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The Nightmare Begins - By Nobuo Uematsu - Guitar Tab
Tabbed by Jeremy Burr A.K.A Blockinlick

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I'm going to first give credit to those who helped me tab this and ofc Nobuo Eumatsu for
it.

#1: SilvaGunner on Youtube for posting this "video"
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW3jE_Q49Mc
This helped me play it by ear accurately the way it is played in-game.

#2: SouthSaturn on Youtube for posting this Video 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEJkTpSk08k&feature=response_watch
This helped me play it not only visually but also opened up more complex variations and
alternatives to the riffs.


Since this entire song is played via chord progressions I will also post a chord graph
each part.

NOTE: An x on the fretboard of chord graphs = a note change. In this song, for instance,
indicates the pinkey fingers change to the third fret(on the e-string) in the main riff.

Main Riff

     E_a_d_g_b_e
     _ _ O _ _ _
     | | | | | O
     | | | O O |
     | | | | | x
     | | | | | |

e---------1-----1-----3-----1-----1-------|
b-----2-------2-----2-----2-----2-----2---|
g-------2---2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----|
D---0-------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------|

     E_a_d_g_b_e
     _ _ O _ _ _
     | | | | O O
     | | | O | |
     | | | | | x
     | | | | | |

e---------1-----0-----3-----0-----0-------|
b-----1-------1-----1-----1-----1-----2---|
g-------2---2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----|
D---0-------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------|

     E_a_d_g_b_e
     _ _ O _ O _
     | | | | | O
     | | | O | |
     | | | | | x
     | | | | | |

e---------1-----1-----3-----1-----1-------|
b-----0-------0-----0-----0-----0-----0---|
g-------2---2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----|
D---0-------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------|

This next part is difficult to coordinate. There is an easier alternative to this part,
I don't think it sounds as good. This alternative is second.

e----------3------1------0------1------3-------|
b----------------------------------------------|
g-----2-3----3-2----3-2----3-2----3-2----3-2---|
D---0------------------------------------------|
A----------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------|

Alternative

e---------3-----1-----0-----1-----3-------|
b-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----|
g-------3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3---|
D---0-------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------|

The main riff repeats again but instead of using the last riff you play this chord.

     E_a_d_g_b_e
     _ _ _ _ O O
     O | | | | |
     | | | O | |
     | O O | | |
     | | | | | |

Riff 2

      E_a_d_g_b_e
      _ _ _ _ _ _
 3rd  | | | | O |
      | | O | | |
      | | | | | |
      | | | O | |

This first chord is really a ***** to get used to at first.

e-----------------------|
b---------3-----3-------|
g-------6---6-----6-----|
D---0-4-------4-----4---|
A-----------------------|
E-----------------------|

     E_a_d_g_b_e
     _ _ _ _ _ _
     | | | | | |
     | | | | O |
     | | | | | |
     | | O O | |

e-----------------------|
b---------2-----2-------|
g-------4---4-----4-----|
D---0-4-------4-----4---|
A-----------------------|
E-----------------------|

     E_a_d_g_b_e
     _ _ _ _ _ _
     | | | | | |
     | | | | O |
     | | | O | |
     | | O | | |

e-----------------------|
b---------2-----2-------|
g-------3---3-----3-----|
D---0-4-------4-----4---|
A-----------------------|
E-----------------------|

Then it goes back to...

e-----------------------|
b---------2-----2-------|
g-------4---4-----4-----|
D---0-4-------4-----4---|
A-----------------------|
E-----------------------|

Riff 3

Here is where I get an ere****n lmao jk
I would suggest playing the following chord with your index ring and middle because
need your pinkey to do changes on the e-String. (Although make the second note change with
index).

         E_a_d_g_b_e
         _ _ _ _ _ _
   5th   | | | | | O
         | | | | | x
         | | O O | |
         | | | | | x

e---5-----5-----5-----8-----6-----5-------|
b-----------------------------------------|
g-----7-----7-----7-----7-----7-----7-----|
D-------7-----7-----7-----7-----7-----7---|
A-----------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------|

      E_a_d_g_b_e
      _ _ _ _ _ _
      | | | | | |
      | | | | | |
      | | | O O O
      | | | | | |

(I suggest barring this chord)

e---3-----3-----3-----3-----3-------|
b-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----|
g-------3-----3-----3-----3-----3---|
D-----------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------|

This next one is a bit of a stretch for your pinkey but whew does it sound beautiful.

      E_a_d_g_b_e
      _ _ _ _ _ _
      | | | | | |
      | | | | O |
      | | | O | O
      | | | | | |
      | | | | | x
      | | | | | x

e---3-----3-----3-----6-----5-----3-------|
b-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----|
g-------3-----3-----3-----2-----2-----3---|
D-----------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------|

      E_a_d_g_b_e
      _ _ _ _ _ _
      | | | | | O
      | | | O | |
      | | | | O |
      | | | | | |

e---1-----1-----1-----1-----1-------|
b-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----|
g-------2-----2-----2-----2-----2---|
D-----------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------|

This next part is definitely the hardest. Not only is this chord a ***** to place, but
also requires a good pinkey stretch at the same time.

