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/ Iced Earth / Dark Saga (1996) / A Question of Heaven guitar tab

Iced Earth:  Question Of Heaven

transcribed by:  Russ Elton (webmaster@abysslord.com)

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Date last modified:  April 27, 2003
  
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Tuning: Eb


NOTE: The First chord is swept upwards
for the beginning of the song only.

Riff 1 (12 string acoustic)
eb|-------7-------------7-------|
Bb|---------0-------------0-----|
Gb|-----------0-------------0---|
Db|-----5-------5-----5-------5-|
Ab|---7-------------7-----------|
Eb|-0-------------0-------------|
            "The time is close now..."
eb|-------5-------------5-------|
Bb|---------0-------------0-----|
Gb|-----0-----0-------0-----0---|
Db|---4---------4---4---------4-|
Ab|-5-------------5-------------|
Eb|-----------------------------|
            "...the end is near..."
eb|-------3-------------3-------|
Bb|---------3-------------3-----|
Gb|-----0-----0-------0-----0---|
Db|---2---------2---2---------2-|
Ab|-3-------------3-------------|
Eb|-----------------------------|
            "My walk through..."
eb|-----------------|
Bb|-----------------|
Gb|-------0---------|
Db|-----0-----------|
Ab|---2-------0-----|
Eb|-3-------2---3-2-|


Riff 2 (Distortion)
Guitar 1
eb|-------------------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------------------------------|
Gb|-------------------------------------------------|
Db|--------9--9--------9--9--------7--7--------7--7-|
Ab|--------7--7--------7--7--------5--5--------5--5-|
Eb|-0-0000------0-0000------0-0000------0-0000------|
    * ****      * ****      * ****      * ****     

eb|------------------------------------------|
Bb|------------------------------------------|
Gb|--------------------------------0---------|
Db|--------5--5--------7--7------0-----------|
Ab|--------3--3--------5--5----2-------0-----|
Eb|-0-0000------0-0000-------3-------2---3-2-|
    * ****      * ****       * * * * * * * * 

Guitar 2                                     x2
eb|-------------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------------------------|
Gb|-------------------------------------------|
Db|---------------------------------5--4--5-4-|
Ab|-7----9-10--5----7--9--3----5--------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------|

Guitar 3                                     x2
eb|-------------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------------------------|
Gb|---------------------------------4--2--4-2-|
Db|-5----7--9--4----5--7--2----4--------------|
Ab|-------------------------------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------|


Riff 3
eb|----------------------------|
Bb|----------------------------|
Gb|----------------------------|
Db|----------------------------|
Ab|--------2-----------2-----3-|
Eb|-000000-0----000000-0--00-1-|
    ******      ******    **
   "What exactly is the meaning of this..."

Play Riff 2
Play Riff 3   "Lord I pound..."
Play Riff 2

Lead into the acoustic part
eb|----------|
Bb|----------|
Gb|----------|
Db|----------|
Ab|--------2-|
Eb|-000000-0-|
    ******

Acoustic part  (listen to song for strumming pattern)

Lead into next section:
eb|---0---|
Bb|---0---|
Gb|---0---|
Db|---2---|   
Ab|---2---|
Eb|---0---|

Riff 4
eb|---0---|
Bb|---0---|
Gb|---0---|
Db|---2---|   
Ab|---2---|
Eb|---0---|
   "I did what I thought was right..."

eb|---3---|
Bb|---0---|
Gb|---0---|
Db|---0---|  
Ab|---2---|
Eb|---3---|
   "All for the love of my life..."

eb|---2---|
Bb|---3---|
Gb|---2---|
Db|---0---|
Ab|-------|
Eb|-------|
   "I know it's sad but..."

eb|---0---|
Bb|---0---|
Gb|---0---|
Db|---2---|   
Ab|---2---|
Eb|---0---|
   "...true..."

Repeat Riff 4 til distortion kicks in.
  
After first break, guitar 2 plays this:
eb|-----0-----------------0------|
Bb|---8----8------------8----8---|
Gb|-9--------9--------7--------7-|
Db|------------------------------|
Ab|------------------------------|
Eb|------------------------------|

eb|-----0----------------0------|
Bb|---7---7------------8----8---|
Gb|-7-------7--------9--------9-|
Db|-----------------------------|
Ab|-----------------------------|
Eb|-----------------------------|

End acoustic part


Riff 5 (Distortion)
eb|------------------------------------------|
Bb|------------------------------------------|
Gb|------------------------------------------|
Db|-----------------------7-----7------------|
Ab|-2-----2----5-----5----5-5-5-5----2-----2-|
Eb|-0-0-0-0----3-3-3-3---------------0-0-0-0-|
      * *        * *        * *        * * 

Solo
eb|-------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------------------|
Gb|-------------------------------------|
Db|---9--10--9-7------9--9/12--10-9-7-9-|
Ab|-7---7--------7--7-------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------|

eb|----------------------|
Bb|----------------------|
Gb|----------------------|
Db|-10-9-7----10-9-------|
Ab|----------------9--9\-|
Eb|-------------------a--|

eb|---------------------------------|
Bb|---------------------------------|
Gb|---------------------------------|
Db|-2-4-5-5/7-5-4--5-4----4---------|
Ab|--------------------7----7-5-7~~-|
Eb|---------------------------------|

eb|----------------------------------|
Bb|---10-12-13-12--12-13--12--10-----|
Gb|-9-----------------------------12-|
Db|----------------------------------|
Ab|----------------------------------|
Eb|----------------------------------|

eb|----------------------10-10---------|
Bb|---10-12-13-12--12-13--------13--12-|
Gb|-9----------------------------------|
Db|------------------------------------|
Ab|------------------------------------|
Eb|------------------------------------|

eb|----------------------------------|
Bb|----10-12-10~--------12-10--------|
Gb|-12------------------------11~--9-|
Db|----------------------------------|
Ab|----------------------------------|
Eb|----------------------------------|

eb|--------------------------------|
Bb|--------------------------------|
Gb|-12p11p9-11b12-11----9----------|
Db|------------------12------7-9---|
Ab|-----------------------10-----7-|
Eb|--------------------------------|

