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Iced Earth tabs

A Question of Heaven guitar tab

Iced Earth:  Question Of Heaven

transcribed by:  Russ Elton (webmaster@abysslord.com)

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Date last modified:  April 27, 2003
  
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Tuning: Eb


NOTE: The First chord is swept upwards
for the beginning of the song only.

Riff 1 (12 string acoustic)
eb|-------7-------------7-------|
Bb|---------0-------------0-----|
Gb|-----------0-------------0---|
Db|-----5-------5-----5-------5-|
Ab|---7-------------7-----------|
Eb|-0-------------0-------------|
            "The time is close now..."
eb|-------5-------------5-------|
Bb|---------0-------------0-----|
Gb|-----0-----0-------0-----0---|
Db|---4---------4---4---------4-|
Ab|-5-------------5-------------|
Eb|-----------------------------|
            "...the end is near..."
eb|-------3-------------3-------|
Bb|---------3-------------3-----|
Gb|-----0-----0-------0-----0---|
Db|---2---------2---2---------2-|
Ab|-3-------------3-------------|
Eb|-----------------------------|
            "My walk through..."
eb|-----------------|
Bb|-----------------|
Gb|-------0---------|
Db|-----0-----------|
Ab|---2-------0-----|
Eb|-3-------2---3-2-|


Riff 2 (Distortion)
Guitar 1
eb|-------------------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------------------------------|
Gb|-------------------------------------------------|
Db|--------9--9--------9--9--------7--7--------7--7-|
Ab|--------7--7--------7--7--------5--5--------5--5-|
Eb|-0-0000------0-0000------0-0000------0-0000------|
    * ****      * ****      * ****      * ****     

eb|------------------------------------------|
Bb|------------------------------------------|
Gb|--------------------------------0---------|
Db|--------5--5--------7--7------0-----------|
Ab|--------3--3--------5--5----2-------0-----|
Eb|-0-0000------0-0000-------3-------2---3-2-|
    * ****      * ****       * * * * * * * * 

Guitar 2                                     x2
eb|-------------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------------------------|
Gb|-------------------------------------------|
Db|---------------------------------5--4--5-4-|
Ab|-7----9-10--5----7--9--3----5--------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------|

Guitar 3                                     x2
eb|-------------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------------------------|
Gb|---------------------------------4--2--4-2-|
Db|-5----7--9--4----5--7--2----4--------------|
Ab|-------------------------------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------|


Riff 3
eb|----------------------------|
Bb|----------------------------|
Gb|----------------------------|
Db|----------------------------|
Ab|--------2-----------2-----3-|
Eb|-000000-0----000000-0--00-1-|
    ******      ******    **
   "What exactly is the meaning of this..."

Play Riff 2
Play Riff 3   "Lord I pound..."
Play Riff 2

Lead into the acoustic part
eb|----------|
Bb|----------|
Gb|----------|
Db|----------|
Ab|--------2-|
Eb|-000000-0-|
    ******

Acoustic part  (listen to song for strumming pattern)

Lead into next section:
eb|---0---|
Bb|---0---|
Gb|---0---|
Db|---2---|   
Ab|---2---|
Eb|---0---|

Riff 4
eb|---0---|
Bb|---0---|
Gb|---0---|
Db|---2---|   
Ab|---2---|
Eb|---0---|
   "I did what I thought was right..."

eb|---3---|
Bb|---0---|
Gb|---0---|
Db|---0---|  
Ab|---2---|
Eb|---3---|
   "All for the love of my life..."

eb|---2---|
Bb|---3---|
Gb|---2---|
Db|---0---|
Ab|-------|
Eb|-------|
   "I know it's sad but..."

eb|---0---|
Bb|---0---|
Gb|---0---|
Db|---2---|   
Ab|---2---|
Eb|---0---|
   "...true..."

Repeat Riff 4 til distortion kicks in.
  
After first break, guitar 2 plays this:
eb|-----0-----------------0------|
Bb|---8----8------------8----8---|
Gb|-9--------9--------7--------7-|
Db|------------------------------|
Ab|------------------------------|
Eb|------------------------------|

eb|-----0----------------0------|
Bb|---7---7------------8----8---|
Gb|-7-------7--------9--------9-|
Db|-----------------------------|
Ab|-----------------------------|
Eb|-----------------------------|

End acoustic part


Riff 5 (Distortion)
eb|------------------------------------------|
Bb|------------------------------------------|
Gb|------------------------------------------|
Db|-----------------------7-----7------------|
Ab|-2-----2----5-----5----5-5-5-5----2-----2-|
Eb|-0-0-0-0----3-3-3-3---------------0-0-0-0-|
      * *        * *        * *        * * 

