Tool - Lateralus tab

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   / Tool       /  Beneath Keenan's weird complex lyrical style, I think this
  / Lateralus  /  song is about trying to let yourself go and follow your
 / Lateralus  /  impulses and see where they take you. It's about letting go
/____________/  of whatever is holding you back from being free.

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*  Check out my Guitar Pro-version of the song, just follow the link:         *
*   http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/t/tool/lateralus_ver3_guitar_pro.htm  *
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*  and check out my bass text-tab for it as well:                             *
*   http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/t/tool/lateralus_ver3_btab.htm        *
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*  ...and if you need a great drum tab in .pdf, just mail me ask! ;)          *
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Tuning: Drop D (D A D G B E)
Gtr I - Clean w/delay
Gtr II - Distorted (dubbed in left and right side)
Gtr III - Distorted w/wah & whammy pedal


The feeling of the intro is rather tricky as it can be notated two ways:
straight 4/4 and shuffled 4/4 (12/16 is just another way of writing shuffled
4/4). The bass and drums play shuffled, and the guitar plays straight, which
makes it confusing to notate. But don't worry about the seemingly complicated
notation, just pretend to play straight 4/4.

Intro: Q=85 12/16 Gtr I E. E. S.S.+S. S. +S. S.+E. S.S.S.S. 4x||--------------------|---------------------||||o-------------------|--------------------o||||------------------5-|-(5)-----------------||||------7---5h7-(7)---|-----7-(7)--5h7-5p0--||||o-------------------|--------------------o||||--0-----------------|---------------------||
E. E.+Q. E. E.+Q. E. E. S.S.+S. S. +S. S.+E. S.S.S.S. 6x||----------------|---------------|-------------------|---------------------||||o---------------|---------------|-------------------|--------------------o||||----------------|---------------|-----------------5-|-(5)-----------------||||------7-(7)-----|-----7-(7)-----|-----7---5h7-(7)---|-----7-(7)--5h7-5p0--||||o---------------|---------------|-------------------|--------------------o||||--5-------------|-3-------------|-0-----------------|---------------------||
1st Chorus: Q=88 9/8 8/8 Gtr II E. e S E. e S S S S S S S E. e S E. e S S S S S||--------------------------------|---------------------------|||o-------------------------------|---------------------------|||--------------------------------|---------------------------|||--0---0--x-0---0--x-5-5-5-3-3-0-|-3---3--x-3---3--x-5-5-3-0-|||o-0---0--x-0---0--x-5-5-5-3-3-0-|-3---3--x-3---3--x-5-5-3-0-|||--0---0--x-0---0--x-5-5-5-3-3-0-|-3---3--x-3---3--x-5-5-3-0-|
1.,2. 3. 7/8 7/8 S E e S E E E E S E e S E E S S E|---------------------------||------------------------||--------------------------o||------------------------||---------------------------||------------------------||-3-5--5--x-5--3--/10--12---||-3-5--5--5-5--3--3h5-3--||-3-5--5--x-5--3--/10--12--o||-3-5--5--5-5--3--3h5-3--||-3-5--5--x-5--3--/10--12---||-3-5--5--5-5--3--3h5-3--|
1st Verse: 5/8 E H Q. Q 7x|-------------||-------------|||-------------||o-----------o|||-------------||-------------|||-0-----------||-------------|||-0-----------||o-----------o|||-0-----------||-------------||
" Black then white are all i see in my infancy Red and yellow then came to be Reaching out to me Let's me see "
Verse-Interlude: Q. E E Q. E E 4x||---------------|---------------||||o--------------|--------------o||||---------------|---------------||||---------------|---------------||||o-----------3--|-----------5--o||||--0-----/3-----|-0-----/5------|| (if you're tapping your foot to the music, just waiting for the next part to come, then you can play this in the waiting, the bass part for guitar)
2nd Verse: PM--------------------------------------|
