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Author
Difficulty
intermediate
Artist: Muse
Song: Knights of Cydonia
Album: Black Holes and Revelations
Words by: Matt Bellamy
Music by: Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard, Chris Wolstenholme
Tuning: Standard (EADGBe)

LIVE CLOSE ENCOUNTERS INTRO
---------------------------

Heavily distorted with wide vibrato on every note, use a whammy bar if you have one.
e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|----11---13-------------------------|
D|-----------------14-----------------|
A|--------------------------------14--|
E|-------------------------12---------|

Heavily distorted, crunchy sound.
e|--------------|
B|------1-------|
G|-0----0----0--|
D|-2----2----2--|
A|-2----2----2--|
E|--------------|

Tremolo pick as fast as you can finishing off nice and loud.
e|-----------|
B|-----------|
G|-----------|
D|-----------|
A|-14/////---|
E|--------0--|

The slide progresses straight into the opening note of the the studio intro.

STUDIO INTRO
-----

Played distorted with wide vibrato on every note.
e|------------------|
B|------------------|
G|------------------|
D|------------------|
A|------------------|
E|-0---2-3--5-5--7--| x4

Played either clean or acoustic. This can be heard on the track
layered under the main guitar.
e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|-------------------222---222---444--|
D|-222---444---555---222---222---444--|
A|-222---444---555---000---000---222--|
E|-000---222---333--------------------| x4
   DUD   DUD   DUD   DUD   DUD   DUD

This comes in over the 3rd repetition - All tremolo picking.
Played with a light overdrive.
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------|
A|-7p6h7--9p7h9--10-9h10--12--10--9h10p9--7--6--|
E|----------------------------------------------| x2


Tremolo pick as fast as you can finishing off nice and loud.
e|-----------|
B|-----------|
G|-----------|
D|--------2--|
A|-14/////2--|
E|--------0--|

Played with a heavy distortion or a fuzz effect, make sure every note is well defined,
the tremolo arm is rocked back and forth vigorously to achieve the correct sound, if you 
have
tremolo system on your guitar then tremolo picking is a good substitute.
e--------------------------------------------------------|
B--------------------------------------------------------|
G--------------------------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------------------------|
A-10--9-7-5--7-9-10--9-7-5--6--7-9-7--10-12-13--12-13-14-|
E--------------------------------------------------------|

e-------------------------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------------------------|
G-------------------------------------------------------------|
D-------------------------------------------------------------|
A-18--15-10-17--18-17-15-13--17--15-13-15--13-11-13---1414-15-|
E-------------------------------------------------------------|


All tremolo picking. Aim for a cleaner tone with perhaps with a little reverb.
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|--------------------------------------------------------|


Played clean with delay. Try and make it sound off time, like it filters through from
somewhere else.
e|-----------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-9-9-9-9-11-11-11-9-9-8h9p8-8h9p8--|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|


VERSE
-----

Listen to the track for the right timing. Played with a heavy bluesy crunch and vibrato.

 Come   Me   Veins  History
e|-4-----7-----------7--|
B|-4-----7-----9-----7--|
G|-4-----8-----9-----8--|
D|-6-----9-----9-----9--|
A|-6-----9-----7-----9--|
E|-4-----7-----------7--|

 Show   God  Asleep Job
e|-------------3-----7--|
B|-8-----9-----3-----7--|
G|-8-----9-----4-----8--|
D|-8-----9-----5-----9--|
A|-6-----7-----5-----9--|
E|-------------3-----7--|

  How   Win    Fools   Kings
e|-7-----7---------8-----7--|
B|--8-----7-------8------8--|
G|---9-----8-----9-------7--|
D|-----------------------9--|
A|-----------------------10-|
E|--------------------------|


 Don't  Time  Will  Waste  You
e|-7-----8-----7-----7-----7--|
B|-7-----8-----8-----7-----8--|
G|-8-----9-----7-----8-----9--|
D|-9-----10----9-----9-----9--|
A|-9-----10----10----9-----7--|
E|-7-----8-----------7--------|


