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BEAT IT : Michael Jackson
          (w/Eddie Van Halen & Steve Lukather)
Jibesh@hotmail.com 

Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'Steve Lukather - main riff w/dist'
Gtr II (E A D G B E) - 'Rhythm w/dist'
Gtr III (E A D G B E) - 'Clean electric'
Gtr IV (E A D G B E) - 'Eddie Van Halen - Lead w/dist'


[Intro]
  
 4/4
  Gtr I  
e|----------|-------------|----------------------|------------------|
B|--13 bars-|-------------|----------------------|------------------|
G|--synth---|-------------|----------------------|------------------|
D|--intro---|-------------|---------5-2--(2)-2h4-|-(4)-2-0--0-------|
A|----------|-------------|-------2--------------|------------------|
E|----------|-----------0-|-(0)-3----------------|---------------0--|
                         |-Riff A
  
e|----------------------|-------------------|-----------------------------------|
B|----------------------|-------------------|-----------------------------------|
G|----------------------|-------------------|-----------------------------------|
D|---------5-2--(2)-2h4-|-(4)-2-0-----------|--------------5-----2----(2)-2h4---|
A|-------2--------------|-------------------|------------2----------------------|
E|-(0)-3----------------|---------------0---|-(0)---3---------------------------|
|                               end Riff A-|
| Gtr II
|                                                                  ~~
|  W                     
e|----------------------|-------------------|-----------------------------------|
B|----------------------|-------------------|-----------------------------------|
G|----------------------|-------------------|-----------12------12--------------|
D|----------------------|-------------------|-----------12------12-14-----------|
A|----------------------|---------------x-x-|--x--x-x-x------14----14-------x-x-|
E|----------------------|-------------------|-----------------------------------|

 
e|-------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------|
D|-(4)-2----0------0-------------|
A|-------------------------------|
E|---------------------------0---|
|
|                 ~~~~
|  
e|-------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------4-|
D|-12------12-12-(12)--(12)\-----|
A|-12--x-x-12-12-(12)--(12)\-----|
E|-------------------------------|
  
e|--------------------------------|-----------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|-----------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|-----------------------------|
D|------------5----2----(2)-2h4---|-(4)-2-----------------------|
A|----------2---------------------|----------5------------------|
E|-(0)-3--------------------------|-----------------------------|
|
|                    ~~                            ~~~~
| 
e|--------------------------------|-----------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|-----------------------------|
G|-12------12-----12--------------|-----------------------------|
D|---------12-----12-14-----------|-12------12-12-(12)--(12)\---|
A|-----x-x------x----14-------x-x-|-12--x-x-12-12-(12)--(12)\---|
E|--------------------------------|-----------------------------|


[Verse]
    Gtr II
    
e||-----------------|--------------|----------------|-----------------|
B||o----------------|--------------|----------------|-----------------|
G||----9-9---9----7-|-7---7--------|---9-9---9----7-|-7---7--------5--|
D||----9-9---9----7-|-7---7--------|---9-9---9----7-|-7---7--------5--|
A||o----------------|--------------|----------------|-----------------|
E||-----------------|--------------|----------------|-----------------|
 |-Rhy Fig 1
  
e|----------------|--------------|----------------|--------------||
B|----------------|--------------|----------------|--------------||
G|-5---5--------7-|-7---7--------|---9-9---9----7-|-7---7--------||
D|-5---5--------7-|-7---7--------|---9-9---9----7-|-7---7--------||
A|----------------|--------------|----------------|--------------||
E|----------------|--------------|----------------|--------------||
                                                  end Rhy Fig 1-|
  w/Rhy Fig 1
  Gtr III
    PM-----------------------------------------------------------------|
  
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------|
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------|
D|---2-0-2-0-2---2-|-0-2-0-2-4-2-0-2-|---2-0-2-0-2---2-|-0-2-0-2-4--2-0-2-|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|------------------|

                                                                   Gtr I
    PM---------------------------------------------------------|
  
e|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------||
B|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------||
G|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------||
D|---2-0-2-0--2---2-|-0-2-0-2-4-2-0-2-|---2-0-2-0-2---2-|-0-2-0-2--------||
A|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------||
E|------------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------0-||


[Chorus]

