Van Halen - Runaround tab

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From: Paul D 

TAB: "Runaround" by Van Halen

Okay, here's my second posting of a rather difficult Van Halen tune (the
first being that "Poundcake" monster).  The first thing you gotta do if you
wanna sound like the record is tune down 1/2 step.  The signature riff
(which is also the chorus part) is quite difficult to play.  Try to find
as many actual chord-shapes as possible; that way you won't have to make a
million changes in hand position.  There's some bits of lyric here and there
to help you keep up...
A few notes on my tab:  "p.m...." means palm-mute;
                        "a.h...." means artificial harmonics
                        "b" means bend
                        "b&r" means bend the notes up to pitch and
                                then release the bend to the original
                                pitch.
                        "bf" means bend full


                                 Runaround
                                by Van Halen
                               tab by Paul D.
                            s3bz@music.transy.edu

|---||---------------0-|--------------|-----------------|------------------||---||-------------3---|-3------------|---------------3-|------------------||---||-----2-----2-----|---2----------|-----2-------0---|------------------||---||---2-----0-------|--------------|---2-------------|------------------||---||-0-----3---------|----------0-3-|-0-----3---------|------------------||-3-||-----------------|-----3~~~-----|---------3~------|------------------|
--------------|---------------0-|--------------|-------------3-|-----------|1-0-----0-----|-------------3---|-3------------|-------------3-|-----------|------2---2---|-----2-----2-----|---2----------|-----2-------0-|-----------|----0---------|---2-----0-------|--------------|---2---------0-|-----------|--------------|-0-----3---------|----------0-3-|-0-----3-------|-----------|------------3-|-----------------|-----3~~~-----|---------3~----|-----------|
3-3-3-2---2-2-0-|------------|------------|------------|-------------------|3-3-3-3---3-3-3-|-------15---|-------14---|-------13---|-------------------|0-0-0-2---2-2-2-|----12------|----12------|----10------|-------------------|0-0-0-0---0-0-0-|-14---------|-14---------|-12---------|-------------------|----------------|------------|------------|------------|-------------------|----------------|------------|------------|------------|-------------------|
-------------------|------------|------------|----------|------------------|12-12-10h12-10-----|-------15---|-------14---|-------13-|------------------|10-10-10----10-----|----12------|----12------|----10----|------------------|10-10-10----10-----|-14---------|-14---------|-12-------|------------------|-----------------0-|------------|------------|----------|------------------|-------------------|------------|------------|----------|------------------|
b--------------14---12\--||----------|--------------|----------|------------|12-12-12-10---12---12\--||----------|--------------|----------|------------|10-10-10-10---12--------||----------|--------------|----------|------------|10-10-10-10-----------2-||-2--------|------------2-|-2--------|------------|----------------------0-||-0--------|-----5------0-|-0--------|------------|------------------------||-------12\|-2------2-----|-------12\|------------| "She don't like it..." "And don't like..."
b b--------------|----------|--------------|---------------|------------------|--------------|----------|--------------|-----------5-7-|------------------|--------------|----------|--------------|-------5---5-7-|------------------|----7-------2-|-2--------|------------2-|-2-2/7---7-----|------------------|4------4~~~-0-|-0--------|-----5------0-|-0-0-----------|------------------|--------------|-------12\|-2------2-----|---------------|------------------| "She ain't about to give..."
b&r---------------|------------|------------|----------|----------------------|-7-------------|-------15---|-------14---|-------13-|----------------------|-7------p5-----|----12------|----12------|----10----|----------------------|-----------7-7-|-14---------|-14---------|-12-------|----------------------|-------------0-|------------|------------|----------|----------------------|---------------|------------|------------|----------|----------------------|
b b--------------14---12\--||----------------|----------------|----------|----|12-12-12-10---12---12\--||----------------|----------------|----------|----|10-10-10-10---12--------||--------2---x-x-|----------------|----------|----|10-10-10-10-----------2-||-2------2---x-x-|--------------2-|-2--------|----|----------------------0-||-0--3-------x-x-|-------5------0-|-0--------|----|------------------------||----------------|-2--------2-----|-------12\|----| "She can take me..."
a.h....... b--------------------|-------------|--------------|---------------|---------|--------------------|-------------|--------------|-----------5-7-|---------|--------------------|-------2-----|--------------|-------5---5-7-|---------|-----7------------2-|-2-----2-----|------------2-|-2-2/7---7-----|---------|4------4---4-4~~~-0-|-0-3-----x-x-|-----5------0-|-0-0-----------|---------|--------------------|-------------|-2------2-----|---------------|---------|"...drives me home..."
