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/ Joe Satriani / Surfing With the Alien (1987) / Hill of the Skull guitar tab

HILL OF THE SKULL
As recorded by Joe Satriani
From the 1988 Album SURFING WITH THE ALIEN
Music by Joe Satriani
Transcribed by Joe Satriani

          E5                   G5                   D5                   A5
      0 2 2 x x x          3 5 5 x x x          x 5 7 7 x x          5 7 7 x x x

          B5                    B                   F5                   F#5
      7 x 4 4 x x          7 6 4 x x x          1 3 3 x x x          2 4 4 x x x

      E5(type 2)               C5                   G/B                  G/C
      0 2 2 4 5 x          x 3 5 5 x x          x 2 5 4 x x          x 3 5 4 x x

      E5(type 3)              E7/Ab                B5II                   F
      0 2 2 4 x x          4 x 2 4 3 x          x 2 4 4 x x          1 3 3 2 1 x

         E5VII                  E
      0 7 9 9 x x          0 2 2 1 0 0

Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'Joe Satriani'
Gtr II (E A D G B E) - 'Joe Satriani'
Gtr III (E A D G B E) - 'Joe Satriani'
Gtr IV (E A D G B E) - 'Joe Satriani'

 Theme
  Slow Rock Q=60
  E5    G5      G/C      D5      A5        G5          B5     B
 4/4
  Gtr I
   H     H       H        H       H         H            H    H
   |     |       |        |       |         |            |    |
   /     /       /        /       /         /            /    /

  Gtr II
   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~      ~~~~~~~~~~~       ~~           ~~~
   H     H       Q.    E  H       Q.    E   Q   E  E     W
|-------19----|-19----20-17----|-17----19\-15--------|-/19---------|
|-17----------|----------------|---------------19-17-|-------------|
|--------4----|--4-----5--2----|--2-----4------------|--/4---------|
|--2----------|----------------|------------5---4--2-|-------------|
|-------------|----------------|---------------------|-------------|
|-------------|----------------|---------------------|-------------|
2 GUITARS

  E5     G5       G/C      F5
    H      H       H        H
    |      |       |        |
    /      /       /        /

                                 \1____
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    H      H       Q.    E  Q   +Q
|--------/19----|-19----20-17--(17)---|
|-\17-----------|---------------------|
|---------/4----|--4-----5--2---(2)---|
|--\2-----------|---------------------|
|---------------|---------------------|
|---------------|---------------------|


  F#5            A5             B5    B    A5
    H             H              H    Q.   E
    |             |              |    |    |
    /             /              /    /    /

    |
                                 ~~
   +E  E    E  E  Q.     S  S    W
|-(17)-x/-/18----17----/19-20-|-19-----------|
|------x/-----19--------------|--------------|
|--(2)-----/3-----2-----/4--5-|--4-----------|
|------x/------4--------------|--------------|
|------x/---------------------|--------------|
|-----------------------------|--------------|


  G5               F5             E5(type 2)      D5
    H               H               H               H
    |               |               |               |
    /               /               /               /

                           \1_______/
    ~~~~            ~~~                             ~~~
   +Q    E a  E     Q.    +E       +E  E  E  a  E   Q    E  S  S
|-(19)--19---22b24-17----(17)---|-(17)---15-15s19-\14--/17-15-14-|
|-------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--(4)---4-4s=9-----------------|--------------------------------|
|-------------------7-----(7)---|--(7)----5--5s=9--\4---/7--5--4-|
|-------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|--------------------------------|


  C5    G/A5     B5        B
   Q.   E H        H        H
   |    | |        |        |
   /    / /        /        /

   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
   W               H        H
|--------------|-/22b24----22b23----|
|-17-----------|--------------------|
|--------------|--------------------|
|--------------|--------------------|
|--7-----------|--/7--------6-------|
|--------------|--------------------|


  E5(type 3)E7/Ab               A5      C5
    H         H                   H       H
    |         |                   |       |
    /         /                   /       /

    ~~~~~~                        ~~~~
    H        +E    E  E     E    +H      +E   a  E a  E     E
|-/22b24----(22)-----20b22-20-|-(20)----(20)---------19b20-19-|
|----------------/17----------|--------------17s15------------|
|--------------------/7-----5-|--(5)-----(5)-------4S=5-----4-|
|-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
|--/7--------(7)--/7----------|---------------7s=5------------|
|-----------------------------|-------------------------------|


  B5II    C5                      F     B5II
    H       H                      H      H
    |       |                      |      |
    /       /                      /      /

    ~~~~                           ~~
   +H      +E   a  E a  E     E    H     +E   a  E   E     E
|-(19)----(19)---------17b19-17-|-17----(17)--------15b17-15-|
|--------------15s13------------|------------13s12-----------|
|--(4)-----(4)-------2s=4-----2-|--2-----(2)-----------------|
|-------------------------------|-------------------/7-----5-|
|---------------5s=3------------|-------------3s=2-----------|
|-------------------------------|----------------------------|


  E5(type D5                     C5     G/A5
    H       H                      Q.   E   H
    |       |                      |    |   |
    /       /                      /    /   /

                                   ~~~~
   +H      +E     E a  E     E    +H       +E   a  E  E     E
|-(15)----(15)/-------20b22-20-|-(20)-----(20)-------19b20-19-|
|---------------\17------------|---------------19s17----------|
|-------------------5s=7-----5-|--(5)------(5)--------5-----4-|
|--(5)-----(5)-----------------|------------------------------|
|----------------/7------------|------------------\7----------|
|------------------------------|------------------------------|


