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Overture Tab

Jesus Christ Superstar

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Overture

	  (Numbers above tab lines are the beat count.  
The plus signs {+} signify the "and" beat such as "2 and" or "3 and") 
 
 Ddim	 Fdim  
4||4|4	7||7|7   
|5||||	|8|||| 
||6|6|	||9|9| 
Ddim (ominous, quiet underlying chord) 
 {this 4 lines of tab for distorted electric guitar melody}            
  1   2   3   4   |1   2   3 +  4 + |   1     2   3   4   | 
e|----------------|-----------------|---------------------| 
B|----------------|-----------------|10b12r10-9-----------| 
G|----------7-6-7-|10--------7976-7-|---------------7-6-7-| 
(Melody like "And so the King is once again my guest...") 
 
                                          Fdim    
  1   2   3 +  4 + |   1     2   3   4   |1   2   3 +  4 + | 
e|-----------------|---------------------|-----------------| 
B|-----------------|10b12r10-9-----------|-----------------| 
G|10--------7976-7-|---------------7-6-7-|10--------10-9-10| 
   1  +  2   3    4         |1   2   3    4    |1   +  2           3  4  | 
e|--------------------------|------------------|-------------------------| 
B|/15-13-12-----------------|------------------|/15-13-12b13r12b13r12----| 
G|-------------10-9h10p9-10-|13--------10-9-10-|-------------------------| 
 
     1     2    3    |1     2    3    |1    2   3   |1    2   3   | 
e|12-13------------12|13--------------|---9-8-------|---9-8-------| 
B|------12-13--------|---12-13--------|-------8-10--|-------8-10--| 
G|------------9-10---|---------9-10--9|10----------9|10-----------| 
(Melody like "We need him crucified - it's all you have to do..." 2x) 
 
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{Guitar riff} (pick up tempo)  
{guitar notes: 
  B     BbAb    F Eb    C BbAbEb   (Fm)                  
  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   | 
e|--------------------------------| 
B|--------------------------------| 
G|4-----3-1-----------------------| 
D|--------------3-1-----------1---| 
A|----------------------3-1-------| 
E|--------------------------4-----| 
  Fm 
   1   2   3   4   5   | 1   2   3   4   5  | 
e|-1-------------------|-1------------------| 
B|-1-------------------|-1------------------| 
G|-1-------------------|-1-----------4---3--| 
D|-3---3-5-6---3-5-6---|-3---3-5-6----------| 
A|-3-------------------|-3------------------| 
E|-1-------------------|-1------------------| 
(melody as "Talk to me Jesus Christ...") 
  Fm 
   1   2   3   4   5  |1   2   3   4   5  |1   2   3   4   5   | 
e|-1------------------|--------4---3------|--------------------| 
B|-1------------------|4---3-----------7-6|5-4-3---------------| 
G|-1-----------4---3--|-------------------|------5-----4---3---| 
D|-3---3-5-6----------|-------------------|--------3-6---------| 
A|-3------------------|-------------------|--------------------| 
E|-1------------------|-------------------|--------------------| 
  Fm 
   1   2   3   4   5   | 1   2   3   4   5  | 
e|-1-------------------|-1------------------| 
B|-1-------------------|-1------------------| 
G|-1-------------------|-1-----------4---3--| 
D|-3---3-5-6---3-5-6---|-3---3-5-6----------| 
A|-3-------------------|-3------------------| 
E|-1-------------------|-1------------------| 
  Fm 
   1   2   3   4   5  |1   2   3   4   | 
e|-1------------------|--------10--8---| 
B|-1------------------|4---3---9---8---| 
G|-1-----------4---3--|----------------| 
D|-3---3-5-6----------|----------------| 
A|-3------------------|----------------| 
E|-1------------------|----------------| 
(melody as "Look at me. Am I a Jew?") 
 
