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Song: "Top Falls Down" by Tonic
Album: "Sugar"
Tuning: Double Drop D (DADGBD) with Capo on 2nd fret to match concert
tabbed by jjhand

The tab lines are shown with the capo as the 0 fret. This tab was updated to match their performance 
at Moondance Jam in July 2010. The tuning was adjusted and now it works better. They played this in E 
at that concert but the recording sounds like it is in F, so move the capo to 3rd fret and play the 
same way if you are comparing to the album version.

Tonic Concert - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVS2f5PESlo


Main Riff - 

 play this part 3x:
   Dist. Rhythm (Emerson)                4th Bar Ending
 E|-------------------------------|      -----------------------------|
C#|-------------------------------|      -----------------------------|
 A|-------------------------------|      -5-5-5-5-----5-5-5-5---------|
 E|-------------------------------|      -5-5-5-5---x-5-5-5-5---x-0---|
 B|-2b3r2--0--hold chord----------|      -3-3-3-3---x-3-3-3-3---x-0---|
 E|-2b3r2--0----------------------|      -3-3-3-3---x-3-3-3-3---x-0---|
  |
  | Dist. Lead (Jeff)
 E|------------0--0------0------0-|      -----------------------------|
C#|------------3--3------3------3-|      -----------------------------|
 A|------------2--2--0h2-2--0h2-2-|      -----------------------------|
 E|-------------------------------|      -----------------------------|
 B|-2b3r2-0-----------------------|      -3-3-3-3---x-3-3-3-3---x-0---|
 E|-2b3r2-0-----------------------|      -3-3-3-3---x-3-3-3-3---x-0---|

repeat the main riff and hold the ending F chord


Verse: 
    Lead
 E|------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
C#|---------------1--|---------------1--|---------------3--|----------------3-|
 A|-------0-----0----|-------0-----0----|-------0-----0----|-------0------0---|
 E|----2-----2-------|----2-----2-------|----4-----4-------|----4------4------|
 A|-3----------------|-3----------------|-5----------------|-5----------------|
 E|------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
  |
  | Rhythm - strum chords written below in 16th note pattern lightly
 E|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0----------------|
C#|-1----------------|-1----------------|-3----------------|-3----------------|
 A|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0----------------|
 E|-2----------------|-2----------------|-4----------------|-4----------------|
 A|-3----------------|-3----------------|-5----------------|-5----------------|
 E|------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|


Lead fill (0:32):
|------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
|------------------|------------------|------------------|------------------|
|------------------|-------0----------|------------------|------------------|
|-3--2-------------|-3--2-----2-------|-5--4-------------|-5--7--5--4-------|
|-------3------3-3-|-------------3----|-------5------5-5-|-------------5\---|
|------------5-----|------------------|-------------7----|------------------|




Chorus - both guitars play 4x

|-----------------------x-0---|-----0-0-0---0-------0-0-0---0---|
|-----------------------x-3---|-----3-3-3---3-------3-3-3---3---|
|-5-5-5-5---x-5-5-5-5---x-2---|-0h2-2-2-2---2---0h2-2-2-2---2---|
|-5-5-5-5---x-5-5-5-5---x-0---|---------------------------------|
|-3-3-3-3---x-3-3-3-3---x-0---|---------------------------------|
|-3-3-3-3---x-3-3-3-3---x-0---|---------------------------------|
 
  Rhythm guitar holds chord ^     ^ while Lead plays this second bar  

  On fourth time through, lead part holds chord as well.



Verse 2 is same except for extra guitar part (Clean w/ chorus)
|------------------|------------------|------------------|---------------|
|------------------|------------------|-------------5/7--|---------------|
|-------------7\5--|------------------|-------------5/7--|---------------|
|------------------|------------------|------------------|---------------|
|------------------|------------------|------------------|---------------|
|------------------|------------------|------------------|---------------|

play 3x                                                       * 1st time only
|------------------|------------------|------------------|--(5h7--5~)----|
|-------------7\5--|------------------|-------------5/7--|---------------|
|-------------7\5--|------------------|-------------5/7--|---------------|
|------------------|------------------|------------------|---------------|
|------------------|------------------|------------------|---------------|
|------------------|------------------|------------------|---------------|


Play Chorus again



Break (not sure which guitar plays which part)

  Rhythm 
|-3---3-----3-----|-2---2-----2-----|-0---0-----0-----|-2---2-----2-----|
|-3-----3-----3---|-3-----3-----3---|-3-----3-----3---|-3-----3-----3---|
|---------2-----2-|---------2-----2-|---------2-----2-|---------2-----2-|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|
| Lead
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-3---------------|-2---------------|-0---------------|-5---------------|
|-----2-----------|-----2-----------|-----2-----------|-----4-----------|
|---------0-------|---------0-------|---------0-------|---------2-------|
|-------------0---|-------------0---|-------------0---|-------------2---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|


Break part 2: palm mute this section, except for high notes 

   Rhythm: part in parenthesis is on second time through

|-(10\)---------------------|-9\------------------------|-8\------------------------|
|-(10\)---------------------|-9\------------------------|-8\------------------------|
|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
|---------------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
|------0-0-3p0-0-0-3p0-0-0--|------0-0-3p0-0-0-3p0-0-0--|------0-0-3p0-0-0-3p0-0-0--|

|--7\-----------------------||
|--7\-----------------------||
|---------------------------||
|---------------------------||
|---------------------------||
|------0-0-3p0-0-0-3p0-0-0--||


Repeat Rhythm, play Lead Guitar Break Riff as well:                                
|-----------------|-----------------|-------------0---|-----------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
|-3---------------|-2---------------|-----------------|-----------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
|-----2-----------|-----2-----------|-3-------3-------|-----------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
|---------0-------|---------0-------|-----0-----------|-0---------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
|-------------0---|-------------0---|-----------------|------0----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|


Play Chorus

Play Main Riff again

Play Break again to end song



KEY:
| /  slide up
| \  slide down
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  vibrato
| b  bend string to note/fret indicated
| r  release bent string
| () held note from previous bar
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zack43 10 Aug 26, 2016 03:18 PM

Thank you thank you thank you. Capo 3rd fret for album version but that is no issue.

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