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Alter Bridge - Blackbird

Tabbed by: Bill
E mail: luminousgreen@yahoo.com

Tuning: 1/2 step down 

Yeah and the tuning is half step down that is only 1 fret!

1=D#
2=A#
3=F#
4=C#
5=G#
6=D#

|----------------------------------------0------------------|
|-------3------------3------------3-------3-----------------|
|-3-------3-----2------0----2-------2------2-----2----3-----|
|-------------------------------------------0----------0----|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-3--3----------3--3--------2---2-----2-------0--1--1-----1-|

|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|
|-3p2-0-------------0---------0-|
|-------0--------0----------0---|
|-----------8----------8--------|
|-----------6--6-------5--5-----|

|----------------------------------------0------------------|
|-------3------------3------------3-------3-----------------|
|-3-------3-----2------0----2-------2------2-----2----3-----|
|-------------------------------------------0----------0----|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-3--3----------3--3--------2---2-----2-------0--1--1-----1-|

|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|
|-3p2-0-------------0---------0-|
|-------0--------0----------7---|
|-----------8----------8--------|
|-----------6--6-------5--5-----|

|--------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------5---5--5--|
|----------------------8---8--8----7---7--7--| x2
|-5------5------3------8---8--8----8---8--8--|
|-3--5b--2--5b--1--5b--6---6--6----5---5--5--|

Chorus Riff!

|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------| strumming pattern not 
|-8--8-8--7--7-7--3--3-3--2--2-2--8--8-8--7--7-7--| exact!
|-6--6-6--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--6--6-6--5--5-5--|
|-6--6-6--5--5-5--1--1-1--0--0-0--6--6-6--5--5-5--|

2nd verse

|----------------------------------------0------------------|
|-------3------------3------------3-------3-----------------|
|-3-------3-----2------0----2-------2------2-----2----3-----|
|-------------------------------------------0----------0----|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-3--3----------3--3--------2---2-----2-------0--1--1-----1-|

|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|
|-3p2-0-------------0---------0-|
|-------0--------0----------0---|
|-----------8----------8--------|
|-----------6--6-------5--5-----|

|----------------------------------------0------------------|
|-------3------------3------------3-------3-----------------|
|-3-------3-----2------0----2-------2------2-----2----3-----|
|-------------------------------------------0----------0----|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-3--3----------3--3--------2---2-----2-------0--1--1-----1-|

|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|
|-3p2-0-------------0---------0-|
|-------0--------0----------7---|
|-----------8----------8--------|
|-----------6--6-------5--5-----|

Second Chorus (2:28)

|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-8--8-8--7--7-7--3--3-3--2--2-2--8--8-8--7--7-7--| strumming pattern not 
|-6--6-6--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--6--6-6--5--5-5--| exact!
|-6--6-6--5--5-5--1--1-1--0--0-0--6--6-6--5--5-5--|
 
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-5-5-5--7-7-7--8-8-8--10-10-10--8-8-8--7-7-7--3-3-3--2-2-2-|
|-x-x-x--x-x-x--x-x-x--x--x--x---6-6-6--5-5-5--3-3-3--3-3-3-|
|-3-3-3--5-5-5--6-6-6--8--8--8---6-6-6--5-5-5--1-1-1--0-0-0-|

|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|-8-8-8-8-8-8-7-----8--7------------7--7-8-11--12--11------|
|-6-6-6-5-5-5-5-----6--5--5h6--5----5--5-6-9---10--9----6--|
|-6-6-6--------------------------8-------------------------|


                                                 |tremolo bar down
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-7-8-7-----------7---------4-4/8--7-7/10--5-----0---3--|
|-5-6-5--6-5------5----5--6-----------------------------|  
|-------------8-----------------------------------------|


Myles Riff (3:22)


|------------------------------------|
|---------------20-------------------|
|--------19-----------19----22--19---|
|-17--17---17------17----17----------|
|------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------|

