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			Creeping Death
		  As performed by Metallica
		  From "Ride the Lightning"
		Copyright (c) 1984 Creeping Death Music

  Words & Music By : James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, & Kirk Hammett

  Musical Definitions at the end of file.
  Typed by : Christopher Sean Forgeron
  Spread this around all you want.

Tempo = Fast Rock = 184 bpm

	Intro
        (Ryth Fig 1)                 (end Ryth Fig 1)

 &-#---||----------------|---|-----------------|----||
 &-----||----------------|---|-----------------|----||
 &---4-||o-----------%---|---|-----------%-----|---o||
 &---4-||o-----------%-9-|-9-|-----------%-9-7-|-7-o||
 &-----||--------------9-|-9-|-------------9-7-|-7--||
 &-----||--0-0-0-0-0---7-|-7-|-0-0-0-0-0---7-5-|-5--||
                       ~~~~~                 ~~~~~


  w/Ryth Fig 1 (once) (two guitars)

||-------------------|-----------|------------------|----------||---------|
||-------------------|-----------|------------------|----------||---------|
||o-------------%----|-------%-}-|------------------|-----%-}-o||-}-------|
||o-------------%-9--|-9--9--%-}-|-----------%-9--7-|-7-7-%-}-o||-}-------|
||----------------10-|-10-10-----|-----------%-10-9-|-9-9------||---7-5-5-|
||--0-0-0-0-0-0------|-----------|-0-0-0-0-0--------|----------||---5-3-2-|
                  ~~~~~~~                         ~~~~~

 (Ryth Fig 3)                (end Ryt Fig 3)(Ryth Fig 4)      (end Ryth Fig 4)
                                         x8                                x4
||------------------|----------------------||-------------|------------------||
||------------------|----------------------||-------------|------------------||
||o-----------------|---------------------o||o------------|-----------------o||
||o-----2-----2---2-|-----2---------------o||o------------|-----------------o||
||------2-----2---2-|-----2---2-3-2-3-2-0--||-----5-----5-|------------------||
||--0-0---0-0---0---|-0-0---0--------------||-0-0-3-0-0-3-|-0-0-2-2-2-2-2-2--||
                                    H P P

  You then play Ryth Fig 3 four times, and then continue.



 |---|---|---|---------|
 |---|---|---|---------|  The singing starts. Keep playing Ryth Fig 3
 |---|---|---|---4-6---|  until the singing stops (16 bars later) then
 |-2-|-2-|-2-|-2-4-6-4-|  start playing Ryth Fig 4 four times.
 |-2-|-2-|-2-|-2-2-4-4-|
 |-0-|-0-|-0-|-0-----2-|
   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~


 Chorus

    E5         C5 D5        F5                         G5                   @

 ||---|-------------|---|------|---|-------------|---------|---|-------------|
 ||---|-------------|---|------|---|-------------|---------|---|-------------|
 ||-9-|-9-------5-7-|-7-|-7/10-|-9-|-9-------5-7-|-/10-12\-|-7-|-7-------5-7-|
 ||-9-|-9-------5-7-|-7-|-7/10-|-9-|-9-------5-7-|-/10-12\-|-7-|-7-------5-7-|
 ||-7-|-7-------3-5-|-5-|-5/8--|-7-|-7-------3-5-|-/8--10\-|-5-|-9-------3-5-|
 ||---|---0-0-0-----|---|------|---|---0-0-0-----|---------|---|---0-0-0-----|
    ~~~~~         ~~~~~~~~~      ~~~~~         ~~~~~    ~~~~~~~~~~         ~~~

                                             w/Ryth Fig 3 (twice)

