Tabs: Almost Honest


Cryptic Writings

06/1997 - Cryptic Writings

Megadeth - Almost Honest


Tuning: Standard


Intro                  x4
e|----------------------|
B|----------------------|
G|----------------------|
D|------2-------0-2-----|
A|----2-------2---0--2--|
E|-0------2-3--------0--|

e|---------------|
B|---------------|
G|---------------|
D|-2-----7--9----|
A|-0--2--5--7--2-|
E|----0--------0-|



Riff 1 
e|----------------------|
B|----------------------|
G|----------------------|
D|------2-------0-2-----|
A|----2-------2---0--2--|
E|-0------2-3--------0--|
   "...knew..."


Riff 2
e|---------------------|
B|---------------------|
G|---------------------|
D|-2-------2-----7--8--|
A|-0--2----0--2--5--6--|
E|----0-------0--5--6--|
   "...honest..."
e|-----------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-7~--7-5-6-7-7-5-6-7-7-5-6-7--6--5-|
         * *     * *     * * 
   "...almost..."

Guitar fill over Riff 2
e|-----------------------------------------/7--7--(7)\-|
B|-----------------4--(4)\---/7--7--(7)\---/7--7--(7)\-|
G|-4----4----------4--(4)\---/8--8--(8)\---------------|
D|-x----x--x-x-x-x-------------------------------------|
A|-2----2--x-x-x-x-------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------|


Riff 3
Guitar 1
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------|
D|--------2---------------2--2---------|
A|-2-2----0--------2-2----0--0---------|
E|-0-0-------------0-0----------2--3-2-|
    "Living alone..."

Guitar 2 (Clean)
e|---------------------------------|
B|---5-----5-----2---2-------3-----|
G|-----4-----4-----2---2-------2---|
D|-2-----2-----2---------2h4-----4-|
A|---------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------|
B|---5-----5-----2---2-------2-----|
G|-----4-----4-----2---2-----------|
D|-2-----2-----2---------2h4---4-2-|
A|---------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|



Riff 1a
e|-------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------|
D|------2-------0-2--------------|
A|----2-------2---0--2-----------|
E|-0------2-3--------0-0-0-0-0-0-|
                       * * * * *
                      "I was nearly pure..."

Guitar fill over Riff 1a (Comes in the 5th time)
e|------------------------------|
B|------------------------------|
G|--9\7--7--7\-------9\7--7--7\-|
D|--x----x--x--------x----x--x--|
A|--7\5--5--5\-------7\5--5--5\-|
E|------------------------------|


Riff 2a
e|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|----------------------------|
D|-2--------------2-----7--8--|
A|-0--2-----------0--2--5--6--|
E|----0-0-0-0-0-0----0--5--6--|
        * * * * * 
   "...honest..."
e|-----------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-7~--7-5-6-7-7-5-6-7-7-5-6-7--6--5-|
         * *     * *     * * 
   "...almost..."

Guitar fill over Riff 2
e|-----------------------------------------/7--7--(7)\-|
B|-----------------4--(4)\---/7--7--(7)\---/7--7--(7)\-|
G|-4----4----------4--(4)\---/8--8--(8)\---------------|
D|-x----x--x-x-x-x-------------------------------------|
A|-2----2--x-x-x-x-------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------|



Play Riff 3   "Living alone..."

Final time for Riff 3, guitar 1 plays:
e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------|
D|--------2---------------2--2-------------|
A|-2-2----0--------2-2----0--0-----------2-|
E|-0-0-------------0-0----------2--3-2-0-0-|
   "...and just left me..."


Riff 4
Guitar 1 (Clean)
e|---0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-|
B|-----5-----5-----------4-----4-----|
G|-4-----4-----4----4------4-----4---|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|
   "I question your..."
e|---0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-|
B|-----3-----3-----------2-----2-----|
G|-2-----2-----2----2------2-----2---|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|
   "...tone of your voice..."
e|---0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-|
B|-----1-----1-----------3-----3-----|
G|-0-----0-----0----2------2-----2---|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|
   "I know I should..."
e|---0-----0------5-----4---4-----4-|
B|-----5-----5------5-----5---5-----|
G|-4-----4-----4------4---------4---|
D|----------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------|
   "...don't have a choice..."
e|---0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-|
B|-----5-----5-----------4-----4-----|
G|-4-----4-----4----4------4-----4---|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|
   "It happened that night..."
e|---0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-|
B|-----3-----3-----------2-----2-----|
G|-2-----2-----2----2------2-----2---|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|
   "...told me to go..."
e|---0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-|
B|-----1-----1-----------3-----3-----|
G|-0-----0-----0----2------2-----2---|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------|
   "Don't ask who's..."

