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Iron Maiden by The Duellists
From the album Powerslave (1984)
Written by Steve Harris
All rights belong to their respective owners

Tabbed by Jaakko Karppinen


I have to admit that even I haven't been able to play it 100% correctly in one take. After tabbing this
masterpiece, I'm not wondering anymore why it has never been played live. I bet even 'Arry can't play it live
properly. It is just so damn hard. Mostly because of the extreme endurance required and couple of riffs that
are simply ridiculous. In my honorable opinion, the "Instrumental 1" and "Guitar Solo 2" riffs are one of the
hardest bass lines written in Maiden history.

I tried to be quite accurate with every transition, that's why the open notes between some notes. Steve has
this strange habit to play an open note or two when changing from note to note. So that is just an extra little
thing which isn't that important. On the "Guitar Solo 2" riff I'm not sure whether Steve plays those B notes
on the E-7 and D-9 (as tabbed) or on the A-2 and G-4. Decide yourself, if you can make it all the way there ;)

NOTE: The last bit of outro is just directional. There is no way on earth anyone could tab it correctly.



Intro (on the last time play the notes in the brackets instead)
||------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------||
||-o-------------------------------------.---.---.---------------------------------------.---.---.----o-||
||-o-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-3---3---3---5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---5---5----o-||
||------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------||
                                                  
||---------------------------------------.---.---.---------------------------------------.---.---.------||
||-o-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-0-9---9---9---4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4---4---4----o-||
||-o------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(5)-(5)-(5)---o-||
||------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------||


Verse
||------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------||
||-o-------------------------------------5-5-5-5-4---------------------------------------5-5-5-5-4----o-||
||-o-7---7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-----------5-3---3-3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3-5---5-5-5-5-----------5--o-||
||------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------||


Pre-Chorus
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-.---5-5-5-5-5---4-4-4-4-4-----------5-5-5-5-4---------------------------------------5-5-5-5-4----|
|-5---------------------------7-7-7-7-----------5-3---3-3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3-5---5-5-5-5-----------5--|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


Chorus
|-------------------------------------9-9-9-9-8---------------------------------------9-9-9-9-8----|
|-7---7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-9---9-9-9-9-----------9-7---7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-9---9-9-9-9-----------9--|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

|-------------------------------------9-9-9-9-8---------------------------------------9-9-9-9-8----|
|-5---5-5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5-7---7-7-7-7-----------9-5---5-5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5-7---7-7-7-7-----------9--|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

|-------------------------------------9-9-9-9-8---------------------------------------9-9-9-9-8----|
|-7---7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-9---9-9-9-9-----------9-7---7-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-9---9-9-9-9-----------9--|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-5---5-5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5-7---7-7-7-7-4---5---7---5-4----------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


Verse


Pre-Chorus


Chorus


Instrumental 1
||---------9-----------9-----------9-----------9-----------7-----------7-----------7-----------7------|
||-o---7-9---9-7---7-9---9-7---7-9---9-7---7-9---9-7---5-7---7-5---5-7---7-5---5-7---7-5---5-7---7-5--|
||-o-7-----------7-----------7-----------7-----------5-----------5-----------5-----------5------------|
||----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

|-------4-----------4-----------5-----------5-----------9-----------9-----------9-----------9--------||
|---2-4---4-2---2-4---4-2---3-5---5-3---3-5---5-3---7-9---9-7---7-9---9-7---7-9---9-7---7-9---9-7--o-||
|-2-----------2-----------3-----------3-----------7-----------7-----------7-----------7------------o-||
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------||


Instrumental 2
|-------------------------9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-------------------------4-5-7-5-4------------------|
|-.---.---.-------------------------------------9-.---.---.-----------------------5-4-5-7-5-4------|
|-7---7---7---7-\---------------------------------5---5---5---5-\-----------------------------7-5--|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                                                              .
|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------9-------9-9-9-9-7----|
|-.---.---.---.-----------.---.---.---------------.---.---.---------------.---------------------9--|
|-2---2---2---2-----------3---3---3---3-\---------7---7---7---7-\---------7---------7--------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

||----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
||-o-------------------------------------------------4---4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0-0--|
||-o-7---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-0-0--------------------------------------------------|
||----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------||
|-5---5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-0-7---7-7-0-0-9-0-0-12-\---------------------------------------------------o-||
|-------------------------------------------------7---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-0-0--o-||
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------||


Guitar Solo 1
||----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
||-o-------------------------------------------------4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0-0--|
||-o-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-0-0--------------------------------------------------|
||----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------||
|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-0-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-12-\---------------------------------------------------o-||
|-------------------------------------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--o-||
|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------||


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

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

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

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


Guitar Solo 2 
||---------------------------------------7-7-7-7-6---------------------------------------------7-6----|
||-o-9-9-9-------9-9-9-------9-9-9-----------------7-9-9-9-------9-9-9-------9-9-9-------7-7-7-----7--|
||-o--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
||---------7-7-7-------7-7-7-------7-7-7-------------------7-7-7-------7-7-7-------7-7-7--------------|

|-------------------------------------7-7-7-7-6---------------------------------------------7-6----|
|-9-9-9-------9-9-9-------9-9-9-----------------7-9-9-9-------9-9-9-------9-9-9-------7-7-7-----7--|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------7-7-7-------7-7-7-------7-7-7-------------------7-7-7-------7-7-7-------7-7-7--------------|

|-------------------------------------7-7-7-7-6---------------------------------------7-7-7-7-6------||
|-7-7-7-------7-7-7-------7-7-7-----------------7-9-9-9-------9-9-9-------9-9-9-----------------7--o-||
|-------0-0-0-------0-0-0-------0-0-0--------------------------------------------------------------o-||
|-------------------------------------------------------7-7-7-------7-7-7-------7-7-7----------------||


Instrumental 4
||------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------||
||-o--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------o-||
||-o-7---7-7-7-7-7---7-7-0-0-3---3-3-3-3-3---3-3-0-0-5---5-5-5-5-5---5-5-0-0-2---2-2-2-2-3-----5------o-|| 4X
||------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------||

||------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------||
||-o-.---.---.---------------------------------------.---.---.----------------------------------------o-||
||-o-7---7---7---7-\---------------------------------3---3---3---3-\----------------------------------o-||
||------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------||


Intro


Verse


Pre-Chorus


Chorus / Outro (same as the Chorus, but replace the last bar with this)
|-------------------------------------.---.---.----------------------------------------------------|
|-5---5-5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5-7---7-7-7-7-4---5---7---5-4----------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------7-------7-7-7-7------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------0-0-0-0------------------------------|

|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------9-8-7-5-7-5----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------7-6-5-3-5-3---------------------------------------------7-\----|
|-----------------------------------------------5-4-3-2-0-0-0-0------------------------------------|

            
            
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