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Knights Of Cydonia Live Tab

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Here's my version of the tab for Knights Of Cydonia by Muse.
It's basically my interpretation of Mr. Bellamy's live performance
of this song, and its got all the extra little things that he does
that are not on the album version. Have fun playing this, as it sounds great!


Intro:
------
Begin with this.
(Clean or distorted, your choice).
e|-0----0----0--------------|
B|-0----1----1--------------|
G|-0----0----0--------------|
D|-2----2----2--------------|
A|-2----2----2--------------|
E|-0----0----0--------------|

Then into the proper intro.
(Clean-ish).
e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-2----4--5----7--7--9----| x2
A|-2----4--5----7--7--9----|
E|-0----2--3----5--5--7----|

Tremolo picking.
(Distortion).
e|--------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------|
A|-7--9--10----12--10--9--7--6----| 
E|--------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------|
A|-7---6-7-9---7-9-10---9-10-12--10--9--7--6----| 
E|----------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------|
B|-------------------|
G|-------------------|
D|-----------------2-|
A|-----------------2-|
E|-19/-------------0-|

For this next part, play the note once and bend 
back and forth quickly with the vibrato bar.
e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------|
D|-5----4--2--0----2--4--5----4--2--0-|
A|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------|
D|-1----2--4--2----5--7--8----7--8--9-|
A|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-8----5--0--7----8----7--5--3----7----5--3--5----3--1--3----4----5-|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|

Now it's just straightforward tremolo picking for the next part.
e|-11----10--8--6----8--10--11----10--8--6----7----8--10--8----11--13--14----13--14--15-|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-19----16------18----19--18--16--14----18----16--14--16----14--12--14----15----16-|
B|-----------16---------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------| 
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|--9--11-11-11--9-9-9--8h9p8h9p8h9p8h9p8/-------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|

Verse:
------

e-7---7-------8---7----7----8----7----7----7-| Play the last chord a few 
B--8---7-----8----8----7----8----8----7----8-| times distorted then slide down
G---9---8---9-----7----8----9----7----8----9-| for intro section again.
D--------------------------------------------|
A--------------------------------------------|
E--------------------------------------------|

(Clean-ish).
e|-------------------------|
B|-------------------------|
G|-------------------------|
D|-2----4--5----7--7--9----| x2
A|-2----4--5----7--7--9----|
E|-0----2--3----5--5--7----|

Tremolo picking.
(Distortion).
e|--------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------|
A|-7--9--10----12--10--9--7--6----| 
E|--------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------|
A|-7---6-7-9---7-9-10---9-10-12--10--9--7--6----| 
E|----------------------------------------------|

e|-20/---------------0---| When Matt plays live he does the
B|-------------------0---| slide down on the low e, not the
G|-------------------0---| high e, but i prefer using the high e.
D|-----------------2-2---| Also, Play the last chord a few
A|-----------------2-2---| times then palm mute a few times
E|-----------------0-0---| and then stop all noise (for now).

Start this after "...must fight to survive."
e|--------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------|
G|--9------11------14------12------16------18------21-----|
D|----x14-----x14-----x14-----x14-----x28-----x14-----x14-|
A|--7------9-------12------10------14------16------19-----|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

Either that or...
e|------------------------------------------------------|
B|--5------7------10------8------12------15------17-----|
G|----x14----x14-----x14----x14-----x28-----x14-----x14-|
D|--2------4------7-------5------9-------12------14-----|
A|------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------|

Riff:
-----
e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------5------|
A|-5h7-7-7-7p5h7-7-7-7p5h7-7-7-7p5-7-5---5-7--|
E|--------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------|
A|-5p2-2-2-2--h5p2-2-2-2--h5p2-2-2-2--h5p2-2-2-2--5h7-7-|
E|------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|-7p0-0-0-0--h7p0-0-0-0--h7p0-0-0-0--h7p0-0--------|
E|--------------------------------------------7-5-3-|

e|------------------------------------------------| You can change the 3's to 
B|------------------------------------------------| harmonics at the third fret
G|------------------------------------------------| on the low e string.
D|------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------|
E|-3p0-0-0-0--h3p0-0-0-0--h3p0-0-0-0--h3p0-0-0-0--|

Play the above section 4 times.

Synth. background bit.
(Tremolo picking, lots of delay and reverb)
e|-12----------------10--------9----7----5----3--------|
B|-------12--------------------------------------------|
G|-------------12--------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------| x 2
A|-----------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------|

Once the singing has ended, Matt plays this over the high background notes.
e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------|
A|-5h7-7-7-7p5h7-7-7-7p5h7-7-7-7p5h7-7-7-7-|
E|-----------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------|
A|-10p9-9-9-9--h10p9-9-9-9--h10p9-9-9-9--h10p9-9-9-9-|
E|---------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-10h12-12-12-12p10h12-12-12-12p10h12-12-12-12p10h12-12-12-12-|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-12h14-14-14-14p12h14-14-14-14-14b-14b-14b-14b-|
E|-----------------------------------------------|

This part is my interpretation of the little 
solo Matt plays live after the part above.
e|--------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------12-14-14b15b14--12--------------12-14-14b15b14--12----|
D|-12--14--------------------14----12--14--------------------14-|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------12--14b15b14--12--11----11--12-14-14b15b14--12--11-|
D|-12--14----------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-11--12-14-14b15b14--12--14----14--12-14-14b15b14--12--14-|
D|----------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------17b-17b-17b-17b------|
G|--16-16-16-16-16-16-19-19-19-19-19-19-19----------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------15/-|

End with...
e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|-3p0-0-0-0--h3p0-0-0-0--h3p0-0-0-0--h3p0-0-3-5-7--|

e|------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------5h7-7p5h7-7--|
E|-3p0-0-0-0--h3p0-0-0-0--h3p0-0-0-0--------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|-3p0-0-0-0--h3p0-0-0-0--h3p0-0-0-0--h3p0-0-3-5-7--|

e|------------------------------------------------0~-|
B|------------------------------------------------0~-|
G|------------------------------------------------0~-|
D|------------------------------------------------2~-|
A|-----------------------------------5h7-7p5h7-7--2~-|
E|-3p0-0-0-0--h3p0-0-0-0--h3p0-0-0-0--------------0~-|

And the final part of which is played live...
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------0~-|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------0~-|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------0~-|
D|-2--5--9--10--7--4--9--9b/--2--5--9s14--16--17--16--14--13--16--16--17--16--14/--2~-|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------2~-|
E|-0--3--7--8---5--2--7--7b/--0--3--7s12--14--15--14--12--11--14--14--15--14--12/--0~-|
As you let the last chord ring, slowly bend down with the
vibrato bar as far as it will go and fade into silence.

That's it. Enjoy!
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A Modern Myth wrote on September 5 2006, 11:08 am

Seems to be pretty damn awesome and accurate. Thanks also for tabbing out the little solo bit he does after the riff.

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Fizzy wrote on November 25 2006, 11:28 am

This is focking amazing, thanks alot.

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Guitar Groy wrote on November 26 2006, 03:39 pm

No Problem, happy to help

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