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Mean Street tab

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Van Halen - Mean Street

First of all this is very advanced stuff so be prepared. There are a lot of brief notes
the intro for obvious reasons. The intro makes this song what it is. I can’t even play
right. Having said that this tab is quite accurate & will help a lot I’m sure. Yes It 
me a good while to tab this so please rate etc. Thanks! Contact me at:
rattlehead.coolio@hotmail.com

[Intro]
e|-12t---------12t-------------12t---------12t------------|
B|-12t---------12t-------------12t---------12t------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----x-----x-----x---------x-----x-----x-----x----------|
A|-----x-----x-----x---------x-----x-----x-----x----------|
E|-----x-12t-x-----x-12t-12t-x-----x-12t-x-----x-12t-12t--|
*This is done by tapping the 12th fret of both the high e & B strings together with the
finger & then slapping the strings with the left hand (denoted by “x”) & then tapping
12th fret of the low E string with the thumb, slapping the strings with the left hand & 
on. This bar is played about 6 times.

e|-----------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-------12tp5-------------------------------h7--|
A|-12tp5-------10tp5-12tp5-----------------------|
E|-------------------------12t-12t-12t-12tp5-----|
*This is done by a bunch of taps & pull-offs. Then a hammer-on of the 7th fret of the D string.

                 H      H  H      H     H
e|---------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------4p0-4-5--------------------------|
D|-------12tp5p0-5-----------5h7-12t-7-11t-------h7--|
A|-12tp5---------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------12tp5-----|
* “H” are natural harmonics created at the fret.

e|-----------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-------12tp5-------------------------------h7--|
A|-12tp5-------10tp5-12tp5-----------------------|
E|-------------------------12t-12t-12t-12tp5-----|

                 H      H  H      H     H
e|---------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------4p0-4-5--------------------------|
D|-------12tp5p0-5-----------5h7-12t-7-11t-------h7--|
A|-12tp5---------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------12tp5-----|

e|-----------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------|
D|-------12tp5-------------------------------h7--|
A|-12tp5-------10tp5-12tp5-----------------------|
E|-------------------------12t-12t-12t-12tp5-----|

                 H      H  H       H    H    H    H    H
e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------4p0-4-5------------------------------------|
D|-------12tp5p0-5------------5h7-12t--11t--10t--11t--12t--p0--|
A|-12tp5-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|

         H    H   H    H   H
e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------h5p0--|
G|------------------------------h5p0--|
D|------------------------------------|
A|-h7--10t--11t--12t--12t--14t--------|
E|------------------------------------|

       H     H      H     H     H     H      H              H
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-h7-19tp5-17t-h7-19tp5-17t-h7-19tp5-17t-h7-19t-h5h7p5\4~-(4)--d~~~~~~~--|
G|-h7-19tp5-17t-h7-19tp5-17t-h7-19tp5-17t-h7-19t-h5h7p5\4~-(4)--d~~~~~~~--|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

[Pre-Verse]
e|--------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------0---------|
G|-5--------5---------------5-------0---------|
D|-5-7-7--5---7-7----5h7p5--5-7-7---0---------|
A|-----------------7--------------7-----------|
E|--------------------------------------------|
PM|-------------------------------------------|
*Softly palm-Mute

                                       H H H H H H  H  H
e|-----------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------5----------12-------|
G|-5--------5---------------5--------------5---7-------12----|
D|-5-7-7--5---7-7----5h7p5--5-7-7---5--5-----7---12----------|
A|-----------------7--------------7--------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|
PM|----------------------------------------------------------|
*Softly palm-Mute

e|---------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------|
G|-5------------------------5-------5----------------------|
D|-5-7-7--5-x-7-7----5h7p5--5-7-7-5---7-7-5-5-5-5----------|
A|-----------------7------------------------------7-7-7----|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|
PM|---------------------------------||---------------------|
*Softly palm-Mute & then full palm mute at the gap of the palm Mute.

e|-------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------|
G|-5--------------------x-x-x-x-x-x-x--5-----|
D|-5-7-7--5-x-7-7----5--x-x-x-x-x-x-x--5-----|
A|-----------------7----x-x-x-x-x-x-x--------|
E|-------------------------------------------|
PM|------------------------------------------|
*Softly palm-Mute
*A type of phaser is used (denoted by “x”) & this is done by rubbing the strings over
bridge pick-up.

