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Van Halen, Bottoms Up! Tabs (ver.1)

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Bottoms Up! Tabs (ver.1)

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                Key:
///= Tremolo Pick
= Natural Harmonic
DB= Whammy Dive Bomb

clean part (roll of volume knob, play with fingers)
|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-------------3---|
|-----2----4----2-|-4----2---4--2---|
|-----2----2----2-|-2----2---2------|
|-----------------|-----------------|
|-0---------------|-----------------|

|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----2----4----2-|-4----2---4--2---|
|-----2----2----2-|-2----2---2--0---|
|-----------------|-----------------|
|-0---------------|-----------------|

|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-------------3---|
|-----2----4----2-|-4----2---4--2---|
|-----2----2----2-|-2----2---2------|
|-----------------|-----------------|
|-0---------------|-----------------|

|-----------------|------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|------------|-----------------|
|-----2----4--2-2-|-4---2--2---|-4--2---2--------|
|-----2----2--2-0-|-2---2--0---|-2--2---0--------|
|-----------------|------------|-----------------|
|-0---------------|------------|-----------------|

(Drum fill)

Bring volume knob back up for distorted part

	             *****MAIN RIFF*****

|---------------|------------|------------|------------|
|---------------|------------|------------|----3-------|
|-2----2--2--2--|------5-----|-2---2--2--2|-1/2--------|
|-2----2--2--2--|--4/5-------|-2---2--2--2|------------|
|---0*----------|-------0h3p0|---0*-------|-------0h3p0|
|---------------|------------|------------|------------|
* let open a string ring out for rest of measure
|---------------|------------|------------|
|---------------|------------|-----------0|
|-2----2--2--2--|------5-----|-2---2--2--0|
|-2----2--2--2--|--4/5-------|-2---2--2--0|
|---0*----------|-------0h3p0|---0*-------|
|---------------|------------|------------|
* let open a string ring out for rest of measure


After that verse starts over main riff...
***verse***
I've been sittin' here about half the night.......
|---------------|------------|------------|------------|
|---------------|------------|------------|----3-------|
|-2----2--2--2--|------5-----|-2---2--2--2|-1/2--------|
|-2----2--2--2--|--4/5-------|-2---2--2--2|------------|
|---0*----------|-------0h3p0|---0*-------|-------0h3p0|
|---------------|------------|------------|------------|
* let open a string ring out for rest of measure
			...I think I'm gonna jump!
|---------------|------------|------------|--------------|
|---------------|------------|------------|--------------|
|-2----2--2--2--|------5-----|-2---2--2---|--------------|
|-2----2--2--2--|--4/5-------|-2---2--2---|--------------|
|---0*----------|-------0h3p0|---0*------5|--5--4--3-----|
|---------------|------------|------------|--------------|
* let open a string ring out for rest of measure

***Pre-chorus***

I'm singin', I'm dancin.....
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|
|-4--4--4--4--|-4--4--4--5--|-4--4--4--4--|-4--4--4--5--|
|-2--0--2--0--|-2--0--2--3--|-2--0--2--0--|-2--0--2--3--|
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-------------|

|-------------|-------------|-------------|---------|
|-------------|-------------|-------------|---------|
|4-4--4--4--4-|-4--4--4--5--|-4--4--4--4--|-4-------|
|0-2--0--2--0-|-2--0--2--3--|-2--0--2--0--|-2-------|
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-2-------|
|-------------|-------------|-------------|-0-------|

***Chorus***

|---------------|------------|------------|------------|
|---------------|------------|------------|----3-------|
|-2----2--2--2--|------5-----|-2---2--2--2|-1/2--------|
|-2----2--2--2--|--4/5-------|-2---2--2--2|------------|
|---0*----------|-------0h3p0|---0*-------|-------0h3p0|
|---------------|------------|------------|------------|
* let open a string ring out for rest of measure

|---------------|------------|-------------------------|
|---------------|------------|-----12----7----5--------|
|-2----2--2--2--|---7---8--9-|-----12----7------5------|
|-2----2--2--2--|---5---6--7-|-12-----7-----5----------|
|---0*----------|------------|-------------------------|
|---------------|------------|-------------------------|
				   	(Natural Harmonics) for entire measure
* let open a string ring out for rest of measure

Play verse, pre-chorus, chorus again (basically the same)
then go into solo

***Solo #1***
(backed up by F# chord)
(played with flanger/phaser)

|------------------------------17b19-|---14~~~-------------|
|-----------------17b19r17p14--------|--------14h17p14-----|
|-14--16b17p14---------------16------|------------------16-|
|--------------16--------------------|---------------------|
|------------------------------------|---------------------|
|------------------------------------|---------------------|

play this lick
three times
|-------------|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|O-14h17p14--O|------------14------------------|--------------------------------|
|----------17-|-17p16p14-16---14b15------------|--9b11-----P.H-----P.H---P.H----|
|-------------|----------------------16~~~~----|-----------9b12---9b11--9b10----|
|O-----------O|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|-------------|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

|------------------------|--------------------------------|
|------------------------|--------------------------------|
|------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--8-7b8-----------------|--------------------------------|
|----------9-7b8--7------|--------------------------------|
|---------------------9--|---8-----7-----5---5----7~~~~~--|

