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/ The Beatles / White Album (1968) / Helter Skelter guitar tab

Helter Skelter
(Lennon/McCartney)

From: hertzberg@netcad.enet.dec.com (Marc Hertzberg 


Intro:

-|-----0--(repeat)--------------------------------------------------
-|--12\3--(repeat)--------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
           When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the

-|-----0--(repeat)--------------------------------------------------
-|-----2--(repeat)--------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
    slide, where I stop and I turn and I go for a

                                                  G           
-|-----0--(repeat)--------------------------------------------------
-|-----1--(repeat)--------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------5--5--6--6--------
-|------------------------------------------------3--3--3--3--------
    ride, till I get to the bottom and I see you again.

                           E
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|--5--5--6---------6------2--2--2--2--3\2--2--2--2-----------------
-|--3--3--3---------3------0--0--0--0--1\0--0--0--0-----------------
          Yeah yeah  yeah!


Verse:

     E
Well do you don't you want me to make you

I'm coming down fast but don't let me break you
                                 G
Tell me tell me tell me come on tell me the answer
          A                                E
Well you may be a lover but you ain't no dancer.



Chorus:
            A
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|----------2---2---4---4--5--4--2----------------------------------
-|----------0---0---0---0-----------5--4--2--0----------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
    Well, Helter Skelter
     E
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|---2---2---4---4--5--4--2-----------------------------------------
-|---0---0---0---0-----------5--4--2--0-----------------------------
    Helter skelter
     A                                    E
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|--------------------------------------------5b(7)--3--5-----------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|---2---2---4---4--5--4--2-----------------------------------------
-|---0---0---0---0-----------5--4--2--0-----------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
    Helter skelter                        Yeah

So much for verses and choruses.  The rest are pretty much the same,
except that the rest of the verses hit the G chord a little sooner
(at the beginning of the third line of the verse).

Here's the guitar solo in the middle:

    E                          A                      E
-|----------------------7--7--15b(17)--15b(17)--b(17)15-------------
-|----------------------0--0----------------------------------------
-|----------------------9--9----------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
-|------------------------------------------------------------------
    'Cos here she comes
                                  A                                    E
-|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
-|--b(17)15b(17)15---------------13b(14)------------------b(17)15-----------
-|------------------b(14)12---------------b(14)12b(14)12-----------12-------
-|---------------------------14----------------------------------------14~--
-|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
-|--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Later, there's a neat riff in one of the last verses.  I think it
comes right after "will you won't you want me to make you" or something
like that.  This is a cool riff with that looonnnng slide.

-|--12--15b(17)--b(17)15--12------12----------------------------------------
-|----------------------------15------15\10-----10b(12)--b(12)10--8---------
-|-------------------------------------------9-----------------------7--9---
-|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
-|--------------------------------------------------------------------------
-|--------------------------------------------------------------------------



As the song fades into the first ending, there are some nice bend releases,
while the lyrics repeat "coming down fast":

-|--b(17)15------------------------------------------------------------
-|-----------b(17)15---------------------------------------------------
-|--------------------b(16)14------------------------------------------
-|-----------------------------b(14)12---------------------------------
-|--------------------------------------b(14)12------------------------
-|---------------------------------------------------------------------

Later, there's a whole lot of Hendrix-like guitar noise.

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Tab Special Notations:
----0----  play the open string ('fret zero')
----5----  play fret five
----5~---  play fret five with vibrato
---5/7---  play fret five, slide up to fret seven
---7\5---  play fret seven, slide down to fret five
--7\5/7--  play fret seven, slide down to fret five, slide back up
--8b(9)--  play fret eight, bend the string (at fret eight) to reach
             the pitch of fret nine
--b(9)8--  play fret eight already bent to the pitch of fret nine,
             unbending until it reaches the normal pitch of fret eight
----h7---  hammer-on to fret seven
----p5---  pull-off to fret five
---/7----  slide up to fret 7 (the starting fret of the slide is
             undefined, judge by ear)
---15\---  play fret 15, slide down (the ending fret of the slide is
             undefined, judge by ear)
---0h3---  play the open string and immediately hammer-on to fret
             three
---7p5---  play fret seven and immediately pull-off to fret five



The Beatles albums
2000 One
1970 Hey Jude
1970 Let It Be
1969 Abbey Road
1969 Yellow Submarine
1968 White Album
1967 Magical Mystery Tour
1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
1966 Revolver
1965 Rubber Soul
1965 Help!
1964 The Beatles' Second Album
1964 Meet the Beatles!
1964 Beatles For Sale
1964 A Hard Day's Night
1963 With the Beatles
1963 Please Please Me
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