Meshuggah - Sickening Chords & Tabs

 

Sickening Chords & Tabs

Meshuggah Chords & Tabs

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Sickening Tab

   
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                               M E S H U G G A H
                               S I C K E N I N G
                       From their amazing '94 EP "None"

Tabbed by:  Jason Mathie
           Mathie@unixg.ubc.ca

Thought I'd finish off the 'None' EP.  I hope somebody other than me
actually makes use of these, thereby warranting me typing all of this.

Comments:

Meshuggah play seven-string guitars tuned down a semitone to Bb.  This is
transcribed for a six-string, so tune to Bb Eb Ab Db Gb Bb.  Note the 
Maj.3rd is between the 1+2nd strings, not the 2+3rd.

Generally one dash is a 16th note or a 32nd note in length, so either ----
or -------- is one beat.  Since the rhythms are fairly complex I added
markers (|) above/below each line to show the quarter note beats.

Notation explanation:
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-3:--4:--  Time Signature changes.  i.e 3/8 = 1.5 beats in a measure
-8:--4:--    7/8 = 3.5 beats            5/4 = 5 beats
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The important things needed to sound like Meshuggah is to nail the rhythms
accurately, and to palm mute the right notes.  Pay attention to those
P.Ms.
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            Riff A
                 |       |       |       |
Db -------||--------------------------------------||
Ab -------||*-4:---------------------------------*||
Eb -------||*-4:-3/4-----3/4-----3/4-----3/4-----*||
Bb ---0-0-||-----1/2-0-0-1/2-0-0-1/2-0-0-1/2-0-0--||
P.M   . .            . .     . .     . .     . .

Riff A fades in slowly, with irregular pauses in between..
2 beats of Riff A are played, pause, 3 beats, pause, 2 beats, 5 beats,
 and finally Play Riff A 4x as the drums fade in, followed by an abrupt
 break lasting one 4/4 measure. 

           Riff B
                |       |       |       |      
Db ------||-----------------3-----3-----3-------|-
Ab ------||*-4:-------------2-----2-----2-------|-
Eb ------||*-4:-3/4-----4/5-1-----1-----1-------|-
Bb --0-0-||-----1/2-0-0-2/3-0-----0-----0---0-0-|-
P.M  . .            . .     .     .     .   . .

                       |       |       |       |       |
Db                -|---------------3-----3-----3-----3---------||
Ab                -|5:-------------2-----2-----2-----2--------*||
Eb                -|4:-3/4-----4/5-1-----1-----1-----1--------*||
Bb                -|---1/2-0-0-2/3-0-----0-----0-----0-----0-0-||
P.M                        . .     .     .     .     .     . .

Play B 4x, leave off the last 2 notes the last time
After a silent 2/4 measure, Play B 4x

Riff C (that 3/8 measure is el wrongo, I'm sure)
      |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |
Db|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------|-
Ab|4:-----------3-3-3---3---3---3---3-|--3-3-3---3---3---3---3---3-3-3-|-
Eb|4:-3/4---4/5-3-3-3---3---3---3---3-|--3-3-3---3---3---3---3---3-3-3-|-
Bb|---1/2-0-2/3-1-1-1---1---1---1---1-|--1-1-1---1---1---1---1---1-1-1-|-
P.M       .     . . .   .   .   .   .    . . .   .   .   .   .   . . .

        |       |       |       |       |       |       |       |
Db -|---------------|---------------------------------------------------|
Ab -|3:-3-3-4-4-5---|6:---3-3-3---3---3---3---3---3-3-3---3---3---------|
Eb -|8:-3-3-4-4-5---|4:---3-3-3---3---3---3---3---3-3-3---3---3---------|
Bb -|---------------|-----1-1-1---1---1---1---1---1-1-1---1---1-----0-0-|
P.M                       . . .   .   .   .   .   . . .   .   .     . .

