GUNS N' ROSES 'Knockin On Heavens Door' from the album 'Use Your Illusion II'

 

I include my rendition of Slash's first solo in this transcription. I

think it's fairly accurate. I play a variation of the first solo because

people recognize it, but the second solo I improvise; and I don't feel like

figuring it out since Slash always plays something different in concert anyway.

 

Key: H - hammer-on

/ - slide

P - pull-off

^ - half bend

^^ - full bend

~ - vibrato

 

This is the picking at the very beginning of the song. The picking varies

throughout, and you should do whatever feels best instead of trying to

restrict yourself to how it sounds on record. GN'R is constantly mutating

this song in concert anyway (even doing it with a reggae beat).

G5 D C

-3---3--------------2-0-------|-----------------0--------------------|--------

-3-----3---3------3-----3---3-|----------1--------------1------------|--------

-0-------0------2---------2---|-0------0---0----------0---0-0------0-|--------

-0------------0---------------|-0-2----------2------2-------0-2------|--------

------------------------------|--H---3-----------------------H---3---|--------

-3----------------------------|--------------------------------------|--------

 

This is the picking for the first line. Again, the picking will vary

throughout the song.

G5 D Am

-3--------------2-------2-0-------|-0-----H-------0----------------------|

-3---3-------3--3-------3-------0-|-1----0-1-------------1---------------|

-0---0-----0----2----2-------2----|-2--2-----2---------2---2------0---0--|

-0---0-----0----0----0------------|-2----------2-----2-------0-2----2----|

----------------------------------|-0-------------------------H----------|

-3--------------------------------|--------------------------------------|

 

 

Song goes like this:

 

Intro:

Twice with picking G5 D C

Twice just power chords G5 D C

 

Verse 1 (with picking)

G5 D Am

Mamma take this badge from me

G5 D C

I can't use it anymore

G5 D Am

It's getting dark, too dark to see

G5 D C

Feels like I'm knockin' on heaven's door

 

Chorus (if you're really concerned about playing it like the

CD, listen to it for rhythm. But this song has been done by so

many people so differently that you might as well give it your own

feel.)

G5 D5 C5

Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door,

C5

Hey, hey, hey, hey, yeah

G5 D5 C5

Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door,

C5

(no lyrics)

G5 D5 C5

Ooh, knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door

C5

Ooh yeah

G5 D5 C5

Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door

C5

Hey, hey, hey, hey, yeah

 

First Guitar Solo

G D C

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----^^---P---------15--^------~~~~~~~~~~~~------------

-12-14-14-12-14-------14-12-12-------------------12---

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G D C

---------------P------------P--------P------------------15----

15/17---15---13-12-13/15--13-12---13--12----------12-13----13-

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-----------------------------------------14-------------------

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G ^^ D ^^ ^^ C

--~~~-------15-17--17--17--17--15-----------------------------

12---15/17----------------------------------------------------

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G ^^ ^^ D C

--20-20-19-20--19-20--20-20-20---~~~~~----------------------------------

-------P-----------------------17------^^----^^-------------------------

---------------------------------------19-19-19-19-^-----^--------------

---------------------------------------------------19-19-19-19----------

---------------------------------------------------------------17--17---

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Additional lyrics:

Mama, put my guns in the ground

I can't shoot them anymore

That cold black cloud is comin' down

Feels like I'm knockin' on heaven's door

 

Basically there are lots of "knockin' on heaven's door"s throughout the rest