Solo
eb|-------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------------------|
Gb|-------------------------------------|
Db|---9--10--9-7------9--9/12--10-9-7-9-|
Ab|-7---7--------7--7-------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------|

eb|----------------------|
Bb|----------------------|
Gb|----------------------|
Db|-10-9-7----10-9-------|
Ab|----------------9--9\-|
Eb|-------------------a--|

eb|---------------------------------|
Bb|---------------------------------|
Gb|---------------------------------|
Db|-2-4-5-5/7-5-4--5-4----4---------|
Ab|--------------------7----7-5-7~~-|
Eb|---------------------------------|

eb|----------------------------------|
Bb|---10-12-13-12--12-13--12--10-----|
Gb|-9-----------------------------12-|
Db|----------------------------------|
Ab|----------------------------------|
Eb|----------------------------------|

eb|----------------------10-10---------|
Bb|---10-12-13-12--12-13--------13--12-|
Gb|-9----------------------------------|
Db|------------------------------------|
Ab|------------------------------------|
Eb|------------------------------------|

eb|----------------------------------|
Bb|----10-12-10~--------12-10--------|
Gb|-12------------------------11~--9-|
Db|----------------------------------|
Ab|----------------------------------|
Eb|----------------------------------|

eb|--------------------------------|
Bb|--------------------------------|
Gb|-12p11p9-11b12-11----9----------|
Db|------------------12------7-9---|
Ab|-----------------------10-----7-|
Eb|--------------------------------|

End solo


Riff 5a
eb|-------------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------------------------|
Gb|-------------------------------------------|
Db|-----------------------7-----7----7-9-9----|
Ab|-2-----2----5-----5----5-5-5-5----5-7-7--2-|
Eb|-0-0-0-0----3-3-3-3----------------------0-|
      * *        * *        * * 
   "My spirit begins to rise..."
eb|-------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------------|
Gb|-------------------------------|
Db|-----------------------7-----7-|
Ab|-2-----2----5-----5----5-5-5-5-|
Eb|-0-0-0-0----3-3-3-3------------|
      * *        * *        * * 
   "Now all I want is to die..."
eb|--------------------|
Bb|--------------------|
Gb|--------------------|
Db|-7-9-9-----7-9-9----|
Ab|-5-7-7--2--5-7-7--2-|
Eb|--------0---------0-|


Play Riff 5    [song fades out with this]


Ending leads:
Guitar 1
eb|-----------------------------|
Bb|-----------------------------|
Gb|-----------------------------|
Db|----9----------9--/12--10-9--|
Ab|-7-----------7---------------|
Eb|-----------------------------|

eb|----------------------------------|
Bb|----------------------------------|
Gb|----------------------------------|
Db|-10-9-7-----7---------------------|
Ab|---------10----------10-9-7-----7-|
Eb|-----------------------------10---|

Guitar 2
eb|-----------------------------|
Bb|-----------------------------|
Gb|----7----------7--/10---9-7--|
Db|-5-----------5---------------|
Ab|-----------------------------|
Eb|-----------------------------|

eb|----------------------------------|
Bb|----------------------------------|
Gb|--9-7-5-----5---------------------|
Db|----------9-----------9-7-5-----5-|
Ab|------------------------------9---|
Eb|----------------------------------|

Guitar 3 (Choir arranged for guitar)
eb|-----------------------------|
Bb|---12----------12-/15--13-12-|
Gb|-9-----------9---------------|
Db|-----------------------------|
Ab|-----------------------------|
Eb|-----------------------------|

eb|--------------------------------------|
Bb|-13-12-10-----10----------------------|
Gb|-----------12-----------12-11-9-----9-|
Db|---------------------------------12---|
Ab|--------------------------------------|
Eb|--------------------------------------|


This lick is done on the live version:
eb|-----------------------------|
Bb|-----------------------------|
Gb|-12p11p9----9~\-----9-11-12~-|
Db|---------12------12----------|
Ab|-----------------------------|
Eb|-----------------------------|

eb|-------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------12-12-|
Gb|-12p11p9----9~\-----9-11-12-12-|
Db|---------12------12------------|
Ab|-------------------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------|

eb|---------------------------|
Bb|-/10---------------/10-10\-|
Gb|-----12-12--11--12---------|
Db|-------------a-------------|
Ab|---------------------------|
Eb|---------------------------|

eb|-------------------------------------------|
Bb|-/12-12\-/13-13\-/12-12~--12-12h13p12--12~-|
Gb|-------------------------------------14----|
Db|-------------------------------------------|
Ab|-------------------------------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------|



Notation:

10^        = bend a quarter step.
10b11      = bend a half step.
10b12      = bend a full step.
10b12r10   = bend and release.
[10]12     = pre-bend.
[10]12r10  = pre-bend and release.
{14}       = pick the 14th fret while holding the most 
             previous bend.
<17>       = touch the string above the 17th fret while 
             previous note(s) is(are) still ringing.

10b13*     = tremolo bar bend, from the 10th fret to the 13th fret.
7d4*       = tremolo bar dive, from the 7th fret to the 4th fret. 
12~*       = tremolo bar vibrato.

x   =  mute with fret-hand
*   =  palm mute
X\\ =  pick slide
h   =  hammer-on
p   =  pull-off
~   =  vibrato
t   =  finger tap
/   =  slide up
\   =  slide down
h.  =  natural harmonics
a   =  artificial harmonics
(9) =  ghost note
tm  =  trem picking
tr  =  trill
  development and support by
dmitry ivanov