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Blood Brothers 1

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Album/Source: Brave New World


IRON MAIDEN -- BLOOD BROTHERS
-----------------------------

This happens to be the first tab I've written and posted, which may
explain why I have made an effort to lay out the tab neatly, :)
The first scales I learnt were G major and G pent. so I was playing
around in these scales and accidently played the lead melody riff.
Since I reckon Iron Maiden are great, and Brave New World is, like,
one of the best metal/rock albums of all time, I HAD to try and play
the whole thing.  Eventually, I got everything except the first solo
(it's way too fast for my ears to catch, never mind play!).  But,
you'll be pleased to know the awesome second solo (near the end of
the track) isn't as hard to play as it sounds, you just have to get
the string-bends and timing right.

Note: this tab does not ACCURATELY portray timing.  Listen to the
song, as the tab notes are layed out to ROUGHLY portray timing!

This song is in the key of G-major, and frequently uses the scales
Gmaj 4 and Gmaj 5.  Below are these two scale positions.  Learn them
well if you don't know them already, in both directions!


G-major scale: position 4

e |----------------------------------------10-12---------|
b |-------------------------------10-12-13---------------|
g |-----------------------9-11-12------------------------|
D |---------------9-10-12--------------------------------|
A |-------9-10-12----------------------------------------|
E |-10-12------------------------------------------------|


G-major scale: position 5

e |-------------------------------------------12-14-15---|
b |----------------------------------12-13-15------------|
g |-------------------------11-12-14---------------------|
D |-------------------12-14------------------------------|
A |----------12-14-15------------------------------------|
E |-12-14-15---------------------------------------------|


BACKGROUND INFO
---------------

It is designed for 3 guitars.  "Guitar A" refers to an acoustic,
"Guitar B" refers to the first electric (always with strong
distortion), and finally "Guitar C" refers to the second electric
(typically clean using rear pickup, occasional light distortion).

The song contains 12 riffs.  Here's a short description of each,
in order of appearance:

RIFF A -- Intro: Guitar A
RIFF B -- Intro lead and misc melody: Guitar C
RIFF C -- Same as Riff A, but slightly different rhythm!
RIFF D -- Verse rhythm: Guitar B, also bkgnd orch strings
RIFF E -- Chorus: Guitar A and B
RIFF F -- Break: Guitar A and B
RIFF G -- Pre-solo interlude (mutation of Riff B): Guitar C
RIFF H -- First solo (NOT TABBED!) -- Guitar C
RIFF I -- Post-solo interlude: Guitar C
RIFF J -- 2nd verse rhythm: Guitar A
RIFF K -- 2nd verse lead (over Riff J): Guitar C
RIFF L -- Second solo riff: Guitar C


SONG TABS
---------

   [ KEY ]

       -  h = hammer-on (do note without picking string)
       -  ^ = string bend
       -  ~ = tremolo (fingered or with wh. bar; your choice)
       -  / = slide (up or down)
       -  etc = placeholder for rhythm pattern in chord


RIFF A

[ This sounds odd at first, like the guitar should
  be playing the end bit lower (ie tuning it all
  down).  But believe me, the bass goes lower not
  the guitar.                                      ]
.
.
D |---------------------------5---5------7------|
A |-----2---2------5------3-----3-----5-----5---|
E |-0-----0-----3-----3-5-----------------------|

   repeat above 3 times, then this...
.      (same, but last two pwr chords in opposite order)
.
D |---------------------------7---7------5------|
A |-----2---2------5------5-----5-----3-----3---|
E |-0-----0-----3-----3-5-----------------------|



RIFF B

e |---------------------------------------------|
b |------------13----12-10-12----10----10-------|
g |-9-------------------------------12----12-11-|
D |------10-12----------------------------------|
A |---------------------------------------------|
E |---------------------------------------------|

e |---------------------------------------------|
b |------------13----12-10-12----10-------------|
g |-9-------------------------------12----12-11-|
D |------10-12-------------------------12-------|
A |---------------------------------------------|
E |---------------------------------------------|



RIFF C

   [ same pwr chords as riff A, just a different rhythm ]



RIFF D

all palm-muted

e |-----------------------------------------------------|
b |-----------------------------------------------------|
g |---------------------------5-5----5---5-7-7----7---7-|
D |-2-2----2---2-5-5----5---5-5-5----5---5-7-7----7---7-|
A |-2-2----2---2-5-5----5---5-3-3----3---3-5-5----5---5-|
E |-0-0----0---0-3-3----3---3---------------------------|

   repeat above 3 times, then this...
       (same, but last two pwr chords in opposite order)

e |-----------------------------------------------------|
b |-----------------------------------------------------|
g |---------------------------7-7----7---7-5-5----5---5-|
D |-2-2----2---2-5-5----5---5-7-7----7---7-5-5----5---5-|
A |-2-2----2---2-5-5----5---5-5-5----5---5-3-3----3---3-|
E |-0-0----0---0-3-3----3---3---------------------------|



RIFF E

Chorus riff.  Get the rhythm right by listening to the song.
The chords are, curiously, the same as the chords for 
The Wicker Man (from the same album)...

e |-----------------------------------------|
b |-----------------------------------------|
g |-9---------5--------------------7--------|
D |-9-etc-----5-etc-----5----------7-etc----|
A |-7---------3---------5-etc------5--------|
E |---------------------3-------------------|



RIFF F

The break riff ("There are times that I feel I'm afraid for
the world, there are times I'm ashamed of us all...")

e |------------------------------------|
b |------------------------------------|
g |-7--------9-----------------5-------|
D |-7-etc----9-etc----5--------5-etc---|
A |-5--------7--------5-etc----3-------|
E |-------------------3----------------|



RIFF G

Same as Riff B, just different timing.