[Verse 1]
                     H                                  (x4)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-3p0-0----3p0-0--------3p0-0----3p0-0----------------------|
E|--------3--------0-3~---------3---------3-3-3-3p0-0-0-0----|
PM                                       |-------------------|

[Chorus 1]
e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------5-----------------------7-------------|
D|-----------5-----------------------7-------------|
A|-3p0-0-0-0----3p0-0-3/5--3p0-0-0-0----3p0-0-3/5--|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------6-----------------------10---------------|
G|-----------5------10-12------------9-----X\---------|
D|------------------10-12------------------X\---------|
A|-3p0-0-0-0----0-0-8--10--3p0-0-0-0-------X\---------|
E|---------------------------------------------12~----|

e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------5----------------------7---7-7--------|
D|-----------5----------------------7---7-7--------|
A|-3p0-0-0-0----3p0-0-3/5—3p0-0-0-0----------------|
E|-------------------------------------------/15\--|

e|-------------------------------|
B|----3--------------------------|
G|----2--------------------------|
D|-2--0----------------------9---|
A|-0------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--7---|
E|--------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--0---|

[Verse 2] same as [Verse 1]

[Chorus 2]
e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------5-----------------------7-------------|
D|-----------5-----------------------7-------------|
A|-3p0-0-0-0----3p0-0-3/5--3p0-0-0-0----3p0-0-3/5--|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------1-3-3-1~---|
B|-----------6-----------------------10-------------|
G|-----------5------10-12------------9--------------|
D|------------------10-12---------------------------|
A|-3p0-0-0-0----0-0-8--10--3p0-0-0-0----------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------5----------------------7---7-7--------|
D|-----------5----------------------7---7-7--------|
A|-3p0-0-0-0----3p0-0-3/5—3p0-0-0-0----------------|
E|-------------------------------------------/15\--|

e|--------|
B|----3---|
G|----2---|
D|-2--0---|
A|-0------|
E|--------|

[Bridge]
                                                                (x4)
e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
B|-8/10--10-----------------------|-8/10--10-----------------------|
G|-x/x---x---------------7p5------|-x/x---x----------------12/14---|
D|-5/7---7-----12/14--14-----7p5--|-5/7---7-----12/14--14--10/12---|
A|----------10-10/12--12----------|----------10-10/12--12----------|
E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

[Solo]
    H    H   H   H   H   H   H   H
e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------|
G|-7(9)-(9)-(9)-(9)-(9)-(9)-(9)-(7)~~~-5---7p5-----|
D|---------------------------------------7-----7~--|
A|-------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|

        H H H                              H
e|----5-8-6-5----7-10-8-7----------------------|
B|---5----------7---------10-8-7-------8-7-8~--|
G|--5----------9-----------------9-8-7---------|
D|-8-------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------|

e|-----19-17-15-14-17-15-14----15-14--------------------|
B|-/15----------------------15-------17-15-14-----------|
G|--------------------------------------------17-15-14--|
D|------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-15(16)-(16)-12-15(16)-(16)-12-15(16)-(16)-12-15(16)-(16)-12------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------15t~~~~~~--|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

                    |   mess with the whammy here   |
e|-15(17)(15)-13-15-|-15p12h15p12h15p12h15p12h15p12-|--|
B|-----------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------------------------------15t~~\---|
B|-------------------------------------15t~~\---|
G|-------------------12----12h15p12-------------|
D|-15-12----12h15p12----15----------15----------|
A|-------15-------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------| End Solo

[Verse 3]: Same as [Verse 1]
[Chorus 3]: Same as [Chorus 1]

[Interlude]
  volume swells                         (x4)
e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|-5-------------------7-------------------|
D|-5-------------------7-------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------|

[Outro]
*For the next part add strumming of the open A string with the swells of the interlude.
Here’s an outro riff used:
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-3(3)------5(5)-6-(6)--8-(8)-10(10)-11(11)-------13(13)-14(14)-15(15)-------------|
G|-5(7)~~~~~~7(9)~8(10)~10(12)~12(14)~13(15)~~~~~~~15(17)~16(18)~17(19)-20(22)~~~~--|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

*The rest is just a lot of tremolo that fades out!
Is it me or does the outro sound similar to that infamous part of Guns N' Roses' Rocket
you know th one!;)

Enjoy or else!


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Tablature Legend:
t     - tap
x     - muted note
h     - hammer-on
p     - pull-off
H     - Harmonic
~     - Vibrato
PM|-| - Palm-Mute
t~    - tremolo
d     - dive-bomb
?(?)  - Bend(to whatever is in the brackets)
/     - Slide up
\     - Slide Down
*     - Brief Note
X\    - Pick Slide

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[travis] 2,913 Oct 09, 2008 01:00 PM

You know guitar if you can tab the whole intro. 5 stars man.

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guitarplaya322 100 Oct 09, 2008 02:55 PM

thnx for putting up the first actually good tab of this song

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andressuarezp 10 Apr 10, 2010 06:45 PM

Great job, thanks!

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