Rush: Overture
From the album 2112 (Mercury Records)
Copyright 1976 Core Music Publishing
Music by Lee and Lifeson
Lyrics by Peart

Transcribed by Blake Butterworth, Ian Schmidt, Jimmy Pena, and Branden
Robinson

[Intro]

   E  Am   C9 G  D
e:---------3-----2~---3.---------|--------3-----------3-----2--3-----2-|
B:----1.---3--3--3~---3.---1-1-1.|----1.--3-3.----1---3--3--3--3--3--3-|
G:-1--2.---x--0--2~---0.---2-2-2.|-1--2.--x-0.-1--2.--x--0--2--x--0--2-|
D:-2--2.---2--0--0~---2.---2-2-2.|-2--2.--2-0.-2--2.--2--0--0--2--0--0-|
A:-2--0.---3--2-------3.---0-0-0.|-2--0.--3-2.-2--0.--3--2-----3--2----|
E:-0----------3------------------|-0--------3.-0---------3--------3----|

e:----------3---------------3-----2~-|
B:-----1.---3--3.------1.---3--3--3~-|
G:--1--2.---x--0.---1--2.---x--0--2~-|
D:--2--2.---2--0.---2--2.---2--0--0~-|
A:--2--0.---3--2.---2--0.---3--2-----|
E:--0----------3.---0----------3-----|
       |       |       |
      here,  here,   here,
   (with delayed repeats ~400 ms)

e:---------3--------------3--2.---3-----2--3-----2-----|
B:----1.---3--3.------1.--3--3.---3--3--3--3--3--3-----|
G:-1--2.---x--0.---1--2.--0--2.---x--0--2--x--0--2-----|
D:-2--2.---2--0.---2--2.--0--0.---2--0--0--2--0--0---0-|
A:-2--0.---3--2.---2--0.--2-------3--2-----3--2--------|
E:-0----------3----0------3----------3--------3--------|
      |       |       |
    here,    here, and here.

These chords are played by an acoustic and another electric:

   G   D   C   G   D Dsus4 D   C  F  C  D   A  D  A
e:-15--14--12--15------------|-----------------------|
B:-----------------15~-------|-13----13-15-----------|
G:--------------------14-----|----12-------14~-------|
D:-----------------------12~-|----------------14-----|
A:---------------------------|-------------------12~-|
E:---------------------------|-----------------------|

[Riff 1]
    A5    B5                 A5 G5            D5   D/C# A5
e:-----|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B:-----|-------------------------------------------------------------|
G:-----|--------------------------------------2-2-2------------------|
D:-----|-4--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4---5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-0-0----2--2-2-2-2-2--|
A:--7\-|-2--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-------4--0--0-0-0-0-0--|
E:--5\-|------------------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3------------------------|

   E5  D5 D/C# B5                D5
e:---------------|--------------------------------------------|
B:---------------|--------------------------------------------|
G:-4-4--2--------|--------------7\----------------------------|
D:-2-2--0-----4--|-4-4-4-4-4-4--7\----------------------------|
A:---------4--2--|-2-2-2-2-2-2--5\----------------------------|
E:---------------|--------------------------------------------|

[Riff 2]
                       A  Bm/A   D   Amaj7
e:--------------------------------------------------------|
B:---------------------2--3--3---7~--5--5\--2--3--3--7--7-|
G:---------------------2--4--4---7~--6--6\--2--4--4--7--7-|
D:---------------------2--4--4---7~--6--6\--2--4--4--7--7-|
A:------------0--------0--0--0-------0--0---0--0--0-------|
E:---0--2--3----3--0--------------------------------------|
                      (with phaser)

[Riff 3] - these chords are doubled by an acoustic and another electric
                     B               Bm   G    A5   D D/C# A Bm
e:---------------------------------|-2~---3~-------------------|
B:-------------------7--7-7--7-7~--|-3~---3~--------3--3-----3-|
G:-------------------8--8-8--8-8~--|-4~---4~--------2--2--2--4-|
D:-------------------9--9-9--9-9~--|-4~---5~---7~---0--x--2--4-|
A:----------0--------9--9-9--9-9~--|-2~---5~---7~------4--0--2-|
E:-0--2--3----3--0---7--7-7--7-7~--|------3~---5~--------------|

