Van Halen - 5150 tab

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5150 - Van Halen
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 Transcribed by Paul D.

Here's the signature riff of the song (play it FAST!):E-|-----------------|-----------------|-4---------------|---------4---------|B-|-7---5---5-7-----|-7-----5---7-----|-5-5-------------|---------5---------|G-|-7---7---7-7-----|-7-----7---7-----|---4-4-------4---|-4-4-4-----4-------|D-|-7-7---7-----7-7-|---7-7---7---7-6-|-----6-6-----4---|-4-4-6-------6-----|A-|-----------------|-----------------|-------7-7-7---7-|-------7-------7\5-|D-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------|
E-|-2---------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------------2-2/|B-|-3---------------|---------3-------|-3p2-----------3-|-3-2-2-----2-2-3-3/|G-|---2---------2---|-2-2-------2-----|----------2----2-|-2-2-2-----2-2-2-2/|D-|-----4-4-----2---|-2-4---------4---|------2-----2--4-|-4-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0-|A-|-------5-5-5---5-|------5--------5-|-----------------|---0-0-2-2-0-0-0-0-|D-|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------2-2-----0-0-|
Repeat 3x; then...
E-|-10--10--9--9--7--7--9--9--10--10\||B-|-10--10-10-10--9--9-10-10--10--10\||G-|----------------------------------||D-|----------------------------------||A-|----------------------------------||D-|----------------------------------||
Okay, this next part you repeat twice. One time with the first endingthat I've tabbed out (marked between the 1>>>> and <<<<1), and again butreplacing the first ending with the second (2>>>> to <<<<2). This is alsothe part played behind the chorus ("Always one more; you're neversatisfied..."):E-|-2------|-------2-2-----4-|-4-----------|-------4-4-----2-|-2--------------|B-|-3------|-------3-3-----5-|-5-----------|-------5-5-----3-|-3--------------|G-|-2------|-------2-2-----4-|-4-----------|-------4-4-----2-|-2--------------|D-|-0------|-------0-0-------|-------------|-------6-6-----4-|-4--------------|A-|-0--0-0-|-0-0-0-----0-0---|----0--0-0-0-|-0-0-0-----0-0---|-----0--0-0-0---|D-|-0------|-----------------|-------------|-----------------|----------------|
E-|-(2)---------------||B-|-(3)-------3-------||G-|-(2)---------4-----||D-|-(4)----/5-----5---||A-|--0-0-0--0-------5-||D-|-------------------||
1>>>> <<<<1E-||------------10-10--9--9--7--7--9--9-10-10||B-||3p2------2/-10-10-10-10--9--9-10-10-10-10||G-||----2----2/------------------------------||D-||------2----------------------------------||A-||-----------------------------------------||D-||-----------------------------------------||
2>>>> <<<<2E-|-------------2|2-0-0-0-0--2-2--------|---------------|----|-----------||B-|-3p2---------3|3-2-2-0-0--3-3------10|10-9-10-10\-2-2|----|-----------||G-|-----2-2--2--2|2-2-2-1-1--2-2------11|11-9-11-11\-2-2|---2|-----------||D-|-------2--2--4|4-2-2-2-2--0-0------12|12-9-12-12\-2-2|---2|-----------||A-|-------0--0---|--0-0-2-2--0-0--0-0---|------------0-0|---0|-----5---3-||D-|--------------|------0-0--0-0--0-0---|---------------|----|--/7---7---||
This next bit is played behind the verses. It's basically just crunchingout a D power chord with the low D thrown in. Eddie does a little bit ofextra stuff (which I tabbed out here) but you really don't need it unlessyou're really anal and want to be exact...E-|--------------|-----------------|-------------|---------------||B-|--------------|-----------------|-------------|---------------||G-|--------7-----|-7---------------|-----------0-|-0-------------||D-|--------7-----|-7---------------|--0--------5-|---------------||A-|--------5-----|-5------5p3p0----|-----0-5p3---|---0-5~~-0-3~~-||D-|-0--0-0---0-0-|----0-0-------4b-|-------------|---------------||
E-|-----------||B-|-----------||G-|-----------||D-|-----------||(repeat throughout verses)A-|----5----3-||D-|-/7----7---||
Here's what I guess you'd call the "pre-chorus" ("Still we try; win or lose;take the highs; with the blues..."). Play it twice through, only the secondtime, leave out the first measure (A-2-3-2-3-2-3/5). Then rake your pickdown the low strings before you go into the next riff.E-|---------------|-----------------|-----------------|--------------0--------|B-|---------------|-------------2---|-3-------2-5-----|-5p3---3---2--3--------|G-|---------------|-------2-4-2---2-|-------2-----2-0-|-2-----2---2--2--------|D-|---------------|-----2-----------|-----2-------0-0-|-0---0---0----0--------|A-|-2-3-2-3-2-3/5-|-0-0-------------|---0-------------|-----------------------|D-|---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------------|
E-|-0--------------||B-|-3------3-3-----||G-|-2------2-2-----||D-|-0------0-0-----||A-|----------------||D-|----5-5-----5-5-||
This next part is (in my opinion) the coolest riff in the song. This isjust a fill-in between the pre-chorus (above) and the chorus (WAY above).Play this one time through then go to the chorus riff (tabbed above).E-|----------------|------------------|------------|-----------------|B-|----------------|------------------|------------|-----------------|G-|----------------|------------------|------------|-----6---------7-|D-|-------2-5~~----|---5-4~~------7\6-|-----3-7----|---7-----5---7---|A-|-2-2-2----------|-5--------5-5-----|---3--------|-7-----3---5-----|D-|-2-2-2--------5-|------------------|-3--------7-|-----------------|
E-|0~~~~---|--9--9--7--7--9--9--10--10\||B-|--10~~--|-10-10--9--9-10-10--10--10\||G-|-----11~|---------------------------||D-|--------|---------------------------||A-|--------|---------------------------||D-|--------|---------------------------||
That's it. Just arrange those basic riffs in order by listening to the song and you'll have the main structure (sans solo). The solo is more than I'm willing to attempt to play OR tab. Corrections/augmentations/comments welcome... Good luck! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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