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The Killing Hand - Guitar Tab


Author - William O'Donnell


If someone wants to transcribe the bass to this it would be wonderful. 
I hope this is helpful to DT fans...an oldie but a goodie! I figured I 
owed this to the people who have done the other wonderful DT 
transcriptions.  Thanx guys.  Feel free to comment
Axeman_ss@hotmail.com

INTRO

Guitar 1
E---------0---------------0-------|---------3---------------5-------|
B-------6---6-----------6---6-----|-------3---3---------------5-----|
G-----7-------7-------7-------7---|-----5-------5---------5-----5---|
D---7-----------7---7-----------7-|---5-----------5-----7---------7-|
A-5---------------5---------------|-3-----------------7-------------|
E---------------------------------|-----------------5---------------|

E---------5---------------5-------|---------6---------------8-------|
B-------6---6-----------6---6-----|-----------7---------------8-----|
G-----9-------9-------9-------9---|-------7-----7---------9-----9---|
D---7-----------7---7-----------7-|-----10--------10----12--------12|
A-5---------------5---------------|---8---------------10------------|
E---------------------------------|-6----------------8--------------|
Repeat with slight variation in last measure.

Guitar 2
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G--7------------9---10------------|-----9------7------5------9------|
D---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B------------------------10-------|---------------------------------|
G--7------------9---10------------|----12-----10-----9-----12-------|
D---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
Repeat with guitar three.

Guitar 3
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B--6------------8---10------------|-----8------6------5------8------|
G---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

E------------------------8--------|-----6------5-------------8------|
B--6------------8---10------------|-------------------8-------------|
G---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

Ending Guitar 1                    Ending guitar 2&3 (*guitar 2 only)
E---------------------------------|---------------10*---------------|
B-------6-------------------------|-----------10--------------------|
G-----7---------------------------|-7--9--10------------------------|
D---7-----------------------------|---------------------------------|
A-5-------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

MAIN

E-----------------3---------------|---------------------------------|
B---------3-----------3-----------|---------------------------------|
G---------5-------------------3---|-(3)-----------------------------|
D---------5---------------1-1-1---|-(1)-----------------------------|
A-3-------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E-3-----------3-------------------|---------------------------------|

E-----------------3---------------|--1------------------------------|
B---------3-----------3-----------|------1--------------------------|
G---------5-------------------3---|-(3)-----------------------------|
D---------5---------------1-1-1---|-(1)-----------------------------|
A-3-------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E-3-----------3-------------------|---------------------------------|
Repeat 3 times

Riff A

E-----------------3---------------|---------------------------------|
B---------3-----------3-----------|---------------------------------|
G---------5-------------------3---|-(3)------------3-------3/5------|
D---------5---------------1-1-1---|-(1)--------1-1-1---1-1-1/3------|
A-3-------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E-3-----------3-------------------|---------------------------------|

E-----------------3---------------|--1-------------------3----------|
B---------3-----------3-----------|-----1---------------------3-----|
G---------5-------------------3---|-(3)-------3-------------------5-|
D---------5---------------1-1-1---|-(1)-------------3---------------|
A-3-------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E-3-----------3-------------------|---------------------------------|

E-----------------3---------------|---------------------------------|
B---------3-----------3-----------|---------------------------------|
G---------5-------------------3---|-(3)------------3-------3/5------|
D---------5---------------1-1-1---|-(1)--------1-1-1---1-1-1/3------|
A-3-------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E-3-----------3-------------------|---------------------------------|

E-----------------3---------------|-----1---------------------------|
B---------3-----------3-----------|-----1---------------------------|
G---------5-----------------------|--3------------------------------|
D---------5---------------1-1-----|--3------------------------------|
A-3-----------------------------1-|-(1)-----------------------------|
E-3-----------3-------------------|---------------------------------|
End riff A
Next riff is 3/4 time and chords have switched order after chorus #2.
You should be able to figure out what i did below.  The last notes 
are played by two guitars.