BRIDGE
------

Played distorted with wide vibrato on every note.
e|------------------|
B|------------------|
G|------------------|
D|------------------|
A|------------------|
E|-0---2-3--5-5--7--| x4

Played either clean or acoustic. This can be heard on the track
layered under the main guitar.
e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|-------------------222---222---444--|
D|-222---444---555---222---222---444--|
A|-222---444---555---000---000---222--|
E|-000---222---333--------------------| x4
   DUD   DUD   DUD   DUD   DUD   DUD

This comes in over the 3rd repetition - All tremolo picking.
Played with a light overdrive.
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------|
A|-7p6h7--9p7h9--10-9h10--12--10--9h10p9--7--6--|
E|----------------------------------------------| x2

Tremolo pick as fast as you can finishing off nice and loud.
e|-19/////---|
B|-----------|
G|-----------|
D|--------2--|
A|--------2--|
E|--------0--|


REFRAIN
-------

Each is played 8 times

e|------|
B|------|
G|-9----|
D|--9---|
A|---7--|
E|------|
PM ...

e|------|
B|------|
G|-7----|
D|--9---|
A|---9--|
E|------|
PM ...

e|------|
B|------|
G|-6----|
D|--7---|
A|---8--|
E|------|
PM ...

e|------|
B|------|
G|-9----|
D|--9---|
A|---7--|
E|------|
PM ...

e|------|
B|------|
G|--9---|
D|--9---|
A|--7---|
E|------|
PM  .


BREAKDOWN
---------

e|----------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------5------|
A|-5h7-7-7-5h7-7-7--5h7-7-7--5h7-7---7-5--|
E|----------------------------------------|

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

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

You can choose to play the harmonic 3* or just another open E (0).
e|---------------------|-------------------|
B|---------------------|-------------------|
G|---------------------|-------------------|
D|---------------------|-------------------|
A|---------------------|-------------------|
E|-3p0-0-3*-3p0-0-3*-3p0-0-3*-3p0-0-3-5-7--| x6

Played over the 4th repetition.
e|-12--7--3--10--9--7--5h7p5--3-|
B|------------------------------|
G|------------------------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|------------------------------|
E|------------------------------| x2


LIVE OUTRO SOLO
---------------
If you don't wish to play the live version just continue to the outro below.

e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------|
A|-5h7-7-7-5h7-7-7-5h7-7-7-5h7-7-7-5h7-7-5h7-7--|
E|----------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------|
A|-7h9-9-9-7h9-9-9-7h9-9-9-7h9-9-9-7h9-9-7h9-9--|
E|----------------------------------------------|

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

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

e|------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------|
G|------12h14-14b15r14-12----------12h14-14b15r14-12----|
D|-12h14-----------------14---12h14-----------------14--|
A|------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------|
G|------12h14-14b15r14-12p11--------12h14-14b15r14-12p11--|
D|-12h14-----------------------12h14----------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------|
G|------12h14-14b15r14-12h14--------12h14-14b15r14-12p14--|
D|-12h14-----------------------12h14----------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--12-12-12-12-12-12\15-15-15-15-15-15-17b-17b-17b-17b-17b-17b-----|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------15/3--|

OUTRO
-----

e|---------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------|
E|-3p0-0-0--3p0-0-0--3p0-0-0--3p0-5-6-7--|

e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------5h7-7-5h7-7--|
E|-3p0-0-0--3p0-0-0--3p0-0-0---------------| x2

e|---|
B|---|
G|---|
D|---|
A|---|
E|-0-|


ABBEY ROAD HARMONIC ENDING
--------------------------

All these are natural harmonics.
e|----------------------------12*--|
B|--12*-----------7*-------12*-----|
G|------12*---5*-------7*----------|
D|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|

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captainoid 10 Jan 03, 2008 11:30 AM

Excellent job man

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Qjn Derc Ima 10 Jan 20, 2008 02:33 PM

Very accurate! The most accurate I've seen thus far, anyway.

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libertylad 10 Mar 01, 2008 10:55 AM

Great tab and thanks for including all the extra stuff he does live!

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