S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S 4x||----------------------|----------------------||||o---------------------|---------------------o||||----------------------|----------------------||||----------------------|----------------------||||o---------------------|---------------------o||||--0-0-0-0---0-3-3-3-3-|-0-0-0-0---0-5-5-5-5--||
Pre-Chorus: 5/8 3/8 PM--------------------------------------| PM----|
S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S 4x E S S S S E S S S S||----------------------|----------------------||------------|------------|||o---------------------|---------------------o||------------|------------|||----------------------|----------------------||------------|------------|||----------------------|----------------------||------------|----5-5-5-5-|||o---------------------|---------------------o||------------|----5-5-5-5-|||--7-5-3-0---0-3-3-3-3-|-0-0-0-0---0-5-5-5-5--||----5-5-5-5-|----5-5-5-5-|
" As below, so above and beyond, I imagine Drawn beyond the lines of reason Push the envelope Watch it bend " 2nd Chorus: The two first rounds are similar to 1st Chorus, but replace the third with this:
9/8 8/8 E. E. E. E. S S S S S S E. E. E. E. S S S S|-----------------------------|-------------------------||---------3---3---------------|---------6---6-----------||-----2---2---2---------------|-5---5---5---5-----------||-0---0---0---0---5-5-5-3-3-0-|-3---3---3---3---5-5-3-0-||-0---0---0---0---5-5-5-3-3-0-|-3---3---3---3---5-5-3-0-||-0---0---0---0---5-5-5-3-3-0-|-3---3---3---3---5-5-3-0-|
7/8 S E E S E E S S E|------------------------||------------------------||------------------------||-3-5--5--5-5--3--3h5-3--||-3-5--5--5-5--3--3h5-3--||-3-5--5--5-5--3--3h5-3--|
" Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind Withering my intuition Missing opportunities And I must feed my will to feel my moment Drawing way outside the lines " 3rd Verse: Similar to 1st Verse. " Black then white are all i see in my infancy Red and yellow then came to be Reaching out to me Let's me see " 4th Verse: Similar to Verse-Interlude. " There is so much more and beckons me To look through to these infinite possibilities" 5th Verse: Similar 2nd Verse except the first 3/8-bar (the palm muted one) is cut out to give the following chorus a more surprising and thereby powerful approach. " As below, so above and beyond, I imagine Drawn outside the lines of reason Push the envelope Watch it bend " ******************************************************************************** * The syllables of Keenan's lyrics in the verses form parts of the Fibonacci * * sequence. The number of syllables progress from the 1st to the 6th step of * * the sequence, descends down to the 1st step, up to the 7th step, and * * finally back down to the 4th step. By the way did you notice how the time * * signatures of the chorus relates to the 16th step of the sequence, which * * is the number of "987"? * * * * The Fibonacci sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, * * 377, 610, 987... * * * * [1] black * * [1] then * * [2] white are * * [3] all I see * * [5] in my infancy * * [8] red and yellow then came to be * * [5] reaching out to me * * [3] lets me see * * [2] there is * * [1] so * * [1] much * * [2] more and * * [3] beckons me * * [5] to look through to these * * [8] infinite possibilities * * [13] as below so above and beyond I imagine * * [8] drawn outside the lines of reason * * [5] push the envelope * * [3] watch it bend * * * * The Fibonacci sequence shares some mathematical relations with Phi (it's a * * bit complex...!), which is a mystic number that many structures in nature * * are designed from. It is somehow used to describe the introvert progression * * of a spiral. Maynard mentions spirals a couple of times later, doesn't he? * * Another theory is the order of colours seen on an LSD trip. Alex Grey * * (the Rather spiritualistic artist who did the album artwork) stated when * * he closed his eyes on an LSD trip, he saw a black and white spiral, * * and when he tried it a few more times it became a red and yellow spiral. * ******************************************************************************** 3rd Chorus: Similar to 2nd Chorus, just quit the first round. " Over thinking, over analyzing Separates the body from the mind Withering my intuition leaving opportunities behind " 1st Guitar Solo: Let the wah pedal stay open thorughout the entire solo to gain treble. The first solo-lick here is played with this poly-rhythmic feeling of 3/8:
