Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love Text Guitar Tab

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From Steven Cron                        12 Feb 2002

/  = slide
^  = hammer/pull
w  = quickly hit the whammy bar
b  = bend
X  = noise
~  = vibrato
= natural harmonic

Intro

E ----------0-1-----3----------------
B ------1-------1(1)--3--------------  Repeat 4 times.  On the second time
G --------2-------2------------------  through, play note in parentheses ()
D ----2------------------------------
A --0---------------------3~----2-3--
E ----------------------3------------
   |<--- palm muted ---->|

  (with ~310ms slap-back delay)
E -------------------------------------------------------w---w---w---
B --1-----1-----0-------------------1-----1-----0-----1-1/3-3/5-5^8--
G --2-----2-----0-------------------2-----2-----0--------------------
D --2-----2-----0-------------------2-----2-----0--------------------
A --0-----0---------------3~----2-3-0-----0--------------------------
E ----------------------0--------------------------------------------

E ----------------------------------0------------------------------
B --1-----1-----0-------------------1-----1-----0------------w-w---
G --2-2-2-2-----0-------------------2-----2-----0-----8(b)9--9-9\--
D --2-2-2-2-----0-------------------2-----2-----0------------------
A --0-0-0-0---------------3~----2-3-0-----0------------------------
E ------------0---------0------------------------------------------

Verse

E ----------1---3--------------------
B ------1-------3--------------------
G --------2-----0--------------------
D ----2------------------------------
A --0---------------------3~----2-3--
E ----------------------3------------

I heard the news baby, all about your disease.
                       Yeah you may have all you
want, baby.  But I got something you need.

(pick slide)
Oh yeah !

Chorus

E -------------------------------------------------------------------
B --1-----1-----0-------------------1-----1-----0--------------------
G --2-----2-----0-------------------2-----2-----0--------------------
D --2-----2-----0-------------------2-----2-----0--------------------
A --0-----0---------------3~----2-3-0-----0---------------3~----2-3--
E ------------0---------0-------------------------------0------------

Ain't talkin' 'bout love.  My love is rotten to the core.
Ain't talkin' 'bout love.  Just like I told you before.

Verse 2

You know you're semi-good lookin'.  And on the streets again.
You think you're really cooki'n baby.  You better find yourself a friend

(pick slide)
my friend.

(chorus, incl. following lick)

        E ----------w-w----w-w---
        B --7(b)8---8-8-(b)9-10--
        G -----------------------
        D -----------------------
        A -----------------------
        E -----------------------

Solo

       let open E ring

E -------0----0----------------------0---------------------------0--
B ------10---10--10-12~-------------10---12-12-12-13-13-13-12\-8----
G -9-12------------------------9-12---------------------------------
D ------------------------------------------------------------------
A ------------------------------------------------------------------
E ------------------------------------------------------------------
                                        |<-- very fast -->|

E -------0----0--------0--------------------------------------------
B ------10---12--13---15---13--15/17--17/20---17^20^17--17^20^17----
G -9-12---------------------------------------------------------20--
D ------------------------------------------------------------------
A ------------------------------------------------------------------
E ------------------------------------------------------------------

E ----------------------------------------------------
B --17^20^17--17^20^17--17----------------------------
G ----------20--------20--19(b)21-19--0(whammy dive)--
D ----------------------------------------------------
A ----------------------------------------------------
E ----------------------------------------------------

(chorus)

Bridge

  (clean sound)
E -----------1---3---------------------
B ------1------1---3-------------------
G --------2----------0-----------------
D ----2--------------------------------
A --0------------------------3~----2-3-
E -------------------------3-----------

  I've been to the edge.  There I stood and looked
  down.  You know I lost a lot of
  friends there baby.  I got no time to mess
  around.  So if you want it, got to

E ---------------------------------------------------------------------
B --X--X---------------------X--X---------------------
G --X--X----------------------X--X-------------------------0--
D --X--X-------------------------X--X-------------------------
A --X--X----------------------------X--X-------------------------------
E --X--X----------------------------X--X-------------------------------

  bleed for it baby. gotta gotta bleed baby.          mmm you gotta gotta

E --------------------------------------------------
B --X--X----------------------X--X---------
G --X--X----------------------X--X---------
D --X--X-------------------------X--X---------
A --X--X----------------------------X--X------------
E --X--X----------------------------X--X------------

  bleed baby  hey  gotta gotta  bleed baby

E -------------------------------------------------------w---w---w---
B --1-----1-----0-------------------1-----1-----0-----1-1/3-3/5-5^8--
G --2-----2-----0-------------------2-----2-----0--------------------
D --2-----2-----0-------------------2-----2-----0--------------------
A --0-----0---------------3~----2-3-0-----0--------------------------
E ----------------------0--------------------------------------------

Ain't talkin' 'bout love.   My love is rotten to the core.

