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Poundcake solo tab

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		   POUNDCAKE (Solo and fills) - Van Halen
	 As heard on the 1991 album 'FOR UNLAWFUL CARNAL KNOWLEDGE'.
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Okay, this is a crazy solo. You've got harmonic tapping. Pinch harmonics.
Huge bends. Vibratos. If you ask me, this is probably one of Van Halen's
hardest solos. The other guy (Paul D. is his name I think) got the rhythm down really
go check out that tab. The only thing his tab was missing was the solo, so here it is,
the outro licks included. Once you get it down though, it's awesome to play. So get 
to roll, and let's go. For the solo, you're going to want to get some new strings, because
are some REALLY huge bends that are most likely going to snap old strings. Also, turn 
mids about halfway up and put some reverb on. And as always, turn that volume knob up to 10.

Tuning: Standard
Key of E (not too sure, but whatever)

Main solo (2:48 - 3:36)

  2:48              2:51        2:52       2:53            2:54
e|---------------------2----------------------------------------------------|
B|--------5b--5b----------5b---5b-5--------1--t7p2h5t7p5b---7p2h5t7p5b------|
G|-4b------------4b---------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------5p2---------------------------|
B|-h2h5p2\1/2--5p2--t7p5p2\1---5p2t7-----2\1--5p2h7p2-------5---------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------4b-----4b---4p0--4b--|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------13---------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------14---17b--14---------------|
G|-4b4b4b4b4b4b4b4b4p0h4-4b-----------------15-----------------16b14h16b----|
D|---------------------------------2h4-4------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------4-------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------14--17b----17b---14---------------------|
B|------------------------------------14----------------14------------------|
G|-21b-21p16b--21bp16b--14-----5/15-----------------------16b---14b--4\3/6--|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----17---19b-19b---19b--h17----19-19bp17---------------------------------|
B|-------17----------------------------------h19-19b19b-19p0-------17b------|
G|--18---------------------------------------------------------6/15---------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-17---14-----------------------------------------14---17b-14-17-----------|
B|---17---14-17---14---------------------------------14-----------17b-------|
G|-------------16------14-16---14---------------15--------------------------|
D|---------------------------16---14--14b-7\3-------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|


                 3:25
e|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-20b17b20b17b--10---12------------h5------------------------------10------|
G|----------------12b--14b--11\4p2-----4-4-4b-4b-4-4bp2-------------12b-----|
D|-------------------------------------------------------4~~\11p0-----------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------t19p14h17---------t19p14h17---------------------------------|
B|-14---t19p14h17---------t19p14h17---------t19p14h17------------------------|
G|-16b-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-t19p14h17t19p17t19p14t19p17t19p17h17h19t21p19t21p19b----------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


Outro fills:

  4:37                           4:39
e|-----15-------------------------------|
B|--------15b-15p12--15b-12---15b-15----|
G|-15b-------------14------14-----------|
D|--------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------|

   4:40                4:44              4:47
e|--14b-14b--14b-------22b----22b-22b-22b-----------------|
B|------------------h19-----------------------------------|
G|---------------2/20-------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------12p0h12/14----|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

                       4:49                         4:53
e|---------------------------------------------------15b--|
B|--------------h12h15b--15/21\6/21----------------12-----|
G|---------12bh4-----------------------4/21\7/21----------|
D|--12b-h14--------------------------------------12-------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

                                     4:56
e|-15-15bh15p14-13-12-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------15-14-13p12--------------------------|
G|------------------------------h14p13-12b--12-12b12b12b--|
D|----------------------------------------14--------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

        4:59                          5:02
e|----------------------------------------15b-------------|
B|--------------------------------------12----------------|
G|-12\4---21------21--2/7----21\4/21--12------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------19p17----------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

                5:04                       5:05
e|-15b15p14p13p12-----------------------------------------|
B|---------------h15p14p13p12-----------------------------|
G|---------------------------15p14p13p12--4\3/9p0h7-------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

 5:06         5:07                   5:11
e|----------------/19~/19~/19~/19~------h15---------------|
B|--------------------------------------------14----------|
G|----------------------------------9/12---p0-------------|
D|-9-8-7-5bp0---------------------------------------------|
A|-----------2--------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------------------|
B|-t20p17t19p15t19p15p12~~--------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

And so on. It's a crazy tapping lick, and it's hard to hear because the song's fading
but you get how to do it. Just do something like a descending tapping run on the B string,
you've got it.

| /  slide up
| \  slide down
| h  hammer-on
| p  pull-off
| ~  vibrato
=============================================================================

            
            
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angus_young_32 217 Feb 11, 2010 11:19 AM

Another great tab man, keep going

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ChristianMswans 10 Apr 18, 2013 01:05 PM

this solo is damn good but there is a few small off parts..

The first part is actually harmonic tapping

you keep your left hand on the 4th fret while lightly tapping these notes and bend the 4th fret accordingly

e|-----------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------|
G|---4b----t9rb---t12---t9---t12b---t9---12r~~---|
D|-----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------|
P.H.

There are also parts that cant be played, but can be replicated due to the fact that hes actually using a drill in front of the pickups.

The 21b16 on the G and the and 20b17 on the B are the two parts. He also switches from bridge to neck pickups on parts of this solo.

Still an awesome tab!! Thanks for tabbing!

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ChristianMswans 10 Apr 20, 2013 10:33 AM

sorry thats wrong.. thats from the live version.. ill post the studio version when i have time but its esentially less harmonics and tap 8 instead of 12

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