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Alter Bridge - 'Cry of Achilles'
From the album 'Fortress'
Tuning - Eb
Tabbed by jjhand

AB picked a strong opening song to their Fortress disc. Spanish
fingerpicking, solos from Mark and Myles, and probably one of the
best tracks for drums and bass fills as well. Please rate or comment.

[Acoustic Intro] (Thanks to mitchftw)

  part 1 - played 2x

Eb|-------------|
Bb|-------0---1-|
Gb|---2---2---2-| x4
Db|-----2---2---|
Ab|-0-----------|
Eb|-------------|

Eb|-------------|
Bb|---0---0---3-|
Gb|---4---4---4-| x2
Db|-----6---6---|
Ab|-0-----------|
Eb|-------------|

Eb|-------------------------|
Bb|---0---0---6---0---0---6-|
Gb|---7---7---7---4---4---4-|
Db|-----9---9---9---9---9---|
Ab|-0-----------------------|
Eb|-------------------------|


part 2

Eb|-------------|         |-------------|
Bb|-------0---1-|         |---1---1---3-|
Gb|---2---2---2-| x4      |---0---0---0-| x4
Db|-----2---2---|         |-----2---2---|
Ab|-0-----------|         |-------------|
Eb|-------------|         |-3-----------|

Eb|-------------------------------------------------|
Bb|---1---1---3---1---1---3---1---1---3---1---0---0-|
Gb|---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2-|
Db|-----0---0-------0---0-------0---0-------0---0---|
Ab|-------------------------------------------------|
Eb|-2-----------2-----------2-----------2-----------|

|------------------------------|-1-0-------0-------------|
|------------------------------|-----4-1-0---4-1-0-------|
|------------------------------|-------------------4-2-1-|
|---0------0------0-------0----|-------------------------|
|-----2------5------8-------11-|-------------------------|
|-0-----/4-----/7-----/10------|-------------------------|

|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|
|-1h2p1---1-----------0-----|
|-------3---3-2-0-2-3---3-2-|
|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|

[Heavy Intro Riff]

[line 1] (0:32)
eb|-------------------------|---------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------|---------------------------|
Gb|-------------------------|---------------------------|
Db|-------7---8---5---7-7-7-|-------7---8---5--/11-11-11|
Ab|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---------|
Eb|-------------------------|---------------------------|

|-------------------------|---------------------------|
|-------------------------|---------------------------|
|-------------------------|---------------------------|
|-------7---8---5---7-7-7-|-7h8p7p5-7-5---------5-----|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-------------8-5-7-8---8-7-|
|-------------------------|---------------------------|

[repeat line 1], then

|-------------------------|---------------------------|
|-------------------------|---------------------------|
|-------------------------|---------------------------|
|-------7---8---5---7-7-7-|-7h8p7p5-7-5---------------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-------------8-7-5---------|
|-------------------------|-------------------8-7-0-3-|


[Verse Riff 1] -

[line 1]
|-------------------------|---------------------------|
|-------------------------|---------------------------|
|-------------------------|---------------------------|
|-------7---8---5---7-7-7-|-------7---8---5--/11-11-11|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---------|
|-------------------------|------------------/9--9--9-|

|-------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-------7---8---5---7-7-7-|-7-7-7-/13-13-13-7-7-7-/13-13-13-|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|---------------------------------|
|-------------------------|-5-5-5-/11-11-11-5-5-5-/11-11-11-|


[repeat line 1], then

|-------------------------|---------------------------|
|-------------------------|---------------------------|
|-------------------------|---------------------------|
|-------7---8---5---7-7-7-|-7h8p7p5-7-5---------------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-------------8-7-5---------|
|-------------------------|-------------------8-7-0-3-|

