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Closer Tab
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CLOSER
tanscribed by John Vettese ([email protected])
as recorded on NIN's album The Downward Spiral

-There is alot more going on in this song than what I have transcribed. 
 Most of it is synth, but I know that alot of the synth is changed to 
 guitar when Trent preforms it with his live band so I transcribed it for
 guitar and bass. To have it sound exactly like it does on the album, 
you'd
 need 4 guitars (all with effects processers), two drum sets, and a bass.
 
 I'm assuming that you have one or maybe two guitars (and if you're in a 

 band, a bass) so that's all I transcribed it for. Also I'm just posting
 the main riffs. You can figure out how many times to play them. 

x=deaden
/=slide
~=vibrato

INTRO (drums...I don't play drums, sorry)

1ST VERSE (bass w/wah pedal)
1:----5---------3-------5--------3--0--------
2:-------------------------------------3--0--
3:-3-----x--3-3----x-3-----3--3--------------
4:-------------------------------------------

1ST CHORUS (clean bass and one clean guitar)
Bass
1:---------------
2:---------------
3:------x-1-x-2--
4:-1-------------

Guitar
1:------1-----------
2:------------------
3:------------------
4:-3--------3---4---
5:-3----------3---4-
6:-1--1---1---------

2ND VERSE (bass w/wah pedal, one guitar w/chorus pedal, one clean 
guitar)
Bass
(Same as 1st verse)

Guitar 1 (w/chorus pedal)
1:----------------------------3~~~/12~~~-
2:-5~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-6~~~~~~~-------------
3:---------------------------------------
4:---------------------------------------
5:---------------------------------------
6:---------------------------------------

Guitar 2 (clean)
1:----------------------------3333-4444--
2:-5555555555555555-66666666-------------
3:---------------------------------------
4:---------------------------------------
5:---------------------------------------
6:---------------------------------------

2ND CHORUS (clean bass and two clean guitars)
Bass
 (Same as 1st Chorus)
Guitar 1
 (Same as 1st Chorus)
Guitar 2
1:--------------------------------
2:----------------------4----4----
3:----2----3--3--5------5----5----
4:----3----5--5--6----------------
5:--------------------------------
6:--------------------------------

INTERLUDE (clean bass, one guitar w/chorus pedal, one guitar 
w/distortion 
           pedal)
Bass
1:---------------------------
2:---------------------------
3:---------------------------
4:-0-0-0-1-------------------
Guitar 1 (w/chorus pedal)
 (same as 2nd Verse)
Guitar 2 (w/distortion pedal, after a few repetitions)
1:------------------------------
2:------------------------------
3:--------6-5-------------------
4:-2--2-3-6-5--6-7--6-8--6-5-4--
5:-2--2-3-4-3--6-7--6-8--6-5-4--
6:-0--0-1------4-5--4-6--4-3-2--

PRE-OUTRO (clean bass, one guitar w/chorus pedal, one guitar w/wah 
pedal)
Bass
 (same as interlude)
Guitar 1 (w/chorus pedal)
 (same as 2nd Verse)
Guitar 2 (w/wah pedal)
1:-----------------------
2:-----------------------
3:-----------------------
4:-3----3----3----1-3-1--
5:---3---------3---------
6:---------4-------------

OUTRO (bass w/wah pedal, two guitars w/chorus pedals)
Bass (w/wah pedal)
1:---------------------------8-
2:-10--8--10--8-8--10--8-10----
3:-----------------------------
4:-----------------------------

Guitar 1 (w/chorus pedal)
 (same as 2nd verse)
Guitar 2 (w/chorus pedal, after a few repetitions)
1:-----------------------------------------------------------
2:-----------------------------------------------------------
3:-----------------------------------------------------------
4:-5~~~-3~~~~~~~-3~~~-2~~~~~~~-1~~~----------------3~~~~~~~~-
5:----------------------------------5~~~~~~~-1-1-0-----------
6:-----------------------------------------------------------

then, by itself

1:-------------------------------------------------------------------
2:-------------------------------------------------------------------
3:-12~~~-10~~~~~~~-10~~~-9~~~~~~~--------------------------10~~~~~~~-
4:--------------------------------13~~~-12~~~~~~~-13-13-12-----------
5:-------------------------------------------------------------------
6:-------------------------------------------------------------------

                               THE END!!!


From: [email protected] (Michael Stutz)
Subject: TAB: "Closer" Nine Inch Nails  (new & improved)


[additions at end of document]

     This is the latest single from NIN off the downward spiral-a cool
song,an easy song...
 
 
                                CLOSER
                               --------
        Note that this may not be totally correct, as I'm trying to adapt a
synth line to guitar-note the tuning...this song is played best with an 
envelope filter, but for those who don't have one, a wah sounds ok...
 
