Alter Bridge – The Damage Done tab

'The Damage Done' by Alter Bridge
written by Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy
Bonus track for the album 'Blackbird' (sold at Best Buy)

Tabbed by J. Handfield
Note: The solo is fast, but I think I tabbed it well. Note the tunings:

Eb tuning, but drop sixth string to Bb (use higher gauge string to get good sound)
Guitar 2 - sixth string is Ab (for the bridge)

All Guitars - Heavy Distortion

Intro (bass plays 1st measure) w/ wah and wide tremelo bar vibrato ^ bend up +3 then releaseEb-------|--------------|----------------|-----------------|Bb-------|--------------|----------------|-----------------|Gb-------|----------7~~-|--(7~~)------9~-|--(9~~)---10^----|Db-------|--------------|----------------|-----------------|Ab-------|---*2~~---5~~-|--(5~~)------7~-|--(7~~)---8^-----|Bb-------|--------------|----------------|-----------------|
Riff 1 play {} on 2nd timeEb-------------------------------|---------------------------------|Bb-------------------------------|--------------------------------o|Gb-------------4-----------2-----|--------4---4~-------2---2~------|Db-------------------------------|---------------------------------|Ab----------/5---5~-----/3---3~--|-----/5---5-------/3---3--------o|Bb---0---------------0-----------|--0------------------------{1}---|
Verse: PM_____ PM_ PH PM_____ PM_ NHEb---------------|------------------------------|--------------------------------|Bb---------------|------------------------------|--------------------------------|Gb---------------|------------------------------|--------------------------------|Db------------2--|------------------------------|---------------------------*2.2-|Ab---2--------3--|----------2-----------2-------|----------2-----------2---------|Bb---0--------1--|--0-0-0-0---0-0-0---0---0-*2~-|--0-0-0-0---0-0-0---0---0-0-----| Guitar1 Both Guitars"I won’t waste away, I won’t let this take me down. I can’t survive as long as I keep it"
PM_____ PM_ PH PM_____ PM_ PHEb--------------------------------|------------------------------|Bb--------------------------------|------------------------------|Gb--------------------------------|------------------------------|Db--------------------------------|------------------------------|Ab------------2-----------2-------|----------2-----------2-------|Bb---0-00-0-0---0-0-0---0---0-*2~-|--0-0-0-0---0-0-0---0---0-*2~-| "around" "I wish it would fade But it will just sell me"
PM_____ PM_ bend while pickingEb------------------------------|------------------------------------------|Bb------------------------------|------5-5-5-b6-b6-b6-b7-b7-b7-5b7r5-3-----|Gb------------------------------|--------------------------------------*4~-|Db------------------------------|------------------------------------------|Ab-----------2-----------2------|------------------------------------------|Bb---0-0-0-0---0-0-0---0---3-2--|--0---------------------------------------| Guitar 2"out" "Over and over and over I cried out"
PM_____ PM_ Eb---------------------------------|Bb---------------------------------|Gb---------------------------------|Db---------------------------------|Ab-----------2-----------2---------|Bb---0-0-0-0---0-0-0---0---0-3-*2~-| Both Guitars Again"loud" "Somebody Save"
PreChorusEb------------------|--------------|----------------|--------------|Bb------------------|--------------|----------------|--------------|Gb-------------4----|--------2-----|--------4---4~--|-----2---2~---|Db------------------|--------------|----------------|--------------|Ab----------/5---5~-|-----/3---3~--|-----/5---5-----|--/3---3------|Bb---0--------------|--0-----------|--0-------------|--------------| "me" "Somebody save"
Eb------------------|--------------|----------------|--------------|Bb------------------|--------------|----------------|--------------|Gb-------------4----|--------2-----|--------4---4~--|-----2--------|Db------------------|--------------|----------------|-----------2--|Ab----------/5---5~-|-----/3---3~--|-----/5---5-----|--/3---3---3--|Bb---0--------------|--0-----------|--0-------------|-----------1--| "me"
Chorus: Guitar 1 Both parts have a sixteenth note strum rhythmEb--------|-----------|----------------|--------|--------|-----------------------|Bb--------|-----------|----------------|--------|--------|-----------------------|Gb--------|-----------|----------------|--------|--------|-----------------------|Db---4----|---4-------|---9------------|---4----|---4----|---9-------------------|Ab---5----|---4-------|---10-----------|---5----|---4----|---10----------9-9-9-9-|Bb---3----|---2-------|---8------------|---3----|---2----|---8-----------7-7-7-7-|
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|Guitar 2 w/ wah play 2 beats each Eb---5----|---5-------|--10--------10--|---5----|---5----|--10------10-------|Bb---7----|---7-------|--13--------12--|---7----|---7----|--13------12-------|Gb---7----|---6-------|--12--------12--|---7----|---6----|--12------12-------|Db--------|-----------|----------------|--------|--------|-------------------|Ab--------|-----------|----------------|--------|--------|-------------------|Ab--------|-----------|----------------|--------|--------|-------------------|
Chorus Lyrics: "The race I run, it keeps me focused on the man I could become. The damage done, I want to wash the filth away till there is none." Play Riff 1 once, then play Verse 2:
bend while pickingEb------------------------------------------|-------------------------------|Bb------0-0-0-0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-----|-------------------------------|Gb------4-4-4-4-b5-b5-b5-b5-b6-b6-b6-b6-----|-------------------------------|Db------------------------------------------|-------------------------------|Ab---------------------------------------3--|-----------2-----2-----2-------|Bb--0------------------------------------1--|---0-0-0-0---0-0-----0---0-*2~-| Guitar 1 bottom, Guitar 2 top part Both Guitars "I run till I break from the way it was killing me"
PM_____ PM_ PM_ NH PM______ PM_ PHEb---------------------------------|-------------------------------|Bb---------------------------------|-------------------------------|Gb---------------------------------|-------------------------------|Db-----------------------------2.2-|-------------------------------|Ab-----------2-----2-----2---------|-----------2-----2-----2-------|Bb---0-0-0-0---0-0-----0---0-0-----|--0-00-0-0---0-0-----0---0-*2~-| "Profuse to the day I’ll suffer afraid to speak" "I carry"
PM_____ PM_ bend while pickingEb------------------------------|----------------------5----8-------------|Bb------------------------------|------5-5-5-b6-b6-b6----b7-----7r5-3-----|Gb------------------------------|-------------------------------------*4~-|Db------------------------------|-----------------------------------------|Ab-----------2-----------2------|-----------------------------------------|Bb---0-0-0-0---0-0-0---0---3-2--|--0--------------------------------------| Guitar 2 - Top part "the shame And beg for a remedy" "How long must I live With the damage of my"
PM_____ PM_ PH Eb----------------------------------|Bb----------------------------------|Gb----------------------------------|Db----------------------------------|Ab-----------2-----2-----2----------|Bb---0-0-0-0---0-0-----0---0--5-*4~-| Both Guitars Again"disease" "Somebody save"
Play Prechorus and Chorus Again as before, Then Bridge -
Guitar 1 PM_____ Eb-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|Bb-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|Gb-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|Db-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|Ab---2-2-2-2-------------------------|-------------------------------|Bb---0-0-0-0-------------------------|-------------------------------|
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| Guitar 2| PM_____Eb-------------------------------------|-----------------------------|Bb-------------------------------------|-----------------------------|Gb-------------------------------------|-----------------------------|Db--------------5-4-2-0---------5-4-2~-|----------5-4-2-0---2------0-|Ab---2-2-2-2---------------------------|----------------------4------|Ab---2-2-2-2------------2-2-2-2--------|--2-22-2-2-------2-2----2-2--|
Guitar 1Eb-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|Bb-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|Gb-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|Db---2-2-2---------------------------|-----------------------------8-|Ab---0-0-0---------------------------|-----------------------------9-|Bb-----------------------------------|-----------------------------7-|
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| Guitar 2| PM___Eb-------------------------------------|-----------------------------|Bb-------------------------------------|-----------------------------|Gb-------------------------------------|-----------------------------|Db--------------5-4-2-0---------5-4-2~-|----------5-4-2-0---2------0-|Ab---0---------------------------------|----------------------4------|Ab-----0-0-0------------0-0-0-0--------|--0-00-0-0-------0-0----0-0--|
Guitar 1 Eb-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|Bb-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|Gb-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|Db---9-------------------------------|--(9)--------------------------|Ab---10------------------------------|--(10)-------------------------|Bb---8-------------------------------|--(8)--------------------------|
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| Guitar 2 (w/ harmonizer: +3rd interval, Bb minor), both parts written here| PM___Eb-------------------------------------|-------------------------------|Bb-------------------------------------|-------------------------------|Gb--------------4-2-0-----------4-2-0--|----------4-2-0-------0--------|Db--------------5-4-2-4---------5-4-2~-|----------5-4-2-4-----2-2----4-|Ab---0----------------5----------------|----------------5-------4----5-|Ab-----2-2-2------------2-2-2-2--------|--2-22-2-2--------2-2-----2-2--|
Guitar 1Eb-------------------------------------|-----------------------------|Bb-------------------------------------|-----------------------------|Gb-------------------------------------|-----------------------------|Db---6---------------------------------|---8-------------------------|Ab---7---------------------------------|---9-------------------------|Bb---5---------------------------------|---7-------------------------|
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| Guitar 2| PM_____Eb-------------------------------------|-----------------------------|Bb-------------------------------------|-----------------------------|Gb--------------4-2-0-----------4-2-0--|----------4-2----------------|Db---0----------5-4-2-4---------5-4-2~-|----------5-4-4--5b6r5~--4-5-|Ab---2----------------5----------------|--------------5--7b8r7~--5-7-|Ab---0-0-0-0------------0-0-0-0--------|--0-00-0-0-------------------|