b&r p.m...---------------||------------------|---------------------|-----------------|-7-------------||--------5-----7---|-----10---9h10p9-----|-----------------|-7------p5-----||------6-----------|-9---------------9---|-----------------|-----------7-7-||----6-------7---9-|---9---------------9-|-----------------|-------------0-||--4-------5-----7-|---------------------|-----------------|---------------||----------------0-|---------------------|-----------------| "I'd walk, but I want it..."
--------------------|-------------------|-----------------|----------------|--------10-----7/10-|-9-----------------|-----------------|----------------|-----11-------------|---9---------------|-----6-----------|----------------|--11---------7------|-----9---7h9p7\6---|---6-------------|----------------|9----------5--------|-----------------7-|-4----/7-5-5/9-7-|----------------|-----------------0--|-------------------|---------------0-|----------------|"what fool believes.." "I've got her in my sight..."
p.m...--------------------|------------------|-------------||--------------------|-----------------10-|--------3-2-------|-0-----------||--------------------|--9-----------11----|------2-----2---1-|-2---1-------||--------------------|9----------11-------|----2-----------2-|-2---2-------||--------------------|---/11-9------------|--0-------------2-|-----2-------||--------------------|--------------------|----------------0-|-----------3-||--------------------|"But just out of..."
--------------0-|--------------|-----------------|---------------|---------|------------3---|-3------------|---------------3-|-1-0-----0-----|---------|----2-----2-----|---2----------|-----2-------0---|-------2---2---|---------|--2-----0-------|--------------|---2-------------|-----0---------|---------|0-----3---------|----------0-3-|-0-----3---------|---------------|---------|----------------|-----3~~~-----|---------3-------|-------------3-|---------|"Here we go around..."
--------------0-|--------------|-----------------|-------------||------------3---|-3------------|---------------3-|-1-0-3---3---||----2-----2-----|---2----------|-----2-------0---|-----2---2---||--2-----0-------|--------------|---2-------------|-----0---0-2-||0-----3---------|----------0-3-|-0-----3---------|-----------0-||----------------|-----3~~~-----|---------3-------|-------------||
Then it's back to the verse, pre-chorus, and chorus parts one more time through, then it's SOLO time. (DON'T ASK!) After that, there's a bit of a "bridge":
||----------|---------|---------|-------------|----------|---------|-------|||-----10---|-----9---|-----8---|-7-7-5h7-5---|-----10---|-----9---|-------|||---7------|---7-----|---5-----|-5-5-5---5---|---7------|---7-----|-------|||-9--------|-9-------|-7-------|-5-5-5---5---|-9--------|-9-------|-------|||----------|---------|---------|-------------|----------|---------|-------|||----------|---------|---------|-----------0-|----------|---------|-------| "oo. ah." "It goes like this"
b bf pm--------------|-----9-----||--------|-----------------|--------------------|----8-----7-7-|-7-5-7-7---||--------|-----------------|--------------------|--5-------5-5-|-5-5-7-7---||--------|-----------------|--------------------|7---------5-5-|-5-5-7-7---||--------|-----2---------2-|--------------------|--------------|---------2-||--------|---------------2-|--------------------|--------------|---------0-||--3-----|-4------4------0-|--------------------| "Oh man it's..."
b bf pm--------------------------|---9-9-9-7-|--------|-----------------|---------|--0-3h5p3p0-5p3p0---------|---7-7-7-7-|--------|-----------------|---------|------------------2h4p2p0-|---7-7-7-7-|--------|-----------------|---------|--------------------------|-----------|--------|-----2---------2-|---------|--------------------------|-----------|--------|---------------2-|---------|--------------------------|-0---------|-0--3---|-4------4------0-|---------|"And you make it harder..." "Fill me up..."
b------------|-------------------------||------------|-------------------------||------------|-------------------------||----------2-|-------------------------||----2-4---2-|-------------------------||3h4-------0-|-----------------------3-||Oh man she owns it." "Here we go a- round..."
(go to the chorus and ad lib a fade-out) That's it. That should be all you need to do an accurate version of "Runaround". If you're REALLY hurtin' for the solo, email me and be nice and I'll give it a shot. I might even do the outro part too. Questions/Comments welcome (by email). **Coming soon: "Crackerman" by STP** For the most part, this tab was created with: =========================================================================== == Shareware version of the BUCKET 'O TAB == == tablature creation software for Windows == == For more information: == == email: gse@ocsystems.com == == US Mail: The Bucket, 3176-B5 Summit Square Dr., Oakton, VA 22124 == =========================================================================== Good luck! Paul D. s3bz@music.transy.edu
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