 ---|------|---|-------------|---|---------|---||
 ---|------|---|-------------|---|---------|---|| Go back up to the part where
 -7-|-7/10-|-9-|-9-------5-7-|-7-|-7-4-6-4-|-4-|| the singing starts
 -7-|-7/10-|-9-|-9-------5-7-|-7-|-7-4-6-4-|-4-||
 -5-|-5/8--|-7-|-7-------3-5-|-5-|-5-2-4-2-|-2-||
 ---|------|---|---0-0-0-----|---|---------|---||
 ~~~~~~      ~~~~~         ~~~~~~~~~     ~~~~~


  Lotsa solo stuff. Damned fast, but not hard. Usual pentatonic minor soloing.


 Bridge
 (Half Time Feel)

 (This is the "Die, by my hands..." part)

 Each chord is a half note, except the E which is 4 quarter notes using only
the bottom string. The progression is like this:

 E5 E E E E F5 D5 E5 E E E E G5 F5 (x3)

 Then it's Ryth Fig 3 for 6 bars. On the sixth bar, another gutair plays the
following:

  |-----------|
  |-----------|  Go back to where the singing originally started. Play it
  |-[~3~]-7\--|  through with the third verse, and when you hit the @ sign,
  |-2-3-5-7\\-|  go to this next part.
  |-2-3-5-5\\-|
  |-0-1-3---\-|


 Ryth Fig 9

 |------------------|------------|-------------------|------------||
 |------------------|------------|-------------------|------------||
 |------------------|------------|-------------------|------------||
 |------2-----2---2-|-(2)----2-2-|-----2-----2-----3-|-(3)----0-0-||
 |------2-----2---2-|-(2)----2-2-|-----2-----2-----3-|-(3)----0-0-||
 |--0-0---0-0---0---|------------|-0-0---0-0---0-0---|------------||
   


 (Following Can be played by 2 guitars, one high, one low, but one can do it)


  w/Ryth Fig 9

       /\                                      x3
 ||---/--\--------|----|------/\---------|------||
 ||--15--15-13-12-|-12-|-12-12--12----13-|-13---||
 ||o-14--14-12-11-|-11-|-11-11--11-14-12-|-12--o||
 ||o--------------|----|-----------14----|-----o||
 ||---------------|----|-----------------|------||
 ||---------------|----|-----------------|------||
             ~~~~~~~~~~~~           ~~~~~~~



                                                                     x3
 --------------|---|-----------|---||------------|---|-----------|----||
 --------------|---|-----------|---||------------|---|-----------|----||
 -----9--7-5-4-|-4-|-4-5-4---5-|-5-||o-5-9-5-7-4-|-4-|-4-5-4---4-|-4-o||
 -----9--7-5-4-|-4-|-4-5-4---5-|-5-||o-5-9-5-7-4-|-4-|-4-5-4---4-|-4-o||
 -----7--5-3-2-|-2-|-2-3-2-0-3-|-3-||--3-7-3-5-2-|-2-|-2-3-2-0-2-|-2--||
 -0-0----------|---|-----------|---||------------|---|-----------|----||
             ~~~~~~~~~       ~~~~~~~~~~~     ~~~~~~~~~         ~~~~~

           Something for 4 bars... Probably one of the above riffs.

  Ryth Fig 2 (twice) Then it's free time.

  Then it's 4 chords, with a slight retard:

  -----|-----|---|
  -----|-----|---|
  -*---|-----|---|
  -*---|-----|-2-|
  ---7-|-5-5-|-2-|
  ---5-|-3-2-|-0-|
              Tremolo picking

  Now, in the Exact same bar where the E5 Tremolo picking starts,
  this scale starts, with two guitars.

   |-------------|-------------|-14-15--14----|-------------|----------|----|
   |-------------|-------16-17-|--7--8---7-17-|-16----------|----------|----|
   |----------14-|-16-17--8--9-|------------9-|--8-17-16-14-|----------|----|
   |-14-16-17--7-|--9-10-------|--------------|----10--9--7-|-17-16-14-|-14-|
   |--7--9-10----|-------------|--------------|-------------|-10--9--7-|--7-|
   |-------------|-------------|--------------|-------------|----------|----|
                                 ~~~~~                ~~~~~   ~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                     H                    H       P  P

  And of course, it ends with 2 hard E5 chords, and a slide to nothing.



 % = Quarter Rest      O = Whole Note   / = Quarter Note    \ = Thirty-Second
 } = Full Rest         o = Half Note    | = Sixteenth

 -||--    --||-                               ---|---
 -||--    --||-   This is the repeat          ---|--- A tied note. You only
 -||o-    -o||-   loop. It is repeated        ---|--- play it once, and hold
 -||o-    -o||-   1 time (x1) unless          -2-|-2- it.
 -||--    --||-   otherwise marked at         -2-|-2-
 -||--    --||-   the top.                    -0-|-0-
  begin    end                                 ~~~~~



 ---              ---        ---         ---         ---/\---
 ---              ---        ---         ---         --/--\-- Bend up
 -%- Quarter      -}- Full   -*- 1 Beat  -*- 2 Beat  -12--12- a full note
 -%- Rest         -}- Rest   ---  Rest   -*-  Rest   --------
 ---              ---        ---         ---         --------
