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Could someone please help me understand this guitar tab?

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(@robbieboy)
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Hi folks,

I was having a look at a guitar tab website somebody here kindly recommended to me, and there is something I could not work out- the tab is located at:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/j/judas_priest/dreamer_deceiver_intro_tab.htm

What I don't understand is, on the second tab (where the vocal begins "standing..."), why does it state the 7th Fret TWICE on the A string (i.e 7 7) and how are you supposed to play it? Sorry for being an uber-newbie with this, would appreciate help from anyone who can clarify. Thanks!


   
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 Nuno
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Because the song is played in that way. You must play 'E - A - G - A - B - e', etc.


   
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(@slejhamer)
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Play the notes sequentially, left to right.

So, for example, in this tab:

e|-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|
G|-----------------------------|
D|-----------------------------|
A|------------7---7---7--------|
E|----------0---0---0----------|

You play the E on the open E-string, then the E at the 7th fret of the A string, E again on the open E string, back to the E on the 7th fret A string, repeat again.

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(@robbieboy)
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Thanks nuno and slejhamer but I still can't quite relate what you say to the tab in question- slejhamer I understand how it relates to the tab you provided, but with the tab I am in referring to it does not give 0 7, 0 7. It gives 0 7...7 (presumably the absence of 'X' before the second 7 means it is not 0 7, 0 7)... then you play G,B,E open, open, and open. I know this little piece really well and when I play it, it does not sound right. Thanks chaps.


   
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(@wes-inman)
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Robbieboy

You play that just as shown

1) play the open bass E string
2) play the A string at the 7th fret
3) play the G string open
4) play the A string at the 7th fret again
5) play the B string open
6) play the high E string open

Just because the earlier measures were played in order from the bass strings to the higher treble strings, that doesn't mean you maintain that pattern. Patterns can change many times (and do) in a song.

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(@slejhamer)
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As Wes states, the pattern is different from the earlier measure. Make sure you are reading the notes in sequence:


1 2 3 4 5 6
e|-------------------------0----|
B|---------------------0--------|
G|-------------0----------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|---------7-------7------------|
E|-----0------------------------|

or, with notes:

1 2 3 4 5 6
e|-------------------------e----|
B|---------------------b--------|
G|-------------g----------------|
D|------------------------------|
A|---------e-------e------------|
E|-----e------------------------|

"Everybody got to elevate from the norm."


   
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(@robbieboy)
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Ok... understood now. Thanks for all the help guys. Mind you, I have a heck of a long way to go before I can play this bit fluently!


   
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