  Gtr I
  Riff A


 w/Riff A
  Gtr III
   
e|-------------------------|----------------------|
B|-12----12---12---12------|-12----12---12---12---|
G|-------------------------|----------------------|
D|--9-----9----9----9------|--9-----9----9----9---|
A|-------------------------|----------------------|
E|-------------------------|----------------------|
|-Rhy Fig 2


  
e|-------------------------|-------------------------|
B|-12----12---12---12------|-12----12---12----12-----|
G|-------------------------|-------------------------|
D|--9-----9----9----9------|--9-----9----9-----9-----|
A|-------------------------|-------------------------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|
                                      end Rhy Fig 2-|
  1.
  Gtr I
  
e|----------------------|-----------------|
B|----------------------|-----------------|
G|----------------------|-----------------|
D|---------5-2--(2)-2h4-|-(4)-2-0--0------|
A|-------2--------------|-----------------|
E|-(0)-3----------------|---------------0-|


  
e|----------------------|----------------||
B|----------------------|---------------o||
G|----------------------|----------------||
D|---------5-2--(2)-2h4-|-(4)-2-0--------||
A|-------2--------------|---------------o||
E|-(0)-3----------------|----------------||

  2.
  
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
D|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|---0-0---0----0-|-0---0--------0-|---0-0---0----0-|-0---0--------0-|
|-Rhy Fig 3                                           end Rhy Fig 3-|


Rhy Fig 3

w/Rhy Fig 3 x2
  Gtr II
                   ~~                      ~~~~  
e|-------------------------|------------------------|
B|-------------------------|------------------------|
G|-------12-----12---------|-12-----12--------------|
D|-------12-----12-14------|-12-----12-14-(14)------|
A|---x-x------x----14--x-x-|------x----14-(14)------|
E|-------------------------|------------------------|

                   ~~                      ~~~~  
e|-------------------------|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|-------------------------|
G|-------12-----12---------|-12-----12---------------|
D|-------12-----12-14------|-12-----12-14-(14)-------|
A|---x-x------x----14--x-x-|------x----14-(14)-------|
E|-------------------------|-------------------------|

                   ~~                      ~~~~                       ~~
e|-------------------------|------------------------|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|------------------------|-------------------------|
G|-------12-----12---------|-12-----12--------------|-------12-----12---------|
D|-------12-----12-14------|-12-----12-14-(14)------|-------12-----12-14------|
A|---x-x------x----14--x-x-|------x----14-(14)------|---x-x------x----14--x-x-|
E|-------------------------|------------------------|-------------------------|

Gtr IV
               \4____/  
e|-----------------------------------||
B|-----------------------------------||
G|--------------0-----0-----(0)h2b3==||
D|-----------------------------------||
A|-----------------------------------||
E|-----------------------------------||
|
| Gtr II
|                    ~~~~
| 
e|-----------------------------------||
B|-----------------------------------||
G|-12-----12-------------------------||
D|-12-----12-14-----(14)-------------||
A|------x----14-----(14)-------------||
E|-----------------------------------||


[Guitar Solo]

w/Rhy Fig 1 x2
  Gtr IV
                                   ~~~~~           T  
e|----------------------------|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|----------------------------|
G|-(2)b4==(2)-----(2)r(2)s7---|-(7)-7(14)-----(7)s9-9(14)--|
D|----------------------------|----------------------------|
A|----------------------------|----------------------------|
E|----------------------------|----------------------------|


              T        T                T              T
                       |------5------|  |------6-------|  
e|------------15p10h14-15p14p12p==10h14-15p14p12p10h14-15p|
B|--------------------------------------------------------|
G|-(9)s==14-----------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

                   T              T                        ~~~
    |---------7----------|  |---------7----------|   
e|-14p12p10-----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------h14---15p14p12p10h14-15p14p==12p10-(10)h12h13p12----(12)s=|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------|

                        |-----5-----|  |------6-------|   
e|------------------12h19p15p12----12-------------12----|
B|-19------12-15h19-------------19-12-19p15p12h15----19p|
G|------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------|

    |---------7---------|   
e|----------12------------12-----------------------------------------------|
B|-15p12h15------19p15p12----12---------------------15b17==(15)r(15)p12h===|
G|------------------------------14b15==(14)r(14)p12------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

                                                               \2.5_______
       T           T  
e|----------------19s22--------------------------------------------------|
B|-15-19s22p15p12-------15p12--------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------14b15==(14)-(14)r(14)p12-0-(0)-(0)----(0)-|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|