Turnaround Riff 2 (1:00) - Both Guitars, ending is below
|----------------------|----------------------|---------------------|
|----------------------|----------------------|---------------------|
|----------------------|----------------------|---------------------|
|-x-x--9-10--x-x--9-10-|-x-x--9-10--x-x--9-10-|-x-x-9-10--x-x-9-10--|
|-x-x--------x-x-------|-x-x--------x-x-------|-x-x-------x-x-------|
|----------------------|----------------------|---------------------|
 Bass plays root notes of chords here (G#, F#, E). Sounds like the guitar part here is minimal.


  guitar 1
|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
|-5h7p5--5-----------------|
|------7---7-5-7-5---5-----|
|------------------7---7-6-|
|--------------------------|
|
| guitar 2
|--------------------------|
|--15_____b17--------------|
|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|


Verse Begins - Play Verse Riff 1 again
               Play Turnaround Riff Again
               Play Verse Riff 1 again
Lyrics:
" Crying out.
Now you can't escape you are buried in doubt
And it pulls you down
Now you're in too deep you may never get out
Such an awful place"

" Tear it down
It's almost too late is the end coming now
As you scream out loud?
You sever the peace til your truth has been found"


Verse Riff 2 - play 4x (last time only plays the first bar)

Clean Guitar 1

    play 2x                           play 2x
|---------------------------|     -----------------------------|
|-------5-------------5-----|     -------6-------------6-------|
|---5-------5-----5-------5-|     ---5-------5-----5-------5---|
|-7---7---7-----7---7---7---|     -7---7---7-----7---7---7-----|
|---------------------------|     -----------------------------|
|---------------------------|     -----------------------------|
|
| Clean Guitar 2
|-0----------------|-------------------|-1---------------|----------3----1--|
|-1----------------|-------------------|-1---------------|------------------|
|-2----------------|-------------------|-2---------------|------------------|
|-2----------------|-------------------|-3---------------|------------------|
|-0----------------|-------------------|-----------------|------------------|
|------------------|-------------------|-----------------|------------------|
" Is there nothing left to follow?"
"Is there nothing left to steal?"
"Crying out for something more than I've been shown"
"Knowing none of this is real"


Short Prechorus Riff - Guitar 1, * chords are 2nd guitar

  *                          *
|-0------------------------|------------------------------|
|-3----3---3---3---3---3---|-6----6---6---6---6---6---6---|
|-1----1---1---1---1---1---|-4----4---4---4---4---4---4---|
|-2--2---2---2---2---2-----|-6--6---6---6---6---6---6-----|
|--------------------------|------------------------------|
|--------------------------|------------------------------|

  *
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-9----9---9---9---9---9---9--|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12--------|
|-7----7---7---7---7---7---7--|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--------|
|-9--9---9---9---9---9---9----|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12--------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|-----------------------------|

Chorus - pick chords in eighth note patterns (8x per bar), played 2x


|--------|--------|--------|---------|--------|---------|--------|---------|
|--------|--------|--------|---------|-12-----|-12------|-7------|-7-------|
|--------|--------|-5------|-5-------|-12-----|-12------|-7------|-7-------|
|-7------|-7------|-5------|-5-------|-12-----|-12------|-7------|-7-------|
|-7------|-7------|-3------|-3-------|-10-----|-10------|-5------|-5-------|
|-5------|-5------|--------|---------|--------|---------|--------|---------|

"Don't close your eyes     Something beautiful is still alive"
"Don't close your eyes        Never turn away and let it die"


[Verse 2] - Play Verse Riff 2 as before, except additional Guitar 2 part:

(2:59) with light mutes throughout
|----------------------------------|--------------------------|
|----------------------------------|--------------------------|
|----------------------------------|--------------------------|
|---------------7--7--------10-9-7-|-------7--7--------9--10--|
|-12\-----0-0-0-------0-0-0--------|-0-0-0-------0-0-0--------|
|----------------------------------|--------------------------|

|--------------------------|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|------------------10-10-9-|
|-------7--7--------10-9-7-|-------7--7---------------|
|-0-0-0-------0-0-0--------|-0-0-0-------0-0-0--------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|

|--------------------------|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|
|-------7--7--------10-9-7-|-------7--7--------9--10--|
|-0-0-0-------0-0-0--------|-0-0-0-------0-0-0--------|
|--------------------------|--------------------------|