Now comes Mark's Riff While Myles Is Playing the above riff

|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|
|----5----7--5--5/7----5----8-7---5/7---|
|-5-5--5------5-----5-5--5------5-------|
|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|
|----5----7--5--5/7-----5---/10--8p7\5-|
|-5-5--5------5-----5--5--5------------|
|--------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|

|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----3---3-2-0-2/3------5---5-3p2-0-----5---7-5---5/7----5---5/7-|
|-5-5--5-------------5-5--5----------5-5--5-----5-----5-5--5-----|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|

Now myles is playing nothing and mark is playing this
riff which he also plays during myles solo.

At about 3:59 

|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|--0----3------3p2---0--------2---3p2-------0----0----|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-3---3---3--3-----3----3---3---3------3--3----3---3--|


|--------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------|
|--0----8---8p7---5------7---7-----7----7----|
|--------------------------------------------|
|-6--6----6-----6--6---6---6---6--6--6----6--|
|--------------------------------------------|

|-----------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------7---|
|---8p7---5------4----5--------5p4--------|
|-----------------------------------------|
|-6----6---6---5---5-----5---5-----5-----5|

|-------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------|
|-------3--------------3---------------0----|
|--0--------------0-------------0-----------|
|-------------------------------------------|
|-3--3----3----3----3-----3---3-----3----3--|

|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|--2---2-------0-----3-------3p2---0-------2---3p2----|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-3--3----3--3---3------3---3----3---0---3----3-----3-|

|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|---0----0------0---8------8p7---5--------10----8------7h8---7---|
|----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------6---6---6--6----6-----6---6-----6---6--6-----6---6-|
|-3---3----3-----------------------------------------------------|

|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------7------|
|---7----8-----8p7-----5--------4----5-------5p4------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-6---6----6--------6----6---5----5----5---5-------5----5---|

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

Myles Solo

                        
|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|
|----------------3-3-5-5--5b----------|
|5~----5----5--5----------------------|
|-----------------------------------1-|
|-------------------------------------|

|----------------------------------------------|
|------------------8---------------------------|
|---3--5-3---5/7------7\5-----5--3-5b--5b-3----|
|-5------------------------------------------5-|
|----------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------|

|----------------------------------------|
|-11b------------------------------------|
|-12b--12-10-12-10-----------------------|
|-------------------12\10-8-10b-8-10b-8--|
|----------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------|

|-------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------15----15b--14--13--15--|
|-----------12--10--12--12----12------------------|
|----12-------------------------------------------|
|-10----10----------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|

|-------------18-18-20-18-20b----18------20b---|
|-------20-20-----------------------20---------|
|-18-19----------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------|

|--------------17----17--18-20-20-20-18-|
|--19--19--20---------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|

Rhythm For Mark's Solo

|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-8--8-8--7--7-7--3--3-3--2--2-2--8--8-8--7--7-7--| strumming pattern not 
|-6--6-6--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--6--6-6--5--5-5--| exact!
|-6--6-6--5--5-5--1--1-1--0--0-0--6--6-6--5--5-5--|

Mark's Solo

|-15-17-17b-17b-15----15--17--15h17p15----15-------------|
|------------------18------------------18----18-15---18b-|
|----------------------------------------------------17b-|
|--------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------|

|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-14---12-14--14b-14b--12-------------------------------|
|-------------------------10---------10-12----------10--|
|----------------------------13-10-13-----13-10--13-----|
|-------------------------------------------------------|

|-15-15-15-18-15---------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------15-18b--18-15--18-15-18-15------------18----------------|
|-------------------------------------------17b-15--------17b-15-17---15-|
|--------------------------------------------------17--------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

|-3-5-6-5-3-----------------------------------------|
|-----------6-4-3----3-4-6-4-3----------------------|
|-----------------5-------------5-3-2-0----3---5--3-|
|---------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------|

|-----------------------------|
|------------------------18b--|
|-2--3-2-----15--17-15---17b--|
|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|

|---------------15---------------------18----------|
|-------17b-17b---17b----------17b-17b----17b--15--|
|-14-15------------------14-15---------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------|

|-----18------18-----------|
|-18b----18b------18b-18b--|
|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|

|-17-17p15------17-17p15------17-17p15------17-17p15-------|
|---------18p15----------18p15---------18p15---------18p15-|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|

|-18b-18b-15-------18b--18b-|
|------------18--15---------|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|


this bit really fast!