Gtr III 9/8 8/8 E E S S E E S S E E S S E E S S E E S S E E|---------------------------------|----------------------------||---------------------------------|----------------------------||---------------------------------|----------------------------||-0-10-12p0--0-10-12p0--0-10-12p0-|-0-10-12p0--0-10-12p0--0-10-||---------------------------------|----------------------------||---------------------------------|----------------------------|(Adam Jones produces lots of random artificial harmonics on the 10th and 12th fret notes, when playing it live)
7/8 S S E E S S E S S S S|------------------------------||------------------------------||---------------------9h10p9p0-||-12p0--0-10-12p0--0-----------||------------------------------||------------------------------|
9/8 8/8 7/8 H. S S S S S S H. S S S S E. E. S S Q.|--------------------------|----------------------|----------------------||--------------------------|----------------------|----------------------||-------------9h10p9p0-----|-------------9h10p9p0-|----------------------||-7--------------------7p5\|\3--------------------|-10---9---10p0-7/-----||--------------------------|----------------------|----------------------||--------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|
9/8 8/8 7/8 H. S S S S S S H. S S S S E. E. S S Q.|--------------------------|----------------------|----------------------||--------------------------|----------------------|----------------------||-------------9h10p9p0-----|-------------9h10p9p0-|----------------------||/12-------------------7p5\|\3--------------------|-10---9---10p0-7------||--------------------------|----------------------|----------------------||--------------------------|----------------------|----------------------|
1st Climax: Play with that poly-rhythmic 3/8 feeling again here:
9/8 8/8 +Q. S S S E. S S S E. S S S E. S S S E. S S S S|----------------------------|-----------------------------||----------------------------|-----------------------------||----------------------------|-----------------------------||-(7)----7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7---|-7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7-||----------------------------|-----------------------------||----------------------------|-----------------------------|
7/8 +E S S S E S S S S|-------------------------||-------------------------||-------------------------||-(7)-7-7-7-7--10h12p10p0-||-------------------------||-------------------------|
Gtr II E E E E E E E E E E E E|-----------------------|-----------------------||-----------------------|-----------------------||-----------------------|-----------------------||-0--10--12--0--10--12--|-0--10--12--0--10--12--||-0--10--12--0--10--12--|-0--10--12--0--10--12--||-0--10--12--0--10--12--|-0--10--12--0--10--12--|
E. S E S S S S E E. S E S S S S E|---------------------|---------------------||-3---3----3-3-3-3----|-3---3----3-3-3-3----||-2---2----2-2-2-2----|-2---2----2-2-2-2----||-0---0----0-0-0-0----|-0---0----0-0-0-0----||-0---0----0-0-0-0----|-0---0----0-0-0-0----||-0---0----0-0-0-0----|-0---0----0-0-0-0----|
" Feed my will to feel this moment Urging me to cross the line Reaching out to embrace the random Reaching out to embrace whatever may come "
Intro-Reprise: Q=88 bpm 12/16 H. 8x||--------------||||o------------o||||--------------||||--------------||||o------------o||||--------------||
The drums play in after 4 bars and play in a poly-rhythmic feeling of 5/8, which means it takes 5 bars for the drums to catch up with the rest of the band.
