Van Halen - 51 tab

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From: Paul D 
Subject: TAB: "5150" by Van Halen

Okay, here's the tab for "5150".  This song is a pain in the ass for two
reasons: 1)it's tuned to "dropped-D" 1/2 step down; and 2)there are more
doublestops than mere humans (like me) can handle.  The little string names
on the side of the tab lines SHOULD have a flat next to each of them 'cause
of the 1/2 step down deal, but it's easier just to tune to dropped-D unless
you plan to jam to the CD or something.

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. Email me if you need the lyrics. Corrections/augmentations/comments welcome... Good luck! Paul D. (s3bz@music.transy.edu) OR (AntiPC@aol.com)
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