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Alter Bridge - Blackbird
from the album "Blackbird"
written by Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy
Tabbed by jjhand
Eb tuning (all strings tuned down 1/2 step)


6/8 time ( 6 beats per bar)

*Updated Guitar parts 10/04/08. Please rate (5 stars?) and comment.



    Intro/Verse Riff - Acoustic (Riff 1)
Eb--------------------------|-------------0----------|---------------------|
Bb--------3-----------3-----|-------3---------3------|---------------------|
Gb--3-------3-----2-----0---|-2-------2-----------2--|-2-----3---3p2-0-----|
Db--------------------------|------------------------|-----------------0---|
Ab--------------------------|------------------------|---------------------|
Eb--3---3-----3---3-3-----0-|-2---2-----2-2---2-----0|-1---1---1-1---1-----|
    w/ Thumb

1st, 3rd ending
--------------------------|
--------------------------|
----------0-----------0---|
--------0-----------0-----|
--8---------8-------------|
--6---6-----6---5-5-----0-|


   2nd Ending                     4th ending
--------------------------|   |------------------------|
--------------------------|   |------------------------|
---------0----0-----0-----|   |-------0----------------|
-------0----------7-------|   |-----0------------0-----|
--8----------8------------|   |--8--------3----1-------|
--6--6-----6-5--5-----0---|   |--6------0-1--1-----0---|

Note that the main Verse riff is played 4x with the same endings on the
first and third time playing through you play the same notes.



Eerie Guitar 2 lick (0:37-0:55)       *Let ring & hold bends
Eb---------------|-------------|-------------|----------------|
Bb-8-------------|-8b10--------|-(b10)-b11---|-b10------------|
Gb---------------|-------------|-------------|----------------|
Db---------------|-------------|-------------|----------------|
Ab---------------|-------------|-------------|----------------|
Eb---------------|-------------|-------------|----------------|




   Riff 2 - A heavy distortion part before Chorus
Eb---------------|-------------|-------------|--------------|
Bb---------------|-------------|-------------|--------------|
Gb---------------|-------------|-------------|--3--3--5--5--|
Db---------------|-------------|-------------|--3--3--3--3--|
Ab---------------|-------------|-------------|--1--1--0--0--|
Eb--3~~---5b6r5--|-2~~--5b6r5--|-1~~--5b6r5--|--------------|





  Chorus - Listen to song for strum rhythm
Eb------------|----------|-----------|-----------|------------|-----------|
Bb------------|----------|-----------|-----------|------------|-----------|
Gb--8---------|-7--------|-----------|--0--------|--8---------|--7--------|
Db--8---------|-7--------|--3--------|--2--------|--8---------|--7--------|
Ab--6---------|-5--------|--3--------|--3--------|--6---------|--5--------|
Eb--6---------|-5--------|--1--------|--0--------|--6---------|--5--------|




Transition Lick (Guitar 2), Other guitar plays Acoustic Riff over these bars
Eb|--|--|--|----------|-----------|---------------|------------|------|
Bb|--|--|--|---b15r13-|-10--------|---------------|--10--------|------|
Gb|--|--|--|----------|----12-12~-|---12-12-12-12-|----12-12~--|------|
Db|--|--|--|----------|-----------|---------------|------------|------|
Ab|--|--|--|----------|-----------|---------------|------------|------|
Eb|--|--|--|----------|-----------|---------------|------------|------|




Play Acoustic, Eerie part, Heavy part, and chorus again then:

After 2nd Chorus (Fill 1)
Eb---------------|-----------------|
Bb---------------|-----------------|
Gb---------------|-----------------|
Db--5--5---7--7--|--8--8---10--10--|
Ab---------------|-----------------|
Eb--3--3---5--5--|--6--6---8---8---|


Play Chorus again except last bar (Db Chord)
Both Guitars (Riff 3)
Eb------------|------------|---------------|-----------|--------------|-----------|
Bb------------|------------|---------------|-----------|--------------|-----------|
Gb--7---------|-7----------|--8-7---8-7-5--|--7--------|--------------|--7--------|
Db--8---------|-7----------|--8-7---8-7-5--|--7--------|------4-5-4---|--7--------|
Ab------------|-5----------|--6-5---6-5-3--|--5--------|--5-6-------6-|--5--------|
Eb--6---------|-5----------|--6-5---6-5-3--|--5--------|--------------|--5--------|

                                               Start Interlude, {Gtr. 2}
Eb---------------|-----------|----------------|-------------|--------|
Bb---------------|-----------|----------------|-------------|--------|
Gb--8-7---8-7-5--|--7--------|----------------|-------------|--------|
Db--8-7---8-7-5--|--7--------|------4-8-7-/10-|-------------|--------|
Ab--6-5---6-5-3--|--5--------|--5-6-----------|-{10~~----5/-|--8~}---|
Eb--6-5---6-5-3--|--5--------|----------------|--3----------|--------|


Clean Tone Gtr. 1
Interlude - Play 16 times & end on this note

Eb-----------15----13------|--15------|
Bb--------12----12----12--o|----------|
Gb--12-12------------------|----------|
Db-------------------------|----------|
Ab------------------------o|----------|
Eb-------------------------|----------|