Gtr I E. E. +Q. E. E. +Q. E. E. +Q. +H.|----------------|----------------|----------------|------------||----------------|----------------|----------------|------------||----------------|----------------|----------------|------------||-----7--(7)-----|-----7--(7)-----|-----7*-(7)-----|-(7)--------| *bend it|----------------|----------------|----------------|------------| a little|-5--------------|-3--------------|-0--------------|------------|
E. E. +Q. E. E. +Q. E. E. E S +E. +H.|----------------|----------------|------------------|------------||----------------|----------------|------------------|------------||----------------|----------------|------------------|------------||-----7--(7)-----|-----7--(7)-----|-----7---5h7-(7)--|-(7)--------||----------------|----------------|------------------|------------||-5--------------|-3--------------|-0----------------|------------|
The verse starts here. E. E. +Q. E. E. +Q. E. E. E S +E S +E S +E. +Q.|----------------|----------------|--------------------|------------------||----------------|----------------|--------------------|------------------||----------------|----------------|------------------5-|-(5)--------------||-----7--(7)-----|-----7--(7)-----|-----7---5h7-(7)----|-----7-(7)--(7)---||----------------|----------------|--------------------|------------------||-5--------------|-3--------------|-0------------------|------------------|
E. E. +Q. E. E. +Q. E. E. E S +E S +E S +E. E S E S|----------------|----------------|--------------------|--------------------||----------------|----------------|--------------------|--------------------||----------------|----------------|------------------5-|-(5)----------------||-----7--(7)-----|-----7--(7)-----|-----7---5h7-(7)----|-----7-(7)--5h7-5p0-||----------------|----------------|--------------------|--------------------||-5--------------|-3--------------|-0------------------|--------------------|
******************************************************************************* * A little hint to help the memory with the four rounds above: * * Notice that at every repeat, the riff is extended a little. This below * * might make sense to you, but if not, then just don't let it confuse you! * * __ __ __ __ * * 1.| 2.| 3.| 4.| * * E. E. +Q. E. E. +Q. E. E. E S +E S +E S +E. E S E S *
* |------------|------------|-------- ---------- ---|----------- ---------| ** |------------|------------|-------- ---------- ---|----------- ---------| ** |------------|------------|-------- ---------- -5-|-(5)------- ---------| ** |----7--(7)--|----7--(7)--|----7--- -5h7-(7)-- ---|-----7-(7)- -5h7-5p0-| ** |------------|------------|-------- ---------- ---|----------- ---------| ** |-5----------|-3----------|-0------ ---------- ---|----------- ---------| ** ********************************************************************************
E. E. +Q. E. E. +Q. E. E. E S +E S +E S +E. E S E S||----------------|----------------|--------------------|---------------------||||o---------------|----------------|--------------------|--------------------o||||----------------|----------------|------------------5-|-(5)-----------------||||------7--(7)----|-----7--(7)-----|-----7---5h7-(7)----|-----7-(7)--5h7-5p0--||||o---------------|----------------|--------------------|--------------------o||||--5-------------|-3--------------|-0------------------|---------------------|| (similar to the last round above)
E. E. E S +E S +E S +E. E S E S||---------------------|---------------------||||o------------------1-|-(1)----------------o||||------2---0h2-(2)----|-----2-(2)--0h2-0----||||---------------------|------------------0--||||o--------------------|--------------------o||||--0------------------|---------------------||
6/8 Gtr II E. E. +Q. E. E. +Q. E. E. E S E. E. E. E S E S|----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------||----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------||----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------||-----7--(7)-----|-----7--(7)-----|-----7---5h7p5---|-----7---5h7-5p0-||-5--------------|-3--------------|-0---------------|-0---------------||-5--------------|-3--------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|
E. E. +Q. E. E. +Q. E. E. E S E. E. E. E. E.|----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------||----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------||----------------|----------------|-----------------|-----------------||-----7--(7)-----|-----7--(7)-----|-----7---5h7p5---|-3---3/--10--10--||-5--------------|-3--------------|-0---------------|-3---3/--10--10--||-5--------------|-3--------------|-0---------------|-3---3/--10--10--|
(Gtr III starts to pickscrape here) H. H.|-------------|-------------||-------------|-------------||-------------|-------------||-5-----------|-3-----------||-5-----------|-3-----------||-5-----------|-3-----------|
" I embrace my desire to... I embrace my desire To feel the rhythm To feel connected enough to step aside and weep like a widow To feel inspired To fathom the power To witness the beauty To bathe in the fountain To swing on the spiral, to swing on the spiral To swing on the spiral of our divinity And still be a human " 2nd Guitar Solo: The tremolo picking (TP) here is equal to 32nd-part notes.