Play Short Prechorus Riff


[Play Chorus]


[Bridge Riff] - Both Guitars, played 2x with some pick scrapes mixed in
|------------------|----------|-------------------|---------------|
|------------------|----------|-------------------|---------------|
|-9-9-9-9----------|----------|---9-9-9-----------|---------------|
|-9-9-9-9----------|----------|---9-9-9-----------|---------------|
|-7-7-7-7----------|-rest-----|---7-7-7-----------|--rest---------|
|-0-0-0-0----------|----------|---0-0-0-----------|---------------|

|------------------|----------|-------------------|---------------|
|------------------|----------|-------------------|-(5)-----------|
|-9-9-9-9----------|---9------|---9-9-9-----------|-(7gb8__b9)----|
|-9-9-9-9----------|---9------|---9-9-9-----------|---------------|
|-7-7-7-7----------|---7------|---7-7-7-----------|---------------|
|-0-0-0-0----------|---0------|---0-0-0-----------|---------------|

() - notes are on 2nd time through


[Bridge Part 2] - Slight mutes - played 2x
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-8-7-5-|---7-7-7-7-7-8-7-5-8-7-5-|
|-0-----------------------|-0-----------------------|


[first ending:]
|-------------------------|-10-------------------------12-|
|-------------------------|---10--------10-9-10-12-9-12---|
|-------------------------|-----12-12-11------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------------|
|---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-8-7-5-|-------------------------------|
|-0-----------------------|-------------------------------|


[second ending:]
|-------------------------|----------------15--16--18-----|
|-------------------------|-----14----13------------------|
|-------------------------|---13----12---14--15--17-------|
|-------------------------|-12----11----------------------|
|---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-8-7-5-|-------------------------------|
|-0-----------------------|-------------------------------|


[Bridge Part 3]
|------------------------------|-------------------------------|
|------------------------------|-------------------------------|
|------------------------------|-------------------------------|
|------------------------------|-------------------------------|
|------------------------------|-------------------------------|
|-0-0-0-12-0-12-0-0-0-13-12-10-|-0-0-0-12-0-13-0-10-0-13-12-10-|

|------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-------11---11-------12-11-9--|-------11---12---9---12-11-9-|
|-0-0-0----0----0-0-0----------|-0-0-0----0----0---0---------|

|------------------------------|-------------------------------|
|------------------------------|-------------------------------|
|------------------------------|-------------------------------|
|------------------------------|-------------------------------|
|-------14---14-------15-14-12-|-------14---15---12---15-14-12-|
|-0-0-0----0----0-0-0----------|-0-0-0----0----0----0----------|

|------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|------------------------------|---------------------0---3---|
|-0-0-0-12-0-12-0-0-0-13-12-10-|-0-0-0-12\---1---3-----------|


[Myles's Solo]
|--------------|--------------|------------|------------------|
|-10~~~~----12-|-13--12--10-8-|-10---------|-8----8---8---8---|
|--------------|--------------|--------7b9_|___b9__b9__b9__b9-|
|--------------|--------------|------------|------------------|
|--------------|--------------|------------|------------------|
|--------------|--------------|------------|------------------|

|--------------|---------------|------15--15--15--|-15--15--15----------15-|
|-8------10-12-|-13--12--------|-15b17__b___b___b_|___b___b___br15--/17----|
|-7b9----------|--------14--12-|------------------|------------------------|
|--------------|---------------|------------------|------------------------|
|--------------|---------------|------------------|------------------------|
|--------------|---------------|------------------|------------------------|