      E_a_d_g_b_e
      _ _ _ _ _ _
 7th  | | O | | |
      | | | | | |
      | O | | | |
      | | | | O |
      | | | | | x
      | | | | | |
      | | | | | x

e-----------------------------------------------|
b---10-----10-----10-----13-----11-----10-------|
g-----------------------------------------------|
D------7------7------7------7------7------7-----|
A--------9------9------9------9------9------9---|
E-----------------------------------------------|

      E_a_d_g_b_e
      _ _ _ _ _ _
      | | | | | |
      | | | | | |
      | | | O O O
      | | | | | |
      | | | | | x
      | | | | | x

e---3-----3-----6-----5-----3-------|
b-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----|
g-------3-----3-----3-----3-----3---|
D-----------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------|

      E_a_d_g_b_e
      _ _ _ _ _ _
      | | | | | O
      | | | O | |
      | | | x | |
      | | | | | |

      E_a_d_g_b_e
      _ _ _ _ _ _
      | | | | O O
      | | | O | |
      | | | | | x
      | | | | | x

      E_a_d_g_b_e
      _ _ _ _ _ _
 5th  | | | | | O
      | | | O | |
      | | | x | |
      | | | | | |

e---1------1------1------1-----3-----4------5------5-----5-------|
b--------------------------1-----1-----1-------------------------|
g-----2-3----2-3----2-3------2-----2-----2----7-6----7-6---7-6---|
D----------------------------------------------------------------|
A----------------------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------------------|


Well there it is... The FULL and COMPLETE tab of The Nightmare Begins that everyone has
waiting for.
Let me now state that this was by no means a direct sheet music translation no matter
accurate it is. This was done entirely by ear and also visually. I simply watched and
to the videos named above and put together my best representation of the them.

(I don't even know how to read sheet music hahaha...)

            
            
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kingheadshot 40 Feb 28, 2010 04:03 AM

awesome tab

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MrTooTall 10 Apr 20, 2013 09:00 AM

On the part where you go

e-----------------------------------------------|
b---10-----10-----10-----13-----11-----10-------|
g-----------------------------------------------|
D------7------7------7------7------7------7-----|
A--------9------9------9------9------9------9---|
E-----------------------------------------------|

Instead of trying to stretch to the 13 on B, (which is a mo-fo for me to reach and I have long fingers), you can just go to 9 on e. It makes the fingering a little awkward but it's MUCH easier to get to. Awesome job though, love it!

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FloydHunter 41 Mar 15, 2014 08:42 PM

I actually play this a bit differently.. After the pause break, this is how I play it:

E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E
||--------------------------------------------------------------------------||
||o------------------------------------------------------------------------o||
||------5-6-5---6-5-------4-6-4---6-4-------3-6-3---6-3-------4-6-4---6-4---||
||----4-------4-----4---4-------4-----4---4-------4-----4---4-------4-----4-||
||o-5-----------------5-----------------5-----------------5----------------o||
||--------------------------------------------------------------------------||

Gm
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E
|-5-----5-----5-----8-----6-----5------3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----|
|----------------------------------------3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3---|
|---2-----2-----2--------------------------3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-|
|-0---4-----4-----4---7-4---7-4---7-4--5-----------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------3-----------------|

Dm
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E
|-3-----3-----3-----6-----5-----------1-----1-----1-----1-----1-----1------|
|---2-----2-----2-----5-----5---8-5-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3-----3----|
|-0---3-----3-----3-----6-----6-----6-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2-----2--|
|-------------------------------------0------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E
|-5-----5-----5---|---8-----6-----5-|
|-----------------|-----------------|
|---2-----2-----2-|-----------------|
|-0---4-----4-----|-4---7-4---7-4---|
|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|

Gm
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E
|-----3-----3-----|-3-----6-----5---|----------|
|-------3-----3---|---3-----5-----5-|---8-5----|
|---------3-----3-|-----3-----6-----|-6-----6--|
|-7-4-5-----------|-----------------|----------|
|-----------------|-----------------|----------|
|-----------------|-----------------|----------|

Dm
E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E E W
|-1-----1-----1-----|-1-----3-----4-----|-5-----5-----5-----5-----||
|---3-----3-----3---|-------------------|---5-----5-----5--------o||
|-----2-----2-----2-|---3-2---3-2---3-2-|-----6-----6-----6-------||
|-0-----------------|-0-----0-----2-----|-0-----------------------||
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------0----o||
|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------------||


Which is a little different then what you got. I remember trying to learn someone's tabs for this, found them to be ridiculous when it came to stretching to unreachable fret combos for my hand and thought, "why don't I just find a better way for me to play it!" Instead of having to hurt ones hand reaching 13 while holding down 7 and 9 - a 7 fret gap - you only have to worry about holding down 4 on the D string and 8, 6 and 5 on the high e.

I also remember the tab at the time when I was learning this basically used a weird version of the Dm chord, so instead, I just used the basic Dm chord as it was easier to fret.

For those that do want their fingers to fall off or break, use this please.

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