E---------------------------------|--------------------16~~~~~~-----|
B-------------3--------------1----|--------------------18~~~~~~-----|
G--------5----------3-------------|---------------------------------|
D---------------------------------|-5-------------------------------|
A---3-------------1---------------|-5-------------------------------|
E---------------------------------|-3-------------------------------|

First verse Riff

E----------10-repeat-|---------8-repeat-| ----5-6--repeat-----------|
B----10-11----three--|---10-11---three--|---8------three------------| 
G-12----------times--|-10--------times--|-7--------times------------|
D--------------------|------------------|---------------------------|
A--------------------|------------------|---------------------------|
E--------------------|------------------|---------------------------|

E-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B---------10--11-----8--10--11------10--11--10--13--10--11--10------|
G--8--10----------8-------------10----------------------------------|
D-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-------------------------------------------------------------------|
Repeat first verse riff once.

E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G-----3-3-----3-3-5-5-3-3-7-7-----|-----3-3-----3-3-5-5-3-3-7-7-----|
D-5-5-----5-5-----------------3-3-|-5-5-----5-5-----------------3-3-|
A---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
Repeat above 7 more times with slight variation third time.
Play chorus riff A with the switched chords.

E---------------|-----------------|----------------|----------------|
B-11~~~~~~~~~~~-|-10~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-11~~~~~~~~~~~~-|----------------|
G-12~~~~~~~~~~~-|-10~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-12~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-8-------10-----|
D-12~~~~~~~~~~~-|-10~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-12~~~~~~~~~~~~-|----------------| 
A-10~~~~~~~~~~~-|-8~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-10~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-6-------8------|
E---------------|-----------------|----------------|----------------|
Repeat above once.

Riff B
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D-----------5---5-----------------|-----------5---5-----------------|
A---------------------------5---5-|---------------------------5---5-|
E-3-3-3-3-3-------3---3-3-3-------|-3-3-3-3-3-------3---3-3-3-------|
play B again

E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|----------------4P3--------------|
G-----------------------------5---|--------------------5-3----------|
D----------------6~~~~~~~~~~----6-|-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~---------5-3------|
A-3~~~~~~~~~-5H6------------------|----------------------------6-5--|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
Play B twice more.
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D-----------5---5-----------------|-----------5---5-----------------|
A---------------------------5---5-|---------------------------------|
E-3-3-3-3-3-------3---3-3-3-------|-3-3-3-3-3-------3---3-3-3-3-5~~~|

E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G---------------------------------|-----------------10--------------|
D---------------------------------|-----------------10----------8---|
A-----------------8-------6---5---|-----------------8-------8-8-8---|
E-6~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-10------8---6---|-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-----------------|
Im not even going to tab out the Eb5 and D5 chords...switch them after 
the first solo...you'll figure it out.

Solo 1 (guitar doubled one fifth higher)
E----------------------------|--------------------------------------|
B----------------------------|-----------------------------10-11-13-|
G------------------------5-7-|--------------10-12------10-12--------|
D-----------3-5-----5-7-8----|-------10-12-13---10-12-13------------|
A------3-5-6---5-6-8---------|10-12-13------------------------------|
E-3-5-6----------------------|--------------------------------------|

E----------------10-11-13-----------------13-15|(15)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|
B-------10-11-13-----------------13-15-16------|--------------------|
G-10-12------------------12-14-15--------------|--------------------|
D----------------------------------------------|--------------------|
A----------------------------------------------|--------------------|
E----------------------------------------------|--------------------|
Solo 2
E-20b(22)~~~~~~~20b(22)~~~~~18p17-|-18b(20)---18p17-18~~~17h18h17---|
B---------------------------------|------------------------------20-|
G---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
A---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B-18~~~~~~~~~~~~------------------|---------------------------------|
G----------------19b(20)-17~~~~~~-|-15~~~~~-------------------------|
D---------------------------------|-----------18----17~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|
A---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
Riff C (play parenthesis every other time)
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
D---------5-----------6-------6---|-5-------5-----------6-------6---|
A-3-3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3-3---3-3-3---|-3---3-3-3---3-3-3-3-3---3-3-3---|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|----------------------10----8----|
G---------12----------10----------|-8----------7---------9-----7----|
D---------12----------10----------|-8----------7---------7-----5----|
A-3-3-3-3-10----------8-(6-6-6-6)-|-6-(5-5-5-5)5(5-5-5-7)7(7-7)5(5-5|
E------------(8-8-8-8)------------|---------------------------------|

