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Cynic - "How Could I" Guitar Tab

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file 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. #
#Unless specified otherwise, this is NOT an official tab from the band members.#
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#

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		            CYNIC - HOW COULD I?
                            From the Album FOCUS
                         Copyright 1993 ROADRUNNER

                         Version 2.0 - October 2001


Transcription Done By: Kerry Vick
For Questions, Comments, Corrections, or Newest Version;
          please contact Kerry at nucleusmetal@home.com

Notation:
          b = bend              / = slide up            a.h. = artificial
          bf= bend full         br= bend release               harmonic
          h = hammer-on         \ = slide down             > = abrupt stop
          p = pull-off          . = palm mute(pm)          t = tapping
          " = tremolo picking

Tuning = E (E,A,D,G,B,E)


The music of Cynic is so difficult that I am sure there are
many other mistakes hanging around...all corrections are welcome.


 Riff A.1 - Clean guitar
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------88-------------------------------|
|----77-10-10-77-99-77----77----77-10-10-77----77-99-77-|GTRS I
|-00-------------------------77-------------88----------|  & II
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
  .. .. .  .  .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .  .  .. .. .. .. ..

 Riff A.2 - Clean guitar
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----99-99----10-10----99----99-99----99-12-12----10-10-99-|GTRS I
|-77-------77-------77----77-------77----------77----------|  & II
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
  ..      ..        ..    ..       ..          ..


Play Riff A.1 two times
Play Riff A.2 two times


 Riff B.1 - distorted guitar
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------88-------------------------------|
|----77-10-10-77-99-77----77----77-10-10-77----77-99-77-|GTR I
|-00-------------------------00-------------88----------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
| .. .. .  .  .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .  .  .. .. .. .. .. |
|                                                       |
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|--------6----5--6--5--8--8---------6----5---------6----|
|----7---7----7--7--7--7--7---------7----7---------7-7/-|GTR II
|----7---5----5--5--5--5--5---55-55-5----5---88-88-5-5/-|
|-55-5--------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
  .. .                        .. ..          .. ..


 Riff B.2
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----99-99----10-10----99----99-99----99-12-12----10-10-99-|GTR I
|-77-------77-------77----77-------77----------------------|
|----------------------------------------------88----------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
| ..      ..        ..    ..       ..          ..          |
|                                                          |
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------------------|
|------2---------------------------------------------------|GTR II
|-2-22-2---------------------------3-----------------------|
|-0-00-0----------------------3-33-3-----------------------|
|-----------------------------1-11-1-----------------------|
  . ..                        . ..

 continuation of Riff B.2
|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|
|----99-99----10-10----99-99-|GTR I
|-77-------77-------77-------|
|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|
| .. .. .. .. .  .  .. .. .. |
|----------------------------|
|----------------------------|
|------3---------------------|GTR II
|-3-33-3---------------------|
|-1-11-1---------------------|
|----------------------------|
  . ..

 Riff B.3
|--------------------|
|----10--------------|
|-------10-7----5-4~-|GTR I
|-/7---------/5------|
|--------------------|
|--------------------|

|--------------------|
|-----3--------------|
|--------3-0---------|GTR II
|-/3------------3-2~-|
|------------/3------|
|--------------------|

Play Riff B.1 two times
Play Riff B.2 one time
Play Riff B.3 one time

 Riff C
|-----------------|----------------------|
|-----------------|----------------------|
|----------7------|----------------------|GTRS I
|-----------6---6-|----------10----------|  & II
|-5-555555----5---|-8-888888----10-88-10-|
|-----------------|----------------------|
  . ......    .     . ......       ..

 continuation of Riff C
|------------------|--------------------|
|------------------|--------------------|
|----------7h8-7-5-|----------10p9------|GTRS I
|------------------|---------------10---|  & II
|-6-666666---------|-7-777777--------10-|
|------------------|--------------------|
  . ......           . ......

 Riff D.1
|--------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|GTR I
|-5------3-----------------------------|
|-3-3333-1-1111-----------------66-5-3-|
|---------------3333-44444-4-44--------|
| . .... . .... .... ..... . .. ..     |
|                                      |
|--------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------|
|----7-----7---------------------------|GTR II
|-5-----5----7-----7------------88-7-5-|
|--------------8-5---66666-6-66--------|
|--------------------------------------|
  .     .    . .  .  ..... . .. ..

 continuation of Riff D.1
|----------------------------------|
|----------------------------------|
|--------------------------------5-|GTR I
|-5------3-----------------------7-|
|-3-3333-1-1111-5----------6-5-3---|
|---------------3333-55555---------|
|   ....   .... .... ..... . . .   |
|                                  |
|----------------------------------|
|----------------------------------|
|----7-----7---------------------5-|GTR II
|-5-----5----7-----5-------8-7-5-7-|
|--------------8-5---77777---------|
|----------------------------------|
  .     .    . . .   ..... . . .

 Riff D.2
|-------------------------------|----------------------------|
|-------------------------------|----------------------------|
|-------------------------------|--------------------------5-|GTR I
|-5-----3-----------------------|-5-----3------------------7-|
|-3-----1-----5---6---6-5-6-5-3-|-3-----1-----5---7--6-5-3---|
|-------------3---4-------------|-------------3---5----------|
|                     . . . . . |                    . . .   |
|                               |                            |
|-------------------------------|----------------------------|
|-------------------------------|----------------------------|
|-----7-----7-------------------|-----7-----7----------------|GTR II
|---7-----5-----5-----8-7-8-7-5-|---7-----5-----5----8-7-5-7-|
|-10----8-----5---6~------------|-10----8-----5---7~---------|
|-------------------------------|----------------------------|
  .     .     .