|-17--17-15-17--17-15-|-17/20--20--20--20--20--|-20---------------------|
|---------------------|--------20b-b22-b22-b22-|-20br22----20h22p20\18~\|
|---------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|---------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|---------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
|---------------------|------------------------|------------------------|

|---------------------------|---------------|-----------------|
|-------13-15-15b17-b17-15~-|-13~-12--------|-----12b---------|
|---/14---------------------|-------14~--12-|-14--------------|
|---------------------------|---------------|-----------------|
|---------------------------|---------------|------------12\x-|
|---------------------------|---------------|-----------------|

|--------------|--------------|--------------|----------------|-17~~~-|
|-9~~~----8-9--|/12~~~--11-12-|/15~~~--14-15-|-17gb19---------|-------|
|--------------|--------------|--------------|----------------|-------|
|--------------|--------------|--------------|----------------|-------|
|--------------|--------------|--------------|----------------|-------|
|--------------|--------------|--------------|----------------|-------|

**
During Myles' solo, rhythm plays Verse Riff 2 for 14 bars with a variation on bar 7 & 8

  play 2x                               play 2x
|-------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
|-------5-------------5---------------|-------5-------------5-------------|
|---5-------5-----5-------5-----------|---5-------5-----5-------5---------|
|-7---7---7-----7---7---7-------------|-----6---6---------6---6-----------|
|-------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-4-------------4-------------------|

Last 4 bars of solo are the Prechorus Riff

The Chorus resumes at the end of the solo playing twice with Mark playing
a solo on the repeat:


[Solo 2]
|-17----------------|-17-----------------------------|------------------------|
|----20b22------/17-|---17-20--17-20--17-17----------|------------------------|
|-------------------|--------19-----20-----19br21-17-|-19b21-b21-17h19p17\16~~|
|-------------------|--------------------------------|------------------------|
|-------------------|--------------------------------|------------------------|
|-------------------|--------------------------------|------------------------|

|---------------------|---20--17--15-------------|----------------------------|
|--------20-20__\13---|-----------------------13-|-10h13p10--------10-----5-5-|
|--16--16-------------|-19--17--16--14--12--14---|---------9-12-9-9--9-7b9----|
|----17---------------|--------------------------|----------------------------|
|---------------------|--------------------------|----------------------------|
|---------------------|--------------------------|----------------------------|

|---------------------|-------------------|--------------------------17---17-|
|-5---5---------------|-------------------|-13---13h16-13h16/19-16h19---19---|
|-7b9-b9-5h7p5\4~-----|-4-7-4-------------|----14----------------------------|
|---------------------|-------5-----------|----------------------------------|
|---------------------|-------------------|----------------------------------|
|---------------------|-----------3br5----|----------------------------------|

|-20-19-17----------------20b22--|-20b22-20p17-19~~--17-|
|---------20-18-17---------------|----------------------|
|-----------------20-19-17-------|----------------------|
|--------------------------------|----------------------|
|--------------------------------|----------------------|
|--------------------------------|----------------------|

|-19p17p15-20p17p15-19PHp17p15-20p17p15-|17--------17--------17--------17--------|
|---------------------------------------|--20-17-20--20-17-20--20-17-20--20-17-20|
|---------------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------|----------------------------------------|

|-20p17--17-20p17--17-20h22p20--20------|-22b24-b24-b24-22~~~-|-22br24--------20b22-|
|------20--------20-----------22--22p20-|---------------------|-------22-20-22------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------|---------------------|
|---------------------------------------|---------------------|---------------------|


[Ending part 1]
|-------------------|-------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|--------------------|--------------------|
|-----9-10-----9-10-|-----9-10-----9-10-|-----9-10------9-10-|-----9-10-12-10-9---|
|----12-12----12-12-|----10-10----10-10-|-----8-8-------8-8--|--------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|--------------------|--------------------|


part 1 repeats on Guitar 1, but Guitar 2 plays:

|---------|----------|----------|----------|
|---------|----------|----------|-15TP-----|
|-14TP----|-16TP-----|-17TP-----|----------|
|---------|----------|----------|----------|
|---------|----------|----------|----------|
|---------|----------|----------|----------|