Below, before "||" is end of riff C.  After is ending 1.
E-----------------||--------------|-------------|--------------||
B-----------------||--------------|-------------|--------------||
G-5-5-------------||--------------|-5-----------|--8-7-5---5-7-||
D-----5-5-8-8-----||--------8-6---|---8-6---5-6-|--------8-----||
A-------------6-6-||---5-6------8-|-------8-----|--------------||
E-----------------||-8------------|-------------|--------------||

repeat riff C without ending 1 and go below.
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G-5-5-----7-7-----8-8-----7-7-----|-5-5-----7-7-----8-8-----7-7-----|
D-----5-5-----5-5-----5-5-----5-5-|-----6-6-----6-6-----6-6-----6-6-|
A---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------| 

E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G-5-5-----7-7-----8-8-----7-7-----|-7-7----10-10----7-7----10-10----|
D-----7-7-----7-7-----7-7-----7-7-|-----8-8------8-8----9-9-----9-9-|
A---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|

Slashes are a spacer for the repeated figure.
E----------repeat-|----------rep-|----------rep-|----------/--------|
B----------three--|----------thr-|----------thr-|----------/--------|
G-12-8--12-times--|-13-8--13-tim-|-14-8--14-tim-|15-10--10-/16-10-10|
D-----10----------|-----10-------|-----10-------|-----12---/-----12-|
A-----------------|--------------|--------------|--repeat--/-repeat-|
E-----------------|--------------|--------------|-------------------|

solo #3
E-------------------------------------------|------------------------
B-------------------------------------------|------------------------
G-------------------------------------------|------------------------
D-------------------------------------------|-8---------------8-10---
A---------8---------8-10-8----------8-10-11-|---11-10-8-10-11--------
E-8-10-11---8-10-11--------11-10-11---------|------------------------

E----------------------|-------------------------------------------|
B----------------------|-----------------------9-8------11-9-8-----|
G--------------------8-|-10-8-------12-10-8--------10-8--------10--|
D-12-10-8----8-10-12---|------12-10---------12---------------------|
A---------11-----------|-------------------------------------------|
E----------------------|-------------------------------------------|

E-8--------10-8------12-10-8----13-12-10----|-15-11----11-repeat----|
B---11-9-8------11-9---------11----------13-|-------13----three-----|
G-------------------------------------------|-------------times-----|
D-------------------------------------------|-----------------------|
A-------------------------------------------|-----------------------|
E-------------------------------------------|-----------------------|

E-16-11--11-rep-|-17-11--11-rep-|-18-13--13-/19-13--13/|-20(23)-----|
B------13---thr-|------13---thr-|------15---/-----15--/|-bend full--|
G-----------tim-|-----------tim-|-----------/---------/|-then release
D---------------|---------------|--repeat---/-repeat--/|-with vib.--|
A---------------|---------------|-----------/---------/|-(harmony)--| 
E---------------|---------------|-----------/---------/|------------|

The background part should be easy to figure out by now (ends on Bb).
E---------------|---------------|----------1----|-----------3-------|
B------3---4----|-------3--4----|------1--------|-------3-----3-----|
G------------5--|---------------|----3---3---3--|---------3---------|
D---5----------5|---5-----------|--3------------|-----5-------------|
A-3-------------|-3-------------|1--------------|---5---------------|
E---------------|---------------|---------------|-3-----------------|

