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                        SYMPHONY OF DESTRUCTION
                                 Megadeth
              (From The 1992 Album Countdown To Extinction)

Transcribed by Jonathan Casper (confinedforever)

Gtr 1 - Tuning Standard - (E A D G B E)


I think this is pretty much correct to the song, tell me what u think.



[Rude Awakening DVD intro]

 (Clean)
e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|-10-9--9----10-9--9--10/12--10-9--9-|
D|------------------------------------|
A|--8-7--7-----8-7--7---8/10---8-7--7-|
E|------------------------------------|


[Studio version intro]
 
(Distortion)
e|---------|
B|---------|
G|---------|
D|---------|
A|---------|
E|--1-3-1--|
    * * * 


[Riff 1]

e|-----------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-3-2--2----3-2--2----------3-2--2--|
E|-1-0--0----1-0--0----1-3-1-1-0--0--|
                       * * * 
  "You take a mortal man..."


[Riff 2]

Guitar 1
e|-----------------------|
B|-----------------------|
G|-----------------------|
D|-----7---6---5---5h7-5-|
A|-----7---6---5---------|
E|-0-0---0---0---0-------|
   * *   *   *   *
  "...a roll..."

Guitar 2 (comes in the 2nd time)
e|-----------------------|
B|-----------------------|
G|-----------------4h5-5-|
D|-----7---6---5---------|
A|-----7---6---5---------|
E|-0-0---0---0---0-------|
   * *   *   *   *

Guitar 3 (comes in the 4th time)
e|-----------------------|
B|-----------------5h6-5-|
G|-----------------------|
D|-----7---6---5---------|
A|-----7---6---5---------|
E|-0-0---0---0---0-------|
   * *   *   *   *

Last time
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|
D|-----7---6---5\----------------------|
A|-----7---6---5\------5~--------------|
E|-0-0---0---0-----0-0-----6-5-4-3-2-1-|
   * *   *   *     * *     * * * * * * 


[Riff 3]

e|--------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|
D|----9-----8-----7-----6~--------|
A|------7-----7-----5-------7-----|
E|-0------0-----0-----0-------7~\-|
   "Just like the..."
e|--------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|
D|---5-----4-----7------5-4-------|
A|-----3-----3-----5--------5-----|
E|-0-----0-----0-----0--------7~~-|
  "...led rats..."
e|--------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|
D|----9-----8-----7-----6~--------|
A|------7-----7-----5-------7-----|
E|-0------0-----0-----0-------7~\-|
  "We dance like..."
e|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|------------------------7---|
D|---5-----4------7-7-7-7-7---|
A|-----3-----3----5-5-5-5-5---|
E|-0-----0-----0--------------|
                  * * * *      
  "...swaying to the..."


Play Riff 1   "Acting like a robot..."
Play Riff 2   "explodes....explodes..."
Play Riff 3   "Just like the..."


[Riff 3a]

Guitar 1
e|--------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------|
D|----9-----8-----7-----6~--------| ----|
A|------7-----7-----5-------7-----|     | 
E|-0------0-----0-----0-------7~\-|     |
   "Just like the..."                   |--> Play 2x
e|--------------------------------|     |
B|--------------------------------|     |
G|--------------------------------| ----|
D|---5-----4-----7------5-4-------|
A|-----3-----3-----5--------5-----|
E|-0-----0-----0-----0--------7~~-|
  "...led rats...."

Last time:
e|---------------------------|
B|---------------------------|
G|---------------------------|
D|---5-----4------7-7-7-7-7--|
A|-----3-----3----5-5-5-5-5--|
E|-0-----0-----0-------------|
                  * * * *      
  "...swaying to the..."


Guitar 2
e|---------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------| ----|
D|---12-----11-----10-----9~-------|     |
A|-----10-----10-----10-------11---|     |
E|-0-----12-----12-----12-------12-|     |
   "Just like the..."                    |--> Play 2x
e|--------------------------------|      |
B|--------------------------------|      |
G|--------------------------------|      |
D|---9-----7-----12-----9-7-------| -----|
A|-----7-----7------9-------9-----|
E|-0-----0-----0------0-------10~-|
  "...led rats..."