Solo-Guitar 1 plays Chords:Eb---------|----------|---------|---------|--------|--------|-------|--------|Bb---------|----------|---------|---------|--------|--------|-------|--------|Gb---2-----|--(2)-----|---------|---------|--------|--------|-------|--------|Db---2-----|--(2)-----|---9-----|--(9)----|--8-----|--(8)---|---4---|---10---|Ab---0-----|--(0)-----|---10----|--(10)---|--9-----|--(9)---|---5---|---11---|Bb---------|----------|---8-----|--(8)----|--7-----|--(7)---|---3---|---9----|
Guitar 2 (harmonizer off): prebendEb---------------------------------|----------------------------------|Bb--------2-3-2---------2-3-2------|-------2-3-2-----2-b3r2-b3r2------|Gb---4--4-------4-2---4-------4-2--|--4--4-------4-2-------------2-4--|Db---------------------------------|----------------------------------|Ab---------------------------------|----------------------------------|Ab---------------------------------|----------------------------------|
previous line w/ harmonizer (harmony is tabbed here) &&Eb--------0-2-0---------0-2-0------|-------0-2-0------------------------------|Bb---3--3-2-3-2-3-2---3-2-3-2-3-2--|--3--3-2-3-2-3-2-5-b7r5-b7r5--2--2b3-2p0--|Gb---4--4-------4-2---4-------4-2--|--4--4-------4-2-6-b7r6-b7r6--2-----------|Db---------------------------------|------------------------------------------|Ab---------------------------------|------------------------------------------|Ab---------------------------------|------------------------------------------| && switch pedal to an octave below, or use separate octave pedal
Eb----------------------------------------------7--------------7-----|Bb---2b3-2p0-2b3-2p0-2b3-2p0-------5-5h7p5-9-10---10b12~----10---7~--|Gb---------------------------4-6-7-----------------------------------|Db-------------------------------------------------------------------|Ab-------------------------------------------------------------------|Ab-------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb------------------------------------------------------------------------------Bb---T3-p2-p0-T3-p2-p0-T3-p0--T5-p2-p0-T5-p2-p0-T5-p0--T7-p2-p0-T7-p2-p0-T7-p0--Gb------------------------------------------------------------------------------Db------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ab------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ab------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Eb-------------------------------|-----------------12--------12-14-12-----12------------Bb---T12-p2-p0-T12-p2-p0-T12-p0--|--15-14-12--12-15--15-12-14--------14-15--12-14-15-14-Gb-------------------------------|----------14------------------------------------------Db-------------------------------|------------------------------------------------------Ab-------------------------------|------------------------------------------------------Ab-------------------------------|------------------------------------------------------
Eb---------------|------------Bb------12-------|------------Gb---14----12-0--|------------Db---------------|--12~-------Ab---------------|------------Ab---------------|------------
Play Final Chorus: Guitar 1 Both parts have a sixteenth note strum rhythmEb--------|-----------|----------------|--------|--------|-------------------|Bb--------|-----------|----------------|--------|--------|-------------------|Gb--------|-----------|----------------|--------|--------|-------------------|Db---4----|---4-------|---9------------|---4----|---4----|---9---------------|Ab---5----|---4-------|---10-----------|---5----|---4----|---10--------------|Bb---3----|---2-------|---8------------|---3----|---2----|---8---------------|
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| Guitar 2 w/ wah play 2 beats each Eb---5----|---5-------|--10--------10--|---5----|---5----|--10------10-------|Bb---7----|---7-------|--13--------12--|---7----|---7----|--13------12-------|Gb---7----|---6-------|--12--------12--|---7----|---6----|--12------12-------|Db--------|-----------|----------------|--------|--------|-------------------|Ab--------|-----------|----------------|--------|--------|-------------------|Ab--------|-----------|----------------|--------|--------|-------------------|
Guitar 1Eb--------|-----------|--------------------|Bb--------|-----------|--------------------|Gb--------|-----------|--------------------|Db---4----|---4-------|---9----------------|Ab---5----|---4-------|---10-------9-9-9-9-|Bb---3----|---2-------|---8--------7-7-7-7-|
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| Guitar 2 play 2 beats each Eb---5----|---5-------|--10-----10---------|Bb---7----|---7-------|--13-----12---------|Gb---7----|---6-------|--12-----12---------|Db--------|-----------|--------------------|Ab--------|-----------|--------------------|Ab--------|-----------|--------------------|
Play Riff 1 again and end on final chord
Eb--------Bb--------Gb--------Db--------Ab---2----Bb---0----
Key: T right hand tap / slide up \ slide down h hammer-on p pull-off * harmonic indicator PH Pinch Harmonic NH Natural Harmonic (Lightly touch with fret hand finger) b bend r release () held note ~ vibrato PM Palm Mute
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