[Riff 4]
                 Bm
e:--------------(2)---|--------------------------|--2----------------|
B:--------------(3)---|--------------------------|--3----------------|
G:o-------------(4)--o|----------------7------9\-|--4----------------|
D:o-------------(4)--o|----------------7--7---9\-|--4----------------|
A:--------0-----(2)---|--------0-------5--7---7\-|--2----------------|
E:--0-2-3---3-0--2----|--0-2-3---3-2~--5--5---7\-|-------------------|

[Riff 5]
   A5                G                 F5
e:------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:----------------------------------------------------------3--3--3-|
G:-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----------------------2~--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--x--0--x-|
D:-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-----------------------3~--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--2--0--2-|
A:-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0-0-0-----3~--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--3--2--3-|
E:----------------0--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--0--1~--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-----3----|

[Riff 6]
   F
e:----------------------------------------------------------|
B:-----------------------------5----------------------------|
G:-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---5----------------------------|
D:-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3---5----------------------------|
A:-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3---3----------------------------|
E:-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--------------------------------|

[Riff 7] - Doubled by an acoustic guitar (and two other electrics)
   B               D   B               G
e:-------------------------------------------------------|
B:-------------------------------------------------------|
G:-4-4-4-4-4-4-4---7---4-4-4-4-4-4-4---------------------|
D:-4-4-4-4-4-4-4---7---4-4-4-4-4-4-4---5-----------------|
A:-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---5---2-2-2-2-2-2-2---5-----------------|
E:-------------------------------------3-----------------|

[Riff 8] - Doubled by an acoustic guitar
    Esus2          Dsus2          Csus2
e:--7--7-7-7-7-7---5--5-5-5-5-5---3-3-3-3-3-3-3---------------------|
B:--7--7-7-7-7-7---5--5-5-5-5-5---3-3-3-3-3-3-3---------------------|
G:--9--9-9-9-9-9---7--7-7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5-5-5-5---------------------|
D:--9--9-9-9-9-9---7--7-7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5-5-5-5---------------------|
A:--7--7-7-7-7-7---5--5-5-5-5-5---3-3-3-3-3-3-3---------------------|
E:------------------------------------------------------------------|

Progression:

[Free time]

[Intro] x1

[Riff 1] x3

First half of [Riff 1] x1

[Riff 2] x4

[Riff 3] x1

Last half of [Riff 3] x1

[Riff 4] x2, last time without final Bm

[Riff 5] x1

[Guitar Solo]  (trill; 0tr2 = 0h2p0h2p0h2p0 etc)
                   \/
e:-----------------------------------------------------------------5-7---|
B:-8---------0------------------------------------5-7-8b10~--8b10--------|
G:-7b9r7b9~----0~-0tr2~--------------------5-6--7------------------------|
D:-----------------------3~----------5-6-7-------------------------------|
A:----------------------------5--6-7-------------------------------------|
E:-----------------------------------------------------------------------|

e:-8b10~~(10)~~(10)~~r8~---5h8p5------------------------------------------|
B:-------------------------------8-8b10~---10b12~~(12)~--10b12~~--10b13~~-|
G:------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D:------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A:------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E:------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e:--------------------------------------------------------------|
B:-10b12~~(12)~~--10b13--10b13r10--8h10p8-----------------------|
G:----------------------------------------9--5h7p5---7b9-5~~~---|
D:-------------------------------------------------7------------|
A:--------------------------------------------------------------|
E:--------------------------------------------------------------|

e:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B:-------------------------------------------------------------------|
G:-------[5]-----[7]-[5]---------------------------------------------|
D:-5--7------[7]---------[7]~~----7p5---7--5s3~~~~-------------------|
A:------------------------------------7------------------------------|
E:-------------------------------------------------------------------|

This riff is played 3 1/2 times under the guitar solo:

   Am7          C/G          F                C5  G5 C5
e:--------0------------0---|----------1-----------------------|
B:----------1------------1-|------------1---------------------|
G:-----0------0------0-----|------2-----------5------5--------|
D:-2-2-------------2-------|----3-------------5---5--5--------|
A:-0-----------------------|-3----------------3---5--3--------|
E:--------------3----------|-1--------------------3-----------|

[Riff 6] x1

[Riff 7] x2

[Riff 7] x2 along with this line played by yet another electric and
        acoustic guitar, two times:

    Bm                D         Bm                G
e:-------7-7-7-7-7----5--------------7-7-7-7-7----3------------------|
B:-------7-7-7-7-7-x--7---x-x--------7-7-7-7-7-x--3---x-x------------|
G:-------7-7-7-7-7-x--7---x-x--------7-7-7-7-7-x--4---x-x------------|
D:--/9-------------x--7---x-x---/9-------------x--5---x-x------------|
A:--/9-------------x--5---x-x---/9-------------x--5---x-x------------|
E:--/7--------------------------/7----------------3------------------|

[Riff 8] x1

[Riff 7] x1

[Riff 8] x1

[Riff 7] x2

Play over [Riff 7] x2: (This is the 1812 Overture FYI)

e:------------------------|------------------------|----------------------|
B:--------4-------4-------|-------4-------4--------|-------4-------4------|
G:o---4-6---6-4-6---4-4~-o|---4-6---6-4-6---4-4~---|---4-6---6-4-6---4-[4]|
D:o-4--------------------o|-4----------------------|-4--------------------|
A:------------------------|------------------------|----------------------|
E:------------------------|------------------------|----------------------|

|-------2---------2----------------------|
|-3--3--3---3--3--3---3------------------|
|-x--0--2---x--0--2---0---1--1--1--1--1~-|
|-2--0--0---2--0--0---0---2--2--2--2--2~-|
|-3--2------3--2------2---2--2--2--2--2~-|
|----3---------3------3---0--0--0--0--0~-|

With phaser:

  C                 Dadd4   C   G/B  Am
|-----------3~-----------------------0~-----|
|-------------1~--1-----3------------1~-----|
|---------0---------------0---0---0--2~-----|
|-------2-------2-----4--------------2~-----|
|-0-2-3-------------5-------3---2----0~-----|
|-------------------------------------------|
  And the meek shall inherit the earth.


This Rush song is the culmination of many hours of work. It is not
100% complete, but every effort has been made to include as much as
possible. Part IV does not include the solo. This is so that you
can experiment :). The key is D. Part VI now includes the solo! I
worked it out but there are still some omissions because the wah-wah
makes the notes unclear. It sounds easy enough to tab, so eventually
I will do it. Part VII does not include the solo either. Crank up
the wah-wah pedal and go wild.  The key is E. Now I can claim that
this work is original, since the solo I took from the other tab was
(partially) wrong and I replaced it with what I hope is the correct
version. Previous versions (part I & II) were done by Blake Butterworth
 and also Ian Schmidt (last
known address: irsman@iastate.edu). I have tried contacting Ian, but
without success. Joost de Moel  tabbed Discovery (part
III) and I have corrected it and incorporated the free time section
into this tab. There are many other corrections. Branden Robinson
 helped out greatly.

Jimmy Pena - jimmy@walrus.com

| = not a standard bar line; just used to separate music
~ = vibrato or held note
. = staccato; mute the note immediately after striking it
h = hammer on
p = pull off
s = slide
b = bend string up to indicated pitch/fret
r = release bend to indicated string/fret
tr = trill; play the note(s) indicated rapidly and repeatedly (same thing
        as tremolo picking)
/ = slide up from infinity
\ = slide down into infinity
[5] = artificial harmonic (use thumb to follow through the pick attack)
o  \_
o  /   repeat sign (always look for these!)
[x35553] = fret box; this is a C chord - this is the same as standard
  tablature, only turned on its side. Tilt your head clockwise to read.
+ = bass position for wah-wah pedal (depressed fully back)
o = treble position for wah-wah pedal (depressed fully forward)
x\ _
x\   pick slide; slide the edge of the pick along the strings