Gtr III TP/// H. +H. +H. +H.|-----------|-----------|-----------|-----------||-----------|-----------|-----------|-----------||-----------|-----------|-----------|-----------||-----------|-----------|-----------|-----------||-12--------|-(12)------|-(12)b13---|-(12)pb13--||-----------|-----------|-----------|-----------|
+H. +H. +H. +H.|-----------|-----------|-----------|-----------||-----------|-----------|-----------|-----------||-----------|-----------|-----------|-----------||-----------|-----------|-----------|-----------||-r(12)-----|-(12)------|-(12)------|-(12)------||-----------|-----------|-----------|-----------|
TP/// S S S E. E. E. Q H +H. pickscrape|----------------------|------------|------------|--------------||----------------------|------------|------------|--------------||----------------------|------------|------------|-x\-----x/----||-12-12-12-12--12--12--|-12--12-----|-(12)b13----|-x\-----x/----||----------------------|------------|------------|--------------||----------------------|------------|------------|--------------|
TP E. E. E. E. a E. Q. S S S E. Q. S S S|-----------------|-------------------------|----------------------||-----------------|-------------------------|----------------------||-----------------|-------------------------|----------------------||-12--12~-12~-12~-|-10h12~-10~~~-5pb6r(5)p3-|-5b6--3----5pb6r(5)p3-||-----------------|-------------------------|----------------------||-----------------|-------------------------|----------------------|
Gtr III |-3-| TP/// TP/// E. E S S S S +S S S S H. +E. E. +Q.|--------------------------------|-------------|-----------------||--------------------------------|-------------|-----------------||--------------------------------|-------------|-----------------||-5b6--3----0h3h5-(5)-5pb6r(5)-0-|-------------|-----------------||---------3--------------------0-|-5-----------|-(5)--3--(3)-----||------------------------------0-|-------------|-----------------|
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|Gtr II| H. H. H.|--------------------------------|-------------|------------------||--------------------------------|-------------|------------------||--------------------------------|-------------|------------------||--------------------------------|-5-----------|-3----------------||--------------------------------|-5-----------|-3----------------||--------------------------------|-5-----------|-3----------------|
Breakdown: Q=86 12/8 Gtr II E. e S E. e S E. e S E. e S 3x||---------------------------------------||||o-------------------------------------o||||---------------------------------------||||--0---0--x-0---0--x-0---0--x-0---0--x--||||o-0---0--x-0---0--x-0---0--x-0---0--x-o||||--0---0--x-0---0--x-0---0--x-0---0--x--||
2nd Climax: E. e S E. e S E. e S E. e S 8x||---------------------------------------||||o-------------------------------------o||||---------------------------------------||||--0---0--x-0---0--x-0---0--x-0---0--x--||||o-0---0--x-0---0--x-0---0--x-0---0--x-o||||--0---0--x-0---0--x-0---0--x-0---0--x--||
Turn on the wah-pedal for this part only and open and close it on each strum. E. E. E. E. E. E. E. E. E. E. E. E. E. E. E. E.|---------------------------------|---------------------------------||-15--15--13--13--15--15--18--18--|-15--15--13--13--18--18--15--15--||-14--14--12--12--14--14--17--17--|-14--14--12--12--17--17--14--14--||-12--12--10--10--12--12--15--15--|-12--12--10--10--15--15--12--12--||-12--12--10--10--12--12--15--15--|-12--12--10--10--15--15--12--12--||-12--12--10--10--12--12--15--15--|-12--12--10--10--15--15--12--12--|
E. E S E. E S E. E S E. E S|-------------------------------------||-------------------------------------||-------------------------------------||-5---5----5---5----5---5----5---5----||-5---5----5---5----5---5----5---5----||-5---5--0-5---5--0-5---5--0-5---5--0-|
E E S S S S S S S S S S S S S S E E E|--------------------------------------------------||-------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----------------||-------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----------------||-5--5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3----3----3----||-5--5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3----3----3----||-5--5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3b5--3b5--3b5--|
" With my feet upon the ground I move myself between the sounds And open wide to suck it in I feel it move across my skin I'm reaching up and reaching out I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me What ever will bewilder me And following our will and wind We may just go where no one's been We'll ride the spiral to the end And may just go where no one's been "
Outro Verse: 6/8 E. E. E S S S S E. e S E. E S 4x||---------------------|--------------------||||o--------------------|-------------------o||||--2-------2----------|-2---2--------------||||--0---3---0--x-x-x-x-|-0---0--x-3---3--x--||||o-0---3---0--x-x-x-x-|-0---0--x-3---3--x-o||||--0---3---0--x-x-x-x-|-0---0--x-3---3--x--||
" Spiral out, keep going Spiral out, keep going Spiral out, keep going Spiral out, keep going " Outro: Here in the first 8 bars I've seperated the two guitars, otherwise it'd be a mess to read.
