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Chain Lightning guitar tab

Rush: Chain Lightning
From the album Presto (Atlantic Records)
Copyright 1989 Core Music Publishing
Music by Lee and Lifeson
Lyrics by Peart

Comments/corrections to Branden Robinson 

Transcribed by Jesse Gress and Branden Robinson


4/4 time, q = 128

    H+e  e+      w       w     w     H+e  e+      w
e:--6----8---|--(8)---|--3--|--3--|--6----8---|--(8)-----------------|
B:--6----8---|--(8)---|--3--|--3--|--6----8---|--(8)-----------------|
G:--8----10--|--(10)--|--3--|--3--|--8----10--|--(10)----------------|
D:--8----10--|--(10)--|--5--|--5--|--8----10--|--(10)----------------|
A:-----------|--------|-----|--6--|-----------|----------------------|
E:-----------|--------|-----|-----|-----------|----------------------|

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------3--------3--------|--3--------3--------3-------------------|
G:-----6--------6--------6--|--------6--------6-----6----------------|
D:--5--------5--------5-----|-----5--------5-------------------------|
A:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e+     e   e+H
e:-----3--3--3--3--3--3--1--|--(1)--(1)~-----------------------------|
B:-----3--3--3--2--2--2--3--|--(3)--(3)~-----------------------------|
G:-----0--0--0--0--0--0--0--|--(0)--(3)~-----------------------------|
D:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
A:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
                                    w/ bar

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
G:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
D:--------------------------|--x--5--5--5--5--5--5--5----------------|
A:--5--5--5--5--4--4--4--5--|--x--4--4--4--4--4--5--4----------------|
E:--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--|--x--3--3--3--3--3--3--3----------------|
    variable PM ------------------------------------|

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
G:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
D:--------------------------|--x--5--5--5--5--5--5--5\---------------|
A:--5--5--5--5--4--4--4--5--|--x--4--4--4--4--4--4--5\---------------|
E:--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--|--x--3--3--3--3--3--3--3\---------------|
    variable PM ---------------------------------|

    q  e  e  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--6--------------------|-------------------------------------------|
B:--6--------------------|-------------------------------------------|
G:--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-------------------|
D:--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8-------------------|
A:--6--6--6--6--6--6--6--|--6--6--6--6--6--6--6--6-------------------|
E:-----------------------|-------------------------------------------|
       variable PM, crescendo -------------------|

    q  q  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--1-----------------|----------------------------------------------|
B:--1-----------------|----------------------------------------------|
G:--2-----------------|----------------------------------------------|
D:--3--3--3--3--3--3--|--3--3--3--3--3--3--1--0----------------------|
A:--3--3--3--3--3--3--|--3--3--3--3--3--3--1-------------------------|
E:--1--1--1--1--1--1--|--1--1--1--1--1--1----------------------------|
       variable PM, crescendo -------------------|

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------3--------3--------|--3--------3--------3-------------------|
G:-----6--------6--------6--|--------6--------6----------------------|
D:--5--------5--------5-----|-----5--------5--------5----------------|
A:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:-----3--------3--------3--|--------3--------3----------------------|
G:--6--------6--------6-----|-----6--------6-----6-------------------|
D:--------5--------5--------|--5--------5-----------5----------------|
A:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|

    H+e  e+      w       w     w     H+e  e+      w       w
e:--6----8---|--(8)---|--3--|--3--|--6----8---|--(8)---|--3----------|
B:--6----8---|--(8)---|--3--|--3--|--6----8---|--(8)---|--3----------|
G:--8----10--|--(10)--|--3--|--3--|--8----10--|--(10)--|--3----------|
D:--8----10--|--(10)--|--5--|--5--|--8----10--|--(10)--|--5----------|
A:-----------|--------|-----|--6--|-----------|--------|--5----------|
E:-----------|--------|-----|-----|-----------|--------|--3----------|

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D:--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5-------------------------------------------|
A:--5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5-------------------------------------------|
E:--3--3--3--3--3--3--3--3-------------------------------------------|
    variable PM, crescendo

    e     e     e     e     e     e     e     e
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--------------3-----------------3----------------------------------|
G:--------6-----------------6----------------------------------------|
D:--5-----------------5----------------------------------------------|
A:--------------------------------------4-----5----------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
|                                                                    |
|   (synth arranged for guitar)                                      |
|   e     e     s  s+s   s  e     e     e     e                      |
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G:--------12-------11-------10----------11----12---------------------|
D:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A:--------10-------9--------8-----------9-----10---------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|

                             ---3----
    Q       e+q              e   e  e+
e:---------------------------13--------------------------------------|
B:--18b20~--r18------------------17b18r17----------------------------|
G:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
    ghost   gradual release      ghost

     Q                    e  h+
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--(17)------------------12h17b21-----------------------------------|
G:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
    dive and vib. w/ bar     gradual bend