The clean part after the solo is pretty much the same thing as the beginning, 
except it goes on longer.

|-----------------|-----------------|------ \
|-----------------|-------------3---| ----- \
|-----2----4----2-|-4----2---4--2---|  ---- \
|-----2----2----2-|-2----2---2------|   --- \
|-----------------|-----------------|    -- \
|-0---------------|------------------------ \      \ *PLAY THIS RIFF A BUNCH OF TIMES*
 						  /
|-----------------|----------------------- \     /
|-----------------|----------------------- \    /
|-----2----4----2-|-4----2---4--2--------- \   /
|-----2----2----2-|-2----2---2--0--------- \  /
|-----------------|----------------------- \ /
|-0---------------|----------------------- \

	   *END CLEAN SECTION WITH THIS RIFF*
|-----------------|------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|------------|-----------------|
|-----2----4--2-2-|-4---2--2---|-4--2---2--------|
|-----2----2--2-0-|-2---2--0---|-2--2---0--------|
|-----------------|------------|-----------------|
|-0---------------|------------|-----------------|

(Drum Fill)

(Distortion back on)
|---------------|------------|------------|------------|
|---------------|------------|------------|----3-------|
|-2----2--2--2--|------5-----|-2---2--2--2|-1/2--------|
|-2----2--2--2--|--4/5-------|-2---2--2--2|------------|
|---0*----------|-------0h3p0|---0*-------|-------0h3p0|
|---------------|------------|------------|------------|
* let open a string ring out for rest of measure
|---------------|------------|-----------------|
|---------------|------------|-------|
|-2----2--2--2--|------5-----|-------|
|-2----2--2--2--|--4/5-------|-------|
|---0*----------|-------0h3p0|-----------------|
|---------------|------------|-----------------|
* let open a string ring out for rest of measure

***Guitar Solo 2***
This solo is in A and it's played over the main riff of the song...

	Tremolo Bar Dives
	(about 1-2 steps down)
|------------------------------|-----------------|
|------------------------------|-----------------|
|---------------------------|-------7b9r7p5---|
|------------------------------|---------------7-|
|------------------------------|-----------------|
|------------------------------|-----------------|
	     (hold the bend
	     while tapping)
	      T	T
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-10p0--12b14--12-----------|
|-------------------------|------------------8p0-7--|--------------------13b16--|
|-7b9rb9rb9-12p7----10p7--|-------------8p0-9-------|---------------------------|
|-------------------------|--------5p0-7------------|---------------------------|
|-------------------------|-4p0-0-------------------|---------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|---------------------------|


|--------------------|----------17h20-|-14h17p14-15-14p12-15-14h17h14-15p14p12-15-14|
|-16*-r13p10--14--15-|13b15p10~~------|---------------------------------------------|
|--------------------|----------------|---------------------------------------------|
|--------------------|----------------|---------------------------------------------|
|--------------------|----------------|---------------------------------------------|
|--------------------|----------------|---------------------------------------------|
*Bend held from previous measure

|16p14---13-----------------------|------------------------------|
|-----13---13b14r13p10---13b16r13-|----------------14--17b21*----|
|----------------------11---------|--------14--17----------------|
|---------------------------------|-15--17-----------------------|
|---------------------------------|------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|------------------------------|
								*slow bend

|--------------------|------------------------|--------------------------|
|--------------------|------------------------|13-------15///------16///-|
|6h9p6h9p6h9p6h9p6h9-|9h12p9h12p9h12p9h12p9h12|---14///------16///-17///-|
|--------------------|------------------------|--------------------------|
|--------------------|------------------------|--------------------------|
|--------------------|------------------------|--------------------------|
								///= tremolo picking

|--------------------------||--------------------------|
|-17/////------------------||--------------------------|
|-18/////------------------||--------------------------|
|--------------------------||--------------------------|
|--------------------------||-0-DB---------------------|
|-----------17\------------||--------------------------|
				    Divebomb as low as possible

|--------------------------|--------------------------|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|O-------------------------|-------------------------O|
|--2-----------------------|--------------5---5-------|--2-----------------------|
|--2-----------------------|--------------5---5-------|--2-----------------------|
|--0-----------------------|O-------------3---3-------|--0----------------------O|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|--------------------------|
					Play this riff 5 times with dive bombs, pick scr*pes,
					and random hand slides between them.
After fifth time of riff play this

|------------------|--------------------------|
|------------------|-----*--------------------|
|--------------7---|-8/////////////////--14---|
|-5--4--3------9---|-10////////////////--16---|
|-5--4--3------7---|-8/////////////////--14---|
|-3--2--1------0---|--------------------------|
			*Keep tremolo picking this chord shape
			as you move up each fret until the A string note
			is on the 14th fret

After the tremolo picked chords, Eddie does random pick scr*pes and jams his strings
into the pickups to create the crazy sound at the end of the song (I think)!
After that, the song ends on a low E note.

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