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Bullet In The Head
------------------

As transcribed by Sampo Vesa  and told by Tom Morello in Guitar World
June '96 issue

Set rhythm pickup to 0
and lead pickup to 10,
then do like Tom says:

Verses
------

Part 1:

"The Whammy pedal is set two octaves up, while the pedal is depressed all the way forward, 
 which means that everything you play comes out two octaves higher. I hit one giant power 
 chord composed entirely of open strings, with the toggle switch set to the pickup that's
 off to create the rhythmic pattern of white noise. Then I drop the pitch of the white 
 noise by depressing the vibrato bar. The open string are restruck at the beginning of each 
 phrase. My left hand is manipulating the toggle switch, and my right hand is depressing
 the bar. The Whammy pedal stays full forward the whole time."

Part 2:

"The Whammy is still set at two octaves up, and I'm playing the harmonic at
 the 7th fret on the G string, which produces a high D. With the toggle switch
 set to the pickup that's off, I pick the note, then switch the toggle switch to the
 pickup that's on, simultaneously swooping up with the vibrato bar."

Chorus
------

"Before playing that part, I roll the Whammy pedal all the way back, which defeats it.
 That single note lick is played kinda like this:

 (2/4)             (4/4)                             (2/4)
|-----------------|---------------------------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|---------------------------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|---------------------------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|---------------------------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|---------------------------------|-2---------------|
|-0-----3-----5---|(5)------------------------------|-------3-----5---|

 (4/4)                             *w/bar.....
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-2-------------------------------|-grad. bend----------------------|
|-2-------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-0---------------------------0---|(0)b(3)r(0)------0-----3-----5---|

                                   * pull bar away from gtr.

                                   (2/4)
|---------------------------------|-----------------|
|---------------------------------|-----------------|
|---------------------------------|-----------------|
|---------------------------------|-----------------|
|---------------------------------|-2---------------|
|(5)------------------------------|-------3-----5---|
                                                                      
 (4/4)
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-2-------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-2-------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-0-------------------------------|---------------------------------|
                                                                      
 Rolling the Whammy back sounds a
 little different thatn turning it
 off completely. It still fucks
 with the sound when it's rolled
 back. I like that sound a lot and
 use it for other specific things."

Solo
----

"That solo is doubletracked, with
 one guitar playing the lick on the
 low E string and the other playing
 the same lick on the high E string.

 .play 2 times....................................
|-12-0--0--10-0--0--8--0--0--7--0--0--5--0--3--0--|
|*Gtr. 2------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|*Gtr. 1------------------------------------------|
|-12-0--0--10-0--0--8--0--0--7--0--0--5--0--3--0--|

  * all notes sounded with silent hammer-ons and
    pull-offs with the toggle switch flicked
    from off to on for each note

 .................................................
|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--------------------------|                                

 Each attack is sounded by hammering on
 with the middle finger of the left hand
 while toggling in the same rhythm. I also
 use the wah-wah to manipulate the tone.
   After that the wierd descending lick,

|-15-------14-------13-------12-------11----------|
|----13-------13-------11-------10-------9--------|
|-------12-------12-------10-------9--------------|
|-------------------------------------------8//12-|
|-Gtr. 1------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|                                   

  Gtr. 2 pushes strings against pickups while
  swooping w/whammy bar

|-15-------14-------13-------12-------------------|
|----13-------12-------11-------10----------------|
|-------12-------11-------10-------9~-------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|                                    

 I play a riff based on E minor-pentatonic."

    --------6--------    --------6--------
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|15b17-17-17-17-17-17-15b17-17-17-17-17-17-15b17r15-12----------------|
|..hold bend.........----..hold bend......-------------14-12~---------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-Gtrs. 1 and 2-------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                                                                                
    --------6--------    --------6--------
|---------------------------------------------15b17---------------r15-|
|15b17-17-17-17-17-17-15b17-17-17-17-17-17----------------------------|
|..hold bend.........----..hold bend......--2-------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

 (2/4)             (4/4)
|-12~-------------|---------------------------------|
|-----------------|---------------------------------|
|-----------------|---------x\----------------------|
|-----------------|---------x\----------------------|
|-----------------|---------------------------------|
|-----------------|---------------------------------|

Outro
-----

 .play 3 times....................
 p.m..........................................................
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-----------7---------------------|-----------7---------------------|
|-7-7-7-7-7-5-7-8-7---5-7-5-------|-7-7-7-7-7-5-7-8-7---5-7-5-------|
|-------------5-6-5-0-3-5-3-0-0-0-|-------------5-6-5-0-3-5-3-------|

 .play 8 times....................
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-9-9-9-9-9-7---------------------|-2-------------------------------|
|-7-7-7-7-7-5-7-8-7---5-7-5-2-2-2-|-2-------------------------------|
|-------------5-6-5-0-3-5-3-0-0-0-|-0-------------------------------|

              .random string noise......
|-------------x/------------------|---------------------------------|
|-------------x/------------------|---------------------------------|
|-------------x/------------------|---------------------------------|
|-------------x/------------------|---------------------------------|
|-------------x/------------------|---------------------------------|
|-------------x/------------------|---------------------------------|
                                                                      
8 bars guitar tacet

 .play 8 times....................
 p.m.............................. .play 8 times....................
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-----------7---------------------|-9-9-9-9-9-7---------------------|
|-7-7-7-7-7-5-7-8-7---5-7-5-------|-7-7-7-7-7-5-7-8-7-2-5-7-5-2-2-2-|
|-------------5-6-5-0-3-5-3-0-0-0-|-------------5-6-5-0-3-5-3-0-0-0-|
  last times lift p.m. gradually

 .play 8 times....................................
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------|
|-9---9-9-----------------9---9-9-----------------|
|-9---9-9-----------------9---9-9-----------------|
|-7---7-7-----------------7---7-7-----------------|
|----------0--0--0--0--0-----------0--0--0--0--0--|                                     
           p.m..........           p.m..........

|-------------------------------------------------|--------------
|-------------------------------------------------|--------------
|-------------------------------------------------|--------------
|-------------------------------------------------|-9\-----------
|-------------------------------------------------|-7\-----------
|-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|-0------------
  p.m.............................................


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