     E        s               s  s  e  h
e:----------------------------X--X-----15~---------------------------|
B:--(17b21)--(b21)------------X--X--0--------------------------------|
G:----------------------------------0--------------------------------|
D:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
              (r -1/4)

    --------3---------
    q   q   e        e         s+E+q+
e:--15------[17b18]--17----------------------------------------------|
B:------13---------------------18b20r18------------------------------|
G:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
             ghost   ghost     ghost
                     (b +1/4)

     ---3----                   ------3------
     e   e  e   s  s  s    s    e  e        e   q
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--------------------13b15r13--------------15--15tr16---------------|
G:--(18)-17-15--12-15-----------15-17--------------------------------|
D:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                   (b +1/4)
    ---3---
    e  e  e   e  s  s    s   E          e           e
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:---------------------------14b15r12--(12)---------14b15------------|
G:-----0-(0)--0--12--12--12------------------------------------------|
D:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
         vib. w/ bar--|      ghost gradual release  ghost

                               --3---
    s  e  s+s e  s  e    s  s  s s  s+
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--11s13------------------------------------------------------------|
G:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
D:--------15--12----12~--10-8--8h10p8--------------------------------|
A:---------------15--------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|

     s  E     q                     s   e s+q
e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G:----------------------------------10--10b12------------------------|
D:--(8)-s15--(15)~---------------------------------------------------|
A:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
             dip -1 1/2 (feedback)

     -----3-----
     e    e    e   q    e   Q+        q    q+q    e
e:---------------------------------|---------------------------------
B:---------------------------------|---------------------------------
G:--(12)--r10------10~-------------|-------10b12--r10----------------
D:-------------12-------12--12s10--|--s10----------------------------
A:---------------------------------|---------------------------------
E:---------------------------------|---------------------------------
          lay back          gradual slide  gradual bend and release

     e+       w+        H                            q
e:-------|---------|-------------------------------------------------|
B:-------|---------|-------------------------------------------------|
G:--<5>--|--(<5>)--|--(<5>)------------------------------------------|
D:-------|---------|-------------------------------------------------|
A:-------|---------|-------------------------------------------------|
E:-------|---------|-------------------------------------------------|
            bar -1, gradually pull bar up to +2 1/2

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------3--------3--------|--3--------3--------3-------------------|
G:-----6--------6--------6--|--------6--------6----------------------|
D:--5--------5--------5-----|-----5--------5--------5----------------|
A:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|                                                                    |
|   q     e  e  h              q     e  e  h                         |
e:--------3--3--------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------3--3--------------|----------------------------------------|
G:--------5--5--------------|----------------------------------------|
D:--------5--5--------------|--------3--3----------------------------|
A:--------3--3--------------|--------3--3----------------------------|
E:--------------------------|--------1--1----------------------------|

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:-----3--------3--------3--|--------3--------3----------------------|
G:--6--------6--------6-----|-----6--------6--------6----------------|
D:--------5--------5--------|--5--------5--------5-------------------|
A:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|                                                                    |
|   e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e+    h           h                         |
e:-----------------------6--|-(6)----------8-------------------------|
B:-----------------------6--|-(6)----------8-------------------------|
G:-----------------------8--|-(8)----------10------------------------|
D:-----5--5--------5-----8--|-(8)----------10------------------------|
A:-----5--5--------5-----6--|-(6)----------8-------------------------|
E:-----3--3--------3--------|----------------------------------------|

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------3--------3--------|--3--------3--------3-------------------|
G:-----6--------6--------6--|--------6--------6----------------------|
D:--5--------5--------5-----|-----5--------5--------5----------------|
A:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|                                                                    |
|   q     e  e  h              q     e  e  h                         |
e:--------3--3--------------|--------8--8----------------------------|
B:--------3--3--------------|--------8--8----------------------------|
G:--------5--5--------------|--------10-10---------------------------|
D:--------5--5--------------|--------10-10---------------------------|
A:--------3--3--------------|--------8--8----------------------------|
E:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:-----3--------3--------3--|--------3--------3----------------------|
G:--6--------6--------6-----|-----6--------6--------6----------------|
D:--------5--------5--------|--5--------5--------5-------------------|
A:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|                                                                    |
|   e  e  e  e  e  q     e+    h           h                         |
e:-----------------------6--|-(6)----------8-------------------------|
B:-----------------------6--|-(6)----------8-------------------------|
G:-----12-12-------12\---8--|-(8)----------10------------------------|
D:-----12-12-------12\---8--|-(8)----------10------------------------|
A:-----10-10-------10\---6--|-(6)----------8-------------------------|
E:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|

