Hello everyone! I haven’t posted in a great while, but I wanted to ask for some help in proofreading/critiquing and thoroughly reasoned editing/correction on the “Eruption” transcription that I have worked on over the last several years with a good friend. I reached out to the CTC team and Brendan recommended that I post it here and ask you guys for help.
Here’s a link to download the PDF:
Eruption revision 4:3:20.pdf (251.3 KB)
That friend is very sensitive about posting anything online with his name attached to it, but I have to say he has contributed the most to this project in terms of the notes, fingerings and picking directions…in other words, the vast majority of what is important. Most of my contributions were being a sounding board for logical discussion of the playing and the technical things like the tuning, tempos, delay times and the effects (including the instructions on how to achieve the octave pitch dive at the end of the piece with a vintage Univox EC-80 A Echo Chamber) were all me.
Initially, he and I went back and forth reasoning out every note until we came to an agreement on everything. 99% of the time it was essentially him teaching me how to play it correctly after my decades of struggling with horrifyingly inaccurate official transcriptions and more recently (with the advent of the Internet of course) with inaccurate online lessons/TABs.
I had and still have a goal of posting this online in forums and other social media so that anyone can access it for free if they want to learn the piece more accurately than ever before. I don’t even care about getting credit for it (though I will accept blame if I’ve botched something!) but I have a burning passion to correct the misleading information and just plain WRONG transcriptions of the past. It’s perhaps one of, if not the most hackneyed, overplayed and overanalyzed pieces in all of rock guitar…but by God it’s also been the one piece that has really never been served properly in terms of accuracy. I hope I can achieve my goal.
My friend and I have almost absolute zero knowledge of music theory or understanding of standard notation, so after we came to a stopping point on the project, I enlisted the help of former Guitar World transcription editor Matt Scharfglass to enter our TAB with our findings and observations into a professional score with standard musical notation and TAB…he is a consummate musician and his services did not come cheap (I spent close to $800 on paying for his services and I’m far from wealthy) but it was well worth it. He made my dream of having our TAB in a score that is exactly as it would appear if it were published in a major officially licensed guitar publication like Guitar World or the official transcription books we all know of (which are all too often riddled with mistakes-especially in the case of Van Halen music).
I will note that the only thing I want to work on further is to go back and get the ending tapping segment as close to 100% accurate to the recording as I can. I confess that I ran out of steam and just transcribed that part as it had almost always been transcribed. In fact, Eddie made many “errors” in the tapping segment, many changes of “direction” in the triplets and noises/bumping into open strings during position shifts, etc. that I want in the final transcription but I ran out of patience (and money) at least for the time being.
Sometimes when you work on something like this so hard for so long you need to step back, take a break and get some fresh eyeballs on it. I hope I can count on you guys for help.
I would also make a big request that you not share this transcription outside this forum just yet. I want to post it everywhere I can eventually, but not until I’ve had the chance to get your feedback.
P.S. Brendan suggested that I get this into Soundslice and after seeing the EXCELLENT “Far Beyond The Sun” transcription from LuckyMojo and the amazing facility that Soundslice offers I would love that. If anyone out there can get this into Soundslice with the original recording as was done on “Far Beyond The Sun” it would be far beyond my wildest dreams!
Thanks in advance!
**As of 04-03-20 I’ve had Matt add Troy’s edit suggestions into the transcription to the best of my ability. This edit is reflected in the new download link for the pdf in this post and in the images below: