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The Main Monkey Business tab

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 Title: The Main Monkey Business
 Artist: Rush
 Album: Snakes and Arrows (2008)
 Tabbed By: Ronnie Chesson

 this tab is mostly based off of based off the live version.
 i've watched the DVD like a hundred times and this is
 what i came up with. to switch between acoustic and
 electric guitars on stage lifeson uses an mbrace. Also
 there are two different tunings used during this song:
 all acoustics should be tuned to DADAAD and all
 electrics are in standard tuning. Enjoi.


 Intro:
(12 String Acoustic Guitar Tuned DADAAD)
 -------0------0--------0--------0----------0-----------|
 -------0------0--------0--------0----------0-----------|
 -----0-------0--------0--------0-----------0-----------|
 --10-------9--------7--------5---------2---3-----------|
 -------------------------------------------3-----------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|


 riff 2-(0:05)for this part just strum that open DADAAD chord
        and throw in a couple hammer-ons on the 4th and
        5th string,3rd and 5th fret, also some chords.
  Like So:
 -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-|
 -0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
 -0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
 -0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-3h5-0-0-0-0-0-0-3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-|
 -3h5-5-5-5-5-3h5-0-0-3h5-5-5-5-5-3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-0-0-0-|
 -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-|
         Repeat this 5 times


 riff 3-(0:28)for this part use standard tuning. lifeson uses
         a distorted guitar with lots of treble.
 --------------------------------------------------------|
 --------------------------------------------------------|
 ------0--------0---2----2-2-2-2-------------------------|
 ----2--------0-----2----2-2-2-2-------0------0--2-2-2-2-|
 --3--------2-------0----0-0-0-0-----2------0----2-2-2-2-|
 ----------------------------------3------2------0-0-0-0-|

 --------------------------------------------------------|
 --------------------------------------------------------|
 ------0--------0---2----2-2-2-2-------------------------|
 ----2--------0-----2----2-2-2-2-------0------0--3-3-3-3-|
 --3--------2-------0----0-0-0-0-----2------0----3-3-3-3-|
 ----------------------------------3------2------1-1-1-1-|
            repeat these 2 bars twice


 riff 4-(0:50) for this riff lifeson uses some sort of flanger
          thing and also throws in a couple rakes.
 --------------------------------------------------------|
 --------------------------------------------------------|
 --------------------------------------------------------|
 ----------------------4-5-4-----------5-4--------4---4--|
 -5--7-7--7--5--7-7--7-------5--5--7-7-----5-5-5---5---5-|
 --------------------------------------------------------|
             repeat this riff 4 times

 directly riff 4 repeat the intro and riff 2 just like before.
 after you repeat riff 2 instead of riff 3, play:
 riff 5-(1:45)
 ----------------------------------|
 ----------------------------------|
 --2-----4-5-2-------2-----4-5-9---|
 ----------------0-----------------|
 ----------------------------------|
 ----------------------------------|
     repeat that twice

 after riff 5 play riff 3 again twice then play:

 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -------------------------------3-3--3-3-3--3-3-3--3-3--|
 -------------------------------2-2--2-2-2--2-2-2--2-2--|
 --0-2--2--0-2--2--2-2--0-2--2--0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0--|
 --0-2--2--0-2--2--2-2--0-2--2--------------------------|
 --0-0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0-0--0--------------------------|
          repeat 4 times then comes the solo:


 solo-(2:50) lots of delay sounds cool with this. I also
             think alex uses a wah-wah pedal in heel position
             for the whole solo.