 
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{bass}    F# 
{guitar}D|4-5-  
        A|---  repeatedly 
        E|2---  
 
{guitar} 
   1 2 3 4|1 2 3 4|1 2 3 4|1 2 3 4 5 6 | 
e |------4|3-2-6-5|4-5-6--|6---6-------|--  
B |7-6-5--|-------|-------|------------|7-  
G |-------|-------|-------|------457-45|7- ("Talk to me Jesus Christ") 
(melody same as "I have got no kingdom in this world I'm through, through, through") 
   1 2 3 4|1 2 3 4|1 2 3 4|1 2 |1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8   | 
e |------4|3-2-6-5|4-5-6--|6---|6-(w/horns below)-|  
G |7-6-5--|- 
B |7------|-  
  
{horns}    
  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 |  
e|15------13------12------10----| G    F    E    D 
B|------------------------------| 
G|------------------------------| 
D|16--15--14--13--12--11--10--9-| F# F E Eb D Db C B  
 
 
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{bass}     G 
{guitar} D|4-5-                                G F# G Bb   G F# G E  D C#   
         A|---- {repeat with "opening" melody (1 M7 1 m3 | 1 M7 1 M6 5 b5) in Gm 
         E|3---  
  3   4    1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   | 
e|--------|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| 
B|--------|----------------|5-3-------------|----------------|5-3-------------| 
G|--------|3---------------|----6-----------|3---------------|----6-----------| 
D|--5-4-5-|----------5-4-5-|----------5-4-5-|----------5-4-5-|----------5-4-5-| 
A|--------|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| 
E|--------|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| 
(melody same as  
"Then you're a King? It's you that say I am. I look for truth and find that I get damned") 
 
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{bass}     Ab 
{guitar} D|6-5-                                G F# G Bb   G F# G E  D C#  
         A|---- {repeat with "opening" melody (1 M7 1 m3 | 1 M7 1 M6 5 b5) in Gm 
         E|4---  
(from above) 
  3   4    1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   |1   2  | 
e|--------|----------------|----------------|----------------|-------| 
B|--------|----------------|5-3-------------|----------------|5-3----| 
G|--------|3---------------|----6-----------|3---------------|----6--| 
D|--5-4-5-|----------5-4-5-|----------5-4-5-|----------5-4-5-|-------| 
A|--------|----------------|----------------|----------------|-------| 
E|--------|----------------|----------------|----------------|-------| 
(melody same as  
"But what is truth?  Is truth unchanging law? We both have truths - are mine the same of yours?") 
{horns}    
  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8 |  
e|15------13------12------10----| { G    F    E    D } 
B|------------------------------| 
G|------------------------------| 
D|16--15--14--13--12--11--10--9-| { F# F E Eb D Db C B } 
 
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{bass}       Bb   (with A-Bb stabs on horns*) 
{guitar}   D|8-9-                                 
           A|----  
           E|7---   
{distorted guitar tab} 
   +  4  +  |1     2  3    4     |1     2   3    4    |1     2     3    4    |1     2  3 
e|-15-15-15-|15-15-15---15-15-15-|15-15-15----15-15-15|15-15-15-15---15-15-15|15-15-15-- 
B|-15-15-15-|15-14-14---15-15-15-|15-14-14----15-15-15|15-14-14-17---15-15-15|15-14-14-- 
(horn stabs)       **         *         **          *  * *           *        **       * 
{or notes} E|-G-G-G-G-G--G-- repeat  -G-G-G-G-G--G--G-G-G-G-G-G--G- 
           B|-D-D-D-D-C#-C#- repeat  -D-D-D-D-C#-C#-E-D-D-D-D-C#-C#  
 
 
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{bass}    C (with Bb-C stabs on horns*)  
{distorted guitar tab} 
   +  4  +  |1     2  3    4     |1     2   3    4    |1     2     3    4    |1     2  3 4+| 
e|-15-15-15-|15-15-15---15-15-15-|15-15-15----15-15-15|15-15-15-15---15-15-15|15-15-15-----| 
B|-15-15-15-|15-14-14---15-15-15-|15-14-14----15-15-15|15-14-14-17---15-15-15|15-14-14-----| 
(stabs)  *   * *              *   * *               *  * *      *          *  * *         * 
 