    /                             \1/  
e|------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------|
G|-(0)-(0)---[9]b11==(9)r(9)p7h9-(9)p7-(7)--|
D|------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------|
  
e|-----------------------------------------------|
B|------3b5==(3)-(3)r(3)p0h3b5==(3)r(3)p0-3b5====|
G|-(7)\------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------|
B|=(3)rp0-3b5==(3)r(3)p0--------------------------|
G|-----------------------[2]b4==([2])--([2])r-(2)s|
D|------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------|

                                           ~~~~~   
e|-------------12--------------12-15b17==(15)r---12----|
B|----------------15b17==(15)r-12-------------------12-|
G|-16-----7s13-----------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------|

                        ~~~~~~~~~         T   
e|------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------15h18p13-|
G|-14b16==(14)r(14)p12-14---(14)-(14)\------------|
D|------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------|

    T          T        T        T         T        T        T        T           T
    |------5------|  |------6-------|  |--------7---------|  |---------7----------|   
e|-15h18p12------------15h18p12-----------15h18p12----------15h18p12---------h13-17p==|
B|------------15h18p12----------15h18p12-----------15h18p12----------15p==12----------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

       T     T
    |3-|  |3-|   
e|-10-17p10-17p10s==8------0---------12----|
B|-------------------------0-15b17==(15)r--|
G|--------------------9s14-----------------|
D|-----------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------|

    TP   TP   TP     TP   TP   TP   TP  TP      TP   
e|-12---14---15-----17-|-17---19---19--22b24==(22)-----||
B|---------------------|-------------------------------||
G|---------------------|-------------------------------||
D|---------------------|-------------------------------||
A|---------------------|-------------------------------||
E|---------------------|-------------------------------||


[Out-Chorus]

w/Riff A
     TP     TP     ~~~~   
e|-(22)---(22)---(22)----------|-(22)r------------------|
B|-----------------------------|------------------------|
G|-----------------------------|---------19--(19)\------|
D|-----------------------------|-------x----------------|
A|-----------------------------|------------------------|
E|-----------------------------|------------------------|


Riff A + Rhy Fig 2

Riff A -> Riff A + Rhy Fig 2 (repeat 3 times and fade)


[LYRICS]

"Beat It"

[1st Verse]

They Told Him Don't You Ever Come Around Here
Don't Wanna See Your Face, You Better Disappear
The Fire's In Their Eyes And Their Words Are Really Clear
So Beat It, Just Beat It

[2nd Verse]

You Better Run, You Better Do What You Can
Don't Wanna See No Blood, Don't Be A Macho Man
You Wanna Be Tough, Better Do What You Can
So Beat It, But You Wanna Be Bad

[Chorus]

Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fighter
It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Right
Just Beat It, Beat It
Just Beat It, Beat It
Just Beat It, Beat It
Just Beat It, Beat It

[3rd Verse]

They're Out To Get You, Better Leave While You Can
Don't Wanna Be A Boy, You Wanna Be A Man
You Wanna Stay Alive, Better Do What You Can
So Beat It, Just Beat It

[4th Verse]

You Have To Show Them That You're Really Not Scared
You're Playin' With Your Life, This Ain't No Truth Or Dare
They'll Kick You, Then They Beat You,
Then They'll Tell You It's Fair
So Beat It, But You Wanna Be Bad

[Chorus]

Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fighter
It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Right

[Chorus]

Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fighter
It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Right
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It

[Chorus]

Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fighter
It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Right

[Chorus]

Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fighter
It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Who's Right

[Chorus]

Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fighter
It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Right

[Chorus]

Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin' How Funky Strong Is Your Fighter
It Doesn't Matter Who's Wrong Or Right
Just Beat It, Beat It
Beat It, Beat It, Beat It


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| /   Slide up
| \   Slide down
| h   Hummer-on
| p   Pull-off
| ~   Vibrato
| +   Harmonic
| x   Dead note
| b   Bend
| pb  Pre-bend
| br  Bend release
| pbr Pre-bend release
| brb Bend release bend 
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cloos112889 wrote on December 14 2003, 12:00 am

good job! very thorough. nice.

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E-male wrote on July 3 2004, 12:00 am

perfect tab here

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Señor wrote on November 12 2004, 12:00 am

actually i think it's tuned 1/2 a step down but excellent tab anyway

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