 --------------------------------------------------------|
 ---------------------------------------17-17-17---------|
 ---14-14-14--14-14---14-14-14-17-17-17---------19-19-19-|
 --------------------------------------------------------|
 --------------------------------------------------------|
 --------------------------------------------------------|

 --17-17-17---------------------------------------------|
 ------------------20-20-20-17-17----17-----------------|
 -----------17-17-----------------17----17--19-19-19----|
 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|

 -------------------------------------------------------|
 ---------------------------5--5-5-5--5-5-5-5--8-8-8----|
 ------19-17-17--16-16--16------------------------------|
 --17---------------------------------------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|

 ---------------------12----12-13-13-13-12-12-12-12-----|
 ---12-12-12-10-10-10----10-------------------------10--|
 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|

 ---------------------------------------------------------|
 -10-10h12-12-12b13-13-13-13-13-12-12-12-----20b21-21-21--|
 ---------------------------------------------------------|
 ---------------------------------------------------------|
 ---------------------------------------------------------|
 ---------------------------------------------------------|

 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -21-21-21-21-17-20-------------------------------------|
 -------------------17-17--20-19--19-19b21-21-21-21-21--|
 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|

 ---------------------------------------10-10-10-10-12--|
 ---------------------------------------8--8--8--8--10--|
 -21-21b19-16-19-16------------------9------------------|
 -------------------19--19--17--17----------------------|
 -----------------------------19--19--------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|

 -12-12-12-12-12-12-12-15-15-15-14-14-15-15-15----------|
 -10-10-10-10-10-10-10-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12----------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|


 riff 6-(3:25)
 --------------------------------------------------------|
 --------------------------------------------------------|
 -9-9-9-9---7-9-7---9-9-9-9--7-9-7---9-9-9-9---7-9-7---7-|
 -9-9-9-9---7-9-7---9-9-9-9--7-9-7---9-9-9-9---7-9-7---7-|
 -7-7-7-7---7-7-7---7-7-7-7--7-7-7---7-7-7-7---7-7-7---7-|
 -0-0-0-0---0-0-0---0-0-0-0--0-0-0---0-0-0-0---0-0-0---0-|

 --------------------------10-10--10--10-10-10--10-10---|
 --------------------------10-10--10--10-10-10--10-10---|
 -7-7-7---7-7--9------------9--9---9---9--9--9---9--9---|
 -7-7-7---7-7--9--2-2-2-2---9--9---9---9--9--9---9--9---|
 -7-7-7---7-7--7--0-0-0-0---7--7---7---7--7--7---7--7---|
 -0-0-0---0-0--0--0-0-0-0-0-0--0---0---0--0--0---0--0---|

 -10--10-10-10--10-10--10--10-10---10-10--10--10-10-10--|
 -10--10-10-10--10-10--10--10-10---10-10--10--10-10-10--|
 --9---9--9--9---9--9---9---9--9----9--9---9---9--9--9--|
 --9---9--9--9---9--9---9---9--9----9--9---9---9--9--9--|
 --7---7--7--7---7--7---7---7--7----7--7---7---7--7--7--|
 --0---0--0--0---0--0---0---0--0----0--0---0---0--0--0--|

 after riff 6 play riff 4 four times, but instead of
 ending on the intro, end on this:
 --------------------------------0~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 --------------------------------0~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 --------------------------------1~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 --2-2-2--2-2-2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 --2-2-2--2-2-2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
 --0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|

 here there's a bass fill by geddy Then play:

 riff 7-(4:08)
 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|
 -7-9--9--9-9--7--7-9-9-X--X--X--X-X-X-X----------------|
 -7-9--9--9-9--7--7-9-9-X--X--X--X-X-X-X----------------|
 -5-7--7--7-7--5--5-7-7-X--X--X--X-X-X-X----------------|
 -------------------------------------------------------|
 repeat 5 times then play riffs 2,5,3 and 6(in that order)

 end with the intro right after riff 6

 If you have any questions just listen to the song. Have fun.

            
            
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zStaG 10 Dec 18, 2009 06:27 AM

I just played through it all with the song, it sounded 99% correct. The only parts I couldn't quite stay with were the distorted parts, but if you had the DVD infront of you, I'm sure its right - I was playing it all on acoustic. I know for a fact that the DADAAD parts are 100% correct as well - also my favourite tuning of all time.

Overall, fantastic tab, I bet a lot of work went into this. A must go-through for all Rush fans.

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