After first 8 bars, Gtr. 2 play Riff 4:
Eb--------------------|--------------------|---------------------|-------------------|
Bb--------------------|--------------------|---------------------|----------/6-------|
Gb------5---7-5---5h7-|------5---8-7---5h7-|------5---7--5---5h7-|------5------8p7p5-|
Db--5-5---5-----5-----|--5-5---5-----5-----|--5-5---5------5-----|--5-5---5----------|
Ab--------------------|--------------------|---------------------|-------------------|
Eb--------------------|--------------------|---------------------|-------------------|

Eb---------------------|------------------|--------------------|----------------|
Bb---------------------|------------------|--------------------|----------------|
Gb-------5---5p3-2-3h5-|------7---7-5p3p2-|------5---7-5---5h7-|------5---5/7~--|
Db---5-5---5-----------|--5-5---5---------|--5-5---5-----5-----|--5-5---5-------|
Ab---------------------|------------------|--------------------|----------------|
Eb---------------------|------------------|--------------------|----------------|


Riff 5 played 2x, as singing begins
Eb-------------------|----------------|------------------|-------------|
Bb-------------------|----------------|------3---3p2--0--|--2--2--2--2-|
Gb-------3----3p2-0--|--2---3p2-------|------------------|-------------|
Db---5-5-------------|-----------5--5-|--5---------------|-------------|
Ab-------------------|----------------|------------------|-------------|
Eb-------------------|----------------|------------------|-------------|

Eb-------------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
Bb-------------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
Gb------3----3p2-0---|-------------5--|------3-------3--|-----0--2--2b3r2-|
Db---0---------------|--4--5---5p4----|--0-------0------|--0--------------|
Ab-------------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
Eb-------------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

Eb-------------------|----------------|------------------|---------------|
Bb-------------------|----------------|------3---3p2--0--|--5--3--2/3--2-|
Gb-------3----3p2-0--|--2---2b3r2-----|------------------|---------------|
Db---5-5-------------|-----------5--5-|--5---------------|---------------|
Ab-------------------|----------------|------------------|---------------|
Eb-------------------|----------------|------------------|---------------|

Eb-------------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
Bb-------------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
Gb------3----3p2-0---|----------------|------0-------0--|------0-------0--|
Db---0---------------|--4--5---5p4--0-|--0-------0------|--0-------0------|
Ab-------------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
Eb-------------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

As Riff 5 begins 2nd time, Solo Begins


Myles Solo w/ Warm Dist.     prebends are in ()
Eb-------------|--------|----------------|--------|-----------------|
Bb-------------|--------|----------------|--------|-----------------|
Gb--x\-----5p0-|--------|-----------3-5--|-b8r5b8-|----------3--5p3-|
Db--x\---------|--5~~~--|--(5)~~--5------|--------|--------5--------|
Ab-------------|--------|----------------|--------|--6~-------------|
Eb-----19\-----|--------|----------------|--------|-----------------|
                   Hold bend
Eb---------3-|---------------|----------------|------------------------------------------|
Bb-----------|---------------|----------------|------------------------------------------|
Gb---5b7~----|-6\5---5-3-5b7-|-(b7)r5-3-------|-15b16------------------------------------|
Db-----------|---------------|---------5~---17|-------17-15-17-15------------------------|
Ab-----------|---------------|----------------|------------------17\15p13-16p15p13-15p13-|
Eb-----------|---------------|----------------|------------------------------------------|

Eb-------------------------|-----------------------|------|----------15--18--20p18-|
Bb-------------------------|-------15----15~-14-13-|-16~--|-(16)--/15--15----------|
Gb-----------12--10--10-12-|-/12-12---12-----------|------|------------------------|
Db-----12------------------|-----------------------|------|------------------------|
Ab-/10----10---------------|-----------------------|------|------------------------|
Eb-------------------------|-----------------------|------|------------------------|

Eb--20b22~~-18---|--20b22~~------|-------------|------20-20-20b22r20-|--18~~-|
Bb------------20-|----------19~~-|-20~--20b22~-|-b23~----------------|-------|
Gb---------------|---------------|-------------|---------------------|-------|
Db---------------|---------------|-------------|---------------------|-------|
Ab---------------|---------------|-------------|---------------------|-------|
Eb---------------|---------------|-------------|---------------------|-------|


  Mark's Solo  - w/ Heavy Dist. (This overlaps as solo 1 ends)
  - other Guitar plays Chorus                                        PH
Eb--15-17-|-18~~--17b18r17-15------|-17~~-15h16p15--15-----------|----------------------------|
Bb--------|------------------18-15-|--------------18--18-15-18---|----------------------------|
Gb--------|------------------------|------------------------17b19|-14*-12--14-b15r-b15r--12---|
Db--------|------------------------|-----------------------------|-------------------------14-|
Ab--------|------------------------|-----------------------------|----------------------------|
Eb--------|------------------------|-----------------------------|----------------------------|