E---------------|----------6----|-4p3-----------|--------6----------|
B------3----4---|----3h4--------|-----4---------|-4---3-------------|
G-------------5-|---------------|-------3-------|-------------------|
D---5-----------|---------------|---------------|-------------------|
A-3-------------|-3-------------|---------------|-------------------|
E---------------|---------------|---------------|-------------------|
Play next then repeat it with second ending.
E---------------|------6-----8--|---------------|-------------------|
B------3---4----|--------4-----4|---------3h4---|-----3---4-----3---|
G------------5--|---------------|------3------3-|-------3---------3-|
D---5-----------|---5------5----|----3----------|-------------------|
A-3-------------|-3-------------|1--------------|---5---------------|
E---------------|---------------|---------------|-3-----------------|
                                *1st ending*************************|
E---------------|------6-----8--|---------------|-------------------|
B------3---4----|----------4---4|-8-------9-----|----8-----6--------|
G------------5--|----5---5------|-8-------------|------8------------|
D---------------|---------------|-8-------------|--------8----8-----|
A-3-------------|-3-------------|-6-------------|-------------------|
E---------------|---------------|---------------|-6-----------------|
|second ending******************************************************
E------------------|-----6<18>--------|---------------|----1--------|
B-----11---9---8---|-6----A.H.--8<20>-|------3---4----|----3--------|
G-8------8---8---8-|-------------A.H.-|---------------|----3--------|
D---8--------------|------------------|---5---------5-|----3--------|
A-6----------------|------------------|-3-------------|----1--------|
E------------------|------------------|---------------|-------------|
Riff # whatever (there have been quite a few by now!)
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G---------7-----------8-------7---|---------7-----------8~~~~~------|
D---------5-----------5-------5---|---------5-----------5~~~~~------|
A-3---3---3---3---3---3---3-3-3---|-3---3---3---3---3---3~~~~~------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
ending A                             ending b
E---------------|-----------------||----------------|---------------|
B--1~~~~~~~~~~~-|-----------------||----------------|---------------|
G--3~~~~~~~~~~~-|-----------------||----------------|---------------|
D--3~~~~~~~~~~~-|-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-||-6--------------|-8-------------| 
A--1~~~~~~~~~~~-|-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-||-6--------------|-8-------------|
E---------------|-3~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-||-4--------------|-6-------------|

E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|----------------4----3~~~~~~~~~~-|
G-5-------3-------3---5~~~~~~~~~~-|-5-------3------3----3~~~~~~~~~~-|
D-5-------3-------3---5~~~~~~~~~~-|-5-------3-----------------------|
A-3---3-3-----3-3-----------------|-3---3-3-----3-3-----------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
play ending A
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
B---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
G-5-------3-------3---5~~~~~~~~~~-|-<2.6>vibrato dive --------------|
D-5-------3-------3---5~~~~~~~~~~-|------with bar-------------------|
A-3---3-3-----3-3-----------------|---------------------------------|
E---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
play ending B

E---------------|-----------------|----------------|----------------|
B-6~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-3~~~~~~---------|-6~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|----------------|
G-7~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-5~~~~~~---------|-7~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|----------------|
D-7~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-5~~~~~~7~~~~~~~-|-7~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-8-------10-----| 
A-5~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-3~~~~~~7~~~~~~~-|-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|-8-------10-----|
E---------------|--------5~~~~~~~-|----------------|-6-------8------|
Reapeat again behind bass solo.

Next part is in five four time with a shuffle feel.  Ill write out
the notes for the first measure.  After that it is exactly the same
pattern including the palm muted bass notes.  

E-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-1------1----(P.M.-----)----1-----1-----1---1------1---1-----------|
G-3------3-------------------3-----3-----3---3------3---3-----------|
D-3------3-------------------3-----3-----3---3------3---3-----------| 
A-1------1-----1---1---1-----1-----1-----1---1------1---1-----------|
E-------------------------------------------------------------------|

E-4----|------|-1----|-1----|------|-3----|-1---|-1---|-1\----------|
B-4----|-3----|-1----|-1----|-4----|-3----|-1---|-1---|-1\----------|
G------|-5----|-3----|-2----|-3----|-5----|-3---|-3---|-3\----------|
D-6----|-5----|-3----|-3----|-1----|-5----|-3---|-3---|-3\----------|
A-6----|-3----|-3----|-3----|-3----|-3----|-1---|-1---|-1\----------|
E-4----|------|------|------|------|-3----|-1---|-----|-------------|