RIFF H

The impossibly fast solo-riff...
I can't tab this.  If anyone can, let me know and POST IT!



RIFF I

e |---------------------------------------------|
b |-----12---10---12---------13---12------10----|
g |-9----------------------------------------12-|
D |---------------------------------------------|
A |---------------------------------------------|
E |---------------------------------------------|

repeat a whole bunch of times, then slide the first
note -- the 9th fret on g -- down to second fret at
the end (you'll hear it when you listen to the song)



RIFF J

.
.
D |---2-2---2-2---7-7---5-5-|
A |-0-----0-----5-----3-----| (x2)
E |-------------------------|

.
.
D |-------------------------|---2-2---2-2---2-2---2-2-|
A |---2-2---5-5---2-2---5-5-|-0-----0-----0-----0-----|
E |-0-----3-----0-----3-----|-------------------------|



RIFF K

The lead that kicks in after over Riff J after J has been
played once.  This is very difficult and takes practise;
in my opinion it is harder than the second solo riff.
Each "|---" to "---|" is three eighth beats, but the tab
is only rough; it's just to give some idea of the timing.

e |------------------|--------------|-10---------|
b |---------------10-|-12---10---12-|------12-10-|
g |-9-11-12-11-12----|--------------|------------|
.
.    ^^^^ FAST BIT!

e |-------------|--------------|-----------|
b |-12----------|-10----h12~~~~|~~-10---12-|
g |------10-----|--------------|-----------|
D |---------12--|--------------|-----------|
.
.

e |-10----------|-------------|-----------|
b |-------12-10-|-12----10----|-10~~~~~~~~|
g |-------------|----------12-|-----------|
.
.

e |------------|----------------|--------------|
b |~~~-----10--|-12/13---12--10-|-12----10-----|
g |----12------|----------------|-----------12-|
.
.

e |------|------------|------------|------------|---------|
b |------|------------|------------|------------|---------|
g |-9~~~~|~~~~-9---11-|-12----11-9-|-11----9----|-9-------|
D |------|------------|------------|---------12-|-----9~~~|
A |------|------------|------------|------------|---------|
E |------|------------|------------|------------|---------|

e |----------|-----------|-----------|-------|---------|
b |----------|-----------|-----------|-------|---------|
g |--------9-|-12---11-9-|-11---9----|-9-----|----9-11-|
D |~~~-12----|-----------|--------12-|-------|---------|
A |----------|-----------|-----------|-------|---------|
E |----------|-----------|-----------|-------|---------|

e |-----------|-----------|-------|--------|
b |-----------|-----------|-------|--------|
g |-12---11-9-|------9-11-|-9~~~~~|~~~~~~--|
D |-----------|-12--------|-------|--------|
A |-----------|-----------|-------|--------|
E |-----------|-----------|-------|--------|



RIFF L

The second solo-riff, near the end.  Light distortion, but
plenty of gain will get that 'naturally semi-harmonic'
sound you want for this.  Timing note: each | to | is one
whole bar (2/2).

e |-12---12~~~~10-|-12---10-h12---12---14-|
b |---------------|-----------------------|
.
.

e |-15---14-12-------12-14-|-12~~~~~--18/19~~~~|
b |------------15----------|-------------------|
.
.

e |-19~~~-17-15-14---15-14-|---------12-14-|
b |------------------------|-15~~~~--------|
.
.

e |-14/15---14-12-------12-14-|-12~~~~~~-----12^---|
b |----------------15---------|--------------------|
.
.

e |----------------------12---------12----|
b |-14-12----12----12-14-------15---------|
g |-------14----14------------------------|
.
.

e |-12~~~~----19~~~~~-|-19-15-17-15-17-19-17-15-19~~~~-17-15-17-|
b |-------------------|-----------------------------------------|
.
.

e |-12~~~~~~~----|---12--------------|
b |--------------|-------------------|
.
.                    ^^ slowly dive with the whammy bar
                         (or slide, but the bar is better)



SONG STRUCTURE
--------------

If you make head from tail of my tab by listening to the song,
the structure is pretty self-explanitory based on the short
descriptions at the top of this tab (the "background info"
section)


LYRICS
------

No tab is complete (in my opinion) without the lyrics...

  And if you're taking a walk through the garden of life
  What do think you'd expect you would see?
  Just like a mirror refleting the moves of your life
  And in the river reflections of me

  Just for a second a glimpse of my father I see
  And in a movement he beckons to me
  And in a moment the memories are all that remain
  And all the wounds are re-opening again

    WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS, WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS
    WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS, WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS

  And as you look all around at the world in dismay
  What do you see? Do you think we have learned?
  Not if you're taking a look at the war torn affray
  Out in the street where our babies are buried

    WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS, WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS
    WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS, WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS

  There are times when I feel I'm afraid for the world
  There are times I'm ashamed of us all
  When you're floating all over the emotion you feel
  And reflecting the good and the bad

  Will we ever know what the answer to life really is?
  Can you really tell me what love is?
  Maybe all the things that you know that are precious to you
  Can be slipped away by fate's soft hand

    WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS, WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS
    WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS, WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS

  When you think that we've used all our chances
  And the chance to make everything right
  Keep on making the same old mistakes
  Make some tipping the balance of reason
  When we're living our lives on the edge
  Say a prayer on the book of the dead...

    WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS, WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS
    WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS, WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS
    WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS, WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS
    WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS, WE'RE BLOOD BROTHERS

  And if you're taking a walk though the garden of...
                  life...





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