Guitar 2 (Distortion)
e|----------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------|
D|-99-9----9--9-9---77-7----7--7-7--|
A|-77-7----6--6-6---55-5----4--4-4--|
E|----------------------------------|
   "It happened that night..."
e|-----------------|
B|-----------------|
G|-----------------|
D|-55-5----7--7-7--|
A|-33-3----5--5-5--|
E|-----------------|
   "Don't ask who's..."

Guitar 3 (Distortion)
e|----------------------|
B|----------------------|
G|-10b12--(12)r10-9~~~--|
D|----------------------|
A|----------------------|
E|----------------------|
        "Don't ask..."


Riff 1b (Solo Rhythm)           x8
e|-------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------|
D|------2-------0-2--------------|
A|----2-------2---0--2-----------|
E|-0------2-3--------0-0-0-0-0-0-|
                       * * * * *
e|-----------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------|
E|-7~--7-5-6-7-7-5-6-7-7-5-6-7--6--5-|
         * *     * *     * * 

Solo (Friedman)
e|--------------------------------|
B|--------8-[7]8r7----------------|
G|----7------------9~--9~--9~--9~-|
D|-/9---9-------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------|

e|----------------------------------------|
B|-10-(10)b11--(11)b12--8-10--------------|
G|----------------------------9~--9~--9~~-|
D|----------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------|

e|------------------------12--------------12----------|
B|-9----/12--15-12-15b16-----15-12-15b16-----12-14b15-|
G|----------------------------------------------------|
D|---11-----------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------|
   *  *
e|-12--------------12---------------------|
B|----15-12-----------15-12-15b17--(17)~~-|
G|----------14b16-------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------|

e|---12-----------------------------12--------------------|
B|--x---16-12------------15p12--------12h15-12------------|
G|-x---------14b16r14p12------14b16-----------14b16r14p12-|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------12---------------------------|
B|--------15-------------------------------------------|
G|-14b16----14b16--14b16-----14b16--(16)r14p12-14-12~~-|
D|-----------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------|

e|-18--(18)b19~~----15b18--15b17--15p12--15b17-15~~-|
B|--x----------------------------------12-----------|
G|-15-----------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------|

e|-15p12--15b16----15~~-|
B|------12--------------|
G|----------------------|
D|----------------------|
A|----------------------|
E|----------------------|

e|-15p12-----12------------------------|
B|------12h15--12-15p12-15p12-----12---|
G|---------------------------12h14--12-|
D|-------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------|

e|-------{11}--------------14--14--|
B|--------------------------x---x--|
G|-14b16-----{14}-(16)r14--14--14--|
D|---------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------|

e|-------16----17----18----19~~~--------(19)\-|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|-14/16----14----18----20--------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------|

End Solo


Play Riff 3   "Living alone..."

This lead comes in at the end of Riff 3
e|-------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------15p12------|
G|--------------12-14p12-----------12-12-----14p12-|
D|------------12--------14p12-12h14----------------|
A|-12-12-12h14-------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------|


Song fades out with this ending riff and solo:

Riff 5                         x3
e|------------------------------|
B|------------------------------|
G|------------------------------|
D|-9---9-9------2------2--------|
A|-7---5-7------0--3-2-0--2-3-5-|
E|---0------0-0-----------------|
     *      * * 
   "Almost..."
e|------------------------------|
B|------------------------------|
G|------------------------------|
D|-9---9-9------2---------------|
A|-7---5-7------0------4--5-4---|
E|---0------0-0----0-0-2--3-2-0-|
     *      * *    * *        *
   "Almost..."


Ending Solo:

Play this once:
e|---------------------------------------------------|
B|--------{12}{12}--------{12}---12-----12--12-12-12-|
G|-14b16------------14b16------14---14------12-12-12-|
D|---------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------|

Then keep repeating this bar while song fades out:
e|--------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------{12}{12}-----{12}-----{12}----12----12--12-12-12-|
G|-14b16---------14b16----14b16-----14----14-12--12-12-12-|
D|--------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|



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