Kansas - Devil Game tab

Author/Artist: Kansas
Title: The Devil Game
Album: Song For America
Transcribed by: J. Chitty
Email: jchitty_16@yahoo.com
NEXT SONG: Show Me The Way (Solo) - Styx

This is an awesome song that I had never heard before
until someone requested to me to tab it out. Now I
love the song.

In the recording, there is only one guitar until the
solo, where one guitar does the background riff and
the other one does the solo (there’s also the short
harmonized solo, the only place Guitar 3 comes in).
I’m going to tab it just like it’s recorded. But if
you’re playing it in a band, just have both guitars
do the same thing until the solo and then you can
split them up, obviously.

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Like most Kansas songs, “THE DEVIL GAME” IS MUSICALLY
COMPLICATED AND I STRONGLY RECOMMEND LOOKING AT THE SONG
ORDER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TAB SO YOU DON’T GET CONFUSED.
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Guitar 1 – Everything else
Guitar 2 – Solo Guitar

INTRO (Guitar 1)e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|-----------0----0----------------------------------------|D|---------0--------0-------0-2----------------------------|A|-------2------------3-2-3-----3v--3v---------------------|E|-(3)-3---------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|-----------0----0----------------------------------------|D|---------0--------0-------0-2----------------------------|A|-------2------------3-2-3-----3v--3v---------------------|E|-(3)-3---------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-----------3----3-----------0----------------------------|A|-------0-3--------3-1-0-1-3---1v--1v---------------------|E|-(1)-1---------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-----------3----3-----------0----------------------------|A|-------0-3--------3-1-0-1-3---1v--1v---------------------|E|-(1)-1---------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|-3-5-5-5v--3----3-5-5-5v-------3-5-5-5v--3----3-5-5-5v---|
VERSE 2e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|----------------------------------------(0)--------------|D|---7--7p5--------5v--5--7--7----5--5--7------------------|A|----------5-7v----------------5----3--5------------------|E|-5--------------------5----------------------------------|
CHORUS 1e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|------------------------0-2-4----------------------------|D|------------------0-2-3-------------------7-----7--------|A|-----0-1v---3v--3----------------0-2-3--0-5--5--5-5------|E|-1-3---------------------------3-------------3----3------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|------------------------0-2-4----------------------------|D|------------------0-2-3-------------------7--7--5--------|A|-----0-1v-0-3v--3----------------0-2-3--0-5--5--3-5------|E|-1-3---------------------------3------------------3------|
INTERLUDEe|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|----------------------------------------(0)--------------|D|---7--7p5--------5v--5--7--7----5--5--7------------------|A|----------5-7v----------------5----3--5------------------|E|-5--------------------5----------------------------------|
VERSE 2e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|----------------------------------------(0)--------------|D|---7--7p5--------5v--5--7--7----5--5--7------------------|A|----------5-7v----------------5----3--5------------------|E|-5--------------------5----------------------------------|
CHORUS 2e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|------------------------0-2-4----------------------------|D|------------------0-2-3-------------------7-----7--------|A|-----0-1v-0-3v--3----------------0-2-3--0-5--5--5-5------|E|-1-3---------------------------3-------------3----3------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|------------------------0-2-4----------------------------|D|------------------0-2-3---------------7--7---5-----------|A|-----0-1v-0-3v--3--------------5--5---5--5---3-5-7-------|E|-1-3---------------------------3--3------------3-5-------|
BRIDGE/INSTRUMENTAL 1 RIFF (Guitar 1)e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-------9~--7--------9~--7--------9~--7--------7----------|A|-7-7-7-7~--5--7-7-7-7~--5--7-7-7-7~--5--7--5--5----------|E|----------------------------------------5--3-------------|PM . . . . . . . . .
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-------9~--7--------9~--7--------9~--7--9--7--------7----|A|-7-7-7-7~--5--7-7-7-7~--5--7-7-7-7~--5--7--5--7--9--5----|E|----------------------------------------------5--7-------|PM . . . . . . . . .
(Guitar 2)e|-12~--------12-------pb----------------------------------|B|-15b17v~----15b17----17r15--12---------------------------|G|-------------------------------14p12-----14p12-----------|D|-------------------------------------14--------14--------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|-12--12b14----------------12b14-12-----------------------|D|----------14p12----12--14----------14-12-----------------|A|----------------14-----------------------14-13-12-10-----|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|-12p10----10----10----------10---10-12p10-12p10----------|E|-------12----12----12-10-12----12------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|-------------------------12----------------12----12------|D|----------12--12-14-12-14--14p12-14--12-14----14---------|A|-12/14-14---14-------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|-12b14r12b14r12b14r12b14r12----12b14r12------------------|D|----------------------------14----------14-12-14-12-14---|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|-12-14—14b16v---12-14-12-14-12h14-12---12^--12^----------|D|-----------------------------------------14---14---------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|-----------------11-12----11-12-14b16v---14b16v----------|D|-12-14--11-12-14-------14--------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------15~-----------------pb--------pb---------pb-----|G|-14b16v----pb16r14~--12h14---16r14-----16r14------16r14--|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|-pb-------pb-------pb------------------------------------|G|-16r14----16r14----16r14---12-14-12-14—12h14-14----------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|-12^-----------------------------------------------------|D|----14-12------------------------------------------------|A|----------x-13-12--10-12-10v-----------------------------|E|------------------------------12\-5-7--7\\---------------|