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{strings,  | C#-C-Bb-G C-C-C-C-C-C | C#-C-Bb-G C-C-C-C-C-C | 
 very fast}| C#-C-Bb-G C-C | C#-C-Bb-G C-C | C#-C-Bb-G C-C | C#-C-Bb-G C-C | 
 
{bass}    C bass  (piano chord G-B-C#-D# on first 2 then G-B-C#) 
 
 
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{bass}    D bass  (piano chord A-C-D#-F#) 
 
 
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{bass}    E bass  (piano chord E-F#-E-F#) 
 
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Music is like "Heaven On Their Minds" riff 
                (x means pick the muted G string) 
{guitar} G|----7-xx8-x5-x77|----7-xx8-x5-x77|----7-xx8-x5-x77|----7-xx8-x5-x77|  
         D|0-0-(let ring)--|0-0-(let ring)--|0-0-(let ring)--|0-0-(let ring)--| repeat 5 times 
      | repeat 7 more measures of riff as strings play melody below 
  4   |1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   | 
e|----|----------------|----------------|----------------| 
B|----|----------------|98-6------------|----------------| 
G|---5|7---------------|----7-5---------|----------------| 
D|--7-|----------------|-------7-5------|----------------| 
A|----|----------------|-----------85---|5---------------| 
E|----|----------------|---------------8|----------------| 
  1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   | 
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| 
B|98-6------------|----------------|98-6------------|----------------| 
G|----7-5---------|----------------|----7-5---------|----------------| 
D|-------7-5------|----------------|-------7-5------|----------------| 
A|-----------85---|5---------------|-----------85---|5---------------| 
E|---------------8|----------------|---------------8|----------------|           
 
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{synthy lead melody line (in tab) with distorted guitar chords underneath} 
(melody same as  
"Don't let me stop your great self destruction...") 
  Dm               C                Bb7              B7 
  1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   | 
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| 
B|9-8---6-----9---|8-6-----9-8-----|9-8---6-----9---|8-6-----9-8-----| 
G|--------7-------|------7---------|--------7-------|------7---------| 
  F                Ab               Eb               A 
  1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   | 
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| 
B|9-8---6-----9---|8-6-----9-8-----|9-8---6-----9---|8-6-----9-8-----| 
G|--------7-------|------7---------|--------7-------|------7---------| 
 
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("Superstar theme") 
(chords) | D      | G/D   | C/D   | G/D   |  
(melody) | A F# D | B G D | C A C | B A G | 
(bass)   | D      | G     | D     | G     |  
 
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(Distant angelic "ahhs" doing the melody of Judas singing  
"On Thursday night  
you'll find him where you want him" twice) 
   
e|---------------|-----------------| 
B|--------s11-10-|----5-6-7-s8-----| 
G|7-6------------|7------------5---|  
 
e|---------------|-----------------|--- 
B|--------s11-10-|----5-6-7-s8-----|--8 hold 
G|7-6------------|7------------5--7|7-- hold> 
 
(Soft strings doing the melody of "Poor old Judas" twice) 
  1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   |1   2   3   4   | 
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| 
B|6-------6-------|6---6-----------|6-------6-------|6---6-----------| 
G|6-------6-------|6---6-----------|6-------6-------|6---6-----------| 
D|*-------*-------|*---*-----------|*-------*-------|*---*-----------| 
A|4-------4-------|4---4-----------|4-------4-------|4---4-----------| 
E|4-------4-------|4---4-----------|4-------4-------|4---4-----------| 
(*Optionally include the 3rd fret on the D string. It's a very hard fingering 
accomplished by using middle finger to cover BOTH A and E string, 
index for the D string, 3rd and pinky fingers cover G and B string. ) 
 
(begin "Heaven On Their Minds") 
 

	  

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