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Ritual

Ritual Guitar Tabs

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I decided to figure out the chorus riff in this song, but the whole song
is so cool I ended up working it all out.  Thanks to Drew Heaton for
starting it out.


Meshuggah play seven-string guitars tuned down a semitone to Bb.  This is
transcribed for a six-string, so tune to Bb Eb Ab Db Gb Bb.  Note the 
Maj.3rd is between the 1+2nd strings, not the 2+3rd.

Generally one dash is a 16th note or a 32nd note in length, so either ----
or -------- is one beat.  I decided since the rhythms are fairly complex I 
would add markers above/below each line to show quarter note beats.  So,
the | symbols are there to make learning the timing easier.

Notation explanation:
---------
-5:--4:--  Time Signature changes.  If you don't understand, listen
-4:--4:--        to the song.
---------

The important things needed to sound like Meshuggah is to nail the rhythms
accurately, and to palm mute the right notes.  Pay attention to those
P.Ms.
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Riff A - clean guitar, about as fast as you can play it
Bb|-----------0-------------0---------|-----------0-------------0-|
Gb|---------0---0---------0---0-------|---------0---0---------0---|
Db|4:-----4-------4-----4-------4-----|3:-----4-------4-----4-----|
Ab|4:---4-------------4-----------4---|4:---4-------------4-------|
Eb|---2-------------3---------------0-|---2-------------3---------|
Bb|-----------------------------------|---------------------------|
      |       |       |       |           |       |       |

Play Riff A 8x, with the following little solo after 4x:
Lead 1        played very loosely
Bb|------------------|---------------|------------------|-----------------|
Gb|---6------7\66----|---6------7\44-|---6----7/9-------|-----111112121111|
Db|4:----------------|3:-------------|4:----------------|3:---------------|
Ab|4:-4-----55\44----|4:-4-----55\22-|4:-4----5/7-------|4:--99-9-10109-9-|
Eb|------------------|---------------|------------------|-----------------|
Bb|------------------|---------------|------------------|-----------------|
      |   |   |   |      |   |   |       |   |   |   |     |    |    |

Bb|--------------------|--------------|-------------------|--------------|
Gb|-------/14141212----|-----11126----|-----66-7-9--9-----|-----9-6-4----|
Db|4:------------------|3:------------|4:-----------------|3:------------|
Ab|4:-----/12121010----|4:--99-104----|4:---44-5-7-77-----|4:--77-4-2----|
Eb|--------------------|--------------|-------------------|--------------|
Bb|--------------------|--------------|-------------------|--------------|
      |   |   |    |      |   |   |       |   |   |   |      |   |   |

Riff B - distortion
      |   |   |   |       |   |   |
Db|---4--4---4--4-4444|---4--4---4--4-|
Ab|4:-4--4---4--4-4444|3:-4--4---4--4-|
Eb|4:-2-22-223-33-3333|4:-2-22-223-33-|
Bb|-------------------|---------------|
P.M     .  ..  .            .  ..

Play Riff B 6x, with vocals last 4x

Riff C               /=== 1 ================\/=== 2 ================\/=
Db||-----------------|-------------------5--||----------------/8-8--||-
Ab||3:-------6\5-6\5-|4:-------6\5-6-5---4-*||4:-------6\5-6-5-----*||-
Eb||4:--4--4-6\5-6\5-|4:--4--4-6\5-6-5---3-*||4:--4--4-6\5-6-5/6-6-*||-
Bb||---2-32--4\3-4\3-|---2-32--4\3-4-3-22---||---2-32--4\3-4-3------||-
P.M    .....             .....         ..        .....
       |   |    |        |   |    |    |         |   |    |    |

   =\/=== 3 ================\/=== 4 ================\
Db -||----------------------||----------------/7-7--||
Ab -||4:-------6\5-6-5---4-*||4:-------6\5-6-5-----*||
Eb -||4:--4--4-6\5-6-5---3-*||4:--4--4-6\5-6-5/5-5-*||
Bb -||---2-32--4\3-4-3-222--||---2-32--4\3-4-3------||
P.M      .....         ..        .....
         |   |    |    |         |   |    |    |

Play Riff C
Play Riff B 6x, with vocals last 4x
Play Riff C

Then play the following:
                                       /=== 1,2,3,5 ====================\
Bb|-------3-------3-----3-------3-----||----1-------1-----1-------1-----||-
Gb|-----------4-------------4---------||--------4-------------4---------||-
Db|4:---4---4---4-----4---4---4-------||--4---4---4-----4---4---4------*||-
Ab|4:-2-------------2-------------2---||0-------------0-------------0--*||-
Eb|-----------------------------------||--------------------------------||-
Bb|-----------------------------------||--------------------------------||-
      |       |       |       |         |       |       |       |