Gtr II 8x||--------------------------||||o------------------------o||||--------------------------||||--------------5--10--12---||||o-12----------5--10--12--o||||--12---12--12-5--10--12---||
Gtr III E. E S E E E E. E S E E E|-------------------------|-------------------------||-------------------------|-------------------------||-------------------------|-------------------------||-------------------------|-------------------------||-[17]-------------[15]---|-[12]-------------[15]---||-------15-[15]-17------0-|------15--15-[17]------0-| D F G C A G C
E. E S E E E E. E S E E E|---------------------------|---------------------------||---------------------------|---------------------------||---------------------------|---------------------------||---------------------------|---------------------------||-[12]---------------[15]---|-[12]---------------[15]---||-------[15]-15-[17]------0-|-------[15]-15-[17]------0-| A F G C A F G C
E. E S E E E E. E S E E E|-------------------------|--------------------------||-------------------------|--------------------------||-------------------------|--------------------------||-------------------------|--------------------------||-[12]-------------[15]---|-[12]--------------[15]---||-------15--15-17-------0-|-------[15]-15-17-------0-| A C A F C
E. E S E E E E. E S E E E|-------------------------|--------------------------||-------------------------|--------------------------||-------------------------|--------------------------||----------------0--------|--------------------------||-[17]-------------[15]---|-[17]--------------[15]---||------[15]-[15]--------0-|------[15]-[15]-17------0-| D F F C A F F C
Gtr III E. E S E E E E. E S E E E|--------------------------|-------------------------------||--------------------------|-------------------------------||--------------------------|-------------------------------||--------------------------|-------------------------------||-[17]--------------[15]---|-[17]----------------[15]------||------[15]-[15]-17------0-|------[15]-[15]-[17]------[14]-|| A F F C A F F G C E
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|Gtr II| H. H.|--------------------------|-------------------------------||--------------------------|-------------------------------||-2------------------------|-------------------------------||-0------------------------|-3-----------------------------||-0------------------------|-3-----------------------------||-0------------------------|-3-----------------------------|
E. E S E E E +Q.|-----------------------------|--------------|-----------------------------|--------------|-----------------------------|--------------|-0---------------------------|--------------|-------------------[10]------|--------------|----[10]-[10]-[12]------[12]-|-([12])\------| E E Gb D Gb
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| E. E S E E E +Q.|-----------------------------|--------------|-----------------------------|--------------|-----------------------------|--------------|-----------------------------|--------------|--------------------10-------|--------------|-12--10---10---12--------12--|--(12)\-------
Gtr II, III E. E. +Q Q Q H. +H. ---------|--------------------|-------------|-------------| ---------|--------------------|-------------|-------------| -7---5---|-(5)----------------|-2-----------|-(2)---------| -5---3---|-(3)----10----12----|-0-----------|-(0)---------| -5---3---|-(3)----10----12----|-0-----------|-(0)---------| -5---3---|-(3)----10----12----|-0-----------|-(0)---------|
- 30th /May /08 Just mail me at Maitinin@gmail.com with questions, comments and corrections!
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