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Tabbed by: chanandler_bong
Email: red_cat_lz@hotmail.com

Tuning: Standard


So this is the proper way to play this song, like AC/DC, who had
to tune it down for the bagpipes.
I'm sure this tab is 100%, but not the solo, because i
think it sounds better if you just make it up on the spot. I've tried
to make this tab pretty detailed, so you can get the song just right.
Cheers!
chanandler_bong.
 "For those about to rock, we salute you!"


     "Its a Long Way to the Top"-(if you wanna rock'n'roll) AC/DC

 Opening Rhythm Riff - played by Malcom
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|X 32
A|-6--8-x-x-8-8------------------------------------------------------|
E|-6--6-x-x-6-6------------------------------------------------------|
                           Play rhythm riff until the chorus

           Opening Lead riff - played by Angus, after 4 bars of rhythm
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----6-------------------------------------------------------------|x 4
D|-----6-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-6h8---6-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------6---------------------------------------------------------|

                   Then vocals come in- "Ridin' down the highway..."


Lead doesnt play anything in the first half of the verse, but in the last 8
bars, he plays this-

e|-6---6-------6---6-------6---6-------6---6-------------------------|
B|-6---6-------6---6-------6---6-------6---6-------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|x2
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|


Then both guitars play this - let ring
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------8---------------------------------|x2
D|-----8----------------6----------8------------8--------------------|
A|-----8----------------6----------6------------8--------------------|
E|-----6----------------4-----------------------6--------------------|

"It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock'n'roll..."


e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------8~-----------------------|
D|------------------------------------------6~-----------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

     "If you think its easy doin' one night stands..."

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------8~-------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------8~-------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------6~-------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

            "Try playin' in a rock'n'roll band..."

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------8--------------8---------------------------------------------|
D|------6--------------8------------------------8--------------------|
A|---------------------6------------------------8--------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------6--------------------|

"It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock'n'roll!..."


Then the Rythm guitar comes back in with this until the guitar solo

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-6--8-x-x-8-8------------------------------------------------------|
E|-6--6-x-x-6-6------------------------------------------------------|


                         Bagpipe Interlude


And the lead plays- (guitar and bagpipes) you can play the bagpipes
part on the guitar

e|-----/6/--                    e|-----6-----|
B|----------                    B|-----------|
G|-6h7------ Guitar x 4         G|-6-7-------|Bagpipes x 4
D|----------                    D|-----------|
A|----------                    A|-----------|
E|----------                    E|-----------|

Now the solo starts-

In the solo, the rhythm guitar playes this-

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-8-8-x-8-8----8-8-x-8-8--------------------------------------------|
D|-6-6-x-6-6----8-8-x-8-8--------------------------------------------|x4
A|--------------6-6-x-6-6-----6--8-x-x-8-8---------------------------|
E|----------------------------6--6-x-x-6-6---------------------------|

Lead guitar solo, you can do what is recorded, but i just do my own thing,
e.g.-           (Listen to the song for the timing of this part, the lead
                 plays after the rhythm plays the 3 chords) There are 3
                 bits to the guitar solo.

       1st                             2nd
e|-6-9-6--------------------------I-18-21-18--------------------------------|
B|-6-9-6--------------------------I-18-21-18--------------------------------|
G|-------8b-6-8b-6h8--------------I-----------20b-18-20b-8-20-8-------------|
D|-------------------8--6---------I-----------------------------20-19-18----|
A|--------------------------8-----I--------------------------------------20-|
E|------------------------------6-I-----------------------------------------|

      The 3rd bit continues on for twice as long
e|-6-9-6------6-9------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------6-9-----6-9-------------------6-9-----------------------------------|
G|-------------------8b-6-8-6--------------8-6-------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------6-7---------8-6---------------------------|
A|----------------------------/6-9-----------------8-------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------6~-~-~-~-~-~------------|

And then the rythm guitar comes back in with this until the chorus-
                            (20 bars)

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-6--8-x-x-8-8------------------------------------------------------|
E|-6--6-x-x-6-6------------------------------------------------------|


And then the lead plays this again

e|-6---6-------6---6-------6---6-------6---6-------------------------|
B|-6---6-------6---6-------6---6-------6---6-------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|x2
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

                                   Chorus

Both guitars play this plus the rhythm part -
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------8---------------------------------|x2
D|-----8----------------6----------8---------------------------------|
A|-----8----------------6----------6------------6--8-x-x-8-8---------|
E|-----6----------------4-----------------------6--6-x-x-6-6---------|

"It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock'n'roll..."


e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------8~------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------6~------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

     "If you wanna be a star on stage and screen ..."

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------8~----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------8~----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------6~----------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

            "Look out, it's rough and mean!..."


e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-8-8-x-8-8----8-8-x-8-8--------------------------------------------|
D|-6-6-x-6-6----8-8-x-8-8--------------------------------------------|
A|--------------6-6-x-6-6-----6--8-x-x-8-8---------------------------|
E|----------------------------6--6-x-x-6-6---------------------------|


"It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock'n'roll!..."


e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-6--8-x-x-8-8--6--8-x-x-8-8----------------------------------------|
E|-6--6-x-x-6-6--6--6-x-x-6-6----------------------------------------|

     "It's a long way...!"     Repeat until fade

                               END

                             Lyrics

Ridin' down the highway
Goin' to a show
Stop in all the by-ways
Playin' rock 'n' roll
Gettin' robbed
Gettin' stoned
Gettin' beat up
Broken boned
Gettin' had
Gettin' took
I tell you folks
It's harder than it looks

It's a long way to the top
If you wanna rock 'n' roll
It's a long way to the top
If you wanna rock 'n' roll
If you think it's easy doin' one night stands
Try playin' in a rock roll band
It's a long way to the top
If you wanna rock 'n' roll

Hotel, motel
Make you wanna cry
Lady do the hard sell
Know the reason why
Gettin' old
Gettin' grey
Gettin' ripped off
Under-paid
Gettin' sold
Second hand
That's how it goes
Playin' in a band

It's a long way to the top
If you wanna rock 'n' roll
It's a long way to the top
If you wanna rock 'n' roll
If you wanna be a star on stage and screen
Look out it's rough and mean
It's a long way to the top
If you wanna rock 'n' roll


| /  slide up
| \  slide down
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  let ring
| +  harmonic
| x  Mute note
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zaccy wrote on January 17 2005, 12:00 am

fair enough. atleast its complete. nice

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ibanez87 wrote on July 2 2005, 12:00 am

EXELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE IT! PERFECT!

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