Tuning (low to high):C,G,D,G,B,E
 
Main "riff"
E|-----------------------|
B|-----------------------|
G|-----------------------|
D|-----------------------|
G|------5-----3----------|
C|--0------------5--3--0-|
 
 
        I know that there's lots more to it, but I haven't figured it out
yet,and I've got a lot of other things to tab out...E-Mail me if there's
anything 
you want posted, and I'll see about tabbing it...
 
 
[email protected]
[email protected]
 
P.S. Guitar For The Practicing Musician printed music for "March of the
Pigs"-I MIGHT type that up, eventually, but don't hole your breath... | |  
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Nine Inch Nails -- "Closer"
 
 
This thing's loaded with layers of guitar.  The song starts out sparse,
adding parts as it goes; the first big line is the main keyboard riff,
which is described earlier by [email protected]  Following are
some more lines, transcribed as best I could.
 
 
[at 1:04]
 
"I want to fuck you like an animal," etc.
 
This line repeats.  Use an octaver to get real low pitches, or use the
tuning suggested earlier.
 
E-----------------------E
B-----------------------B
G-----------------------G
D------------------1----D
A----3--3----1--3-------A
E-----------------------E
 
 
[at 3:45]
 
Here, like cianyde said about the main riff, you'll want to use an envelope
filter (preferred) or a wah.  Something's going on here with two C notes
being played an octave apart, but I know there's more to it than this:
 
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------E
B-------------------------------------------------------------------------B
G-----5-----5-----5--------5-----5-----5-----5-----5----------------------G
D-------------------------------------------------------------------------D
A--------3-----3-----3--3-----------3-----3-----3-----3-------------------A
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------E
 
 
[at 4:47]
 
Pretty easy, a 'typical' rock pattern:
 
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------E
B-------------------------------------------------------------------------B
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------G
D----------------------------------------------1--------------------------D
A---3-----1-----3-----1--1---3-----1-----3--------------------------------A
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------E
 
These lines are simple -- but again, you have to get the rhythm down.
Think Prince; at its heart, this is very much a black tune.  Real black
funk is where, I think, Reznor gets many of his rhythms.
 
 
[at 5:09]
 
Here's another funk/blues riff that you can hear in the background.
Bend the D# to _almost_ an E, then hit the low C.
 
E-----------------------E
B-----------------------B
G----8(9)---------------G
D-----------------------D
A----------10-----------A
E-----------------------E
 
 
[at 5:51]
 
This is the riff at the end of the song, but note that it's also played
quietly in the background for a while before (I first hear it at 5:30,
but knowing Reznor, its probably layered in there somewhere before that,
even).  If you have a whammy bar, you can try playing it by plucking the
string with your thumb while pulling down on the whammy and letting go
right away; doing this with each note makes for a cool effect (different
from the album, but cool nonetheless).
 
Oh -- you'll want to play this line with as clean a tone as you can muster.
 
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------E
B---20---18-----18---17-----16---15-----11--11--10--13--------------------B
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------G
D--------------------------------------------------------10---------------D
A-------------------------------------------------------------------------A
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------E
 
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------E
B---20---18-----18---17-----16---15-----11--11--10--13--------------------B
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------G
D-------------------------------------------------------------------------D
A-------------------------------------------------------------------------A
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------E
 
 
 
--  Michael Stutz
[email protected]                                               95.01.02



 
 
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Nine Inch Nails (abbreviated as NIN) is an American industrial rock band, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio. As its main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist, Reznor is the only official member of Nine Inch Nails and remains solely responsible for its direction.[1] NIN's music straddles a wide range of genres, while retaining a characteristic sound using electronic instruments and processing. After recording a new album, Reznor usually assembles a live band to perform with him. The touring band features a revolving lineup that often rearranges songs to fit a live performance setting. On stage, NIN often employs spectacular visual elements to accompany its performances, which frequently culminate with the band destroying their instruments.[2]

Underground music audiences warmly received Nine Inch Nails in its early years. The band produced several highly influential records in the 1990s that achieved widespread popularity: many Nine Inch Nails songs became radio hits,[3] two NIN recordings won Grammy Awards, and the band has sold over twenty million albums worldwide,[4] with 11 million sales certified in the US alone.[5] In 2004, Rolling Stone placed Nine Inch Nails at 94 on its list of the 100 greatest rock artists of all time.[6] In spite of this acclaim, the band has had several feuds with the corporate side of the recording industry. In 2007, Trent Reznor announced that Nine Inch Nails would release music independently of record labels.[7]

Nine Inch Nails' 2008 album, Ghosts I–IV, was first released online in a variety of digital and physical formats via the band's official website. Just over two months after the release of Ghosts I-IV, the band released another full-length studio album, The Slip, entirely free of charge.

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