Play Riff C 2x
Play Riff B 4x
Play Riff C 2x, leave off the last 2 notes the last time

Riff D
                      /= 1,3 ===\/= 2 =====\/= 4 ======\
Db|---------3-------3-|---------||---------||----------|
Ab|4:-------1-------1-|3:--3-3-*||3:------*||2:--------|
Eb|4:-2100----2100----|8:--1-1-*||8:-1111-*||4:-111111-|
Bb|-------------------|---------||---------||----------|
P.M   ....    ....         . .       ....       ......
      |   |   |   |      |   |      |   |      |   |

Play Riff D 2x
Then play:

      |   |   |
Db|---4---4-------|
Ab|3:-2---2-------|
Eb|4:-2---2-------|
Bb|---0---0-------|
P.M   .   .

Riff E1 - staccato, light P.M
      |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |
Db|-------------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Ab|4:-22--22----22--22|----22--22----22|--22--22--22----|22--22----22--22|
Eb|4:-00--00----00--00|----00--00----00|--00--00--00----|00--00----00--00|
Bb|-------------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

                                               |--4--|
Play Riff E1 4x, on 2nd time the 2nd gtr plays |--2--| chord
   in 8th notes overtop Riff E1                |--2--|
                                               |--.--|
                                               |-----|

Riff E2
      |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |
Db|-------------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Ab|4:-----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
Eb|4:-55--55----55--55|----55--55----55|--55--55--55----|55--55----55--55|
Bb|---33--33----33--33|----33--33----33|--33--33--33----|33--33----33--33|
P.M   ..  ..    ..  ..     ..  ..    ..   ..  ..  ..     ..  ..    ..  ..

Play Riff E2 2x, both times the 2nd gtr plays  |--7--| chord
   in 8th notes overtop                        |--5--|
                                               |--5--|
                                               |--.--|
[ Tab from: http://www.guitartabs.cc/tabs/m/meshuggah/sickening_tab.html ]
Riff F - the 7/8 bar triplet starts on the offbeat
                           /== 1 =============\/== 2 ======\
Bb|------------------------|------------------||-----------|
Gb|-----------/3=\/== 3 ==\|---------/== 3 ==\||-----------|
Db|5:----------7--7--7--7--|7:----------7--7-*||2:---------|
Ab|4:-4---4----5--5--5--5--|8:-4---4----5--5-*||4:-4---4---|
Eb|---4---4----5--5--5--5--|---4---4----5--5--||---4---4---|
Bb|---2---2----3--3--3--3--|---2---2----3--3--||---2---2---|
P.M       .    .  .  .  .          .    .  .           .
      |   |   |   |   |        |   |   |    |      |   |

Play Riff F 4x (with solo the last 3x)

Riff G
      |   |   |   |   |   |
Bb|----------------------------|
Gb|-------------------/== 3 ==\|
Db|6:-4---4-----4--------4--4--|
Ab|4:-2---2-----2--------2--2--|
Eb|---2---2-----2--------2--2--|
Bb|---0------------------0--0--|
P.M                      .  .

Play Riff G 4x, followed by a silent bar of 2/4

Riff H - halftime tempo
      |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |
Bb|----CleanGtr-----------------------|--------------------------------|
Gb|-------5---5-----------0---0-------|----0---0-------------0---------|
Db|4:---5---5---5---5---4---4---4---4-|--3---3---3---3-----4---4-------|
Ab|4:-3-----------3---3-----------3---|3-----------3-----4-------4---4-|
Eb|-----------------------------------|----------------2-----------2---|
Bb|-----------------------------------|--------------------------------|

Play Riff H 2x

Then play:
   |       |       |       |        |       |       |       |
Bb|-CleanGtr-----------------------|--------------------------------|-
Gb|----5---5-----------0---0-------|----0---0-------------0---------|-
Db|--5---5---5---5---4---4---4---4-|--3---3---3---3-----4---4-------|-
Ab|3-----------3---3-----------3---|3-----------3-----4-------4---4-|-
Eb|--------------------------------|----------------2-----------2---|-
Bb|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|-
  |                                |                                |
Db|------------------4-------------|----------4---------------------|-
Ab|--4---4-3---3-----3-------4---4-|3---3-----3-------4---4-3---3---|-
Eb|--4---4-3---3-------------4---4-|3---3-------------4---4-3---3---|-
Bb|--2---2-1---1-------------2---2-|1---1-------------2---2-1---1---|-
P.M  .   . .   .             .   .  .   .             .   . .   .