 ---              ---        ---         ---         --------

 --------
 ---/\--- Bend up
 -12--12- a half note
 --------
 --------
 --------


 - That's it.. Enjoy.

 
====================================================================================
 
                                Creeping Death - Solo
 
From the Album "Ride The Lightning"
Tab by Christian Theves
http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Pit/1570/index.html
 

 Triplets (next 2 bars)
|--------------------------------------|----------------------19h20h22--|
|--12-13-15-17p15-13-14-15-17-19p17-15-|-15-17-19-17-19-20-22-----------|
|--------------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|--------------------------------|



|--22b24----22b24----22b24----|--22b24--r22----22b24-r23-b24--22--19--|
|-----------------------------|---------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------|---------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------|---------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------|---------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------|---------------------------------------|



|--22--20--19-\17--21--19--17-\15--19--17--15-\14--17--15--14-\12--|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|



|--15p14--------------------------------------------------|
|---------17p15--15p14p12h14--12-\10--10------------------|
|------------------------------------------12b14-r13-b14--|
|---------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------|



|-----------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
|--------10--15------15---12--------------|-----------------------------------|
|--(14)------14b16---14---12------12--14--|--14b16--r14--12b13--------12--14b-|
|-----------------------------14----------|-----------------------14----------|
|-----------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------|-----------------------------------|



|--------------------------------------------------------|
|--------12--15p12--15p12--------------12--15p12--15p12--|
|--b16---------------------14b16-(16)--------------------|
|---------------------------------*----------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------|
 * : hold bend and strike note                              


                                               Triplets (next 2 1/2 bars)
 
|------------------------------------------12-|-15p12----12----------------------14-|
|---------12--15p12--15p12--15b17----(17)-----|-------15----15-12-15p12----12-------|
|--14b16------------------------------*-------|-------------------------14----14----|
|---------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|



|-17p15-14-15p14----14-------12-------|-------------------------------------|
|----------------17----17p15----15p14-|-15p14-12-14-12----------------------|
|-------------------------------------|----------------14--12------12--14-/-|
|-------------------------------------|------------------------14-----------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|


                                  Sweep picking
|----------17--19-/22-~-~-22-~-~-|---------12--17p12-----------------12--17p12-------|
|------18------------------------|-----13-------------13---------13------------13----|
|-/19----------------------------|-14---------------------14-14-------------------14-|
|--------------------------------|---------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|---------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|---------------------------------------------------|



|----------12--17p12-------------------12--17p12------|
|------13-------------13-----------13-------------13--|
|--14--------------------14-14-14---------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|



|--12h15p12---------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|-----------15---12----12-15p12-------------|--15------15------15-------------(15)\--|
|-------------------14----------14-12----12-|--14b16---14b16---14b16-r14-b16--(14)\--|
|-------------------------------------14----|----------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------|----------------------------------------|



|---------------------------------|----------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|----------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|----------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|----------------------------------------------|
|--7--7-7-8-8-8-8-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|-10-9-10-9-10-9-11-10-12-11-12-11-12-11-13-12-|