  B5      B                   C5           D5
    H       H                  H             H
    |       |                  |             |
    /       /                  /             /

                                    \2.5/
                                             ~~~~
   +H      +E    E  a  E  E    Q   +Q       +Q    a  E  E
|-(19)----(19)--------------|-----------------------------|
|------------------17s19-17-|-17--(17)-----(17)--17s19-17-|
|--(4)-----(4)-\16----------|-----------------------------|
|-------------------2s=4--2-|--2---(2)------(2)---2s=4--2-|
|---------------\2----------|-----------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|


                                                            Trem. Bar FX
                                     H.=H                 Free Time Q=63
  E5VII        D5              C5            B5II            E
    H          H                 H           H                W
    |          |                 |           |                |
    /          /                 /           /                /

         \2/       \1/   \1/          \2/        \2/   \7     \2.5/
    ~~~~~~~~~~                   ~~~~~~~~~~~                  ~~~~~~
   +Q    H         E     E      +Q    H          E    +E      W
|-------22b24----------------|-------22b24================||===========|
|-(17)------------17b19-17---|-(17)-------------19---(19)-||-17--------|
|----------------------------|----------------------------||-----------|
|--(2)---7-------------------|----------------------------||-----------|
|------------------9-----7---|--(7)---7----------9----(9)-||--7--------|
|----------------------------|----------------------------||-----------|


  Gtr III
                 \1.5/   \1.5/   \1.5/   \1.5/   \1.5/   \1.5/         \1.5/   \1.5/   \1.5/   \1.5/   \1.5/
                 |-------3-------|               |----------3----------|               |-------3-------|
  a a  Q.       +S      +S      +S      +E      +S      +S            +S      +E      +S      +S      +S
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------:
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------:
|-----<2>------(<2>)---(<2>)---(<2>)---(<2>)---(<2>)---(<2>)---------(<2>)---(<2>)---(<2>)---(<2>)---(<2>)---:
|---x--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------:
|-x----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------:
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------:
|
| Gtr IV
|                /2______________________\2.5____________________/
|      Q    E   +E                      +E.                     +S            +Q
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------:
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------:
|----------<2>-(<2>)-------------------(<2>)-------------------(<2>)---------(<2>)---------------------------:
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------:
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------:
|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------:


         \1____/0____\2.5__________|           \1.5___/    \7____/0___
                             ~~~~~
   |--3--|
   S   S S     E    +E      +E    +E          +E      E   +S    +S
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------<2>--(<2>)---(<2>)-(<2>)-------(<2>)---<2>-(<2>)-(<2>)-|
|--------x-----------------------------------------------------------|
|------x-------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|
|  /1__________\1                  \4/         \7
|                                  ~~~~~~~~~~
|  E          +Q            +E     S    +S    +Q.
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-<4>--------(<4>)---------(<4>)--<2>--(<2>)-(<2>)-------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------|


   \7                  \1.5/   \1.5  \1/   \3.5____/3____________\7
   E.            +S    E.     +S     E.   +S      +E    +E      +W
|------------------------------------------------------------:----------*|
|------------------------------------------------------------:----------*|
|-<2>-----------(<2>)-<3>----(<3>)--<4>--(<4>)---(<4>)-(<4>)-:-(<4>)----*|
|------------------------------------------------------------:----------*|
|------------------------------------------------------------:----------*|
|------------------------------------------------------------:----------*|
|
|  /1\  /2___\7                      \2/           \7
|  S   +S   +Q.                      Q            +Q            +W
|------------------------------------------------------------:----------*|
|------------------------------------------------------------:----------*|
|------------------------------------------------------------:----------*|
|------------------------------------------------------------:----------*|
|------------------------------------------------------------:----------*|
|--0---(0)--(0)----------------------0------------(0)--------:--(0)-----*|


Duration Legend
---------------
W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura
+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the
duration for.  Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests.  Multi-
bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for.  Low
melody durations appear below the staff

Tablature Legend
----------------
 h   - hammer-on
 p   - pull-off
 b   - bend
 pb  - pre-bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 /\  - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
 s   - legato slide
 S   - shift slide
  - natural harmonic
[n]  - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
 ~   - vibrato
 tr  - trill
 T   - tap
 TP  - trem. picking
 PM  - palm muting
\n/  - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
 \n  - tremolo bar down
 n/  - tremolo bar up
/n\  - tremolo bar inverted dip
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
 <>  - volume swell (louder/softer)
 x   - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
 o   - on rhythm slash represents single note slash

Misc Legend
-----------
 |  - bar
||  - double bar
||o - repeat start
o|| - repeat end
*|  - double bar (ending)
 :  - bar (freetime)
 $  - Segno
 &  - Coda
Tempo markers -  = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths


Joe Satriani albums
2004 Is There Love in Space?
2002 Strange Beautiful Music
2000 Engines of Creation
1998 Crystal Planet
1995 Joe Satriani
1993 Time Machine
1992 The Extremist
1989 Flying in a Blue Dream
1987 Surfing With the Alien
1986 Not of This Earth
Surfing With the Alien tabs
01Surfing With the Alien tabbass tab
02Ice 9 tabbass tab
03Crushing Day tabbass tab
04Always With Me, Always With You tabbass tab
05Satch Boogie tabbass tab
06Hill of the Skull tabbass tab
07Circles tabbass tab
08Lords of Karma tabbass tab
09Midnight tabbass tab
10Echo tabbass tab

 

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