GUITAR SOLO 2(also BRIDGE)e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|-15b17-b17-b17-15v--12----15b17-b17-b17-15v--12----------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|--------------------------15b17-15v----------------------|B|-15b17-b17-b17-15v--12-----------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|-----------pb--------------------------------------------|B|-15b17vv---17r15-12--------------------------------------|G|--------------------14b16-14-12------------------12------|D|--------------------------------14-12-14-x-12-14----14---|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|-12b14--12---------------------------12------------------|D|-----------12v-14v-------12vv--12-14----14---------------|A|--------------------14v----------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|----------12----12-15p12-15-15b17vv----15^---------------|G|-14p12-14----14----------------------------14------------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|-15b17~---15-12-15-12----------12------------------------|B|----------------------15-12-15-12-15-12h15-12------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|-12------------------------------------------------------|G|----14-12------------------------------------------------|D|----------14-12-14~-14v--14v-----------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
INTERLUDE (Guitar 1)e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-9----7~--------9----7~----------------------------------|A|-7----5~--------7----5~----------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
INSTRUMENTAL 1 (Guitar 1)e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|---------------------7---7---7---7---7--9----------------|A|-7----7--7-7----7--7-5---5---5---5---5--7----------------|E|-5----5--5-5----5--5-------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|---------------------7---7---7---7---7--9----------------|A|-7----7--7-7----7--7-5---5---5---5---5--7----------------|E|-5----5--5-5----5--5-------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|------------------------7---7---7---7---7--7-------------|A|-7----7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-5---5---5---5---5--5-------------|E|-5----5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5----------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|------------------------7---7---7---7---7--7-------------|A|-7----7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-5---5---5---5---5--5-------------|E|-5----5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5----------------------------------|
BRIDGE 1 (Guitar 1)e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|-7--------7-7-7-7---7-7---7-7-7-7---7-7------------------|E|-5--------5-5-5-5---5-5---5-5-5-5---5-5------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|------------------------------------5--------------------|A|-7--------7-7-7-7---7-7---7-7-7-7---3--------------------|E|-5--------5-5-5-5---5-5---5-5-5-5------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-7--------7-7-7-7---7-7-----7-7-7-7---7------------------|A|-5--------5-5-5-5---5-5--7--5-5-5-5---5------------------|E|-------------------------5-------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|------------------------5--------------------------------|D|-7--------5-5-5-5---5-5-3--5-5-5-5---5-5-----------------|A|-5--------3-3-3-3---3-3----3-3-3-3---3-3-----------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-7--------7-7-7-7---7------7-7-7-7---7-------------------|A|-5--------5-5-5-5---5------5-5-5-5---5-------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-9~----9~----10~----10~-------------------7-7------------|A|-7~----7~-----8~-----8~---------5--5---5--5-5------------|E|--------------------------------3--3---3-----------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-7--9--9--7-9------7--9-9-------7------------------------|A|-5--7--7--5-7------5--7-7----5--5------------------------|E|-----------------------------3---------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-7--9--9--7-9------7--9---------7------------------------|A|-5--7--7--5-7------5--7------5--5------------------------|E|-----------------------------3---------------------------|
BACKGROUND RIFF to G. Solo 3e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-7--9--9--7-9--------------------------------------------|A|-5--7--7--5-7----5-7-5-----------------------------------|E|-----------------------7-5~--7-3~--5~--------------------|