|---------------------------------|----------------------------------------------|



|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------11-|
|-14-13-14-13-14-14-15-15-14-14-15-14-14-14-15----|
|-------------------------------------------------|



|----------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------12/14--|
|-11-12-11-12-11-12-12-12-12-13-12-13-15-15---15-15--------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|


                       [-----Triplets----]
|-------------------------------------14-|-17p14-------------------------------------|
|-------------------14-17-14----14-17----|-------17-14-----14---17p14----------------|
|--17--14--13-14-16----------16----------|-------------16--------------16-14------14-|
|----------------------------------------|------------------------------------16-----|
|----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|


 Triplets (next 1 1/2 bars)
|-------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|------------------------------------|
|-16p14----14-------------------------|------------------------------------|
|-------16----16p14-16p14----14-------|----------------------------12--12--|
|-------------------------16----16-14-|-16p14-12-14p12-----12--14----------|
|-------------------------------------|----------------14------------------|



|-------------------------|------------------------------|--------------------------|
|-------------------------|------------------------------|--------------------------|
|-------------11--12--14--|--(14)----12----12-h-14-p-12--|--------------11--12--14--|
|--14------14-------------|------------------------------|--12------14--------------|
|-------------------------|------------------------------|--------------------------|
|-------------------------|------------------------------|--------------------------|



|----------------------------|--12--------12-/14--15--17--|
|----------12----13----15----|----------------------------|
|--(14)----------------------|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|----------------------------|


                              trem. pick
|--(17)----15----14----------|--/17--------17--19----20--|--(20)--19----17----15-14h15-|
|----------------------17----|---//----------------------|-----------------------------|
|----------------------------|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|----------------------------|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|----------------------------|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|----------------------------|---------------------------|-----------------------------|


 Triplets (next 6 bars)
 
|-15p14p12-15p14p12-15p14p12-15p14p12-|-15p14p12-15p14p12-15p14p12-15-12/14-|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|



|-17p15p14-17p15p14-17p15p14-17p15p14-|-17p15p14-17p15p14-17p15p14-17-15-15-|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|



|-19p17p15-19p17p15-19p17p15-19-15-16-|-20p19p17-20p19p17-22p20p19-22p20p19-|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|



|--22b24----22b24----|--22b24----22b24--22b24-~-|------------|
|--------------------|--------------------------|------------|
|--------------------|--------------------------|------------|
|--------------------|--------------------------|--14-\-\-\--|
|--------------------|--------------------------|--14-\-\-\--|
|--------------------|--------------------------|--12-\-\-\--|

To Bridge

Here's an addition sent in by MetGuitar@aol.com

The first one is the part where Kirk plays the high part, right before they play
the intro riff to end the song.

e---------------------       (8 times)
B----19p16p0----------       

e--------------------       (8 times)
B----20p17p0---------

(you just those repeat those twice, the 20p17p0 is only 4 times the second 
time)

* When he plays it live, after those first parts he plays this:

e----------------19p16p0---    (4 times)
B---19p16p0----------------

e----------------20p17p0----     (2 times)
B---20p17p0-----------------










Metallica albums
2003 St. Anger
1998 Garage Inc.
1997 Reload
1996 Load
1991 Metallica (Black Album)
1988 And Justice For All
1987 Garage Days Re-Revisited
1986 Master of Puppets
1984 Ride The Lightening
1983 Kill'em All
Ride The Lightening tabs
01Fight Fire With Fire tabbass tab
02Ride The Lightning tabbass tab
03For Whom The Bell Tolls tabbass tab
04Fade To Black tabbass tab
05Trapped Under Ice tabbass tab
06Escape tabbass tab
07Creeping Death tabbass tab
08The Call Of Ktulu tabbass tab

 

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