Guns N Roses - Knocking On Heavens Doors tab

I include my rendition of Slash's first solo in this transcription.  I
think it's fairly accurate.  I play a variation of the first solo because
people recognize it, but the second solo I improvise; and I don't feel like
figuring it out since Slash always plays something different in concert anyway.

Key:  H - hammer-on
      / - slide
      P - pull-off
      ^ - half bend 
     ^^ - full bend
      ~ - vibrato

(ACK!  Did we decide on a standard somewhere for ASCII tab notation.  Could
 someone send me a copy of the article since I apparently missed it.)

This is the picking at the very beginning of the song. The picking variesthroughout, and you should do whatever feels best instead of trying torestrict yourself to how it sounds on record. GN'R is constantly mutatingthis song in concert anyway (even doing it with a reggae beat).G5 D C-3---3--------------2-0-------|-----------------0--------------------|---------3-----3---3------3-----3---3-|----------1--------------1------------|---------0-------0------2---------2---|-0------0---0----------0---0-0------0-|---------0------------0---------------|-0-2----------2------2-------0-2------|--------------------------------------|--H---3-----------------------H---3---|---------3----------------------------|--------------------------------------|--------
This is the picking for the first line. Again, the picking will varythroughout the song.G5 D Am-3--------------2-------2-0-------|-0-----H-------0----------------------|-3---3-------3--3-------3-------0-|-1----0-1-------------1---------------|-0---0-----0----2----2-------2----|-2--2-----2---------2---2------0---0--|-0---0-----0----0----0------------|-2----------2-----2-------0-2----2----|----------------------------------|-0-------------------------H----------|-3--------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
Song goes like this: Intro: Twice with picking G5 D C Twice just power chords G5 D C Verse 1 (with picking) G5 D Am Mamma take this badge from me G5 D C I can't use it anymore G5 D Am It's getting dark, too dark to see G5 D C Feels like I'm knockin' on heaven's door Chorus (if you're really concerned about playing it like the CD, listen to it for rhythm. But this song has been done by so many people so differently that you might as well give it your own feel.) G5 D5 C5 Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door, C5 Hey, hey, hey, hey, yeah G5 D5 C5 Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door, C5 (no lyrics) G5 D5 C5 Ooh, knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door C5 Ooh yeah G5 D5 C5 Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door C5 Hey, hey, hey, hey, yeah
First Guitar SoloG D C----------------------------------------------------------^^---P---------15--^------~~~~~~~~~~~~-------------12-14-14-12-14-------14-12-12-------------------12---------------------------------------------13/14-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G D C ---------------P------------P--------P------------------15----15/17---15---13-12-13/15--13-12---13--12----------12-13----13--------------------------------------------~~~~~~~-----------------------------------------------------14-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G ^^ D ^^ ^^ C--~~~-------15-17--17--17--17--15-----------------------------12---15/17------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G ^^ ^^ D C--20-20-19-20--19-20--20-20-20---~~~~~-----------------------------------------P-----------------------17------^^----^^----------------------------------------------------------------19-19-19-19-^-----^-----------------------------------------------------------------19-19-19-19-------------------------------------------------------------------------17--17---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Additional lyrics: Mama, put my guns in the ground I can't shoot them anymore That cold black cloud is comin' down Feels like I'm knockin' on heaven's door Basically there are lots of "knockin' on heaven's door"s throughout the rest Date: Saturday, 8 March From: David Harrison This is one of GUNS N' ROSES best song if you ask me. I saw that no one had tabbed the second solo so I did as well as the rest of the song. If you have any questions, Comments, additions, or Corrections feel free to e-mail them to me. P.S. Tune your guitar down half a step. Riff 1:-used in intro and the verses.
E|--3----3----------0---------------0--------------|B|--3-----3-3--3---3-3-----------1---1--1----------|G|--0------0---2--2---2-----------0---0--0------0--|D|--X----------0-------0--0h2-2----2-------0h2-2---|A|--2---------------------0h3--------------0h3-----|E|--3----------------------------------------------|
E|-------3-----------0-----------------------||B|--------3-3-------3-3------1----1--1-1-----||G|--0------0---0h2-2---2-------0---0--0-0----||D|--x----------0--------0---2---2---2----2---||A|--2---------------------3------3--------3--||E|--3----------------------------------------||
Riff 2:-used in intro and the choruses.
G D C CE|-----|-----|-----|-----|B|-----|-----|-----|-----|G|--4--|--7--|--5--|--5--|D|--5--|--7--|--5--|--5--|A|--5--|--5--|--3--|--3--|E|--3--|-----|-----|-----|
Solo 1:
E|-------------------------------------------------------|B|-----------------15-------------------------15/17--15--|G|--12-14brp12-14-----14br-1212~~~---------12------------|D|--------------------------------------/14--------------|A|-------------------------------------------------------|E|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------15----------15-|B|-13p12-13/15---13p12-13---12--------1213--1312---/17---|G|-------------------------------------------------------|D|----------------------------14-------------------------|A|-------------------------------------------------------|E|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-17br17---17br17br15-------22--20192019-22--20-2020----|B|---------------------------------------------------17--|G|-------------------------------------------------------|D|-------------------------------------------------------|A|-------------------------------------------------------|E|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------15--||B|--15brbr----------------||G|----------14brbr--12----||D|------------------------||A|------------------------||E|------------------------||
Solo 2:
E|-------------------------------------------------------|B|--19b~~~~~~~r-19---19brp17-19-1717----20-17--20-17br---|G|-------------------------------------------------------|D|-------------------------------------------------------|A|-------------------------------------------------------|E|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------16---18b-18p16-|B|-1517--1517--------1517---------------13--16-----------|G|-----------------------------------/13-----------------|D|-----17----19br1719----19br19br17----------------------|A|-------------------------------------------------------|E|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-1618P161620192022b--20192022b--20192022b-22b22b-------|B|------------------------------------------------2022b--|G|-------------------------------------------------------|D|-------------------------------------------------------|A|-------------------------------------------------------|E|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|B|--2022br-202222b-202220--20~~---2019----19br-17191717--|G|-------------------------------------------------------|D|-------------------------------------------------------|A|-------------------------------------------------------|E|-------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------|B|-2017--17~~15~~12~~~~~~--------------------------------|G|------------------------12~--11~---11br-9~---7---5/4---|D|----------------------------------------------------5--|A|-------------------------------------------------------|E|-------------------------------------------------------|
Here's The Order: RIFF 1 (00:00) 1X RIFF 2 (OO:15) 2X RIFF 1 (OO:30) 2X RIFF 2 (00:59) 4X SOLO 1 (O1:29) 1X RIFF 1 (01:59) 2X RIFF 2 (02:27) 4X-play all the way through the solo until 3:54 SOLO 2 (02:56) 1X RIFF 2 (04:51) 4x
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