Guitar 2
|-17TP----|-19TP-----|-20TP-----|-20b22TP-----|------------|
|---------|----------|----------|-------------|------------|
|---------|----------|----------|-------------|-2----------|
|---------|----------|----------|-------------|-2----------|
|---------|----------|----------|-------------|-0----------|
|---------|----------|----------|-------------|------------|
|
|
|---------|----------|----------|-------------|------------|
|---------|----------|----------|-------------|------------|
|-2---2---|----------|----------|---4-5-7-5-4-|-2----------|
|-2---2---|-5---5----|-3---3----|-------------|-2----------|
|-0---0---|-5---5----|-3---3----|---2-3-5-3-2-|-0----------|
|---------|-3---3----|-1---1----|-------------|------------|


KEY
************************************

| /   slide up
| \   slide down
| h   hammer-on
| p   pull-off
| ~   vibrato
| PH  pinch harmonic
| TP  tremelo picking
| x   Mute note
| b   Bend
| pb  Pre-bend
| r   return string bend to normal pitch
| gb  gradual (slow) bend
| br  Bend release

************************************

            
            
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TTWoodz 10 Jan 10, 2014 07:44 PM

Hey mate!
Just going through this tab. You put a lot of effort into it so thank you.
I have a couple of corrections that I think should be made. Take it or leave it:D
Your verse is this:
|-------------------|------------------|-----------------|------------------|
|-----5--------5----|----5--------5----|---6--------6----|---6--------6-----|
|---5----5---5----5-|--5----5---5----5-|-5----5---5----5-|-5----5---5----5--|
|-------------------|------------------|-----------------|------------------|
|-0-----------------|------------------|-----------------|------------------|
|-------------------|------------------|-----------------|------------------|

I believe this is closer to how it is played:

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

And your turnaround riff is this:

|----------------------|----------------------|---------------------|
|----------------------|----------------------|---------------------|
|----------------------|----------------------|---------------------|
|-x-x--9-10--x-x--9-10-|-x-x--9-10--x-x--9-10-|-x-x-9-10--x-x-9-10--|
|-x-x-12-12--x-x-12-12-|-x-x-10-10--x-x-10-10-|-x-x-8-8---x-x-8-8---|
|----------------------|----------------------|---------------------|

Although the notes are correct, Tremonti is not this simple.
Try this:
|---------------------|--------------------|-----------------------|
|---------------------|--------------------|-----------------------|
|---------------------|-----4-5------4-5---|-----4-5-------4-5-----|
|-x-x-9-10--x-x-9-10--|-x-x-x-x--x-x-x-x---|-x-x-x-x---x-x-x-x-----|
|-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7---|-5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5---|-3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3-----|
|-5-5-7-5---5-5-7-5---|-3-3-3-5--3-3-3-3---|-1-1-1-1---1-1-1-1-----|

Playing it this way gives it that big Tremonti sound.

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TTWoodz 10 Jan 10, 2014 07:55 PM

The riff after the turn around is almost correct:

|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
|-5h7p5--5-----------------|
|------7---7-5-7-5---------|
|------------------7-8-7-6-|
|--------------------------|

It goes like this:

|--------------------------|
|--------------------------|
|-5h7p5--5-----------------|
|------7---7-5-7-5---5------|
|------------------7--7-6-|
|--------------------------|

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jjhand 17,480 Jan 14, 2014 03:59 PM

Ok TTWoodz, you were right on the verse but the turnaround and last thing you posted don't sound right. The bass plays an Ab, Gb, then E when the guitars can mostly be heard playing a single string. that is why it sounds so full since the bass notes have such a heavy sound.

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