-bend
r - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
/\ - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
s - legato slide
S - shift slide
- natural harmonic
(n) - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
~ - vibrato
tr - trill
T - tap
TP - trem. picking
PM - palm muting
\n/ - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
\n - tremolo bar down
n/ - tremolo bar up
/n\ - tremolo bar inverted dip
= - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
- volume swell (louder/softer)
x - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
o - on rhythm slash represents single note slash
Misc Legend
 
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| - bar
|| - double bar
||o - repeat start
o|| - repeat end
*| - double bar (ending)
: - bar (freetime)
$ - Segno
& - Coda
Tempo markers - = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths

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