    H+e  e+      w       w     w     H+e  e+      w
e:--6----8---|--(8)---|--3--|--3--|--6----8---|--(8)-----------------|
B:--6----8---|--(8)---|--3--|--3--|--6----8---|--(8)-----------------|
G:--8----10--|--(10)--|--3--|--3--|--8----10--|--(10)----------------|
D:--8----10--|--(10)--|--5--|--5--|--8----10--|--(10)----------------|
A:-----------|--------|-----|--6--|-----------|----------------------|
E:-----------|--------|-----|-----|-----------|----------------------|

    q  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--3----------------------------------------------------------------|
B:--3----------------------------------------------------------------|
G:--3----------------------------------------------------------------|
D:--5--5--5--5--5--5--5----------------------------------------------|
A:--5--5--5--5--5--5--5----------------------------------------------|
E:--3--3--3--3--3--3--3----------------------------------------------|

    h  e  e  e  e
e:--3--3--------3----------------------------------------------------|
B:--3--------3-------------------------------------------------------|
G:--3----------------------------------------------------------------|
D:--5-----5----------------------------------------------------------|
A:--5----------------------------------------------------------------|
E:--3----------------------------------------------------------------|

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------3--------3--------|--3--------3--------3-------------------|
G:-----6--------6--------6--|--------6--------6-----6----------------|
D:--5--------5--------5-----|-----5--------5-------------------------|
A:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|                                                                    |
|   e  e  q     q     e  e     h           e  Q                      |
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
G:--------------------------|-----------------3----------------------|
D:--5-----------------5--5--|-----------------3----------------------|
A:--5-----------------5--3--|-----------------1----------------------|
E:--3-----------------3--3--|----------------------------------------|

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------3--------3--------|--3--------3--------3-------------------|
G:-----6--------6--------6--|--------6--------6-----6----------------|
D:--5--------5--------5-----|-----5--------5-------------------------|
A:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|                                                                    |
|   e  e  q     q     e  e     h           e  Q                      |
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
G:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
D:--5-----------------5--5--|-----------------3----------------------|
A:--5-----------------5--3--|-----------------3----------------------|
E:--3-----------------3--3--|-----------------1----------------------|

    e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e     e  e  e  e  e  e  e  e
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------3--------3--------|--3--------3--------3-------------------|
G:-----6--------6--------6--|--------6--------6-----6----------------|
D:--5--------5--------5-----|-----5--------5-------------------------|
A:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|                                                                    |
|   e  e  q     q     e  e     h           e  Q                      |
e:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
B:--------------------------|----------------------------------------|
G:--------------------------|-----------------3----------------------|
D:--5-----------------5--5--|-----------------3----------------------|
A:--5-----------------5--3--|-----------------1----------------------|
E:--3-----------------3--3--|----------------------------------------|

    e  e  q     h              w     e  e  q     h
e:--------------------------|-----|----------------------------------|
B:--------------------------|-----|----------------------------------|
G:--------------------------|-----|----------------------------------|
D:--5-----------------------|-----|--5-------------------------------|
A:--------------------------|-----|--5-------------------------------|
E:--------------------------|-----|----------------------------------|
|                                                                    |
|   e  e  q     h              w     e  e  q     h                   |
e:--------------------------|-----|----------------------------------|
B:--------------------------|-----|----------------------------------|
G:--------------------------|-----|----------------------------------|
D:--5-----------------------|-----|--5-------------------------------|
A:--5-----------------------|-----|--5-------------------------------|
E:--3-----------------------|-----|--3-------------------------------|

Remarks:

Rather than labelling all the riffs and having some monstrous "progression"
section as my past tabs have, I am simply putting in the parts in the order
they appear and ignoring repeats.  It's up to you to put them together
correctly.

The guitar solo was recorded backwards; however it is notated in a forwards
approximation, as it is unlikely that anyone would want to perform the song
in reverse.  :)

Tablature explanation:

| - bar line, merely a separator when length notation absent

|----|
|----|
|o--o|  repeat
|o--o|
|----|
|----|

w  - whole note
h  - half note
q  - quarter note
e  - eighth note
s  - sixteenth note
t  - thirty-second note
x  - sixty-fourth note

Captial lengths indicate dotted notes, + indicates tied note

Length notations with no information below them indicate rests

Duplets, triplets, and their ilk are indicated by "---3---" and similar
constructs above the note lengths

h  - hammer on
p  - pull off
tr - trill
b  - bend (use tremolo bar for downbend)
r  - release bend
s  - slide
/  - slide up
\  - slide down
~  - vibrato
t  - tap (with strumming hand)
x  - fret-hand muting

+  - wah pedal back
o  - wah pedal forward

() optional note, or note held from previous articulation
<> natural harmonics
[] artificial (pinch) harmonics
NH natural harmonics
AH artificial (pinch) harmonics
TH tapped harmonics
PM palm mute
  development and support by
dmitry ivanov