|-20-15-18-15-17-15-18-15-20-15-18-15-17-15-18-15-20-15----15-18-15---15-|
|-------------------------------------------------------18---------18----|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

|-17-15--15-18-15-----------------------|
|------18--------18-16-18-16-15---------|
|-------------------------------17---15-|
|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|

Third chorus immediately after the solo

|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------| strumming pattern not 
|-8--8-8--7--7-7--3--3-3--2--2-2--8--8-8--7--7-7--| exact!
|-6--6-6--5--5-5--3--3-3--3--3-3--6--6-6--5--5-5--|
|-6--6-6--5--5-5--1--1-1--0--0-0--6--6-6--5--5-5--|

Chorus Breakdown

|--------------|
|--------------|
|--------------|
|-8------7-----|
|-6------5-----|
|-6------5-----|

Mark plays this riff till the end with distortion

|--------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------|
|----------------------8---8--8----7---7--7--| 
|-5------5------3------8---8--8----8---8--8--|
|-3--5b--2--5b--1--5b--6---6--6----5---5--5--|

And Myles plays this riff along with Mark Till the end (Distortion)

|--------------------------------------|
|---------------20---------------------|
|--------19-----------19---22p19-------|
|-17--17---17--------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|

Outro 7:07

Marks Riff (Clean)

|----------------------------------------0------------------|
|-------3------------3------------3-------3-----------------|
|-3-------3-----2------0----2-------2------2-----2----3-----|
|-------------------------------------------0----------0----|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-3--3----------3--3--------2---2-----2-------0--1--1-----1-|

|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|
|-3p2-0-------------0---------0-|
|-------0--------0----------0---|
|-----------8----------8--------|
|-----------6--6-------5--5-----|

|----------------------------------------0------------------|
|-------3------------3------------3-------3-----------------|
|-3-------3-----2------0----2-------2------2-----2----3-----|
|-------------------------------------------0----------0----|
|-----------------------------------------------------------|
|-3--3----------3--3--------2---2-----2-------0--1--1-----1-|

|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|
|-3p2-0-------------0---------0-|
|-------0--------0----------7---|
|-----------8----------8--------|
|-----------6--6-------5--5-----|

Myles's Riff (Distortion)

|-------------------------------------------|
|----5b-------------------------------------|
|-5b-----8b--6-8-11------3---5--5b---5b-----|
|----------------------5-----------------5--|
|-------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------|

That Is All!

 h   - hammer-on
 p   - pull-off
 b   - bend
 pb  - pre-bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 /\  - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
 s   - legato slide
 S   - shift slide
  - natural harmonic
[n]  - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
 ~   - vibrato
 tr  - trill
 T   - tap
 TP  - trem. picking
 PM  - palm muting
\n/  - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
 \n  - tremolo bar down
 n/  - tremolo bar up
/n\  - tremolo bar inverted dip
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
 <>  - volume swell (louder/softer)
 x   - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
 o   - on rhythm slash represents single note slash
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-1 reply
jjhand wrote on November 19 2008, 11:13 am

I think your combining Mark's riff (at 3:59) with the bass part. He doesn't play any really low notes in that part if you listen closely. You did find a few things I overlooked so good tab.

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luminousgreen wrote on November 20 2008, 12:33 am

well i actually saw him live and i saw him playing those notes.

+2 reply
CA Rocker wrote on March 21 2009, 10:15 pm

but wheres the solo right after the chorus,while the verse is playing

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