Last time:
e|---------------------------|
B|---------------------------|
G|---------------------------|
D|---9-----7------7-7-7-7-7--|
A|-----7-----7----5-5-5-5-5--|
E|-0-----0-----0-------------|
                  * * * *      
  "...swaying to the..."


[Riff 4] 

(Solo Rhythm)
e|----------------|
B|----------------|
G|----------------|
D|-----7---6---5--|
A|-----7---6---5--|
E|-0-0---0---0----|
   * *   *   *

Lead into next section:
e|---------|
B|---------|
G|---------|
D|---------|
A|---------|
E|--1-3-1--|
    * * * 


[Solo]

(Friedman)
e|----------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------5----------|
G|-/9--9~-9~-9~--/9-9~--9\7---6b7~~--7b9\-3b4~~-|
D|--------------------------9-------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------|
G|-0-2-0-2b3r2~-2b3r2-0-----------|
D|----------------------2-0-0-2~~-|
A|--------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------|
   * * *   
e|---------------------8-12----8-12/14p12--12-|
B|------------------10------10-----------13---|
G|-----9-11----9-11---------------------------|
D|-/10------10--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------|

e|-14-17p14p12----/20-17h20p17------------|
B|-------------13--------------19-17------|
G|-----------------------------------17~~-|
D|----------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|-/12p10----10-12p10----10-15p10----15p10----14p10-|
G|--------12----------12----------12-------12-------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|-/17p15----15-17p15----15-20p15----20p15----19p15-|
G|--------16----------16----------16-------16-------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------19p15----15-22p19----19-|
B|-20p15----15-------15----------20----|
G|-------16----------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-20p15-----------------------------------|
G|------16---19p16-----------------14b16~~-|
D|--------17------17---14p12\11h12---------|
A|------------------17---------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------------------------12-|
B|-----------------12-13p12----------------12h13----|
G|-/15p12----12-15----------15p12----12-15----------|
D|--------14----------------------14----------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------12---------------------------|
B|-13p12-----------------12----15p12---------------------|
G|------15p12---12-14h15-------------15p14p12----13b14~~-|
D|------------14------------------------------14---------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|

e|----12-------------12-------------12-------------|
B|-12----15p12-15b17----15p12----------15p12-------|
G|----------------------------14b16----------14b16-|
D|-------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|-12-------------12-------------12---------|
B|----15p12-12-------15p12-12--------15---\-|
G|----------14b16----------14b16-----14b16\-|
D|------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------|

End solo

Play Riff 1   "The Earth starts..."
Play Riff 2   "tall...stands tall..."
Play Riff 3   "Just like the..."
Play Riff 3a  "Just like the..."


[Ending]

e|----------|
B|----------|
G|----------|
D|----------|
A|--3-2--2--|
E|--1-0--0--|
  "...destruction."


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

10^        = bend a quarter step.
10b11      = bend a half step.
10b12      = bend a full step.
10b12r10   = bend and release.
[10]12     = pre-bend.
[10]12r10  = pre-bend and release.
{14}       = pick the 14th fret while holding the most 
             previous bend.
<17>       = touch the string above the 17th fret while 
             previous note(s) is(are) still ringing.

10b13*     = tremolo bar bend, from the 10th fret to the 13th fret.
7d4*       = tremolo bar dive, from the 7th fret to the 4th fret. 
12~*       = tremolo bar vibrato.

x   =  mute with fret-hand
*   =  palm mute
X\\ =  pick slide
h   =  hammer-on
p   =  pull-off
~   =  vibrato
t   =  finger tap
/   =  slide up
\   =  slide down
h.  =  natural harmonics
a   =  artificial harmonics
(9) =  ghost note
tm  =  trem picking
tr  =  trill

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

            
            
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stringsofdoom 10 May 24, 2007 01:47 AM

this by far the best one up, the solo is solid!

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richplaysguitar 10 May 29, 2007 06:36 AM

pretty close,, no im just being a tool, this tab is very good

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TC1223 10 Sep 03, 2007 07:51 PM

very nice

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