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D# G# C# F# A# D#
Author/Artist: Staind
Title: It's Been Awhile
Album: Break the Cycle
Transcribed by: Fernando Delgado
Email:elrockero56@aol.com 
Electric Guitar Tuning – Tune down : Ab Db Ab Db Gb Bb 
Acoustic Guitar Tuning – Tune down half step : Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb 

Tablature key -
h = hammer on
p = pull of
t = tap
~ = let the note ring
v = vibrate note
b = bend not
r = release note
/ = slide up to fret
\ = slide down to fret
x = mute string(s)

Now onto the song :      
Hint : If you tune your electric guitar to Drop D (down 1/2 step)
       and move everything up 1 string and use the chorus of the 
       second tab it will sound pretty good too. (Look at my 2nd tab)

 [Intro/Verse]
   Electric – (clean)
D#|--------------------------------------------------|
A#|--------------------------------0-----------------|
F#|------12-------14p12---------9---------10p9-------|
C#|----------------------0-----10---------------10\--|
G#|-14-------14-------------0--10-----10-------------|
D#|--0--------0--------------------------------------                                               
                               
D#|------------------------------------------------|
A#|-----0------0----------------------7p5----------|
F#|-4------4------4-------------5-----------5------|
C#|-4----------------5-------7-----7------------7--|
G#|-5---------------------0------------------------|
D#|------------------------------------------------|
                                                                              
   Acoustic – (In the 2nd tab I have chord names)  
D#|-------------------------------------------------|
A#|-----------3------------------------3------------|
F#|-----2---------2------------0-----------0-----0--|
C#|--------2---------2--0---------------------2-----|
G#|-0----------------------3-------3----------------|
D#|-------------------------------------------------|
                                                                              
D#|------------------------------------------|
A#|--------3--------------------3------------|
F#|-------------0-----0-------------0-----0--|
C#|-0---0----------0-----0---0---------2-----|
G#|------------------------------------------|
D#|-3----------------------------------------|

 [Chorus]
   Guitar 1 - (electric) * = the slide is a long slide
D#|------------------------------------------------------| 
A#|------------------------------------------------------| 
F#|------------------------------------------------------| 
C#|-------------------------5---5---0--0---0--12--12--0--| 
G#|-14---14\---0--5---5--0--5---5---0--0---0--12--12--0--|
D#|-12---12\---0--3---3--0----------------------------0--| 


 [Bridge]
   Guitar 1 (electric) - 
D#|----------------------------------------------0~-------0~-----------|  
A#|-12----9/12--12\--9--7----7/9--9\--7--5----2-----5~-------5~-0~-----|
F#|-------------------------------------------0--------7~----------4~--| 
C#|-10----7/10--10\--7--5----5/7--7\--5--3----0------------------------| 
G#|--0---------------0--0-------------0--0-----------------------------| 
D#|--------------------------------------------------------------------| 

 [Outro]
 Electric – (clean)
 End on this chord -                                            
D#|------||
A#|------||
F#|-4~~--||
C#|-4~~--||
G#|-5~~--||
D#|------||
                                                                              
 Acoustic -
 End on this chord - 
D#|------||
A#|------||
F#|------||
C#|-0~~--||
G#|-2~~--||
D#|-3~~--||

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                  2nd version
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Tuning: Electric = Drop D (tuned down 1/2 step - Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb)
        Acoustic = Tune Down 1/2 step (Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb)

This even sounds better than the real way to play it!
Intro/Verse - (listen to song for the rhythm)

   Electric - (2) = quick notes hit at the end before switching chords or ghost notes
D#|------------------------------|----------------------------|
A#|--------------5~--------------|--------------1p0~----------|
F#|------7-----------7-----------|-(0)--0-------------0-------|
C#|-(7)------7-----------7-------|-(2)------2------------(2)--|
G#|--0----------------------(0)--|--3-------------------------|
D#|------------------------------|----------------------------|
                                                                              
D#|-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
A#|-----------------------------|-----------------3p1~----------|
F#|-------------0~--------------|----------0-------------0------|
C#|-4---4-----------4------(4)--|(-2)--2-------2-------------2~-|
G#|-5-------5-----------5-------|--0----------------------------|
D#|-5---------------------------|-------------------------------|

Acoustic Chords Figures - (in order of playing)

002230 = Asus4
030030 = Cmaj7 (I think)
320033 = G
000320 = Dsus2/4

   Asus4                       Cmaj7
D#|----------------------------|------------------------------|
A#|-------------3--------------|--------------3---------------|
F#|-----2-----------2----------|------0-----------0-------0~--|
C#|---------2-----------2---0~-|----------------------2-------|
G#|-0--------------------------|--3-------3-------------------|
D#|----------------------------|------------------------------|

   G                         Dsus2                                                     
D#|--------------------------|-----------------------|
A#|---------3----------------|------3----------------|
F#|-------------0------0-----|----------0--------0~--|
C#|-0---0----------0------0--|--0------------2-------|
G#|--------------------------|-----------------------|
D#|-3------------------------|-----------------------|
                                                                              
[Chorus] - (listen to the song for the rhythm)

   Electric - (distortion) \ = slow slide down the fretboard
D#|------------------------------------------------------|
A#|------------------------------------------------------|
F#|---------------5--5--5-----------------------7--7-----|
C#|-7----7\---0---5--5--5---0---5--5---0--0--0--7--7--0--|
G#|-7----7\---0---3--0--3---0---5--5---0--0--0--5--5--0--|
D#|-7----7\---0-------------0---5--5---0--0--0--------0--|
                                                                              
Acoustic - 
Aaron plays these chords in the chorus - (from low to high)
Play some muted strums in between chords sometimes to fill space.

Am = 001220
C  = 032010
G  = 320033
D  = 000232 

 [Bridge]
   Electric - 
D#|---------------------------------------------------------------------|  
A#|------------------------------------------------0~------0~-----------|
F#|-12----9/12--12\----9--7----7/9--9\--7--5----2-----5~------5~-0~-----| 
C#|---------------------------------------------0--------7~---------4~--| 
G#|-10----7/10--10\----7--5----5/7--7\--5--3----0-----------------------| 
D#|--0-----------------0--0-------------0--0----------------------------| 

 Ending - 
   Electric -
   End on this chord -                                            
D#|------||
A#|------||
F#|-0~~--||
C#|-4~~--||
G#|-5~~--||                     \\\////
D#|-5----||                    @(O) (O)@
                             \  ?  /
                              -----

 Acoustic -
   End on this chord - 
D#|------||
A#|------||
F#|------||
C#|-0~~--||
G#|-2~~--||
D#|-3~~--||
                       Rage thats is yours?

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

| (n)  Ghost note
| p    Pull-off
| /    Slide up
| \    Slide down
| ~    Vibrato

************************************
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Rage 382 Apr 17, 2002 08:00 PM

Great tab!!!

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halfdan 330 Apr 17, 2002 08:00 PM

I agree. Very good.

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JJ186282 0 May 04, 2002 08:00 PM

The electric is a baritone guitar. The tuning is right, but I want anyone who can detune a conventional guitar that far down and have it not sound like shit email me at colin_ward2006@hotmail.com

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