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Iron Maiden - The Prisoner Guitar Tab

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Song: Iron Maiden - The Prisoner
Author: Eddie Breslin(caladan@maths.tcd.ie)
Type: Guitar
Album: The Number Of The Beast
Track no: 3

Author Comments

Copyright

This tab is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.


Tab

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INTRO:

   B       A  B         B        A  B  D 
|-----------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------7--|
|--9--9--9\7--9---------9--9---9\7--9--7--|
|--9--9--9\7--9---------9--9---9\7--9--5--|
|--7--7--7\5--7---------7--7---7\5--7-----|

                                1st time  2nd time
   A       G  A     F#       E   A  E     G  A
|------------------------------|-------|---------|
|------------------------------|-------|---------|
|------------------------------|-------|---------|
|--7--7--7\5--7------4--4--4\2-|-7--2--|--5--7---|
|--7--7--7\5--7------4--4--4\2-|-7--2--|--5--7---|
|--5--5--5\3--5------2--2--2-0-|-5--0--|--3--5---|

MAIN RIFF:
Listen for the strumming and muting of the B power chord.
   B               A    (E)      B       D C# A
|-----------------------------|------------------|
|-----------------------------|------------------|
|-----------------------------|------------------|
|--4-STRUM---------2-2--------|--4-------7-6--2--|
|--2---------------0-0--------|--2-------5-4--0--|
|-----------------------3-2-0-|------------------|

   B           A    (E)        Asus4      E
|---------------------------|-------------0--|
|---------------------------|--3----------0--|
|---------------------------|--2----------1--|
|--4-----------2-2----------|--2----------2--|
|--2-----------0-0----------|--0----------2--|
|--------------------3-2-0--|-------------0--|

For the next two parts I'll just show the basic idea:
Listen for the muting.
RUN, FIGHT, Etc.:

Gtr II: (Adrian)
   Am7            Asus4
|----------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------|
|--5--------5-----7--------7-----5-------|
|--5--------5-----7--------7-----5-------|
|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-etc---|
|----------------------------------------|

Gtr I: (Dave)
   Am7                     Asus13
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|--1-----------------------3-----------------------1--------------|
|--0-----------------------0-----------------------0--------------|
|--2-----------------------4-----------------------2--------------|
|--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0--0-etc-------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

NOW YOU SEE ME...:
   Dsus4/A     Csus4/G         Bsus4/F#
|---------------------------------------------|
|--8----8------6------5-s/-6---5---6----------|
|--7----7------5------4-s/-5---4---5----repeat|
|--7----7------5------4-s/-5---4---5----------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|

BREAK THE WALLS...
   Bsus4     B        B   E   B 
|--------------------------------------|
|--5---------4-------------------------|
|--4---------4--------4---1---4--------|
|--4---------4--------4---2---4--------|
|--2---------2--------2---2---2--------|
|-------------------------0------------|

If the above Bsus4 chord is to hard to play as written play it
like this:

|-0-|
|-0-|
|-4-|
|-4-|
|-2-|
|---|

CHORUS:
Let chords ring as much as possible.
   E              Bsus4             Aadd9            C#  B
|--0-------0----------------0-----------------0-------------------|
|--0---------0----0------------0----0------------0----------------|
|--9----9---------4------4----------2------2---------6---4--------|
|--9--9-----------4---4-------------2---2------------6---4--------|
|--7--------------2-----------------0----------------4---2--------|
|--0--------------------------------------------------------------|

   E              Bsus4             Aadd9            C#  D
|--0-------0----------------0-----------------0-------------------|
|--0---------0----0-----------0-----0------------0----------------|
|--9----9---------4------4----------2------2---------6---7--------|
|--9--9-----------4---4-------------2---2------------6---7--------|
|--7--------------2-----------------0----------------4---5--------|
|--0--------------------------------------------------------------|

BASSLINE FOR CHORUS:
|-----------9--------------9-----------------9--------------------|
|--------9-----9--------9-----9-----------9-----9-----------------|
|-----7--------------7-----------------7-------------4--(2 or 5)--|
|--0--------------0-----------------0-----------------------------|


BREAK AFTER 2nd CHORUS:
Played over intro riff, then over the following chord sequence
which I have called the Rhythm for Solo's.
Note that while the repeating pattern is playing only use an 
F# power chord, do not play it as a major or minor chord. 
The repeating pattern can be varied during the Bm section
by alternatively hammering on to the 12th fret instead of the
11th. I've written it bar by bar to show the syncopation.