End solo


Riff 5a
eb|-------------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------------------------|
Gb|-------------------------------------------|
Db|-----------------------7-----7----7-9-9----|
Ab|-2-----2----5-----5----5-5-5-5----5-7-7--2-|
Eb|-0-0-0-0----3-3-3-3----------------------0-|
      * *        * *        * * 
   "My spirit begins to rise..."
eb|-------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------------|
Gb|-------------------------------|
Db|-----------------------7-----7-|
Ab|-2-----2----5-----5----5-5-5-5-|
Eb|-0-0-0-0----3-3-3-3------------|
      * *        * *        * * 
   "Now all I want is to die..."
eb|--------------------|
Bb|--------------------|
Gb|--------------------|
Db|-7-9-9-----7-9-9----|
Ab|-5-7-7--2--5-7-7--2-|
Eb|--------0---------0-|


Play Riff 5    [song fades out with this]


Ending leads:
Guitar 1
eb|-----------------------------|
Bb|-----------------------------|
Gb|-----------------------------|
Db|----9----------9--/12--10-9--|
Ab|-7-----------7---------------|
Eb|-----------------------------|

eb|----------------------------------|
Bb|----------------------------------|
Gb|----------------------------------|
Db|-10-9-7-----7---------------------|
Ab|---------10----------10-9-7-----7-|
Eb|-----------------------------10---|

Guitar 2
eb|-----------------------------|
Bb|-----------------------------|
Gb|----7----------7--/10---9-7--|
Db|-5-----------5---------------|
Ab|-----------------------------|
Eb|-----------------------------|

eb|----------------------------------|
Bb|----------------------------------|
Gb|--9-7-5-----5---------------------|
Db|----------9-----------9-7-5-----5-|
Ab|------------------------------9---|
Eb|----------------------------------|

Guitar 3 (Choir arranged for guitar)
eb|-----------------------------|
Bb|---12----------12-/15--13-12-|
Gb|-9-----------9---------------|
Db|-----------------------------|
Ab|-----------------------------|
Eb|-----------------------------|

eb|--------------------------------------|
Bb|-13-12-10-----10----------------------|
Gb|-----------12-----------12-11-9-----9-|
Db|---------------------------------12---|
Ab|--------------------------------------|
Eb|--------------------------------------|


This lick is done on the live version:
eb|-----------------------------|
Bb|-----------------------------|
Gb|-12p11p9----9~\-----9-11-12~-|
Db|---------12------12----------|
Ab|-----------------------------|
Eb|-----------------------------|

eb|-------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------12-12-|
Gb|-12p11p9----9~\-----9-11-12-12-|
Db|---------12------12------------|
Ab|-------------------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------|

eb|---------------------------|
Bb|-/10---------------/10-10\-|
Gb|-----12-12--11--12---------|
Db|-------------a-------------|
Ab|---------------------------|
Eb|---------------------------|

eb|-------------------------------------------|
Bb|-/12-12\-/13-13\-/12-12~--12-12h13p12--12~-|
Gb|-------------------------------------14----|
Db|-------------------------------------------|
Ab|-------------------------------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------|



Notation:

10^        = bend a quarter step.
10b11      = bend a half step.
10b12      = bend a full step.
10b12r10   = bend and release.
[10]12     = pre-bend.
[10]12r10  = pre-bend and release.
{14}       = pick the 14th fret while holding the most 
             previous bend.
<17>       = touch the string above the 17th fret while 
             previous note(s) is(are) still ringing.

10b13*     = tremolo bar bend, from the 10th fret to the 13th fret.
7d4*       = tremolo bar dive, from the 7th fret to the 4th fret. 
12~*       = tremolo bar vibrato.

x   =  mute with fret-hand
*   =  palm mute
X\\ =  pick slide
h   =  hammer-on
p   =  pull-off
~   =  vibrato
t   =  finger tap
/   =  slide up
\   =  slide down
h.  =  natural harmonics
a   =  artificial harmonics
(9) =  ghost note
tm  =  trem picking
tr  =  trill


Iced Earth albums
2004 Glorious Burden
2003 Days of Purgatory
2002 Tribute to the Gods
2001 Melancholy
2001 Horror Show
2000 Demons & Wizards
1998 Something Wicked This Way Comes
1996 Dark Saga
1995 Burnt Offerings
1992 Night of the Stormrider
1991 Iced Earth
Dark Saga tabs
01Dark Saga tabbass tab
02I Died for You tabbass tab
03Violate tabbass tab
04The Hunter tabbass tab
05The Last Laugh tabbass tab
06Depths of Hell tabbass tab
07Vengeance Is Mine tabbass tab
08The Suffering Scarred tabbass tab
09Slave to the Dark tabbass tab
10A Question of Heaven tabbass tab

 

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