     |       |       |       |           |       |
Bb -|--------------------------------|-------------------|
Gb -|----5---5-----------0---0-------|-------0---0-------|
Db -|--5---5---5---5---4---4---4---4-|2:---3---3---3---3-|
Ab -|3-----------3---3-----------3---|4:-3-----------3---|
Eb -|--------------------------------|-------------------|
Bb -|--------------------------------|-------------------|
    |                                |                   |
Db -|--4-----------------------4-----|-------------------|
Ab -|--3-------4---4-3---3-----3-----|2:---4---4-3---3---|
Eb -|----------4---4-3---3-----------|4:---4---4-3---3---|
Bb -|----------2---2-1---1-----------|-----2---2-1---1---|
P.M            .   . .   .                 .   . .   .

Riff I - doubletime tempo
      |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |
Db|---4-4-2-2-2-2-2-2-|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
Ab|4:-3-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
Eb|4:-----0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
Bb|-------------------|----------------|
P.M       . . . . . .  . . . . . . . .

Play Riff I 7x

Then play some triplet patterns:
      |   |   |   |       |   |   |   |   |
Bb|-------------------|-----------------------|-
Gb|-------------------|---/= 3 ==\/= 3 ==\----|-
Db|4:-4-4-2-2-2-2-2-2-|5:---4--4--4--4--------|-
Ab|4:-3-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-|4:---3--3--3--3--------|-
Eb|-------0-0-0-0-0-0-|-----2--2--2--2--------|-
Bb|-------------------|-----------------------|-
P.M       . . . . . .

           |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |
Bb -||---------------------|----------------|----------------|-
Gb -||-----/= 3 ==\--------|/= 3 ==\/= 3 ==\|----/= 3 ==\----|-
Db -||*-4:---4--4--4-------|--4--4--4--4----|------4--4--4---|-
Ab -||*-4:---2--2--2-------|--2--2--2--2----|------2--2--2---|-
Eb -||-------2--2--2-------|--2--2--2--2----|------2--2--2---|-
Bb -||-------0--0--0-------|--0--0--0--0----|------0--0--0---|-
P.M          .  .  .          .  .  .  .           .  .  .

    /=== 1 =====================\/=== 2 ==============================\
Bb -|---------------------------||-------------------|----------------|
Gb -|-------/= 3 ==\/= 3 ==\----||-------/= 3 ==\/== 3 ==\/= 3 ==\----|
Db -|6:-------4--4--4--4-------*||4:-------4--4--4--4|-4--4--4--------|
Ab -|4:-------2--2--2--2-------*||4:-------2--2--2--2|-2--2--2--------|
Eb -|---------2--2--2--2--------||---------2--2--2--2|-2--2--2--------|
Bb -|---------0--0--0--0--------||---------0--0--0--0|-0--0--0--------|
P.M           .  .  .  .                   .  .  .  .  .  .  .
        |   |   |   |   |   |        |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |

Play Riff D
Play Riff D again, this time only play endings 1-3

Then play:
      |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |       |   |   |   |   |
Db|-------------------|----------------|-----------------------|
Ab|4:-----------------|----------------|5:-----------------2---|
Eb|4:-2100--2100--2100|--2100--2100--21|4:-00--2100--2100--2---|
Bb|-------------------|----------------|-------------------0---|
P.M   ....  ....  ....   ....  ....  ..    ..  ....  ....  .

Riff J - halftime tempo
      |   |   |   |    |   |   |   |
Db|---4---------------|2----5----------|
Ab|4:-2-------------2-|2----5--------2-|
Eb|4:-2-------------0-|0----3--------2-|
Bb|---0---------------|--------------0-|
P.M                 .                .

Play Riff J ~7x while fading out
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May 19, 1999
  E-mail me with any comments, questions, criticism...
    Mathie@unixg.ubc.ca
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