E ----------------------------------0--------------------------------
B --1-----1-----0-------------------1-----------0--------------------
G --2-2-2-2-----0-------------------2-----2-----0--------------------
D --2-2-2-2-----0-------------------2-0-2-------0--------------------
A --0-0-0-0---------------3~----2-3-0---------------------3~----2-3--
E ------------0---------0-------------------0-0--------0-------------

Ain't talkin' 'bout love.  Just like I told you before, before, before

Ain't talkin' 'bout love, don't wanna talk about love.

E --17-17-17-17-17-17-17\-
B ------------------------
G ------------------------
D ------------------------
A ------------------------
E ------------------------

Don't make me talk about love.

Ain't gonna talk about love.

(solo)

E -------------------------------------------------------------------
B --1-----1-----0-------------------1-----1-----0--------------------
G --2-----2-----0-------------------2-----2-----0--------------------
D --2-----2-----0-------------------2-----2-----0--------------------
A --0-----0---------------3~----2-3-0-----0---------------3~----2-3--
E ------------0---------0-------------------------------0------------

                   Hey ! Hey ! Hey !               Hey ! Hey ! Hey !

E -------------------------------------------------------------------
B --1-----1-----0----w---w----w-----1-----1-----0--------------------
G --2-----2-----0----5--/8--/10\----2-----2-----0--------------------
D --2-----2-----0-------------------2-----2-----0--------------------
A --0-----0-------------------------0-----0---------------3~----2-3--
E ------------0-----------------------------------------0------------

                   Hey ! Hey ! Hey !               Hey ! Hey ! Hey !

E --------------------------------
B --1-----1-----0-----------------
G --2-----2-----0------5---5---5--  (4 times)
D --2-----2-----0------5---5---5--
A --0-----0------------3---3---3--
E ------------0-------------------
                     Hey ! Hey ! Hey!
E -------------------------------------------0----------------------------------
B ----------5----------------1---------------1------------------------1-------8-
G --2---4---5----------------2---4-----------2---4---5----------------2---4---7-
D --2---4---5----------------2---4/----------2---4---5----------------2---4---9-
A --0---2---3-----------3-2--0---2-----------0---2---3-----------3-2--0---2---7-
E ------------/12\--0^3-------------0(dive)------------/12\--0^3----------------

E ----------7\-
B ----------7\-
G ----------7\-
D ----------6\-
A ----------7\-
E --0(dive)----

Mr.Scary (Gary Chapman)

Ain't_Talkin'_'Bout_Love
      by Van Halen              (what I remember anyway)

The main riff goes something like this:

(Palm-Muted of course)

Am                G
----------O-1-----3---------------|
------1-------1-----3------------.|
--------2-------O-----O-----------|
----2----------------------------.|
--O---------------------3^~~-2-3--| (the ^~~ means do afunkey bend/vibrato)
----------------------------------|
                        AH              (Artificial Harmonic)

Then he does something like this after that and for the chorus:

---------3------------------------3-----------------------
-2-X-2-X-O----------------2-X-2-X-O-------/5-5/7-7/9-9/12-  ('/' = slide)
-2-X-2-X-O----------------2-X-2-X-O-----------------------
-O-X-O-X-X------3^~~-2-3--O-X-O-X-X-----------------------
---------3--3-3-------------------3--3-3------------------
   F   F    P P AH          F   F    P P                    (F = Finger Mute
                                                             P = Palm Mute)

The verses I believe are like the main riff only not muted, just let the notes
ring.

I don't even have a tape of the song anymore so I can't figure out the solo...
I forgot it, sorry. The solo is pretty simple though.... Well I'll write down
what I THINK it sort of sounds like.... perhaps someone would like to mail me
a tape?? (I'd be happy to figure out the rest of the songs if someone would :)

------10---10-10-12--------10---12-13-12--------------10---12-13-13/15--13-15-
-9-12-----------------9-12---------------12\9---9-12--------------------------

--------|
-15^~~~-|  I'm sure this last part isn't right but it fits......
--------|   Man, I gotta get this CD as soon as I get some cash,
--------|    this is such a kickin' tune!!!
--------|   As a matter-o-fact, this was the first song I ever learned!!!
--------|

The sound Eddie gets is the result of a good flange sound and I assume a
Marshall cranked up to eleven!

Subject: TAB: Ain't talkin' 'bout Love

"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" (Van Halen)
intro
Am         F     G
---------0-1-----3--------------
-----1-------1-----3------------
-------2-------0-----0----------

-0-------------------0-3b*-2-3--

                          *pinch harmonic

Chorus
Am
        G

verse
Am       F    G
---------1----3----------------
-----1-----1--3----------------
-------2------0----------------

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

I'll try to post the solo later.....
Check y'all

                                        -Raphrat

Another version of this famous riff:

e---------------------------------------------------------------||
B---------------------------------------------------------------||
G--------------------10-----12(h)-------------------------------||
D-----10------14-15-----12-------12(h)--------------------------||
A---7------12---------------------------0--3-(a.h.)-2--3-(a.h.)-||
E-5-------------------------------------------------------------||