Eb---------------------------15-|-15--18-15-------------------------------|
Bb---------------------------15-|--------15-15-18b20-18-15-18-15-------18-|
Gb------------------------------|-------------------------------17-15-----|
Db--10--8--8-10b11r-8--8h10-0---|------------------------------------17---|
Ab-------10----------10---------|-----------------------------------------|
Eb------------------------------|-----------------------------------------|

                   w/ wah_______________________
Eb-------------------3-3h5h6p5p3-----------------|-------------------------|
Bb-------------------3-----------6-3h6p4p3-------|-----------------------x-|
Gb--17b19-15-17p15-------------------------5-3-3-|-3---5--3---2---3--2---x-|
Db-----------------------------------------------|----------x--------------|
Ab-----------------------------------------------|-------------------------|
Eb-----------------------------------------------|-------------------------|

Eb--------------------------|---------15--------|---------------|--------18--------x\-|
Bb-------------18-----------|-/18--18----18~~---|-(18~)\2-------|-/18-18---18~-15--x\-|
Gb--15-17-15---17b19r-14-15-|-------------------|---------14-15-|---------------------|
Db-----------x--------------|-------------------|---------------|---------------------|
Ab--------------------------|-------------------|---------------|---------------------|
Eb--------------------------|-------------------|---------------|---------------------|

                            Play 4x                                       TP
Eb-------18-----18--------|--17b19r17-15------|--20b22-20b21------20b22-20b22-15-|
Bb--18b20--18b20---18b20~-|-------------18-15-|-------------20-18----------------|
Gb------------------------|-------------------|----------------------------------|
Db------------------------|-------------------|----------------------------------|
Ab------------------------|-------------------|----------------------------------|
Eb------------------------|-------------------|----------------------------------|

    * Play 2x                         *
Eb--20-15-15-18-15-15-17-15-15-18-15-15-  -20-15-15----15-15-18-15----15-|
Bb--------------------------------------  ----------18-------------18----|
Gb--------------------------------------  -------------------------------|
Db--------------------------------------  -------------------------------|
Ab--------------------------------------  -------------------------------|
Eb--------------------------------------  -------------------------------|


Eb--17-15------15-17-18-17-15--------------------------------------------|-------|
Bb-------18-18---------------18-16-15-18-16-15---------------------------|-------|
Gb--------------------------------------------17-15--15--15p14--14-15-14-|-------|
Db-------------------------------------------------17---------17---------|-/17~~-|
Ab-----------------------------------------------------------------------|-------|
Eb-----------------------------------------------------------------------|-------|

As solo ends play chorus, fill 1, chorus

Then play Riff 2 2x, and then a similar riff 2x:
Eb---------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
Bb---------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
Gb---------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
Db---------------|--------------|--------------|--------------|
Ab--2------------|-1------------|-0------------|-8--8--8--8---|
Eb--3--5b6r5b6r5-|-2--5b6r5b6r5-|-1--5b6r5b6r5-|-6--6--5--5---|
Guitar 2 plays the interlude notes w/ distortion on during this riff

Riff 1 plays 4x when the interlude notes end on a high Gb (15th fret)

Outro, as Riff 1 ends the 2nd time
w/ warm distortion      tb - tremelo bar dive
Eb------|----------|-------|----------|------------|-------|-------|-------|-------|---|
Bb------|----------|-------|----------|------------|--9----|-------|-------|-------|---|
Gb--5~~-|--(5~)tb--|--8~~--|--(8~)tb--|--10~~-8h10-|-------|---3-5-|-5b6r5-|-5b6r5-|---|
Db------|----------|-------|----------|------------|-------|-------|-------|-------|-5-|
Ab------|----------|-------|----------|------------|-------|-------|-------|-------|---|
Eb------|----------|-------|----------|------------|-------|-------|-------|-------|---|

Key:

| /  slide up
| \  slide down
| PM palm mute
| PH pinch harmonic
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  vibrato
| *  harmonic
| x  Mute note (or rake)
| b  bend (bends with vibrato bar indicated)
| r  release bend
| TP tremelo pick
====================================================
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TwanBracco wrote on October 31 2007, 12:27 pm

I've given you 4 starts because it is nice, but it's also not perfect. I think the guitar pro version is more accurate. Take a look at that one.

- Intro is not 100% correct. The bassnotes are placed differently

- Chorus chords are a bit different I think:

-------------0-
-------------1-
-8---7---2---0-
-8---7---3---2-
-6---5---3---3-
-6---5---1---0-
(basically some added notes to make it sound heavier)

- The 'Riff 3 played 2x, as singing begins' is incorrect.
If your listen carefully, you'll notice the bassnotes!

So take a look at the guitar pro file (which is almost 100% correct).

Greetz,
Twan

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Brazilianrocker wrote on November 2 2007, 01:00 pm

Your Rhytim is perfect...there are some parts on the solo athta are not 100% correct. I've seen them in concert myself and did not take my eyes off mark's guitar. I'd post the corretc solo version but i'm way too lazy.

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jjhand wrote on November 3 2007, 09:41 am

I do what I can by ear and tab a song so it sounds right. Some of Tremonti's solo passages are quite fast

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