Tabs: The Beatles "Helter Skelter"

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Tabs: The Beatles "Helter Skelter"

 

USER-SUBMITTED TAB

Below is a user-submitted guitar tablature for the song "Helter Skelter" by The Beatles, one of several user-submitted tabs to be found on GuitarWorld.com.

Please note that this is not an official Guitar World tab. For official tabs, visit the Hal Leonard website.

Artist: The Beatles

Song: "Helter Skelter"

Album: The Beatles

 

 

 

Intro:


-|-----0--(repeat)--------------------------------------------------

-|--12\3--(repeat)--------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

           When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the


-|-----0--(repeat)--------------------------------------------------

-|-----2--(repeat)--------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

    slide, where I stop and I turn and I go for a


                                                  G           

-|-----0--(repeat)--------------------------------------------------

-|-----1--(repeat)--------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------5--5--6--6--------

-|------------------------------------------------3--3--3--3--------

    ride, till I get to the bottom and I see you again.


                           E

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|--5--5--6---------6------2--2--2--2--3\2--2--2--2-----------------

-|--3--3--3---------3------0--0--0--0--1\0--0--0--0-----------------

          Yeah yeah  yeah!



Verse:


     E

Well do you don't you want me to make you


I'm coming down fast but don't let me break you

                                 G

Tell me tell me tell me come on tell me the answer

          A                                E

Well you may be a lover but you ain't no dancer.



 

Chorus:

            A

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|----------2---2---4---4--5--4--2----------------------------------

-|----------0---0---0---0-----------5--4--2--0----------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

    Well, Helter Skelter

     E

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|---2---2---4---4--5--4--2-----------------------------------------

-|---0---0---0---0-----------5--4--2--0-----------------------------

    Helter skelter

     A                                    E

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|--------------------------------------------5b(7)--3--5-----------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|---2---2---4---4--5--4--2-----------------------------------------

-|---0---0---0---0-----------5--4--2--0-----------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

    Helter skelter                        Yeah


So much for verses and choruses.  The rest are pretty much the same,

except that the rest of the verses hit the G chord a little sooner

(at the beginning of the third line of the verse).


Here's the guitar solo in the middle:


    E                          A                      E

-|----------------------7--7--15b(17)--15b(17)--b(17)15-------------

-|----------------------0--0----------------------------------------

-|----------------------9--9----------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

-|------------------------------------------------------------------

    'Cos here she comes

                                  A                                    E

-|--------------------------------------------------------------------------

-|--b(17)15b(17)15---------------13b(14)------------------b(17)15-----------

-|------------------b(14)12---------------b(14)12b(14)12-----------12-------

-|---------------------------14----------------------------------------14~--

-|--------------------------------------------------------------------------

-|--------------------------------------------------------------------------


Later, there's a neat riff in one of the last verses.  I think it

comes right after "will you won't you want me to make you" or something

like that.  This is a cool riff with that looonnnng slide.


-|--12--15b(17)--b(17)15--12------12----------------------------------------

-|----------------------------15------15\10-----10b(12)--b(12)10--8---------

-|-------------------------------------------9-----------------------7--9---

-|--------------------------------------------------------------------------

-|--------------------------------------------------------------------------

-|--------------------------------------------------------------------------



 

As the song fades into the first ending, there are some nice bend releases,

while the lyrics repeat "coming down fast":


-|--b(17)15------------------------------------------------------------

-|-----------b(17)15---------------------------------------------------

-|--------------------b(16)14------------------------------------------

-|-----------------------------b(14)12---------------------------------

-|--------------------------------------b(14)12------------------------

-|---------------------------------------------------------------------


Later, there's a whole lot of Hendrix-like guitar noise.


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Tab Special Notations:

----0----  play the open string ('fret zero')

----5----  play fret five

----5~---  play fret five with vibrato

---5/7---  play fret five, slide up to fret seven

---7\5---  play fret seven, slide down to fret five

--7\5/7--  play fret seven, slide down to fret five, slide back up

--8b(9)--  play fret eight, bend the string (at fret eight) to reach

             the pitch of fret nine

--b(9)8--  play fret eight already bent to the pitch of fret nine,

             unbending until it reaches the normal pitch of fret eight

----h7---  hammer-on to fret seven

----p5---  pull-off to fret five

---/7----  slide up to fret 7 (the starting fret of the slide is

             undefined, judge by ear)

---15\---  play fret 15, slide down (the ending fret of the slide is

             undefined, judge by ear)

---0h3---  play the open string and immediately hammer-on to fret

             three

---7p5---  play fret seven and immediately pull-off to fret five

 

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