Play Riff C one time
Play Riff D.1 one time
Play Riff C one time
Play Riff D.1 one time


 Riff E - Bridge
|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|
|----------5-----------4------4-|GTRS I
|----------5-----------2------2-|  & II
|-------------------------------|
|-7-777777----4-444444---4444---|
    ......      ......


 Riff F
|--------------------------------------|---------------|-------------------|
|----------------------------10--------|----------6--5-|-------------------|
|----------9---------------9----9------|----------5--4-|----------9~--7--5-|GTR I
|---9-10-9---10-9-999-10-9--------10-7-|-6--------3--2-|-7-9-7-6-----------|
|-0------------------------------------|-6-------------|----------7~--5--3-|
|--------------------------------------|-4-------------|-------------------|

|--------------------------------------|---------------|-------------------|
|-------------------0----0-------------|----------6--5-|-------------------|
|-2----2---2----2------------2---------|----------5--4-|----------4------4-|GTR II
|---2----2---2----22--2----2----2------|-6-x-x-x--3--2-|----------2------2-|
|---------------------------------0----|-6-x-x-x-------|-------------------|
|--------------------------------------|---------------|-4-444444---4444---|
                                           . . .         . ......   ...

 Riff G.1
|-------------------|-----------------------------|
|-------------------|-----------------------------|
|-------5-----------|-------5---------------------|GTR I
|----55-5----7----5-|----55-5----7---------555555-|
|-7--33-3-77-7-6--3-|-7--33-3-77-7----6666-333333-|
|-5-------55-5-4----|-5-------55-5-4~-4444--------|
| >  ..   ..   >  >      ..   ..      .... ...... |


 Fill A.1/Riff G.1
|-----------------|---------------4-----|-------8------|
|-------5---------|-------------5---5---|-----9---9----|
|-----5---5---5---|---5---6---6-------6-|--10-------10-|GTR III
|---9-------9---9-|---------------------|--------------|
|-0---------------|-3---0---------------|--------------|
|-----------------|---------4-----------|-8------------|


 Riff G.2
|------------------------------|
|------------------------------|
|-----6------6---------------5-|GTRS I
|-----6------6---------------5-|  & II
|-444---4444---4444-55555555---|
|------------------------------|
  ...   ....   .... ........

Play Riff E one time
Play Riff F one time
Play Riff G.1 one time w/ Fill A.1 three times
Play Riff G.2 one time

Play Riff C two times
Play Riff D.1 one time
Play Riff D.2 one time
Play Riff E one time
Play Riff G.1 one time w/ Fill A.1 three times

 Riff H
|-------------------------------------4------------8------|
|-------5---------------------------5---5--------9---9----|
|-----5---5---5-------------------6-------6---10-------10-|GTR I
|---9-------9---9-----------------------------------------|
|-0-------------------10------7---------------------------|
|-----------------5-5--8--5-5-5-4-----------8-------------|
  .               . .     . .   .           .

|---------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------|GTR II
|-----9---7----10---9---------------6---6-------10--10----|
|---7-------7----------9-----9----6-------6---10-------10-|
|-5-----5-----8-----------7-----4-----4-----8------8------|
  . .   .     .     .     .     .     .     .      .


 continuation of Riff H
|----------------------------------------4------------8------|
|-------5------------------------------5---5--------9---9----|
|-----5---5---5----------------------6-------6---10-------10-|GTR I
|---9-------9----9-------------------------------------------|
|-0----------------------10------7---------------------------|
|--------------------5-5--8--5-5-5-4-----------8-------------|
  .               . .     . .   .           .

|------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------|GTR II
|------9----------10--9----------------6---6-------10--10----|
|------7----7------------9-----9-----6-------6---10-------10-|
|-5-55-5-55-5-55-8----------7------4-----4-----8------8------|
  . .   .     .  .    .     .      .     .     .

 continuation of Riff H
|----------------------------------------4------------8------|
|-------5------------------------------5---5--------9---9----|
|-----5---5---5----------------------6-------6---10-------10-|GTR I
|---9-------9----9-------------------------------------------|
|-0----------------------10------7---------------------------|
|--------------------5-5--8--5-5-5-4-----------8-------------|
  .               . .     . .   .           .

|------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------|GTR II
|------9----------10--9------------------6-----------10------|
|------7----7------------9-----9---------6-----------10------|
|-5-55-5-55-5-55-8----------7------4-4-4-4-----8-8-8--8------|
  . .   .     .  .    .     .      .     .     .

 Riff I
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-----6------6---------------5------------8------8------|GTRS I
|-----6------6---------------5------------8------8------|  & II
|-444---4444---4444-55555555---555555-666---6666---6666-|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
  ...   ....   .... ........

Play Riff H one time
Play Riff I one time

 - Solo -

Play Riff E one time
Play Riff F one time
Play Riff G.1 one time without fill
Play Riff H one time

 Riff J
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------88-------------------------------|
|----77-10-10-77-99-77----77----77-10-10-77----77-99-77-|GTR I
|-00-------------------------00-------------88----------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|
  .. .. .  .  .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .  .  .. .. .. .. ..

Play Riff J until fadeout (with variations and solos)
END.

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