   Bm  
|----------------------------|---------------------------|
|----------------------------|---------------------------|
|-----7-h11-----7-h11-----7--|-h11---7-h11-----7-h11-----|
|--9---------9---------9-----|-----9--------9---------9--|
|----------------------------|---------------------------|
|----------------------------|---------------------------|


|-----------------------------|----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|----------------------------|
|--7-h11-----7-h11-----7-h11--|-----7-h11-----7-h11-----7--|
|---------9---------9---------|--9---------9---------9-----|
|-----------------------------|----------------------------|
|-----------------------------|----------------------------|

   A
|----------------------------|-------------------------------|
|----------------------------|-------------------------------|
|-----6-h-9-----6-h-9-----6--|--h-9-----6-h-9-----6-h-9-p-6--|
|--7---------7---------7-----|-------7---------7-------------|
|----------------------------|-------------------------------|
|----------------------------|-------------------------------|

   F#                           G            A
|----------------------------|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|----------------------------|
|-----3-h-6-----3-h-6-----3--|-----4-h-7--------6-h-9-----|
|--4---------4---------4-----|--5---------5--7---------7--|
|----------------------------|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|---------------^------------|
                                             2nd time solo starts

RHYTHM FOR SOLO'S:
   B        D C#      A    F#   A     E    G  A
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|--4--------7--6------2----------1st time--2nd time---------------|
|--2--------5--4------0-----4--|-7----2-|--5--7--|----------------|
|---------------------------2--|-5----0-|--3--5--|----------------|

ENDING:
Play through chorus and end with
                     C# B  E
|--------------------------0--------------------------------------|
|--------------------------0--------------------------------------|
|--------------------6--4--9--------------------------------------|
|--------------------6--4--9--------------------------------------|
|--------------------4--2--7--------------------------------------|
|--------------------------0--------------------------------------|
   I know ...

Gtr Solo 1: (Adrian)
With Chorus

|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------9b(11)r9p7------------|
|-------7h9--9~~--------------------9~~-------|
|--7h9----------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|


|---------------7--7--7--7--7--7--------------|
|--7------------7--7--7--7--7--7--10~~--------|
|-----9b(11)----------------------------------|
|-----(HOLD BEND               )--------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|


|--7-----------------7------------------------|
|-----10p7--10b(12)-----10p7--10b(12)---------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|


|--7--7--7--10--10p7------7---------------------------------------|
|---------------------10-----10p7-----7---------------------------|
|----------------------------------9-----9p7--9p7----9b(11)r9p7---|
|--------------------------------------------------9------------9~|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|--0-h-12-h-15----0-h-12-h-15------0-h-12-h-15----0-h-11-h-14-----|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|--0-h-12-h-15----0-h-11-h-14----0-h-12-h-15----0-h-11-h-14-------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


|---------------------------------------------|
|--15--15b(17)--(17)r15--15~~-----------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|


|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|--s/-15--15--15p14--14--14--14p12--12--12--12s\10--10--10s\8-----|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|--7----------7---------------------------------------------------|
|-----9b(11)-----10p9p7-----7-------------------------------------|
|------------------------9-----9--7-------------------------------|
|------------------------------------7--9--8p7--5-----------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

Gtr Solo 2: (Dave)
With Chorus and "Tape Echo" Delay

|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|--14h15p14----15p14p12------12--15p14p12------12--15p14p12-------|
|------------------------16----------------16----------------16---|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|--12--15p14p12------12--15p14p12------12--15p14p12--12--17b(19)~~|
|----------------16----------------16-----------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


|--14h15p14--14h15p14--14--14h15p14--14--14h15p14--14--14h15p14---|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


|--14--14h15p14--14--14h15p14--14--14h15p14--14--14h15p14--14-----|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


|--17b(19)~~~----17b(19)~~~-------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------|


|-----------7-----------7-----------7--------------7--------------|
|--10b(12)-----10b(12)-----10b(12)-----7--10b(12)-----10b(12)-----|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


|--7--------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----7h10p7--7---------------------------------------------------|
|----------------9p7h9p7--7p6h7p6---------------------------------|
|----------------------------------9p7h9p7------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------9p7h9p7--5-s\---------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|--14--15--17--15--14h15p14--14--17--15--14h15p14--14--17p15------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


|-------------------------------------------14h15p14--14--15------|
|--14h15p14--17p15p14----14--15--14h15--14------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|


|--14h15p14--15--17b(19)--(19)--(19)------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
Copyright Eddie Breslin(caladan@maths.tcd.ie)
Tab from Maiden World - (http://www.maiden-world.com/)
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