   =\/=== 4 ==========================\/=== 6 ==========================\
Bb -||----1-----------------0---------||----1---------------------------||
Gb -||--------4---------2-------2-----||--------4-----------0-------0---||
Db -||--4---4---------5---5---5------*||--4---4-----------4---4---4----*||
Ab -||0---------0--------------------*||0---------0-----4-------4------*||
Eb -||--------------3-----------------||--------------3-----------------||
Bb -||-CleanGtr-----------------------||--------------------------------||
      |        |      |       |         |       |       |       |

After the 2nd ending, play:
Lead 2
Bb|17---17\15-15-----------------20|19h20p19------------------------|-
Gb|--------------------------------|--------19-16-16--------~~~~~~~~|-
Db|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|-
Ab|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|-
Eb|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|-
Bb|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|-
   |      |        |        |       |         |      |       |

Bb -|--------------------------------|-------------------------------|-
Gb -|---------12--12\11-11~~-----7---|7/9---7------------------------|-
Db -|--------------------------------|----------7-7/9~~--------------|-
Ab -|--------------------------------|-------------------------------|-
Eb -|--------------------------------|-------------------------------|-
Bb -|--------------------------------|-------------------------------|-
     |      |        |       |        |       |       |       |

Db -|--------------------------------|-------------------------------|-
Ab -|-----------10-9~~-------//12----|10----9-----------7~~----------|-
Eb -|--------------------------------|------------10-----------------|-
Bb -|--------------------------------|-------------------------------|-
     |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |

Bb -|-------------------------------|--------------------------17----|19~~
Gb -|-------------------------------|------------------14-/16--------|---
Db -|-------------------------------|-----/9-p7-----12---------------|---
Ab -|/9-----------9------b10r---7p5h|7-------------------------------|---
Eb -|-------------------------------|--------------------------------|---
Bb -|-------------------------------|--------------------------------|---
      |      |      |       |        |      |         |      |

Hold that last note over the following:
   Play 8x, clean guitar
Bb|--------------------0-----0-----|
Gb|------------------0---------0---|
Db|----4-----4-----4-------------4-|
Ab|--2-----4-----4-----------------|
Eb|0-----3-----2-------------------|
Bb|--------------------------------|
   |       |       |       |

Play Riff B 12x, after 4x play Lead 1, after 8x is a crazy fast solo. I
bet it uses the 7th string, that's my excuse for not doing it. hehehe

Riff D (distortion)
Bb|-----------------------|
Gb|---3-------4--5--------|
Db|5:-3-------4--5--------|
Ab|4:-1-------2--3--------|
Eb|-----------------------|
Bb|-----------------------|
      |   |   |   |   |

Play Riff D 4x
At the same time as riff D is a clean guitar riff which I can't hear well 
enough.  I can hear the open 7th string (high Eb), so it would probably be
hard to play on a 6 string anyways.  Also, the solo winds down by playing
single notes as in riff D, dropping an octave each repeat.

Riff E                        /=== 1 =============================\/=
Db|-----------------5/6-------|-----------------5/6-----------8---||-
Ab|3:---4/5---7/8---5/6-------|4:---4/5---7/8---5/6-----------5--*||-
Eb|4:---4/5---7/8---3/4-------|4:---4/5---7/8---3/4---------6-6--*||-
Bb|---0-2/3-0-5/6-0-----0-0-0-|---0-2/3-0-5/6-0-----0-0-0-0-------||-
P.M   .     .     .     . . .     .     .     .     . . . .
      |       |       |           |       |       |       |

   =\/=== 2 =============================\
Db -||-----------------5/6-----------7---|
Ab -||4:---4/5---7/8---5/6---------------|
Eb -||4:---4/5---7/8---3/4---------5-5---|
Bb -||---0-2/3-0-5/6-0-----0-0-0-0-------|
P.M      .     .     .     . . . .
         |       |       |       |

Play Riff E 4x
Play Riff A 6x, last 4x with vocals
Play Riff B 4x

Riff F
      |   |   |   |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |   |   |   |
Db|--------/8-------/6-------/7-7-|-----/8-------/7--------3-3--|
Ab|7:-22-22----22-22----22-22-----|22-22----22-22----22-22------|
Eb|4:-22-22/6--22-22/4--22-22/5-5-|22-22/6--22-22/5--22-22-1-1--|
Bb|---00-00----00-00----00-00-----|00-00----00-00----00-00------|
P.M   .. ..    .. ..    .. ..      .. ..    .. ..    .. ..
   
Play Riff F 6x (fadeout)
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May 18, 1999
 I guess I'll do Sickening now and finish off the EP





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