GUITAR SOLO 3 (Guitar 2)e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|----------------------5b8~--r5\\-------------------------|A|-x--[7]--[7]-[5]-x-x-------------8--x-8--7-{7}//---------|E|-------------------x------------------------------12\\---|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|-------------------------pb------------------------------|G|--------------{7}--{9}--{12r9}-7h9p7h9p7h9\\-4//---------|D|----------7/9--------------------------------------------|A|-5h7b9r7-------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|-------------{15}--b16-15b17r15b17r15--------------------|G|-{12}--{12}----------------------------------------------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|-------------------12------------------------------------|G|-14b16vv--14-12-14----12^--------------------------------|D|--------------------------14v-\\-------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|--------------------15b17vv-----15-12-15p12--------------|G|-----------12----12-------------------------14-----------|D|-----12-14----14-----------------------------------------|A|-/14-----------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|-12h15-15--12--------------------------------------------|G|--------------14-12-14b16v--r14\\------------------------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|------------------------------------0\\\-----------------|
*divebomb with whammy barBRIDGE 3 (Guitar 1)e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-7--9--9--7-9--------------------------------------------|A|-5--7--7--5-7----5-7-5-----------------------------------|E|-----------------------7-5~--7-3~--5~--------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-7--9--9--7-9--------------------7~------7~----7---------|A|-5--7--7--5-7----5-7-5-------5~--5~--5~--5~--5-5---------|E|-----------------------7-5~--3~------3~------3-----------|
INSTRUMENTAL (same as instrumental 1)
GUITAR SOLO 4 |(Guitar 2) | A5 D5e|--------------------------19-17----19-17-----------17--17|B|--------------------------------19-------19--19----------|G|-19b21-21v----19b21-21v-------------------------19-------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
|(Guitar 3)e|--------------------------19-17----19-17-----------17----|B|-------pb-----------pb----------19-------19--19--------17|G|-16b18-18v----16b18-18v-------------------------19-------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
|(Guitar 2) | A5 A5e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|-20b22--17---------------pb-----------pb-----------------|G|------------18-----19b21-21v----19b21-21v----------------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
|(Guitar 3)e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|-14b15--14---------------pb-----------pb-----------------|G|------------14-----16b18-18v----16b18-18v----------------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
|(Guitar 2) |D5 A5e|-19p17-19p17--------------17--17-------------------------|B|-------------19-17--19---------------20b22--17-----------|G|-----------------------19----------------------18--------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
|(Guitar 3)e|-19p17-19p17--------------17-----------------------------|B|-------------19-17--19--------17-----14b15--14-----------|G|-----------------------19----------------------14--------|D|---------------------------------------------------------|A|---------------------------------------------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
BACKGROUND to Violin Solo (Guitar 1)e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-3~--------3-5~------------------------------------------|A|-1~--------1-3~--------0--1-3v---1v--0-------------------|E|--------------------3------------------------------------|
CHORUS 3 (Same as chorus 1)
VERSE 3e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|---7--7----------5v-----7--7----5--5--7------------------|A|----------5-7v----------------5----3--5------------------|E|---------------------------------------------------------|
CHORUS 4 (same as chorus 2)
OUTROe|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|------------------10--9--7--5--4--7----------------------|A|-7---5-7----5-7---8---7--5--3--2--5----------------------|E|-5---3-5----3-5------------------------------------------|
e|---------------------------------------------------------|B|---------------------------------------------------------|G|---------------------------------------------------------|D|-9---7-9----7-9------------------------------------------|A|-7---5-7----5-7---12--10-9--7--5--4--3--2--5-7-7--5--7\\-|E|------------------10--8--7--5--3--2--1--0--3-5-5--3--5\\-|
SONG ORDER Intro 1x (Guitar 1) Verse 1 4x (Guitar 1) Chorus 1 1x (Guitar 1) Interlude 2x (Guitar 1) Verse 2 4x (Guitar 1) Chorus 2 1x (Guitar 1) Guitar Solo 1 1x (Guitar 2)(Guitar 1 instrumental 1 riff 3x under G. solo) Keyboard Solo 1x (Guitar 1 instrumental 1 riff 1x under K. solo) G. Solo2/Bridge1 1x (Guitar 2)(Guitar 1 bridge riff 2x under vocals g.solo) Interlude 1x (Guitar 1) Instrumental 1 1x (Guitar 1) Bridge 2 1x (Guitar 1) Guitar Solo 3 1x (Guitar 2)(Guitar 1 background riff 4x under G. Solo) Bridge 3 1x (Guitar 1) Instrumental 2 1x (Guitar 1)(repeat of 1st instr., ONLY FIRST HALF OF IT) Guitar Solo 4 1x (Guitars 2&3)(Guitar 1 does power chords written above solo) BG to Viol. Solo 1x (Guitar 1) Chorus 3 1x (Guitar 1)(same as Chorus 1) Verse 3 4x (Guitar 1) Chorus 4 1x (Guitar 1)(same as Chorus 2) Outro 1x (Guitar 1) KEY/LEGEND | / slide up | \ slide down | // slide up to infinity | \\ slide down to infinity | h hammer-on | p pull-off | b bend | r release bend | pb pre-bend (appears above pre-bent note) | ^ micro-bend | PM... Palm mute – notes w/the dots directly beneath them are P.M. | v vibrato | x Mute note | x\ pick slide down | x/ pick slide up | ~ let note ring | (+1/2) up (+)or down (-)on whammy bar, number indicates amount of whammy (1/2=1 fret) | (5) Ghost note | <> natural harmonic (finger touches string lightly above fret- usually the 5th, 7th, or 12th fret) | [] artificial harmonic (picked usually at 5, 7, or 12 frets above the note being played, thumb follows through with pick attack) | {} pinch harmonic (thumb follows through in pick attack at place where the pinch harmonic is found)
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