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Aquatic Ambience (Donkey Kong Country) Guitar Tab

Submitted: Sep 29, 2009 by surreal (Last updated: Sep 29, 2009)

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Game: Donkey Kong Country
Composer(s): Dave Wise, Robin Beanland, Eveline Fischer
Style: Arrangement, Artificial harmonics, Fingerstyle, Natural harmonics, Percussion, Tapping
Series: Donkey Kong

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Alrighty, here's a road map on how to play this song.

Intro Section: Measures 1 - 8

There are three primary techniques required to play this 
section perfectly.  They are listed below in order of 
importance.

1.  You must be able to tap hammer ons and pull offs 
with your primary fretting hand without having to strum.  
Your fretting hand will be tapping the melody 
constantly throughout the intro.  An example would be 
the intro to John Butler Trio's Ocean.

2.  You must be able to use your plucking hand to 
hammer on and HOLD the bass melody throughout the 
intro.  In measures 2 and 4 you will be required to 
slowly slide up the neck as well.  Keep in mind that you 
are hammering on and pulling off the higher melody 
with the fretting hand while doing this.

3.  This last technique should only be practiced once 
the last two are close to mastered.  In order to play the 
intro with the same ambient effect of the song, you 
must have volume control.  

I took special care to illustrate how the intro fades in, 
reaches maximum volume at the end of measure 1 and 
beginning of measure 2, fades out by the end of 
measure 2 and beginning of measure 3, and repeats 
the same pattern for the rest of the intro.

***Important Note 1*** -  The last two notes in 
measures 3 and 4 may not be clear.  Guitarpro forces 
me to show the 10 pulling off to the open on another 
string, you actually hammer on the 10 and pull off the 7 
from the previous note to create the last note.

***Important Note 2*** - In measure 5 and 6 there is an 
open note that's shows up as "tapped" in the 
tablature. In order to play this with only the fretting 
hand you must pluck the string with any finger on your 
fretting hand then immediately hammer on the 3 and 
continue the high melody as usual.  It's tricky at first, 
but isn't nearly as difficult as it seems.


Verse Section: Measures 9 - 20

I realize that measures 19 and 20 are technically a 
bridge section, but it's so small I may as well include it 
in the verse explanation.

The verse is a mixture of traditional fingerstyle, artificial 
harmonics, neck percussion, and traditional tapping.  I 
will explain the 
techniques demanded by each.

1.  The fingerstyle portion mainly involves plucking 
bass notes while including chords where needed.  
Volume control is once again essential throughout.

2.  The artificial harmonics in measures 13 and 14 are 
straightforward unlike the ones in measure 15.  15 
requires that you pluck bass notes while executing the 
harmonics at a fairly quick pace.  This requires 
practice of course.

3.  In order to do the neck percussion (dictated by the 
X's in the measures) you must hammer on the notes 
hard enough to generate the sound of the string hitting 
the neck.  This doesn't have to be loud, but it should 
at least be audible.  No strumming should be needed 
for these brief sections.

4.  The tapping section in measures 17 and 18 are the 
trickiest part in the piece in my personal opinion.  Play 
the beginning chord anyway you'd like in order to be 
able to quickly use your strumming hand to tap the 
required parts.  The toughest area is tapping the 12 
and sliding to the 15 and back with enough strength 
and accuracy to make it sound effectively.  Tricky, but 
possible.

The last two measures (technically the bridge) are 
quite straightforward, just be mindful of the high frets.


Main Melody: Measures 21 - 32

Once again the last two are basically a bridge but will 
be included anyway.

The main melody is much more straightforward than 
the rest of the piece and much of the content should 
not need explaining.  The percussion on the other 
hand needs some clarification.  For every pair of 
X's, The first signifies a nail tap and the second 
signifies a bass slap.  Imagine a heartbeat and try to 
make it flow with the melody.  

Also note that there are high frets involved as well.  

Lastly, this section is very expressive, and should be 
played with feeling and clarity.  Make every note 
count.


Thanks for downloading/looking at my tab!

Eric  


Tuning = E2 A2 D3 G3 C4 E4




       T      T     T      T     T      T     T      T        T      T     T      T     T      T     T      T     
       S   S  S  S  S   S  S  S  S   S  S  S  S   S  S  S     S   S  S  S  S   S  S  S  S   S  S  S  S   S  S  S  
E||---10h-11-------10h-11-------10h-11-------10h-11-------|--10h-11-------10h-11-------10h-11-------10h-11-------|
C||----------10p-7--------10p-7--------10p-7--------10p-7-|---------10p-7--------10p-7--------10p-7--------10p-7-|
G||*------------------------------------------------------|------------------------------------------------------|
D||*------------------------------------------------------|-----------------------------8/-----------------------|
A||----6--------------------------------------------------|---6-------------------------8/-----------------------|
E||----8--------------------------------------------------|---8--------------------------------------------------|


   T     T     T    T     T     T     T    T        T     T     T    T     T     T     T     T       
   S   S S   S S  S S  S  S   S S   S S  S S  S     S   S S   S S  S S  S  S   S S   S S  S  S  S    
------------------------------------------------|--------------------------------------------------||
--12p-10-------8p-7----0-12p-10-------8p-7----0-|--12p-10-------8p-7----0-12p-10-------8p-7-----0--||
---------8h-10------8h----------8h-10------8h---|---------8h-12------8h----------8h-12------10p---*||
------------------------------------------------|--------------------------6/---------------------*||
---3--------------------------------------------|---3----------------------6/----------------------||
---4--------------------------------------------|---4----------------------------------------------||


  T    T    T    T    T    T    T    T       T    T    T    T     T    T    T    T     
  S  S S  S S  S S  S S  S S  S S  S S  S    S  S S  S S  S S  S  S  S S  S S  S S  S  
--4p-3------4p-3-6p-3-4p-3------4p-3-6p-3-|--4p-3------4p-3-6p-3--4p-3------4p-3-6p-3-|
-------0h-3----------------0h-3-----------|-------0h-3-----------------0h-3-----------|
------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
------------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
--8---------------------------------------|--8-------------------10-------------------|
--8---------------------------------------|--8-------------------11-------------------|


   T     T     T    T T  T     T     T    T T     T     T     T    T T  T     T     T    T T  
   S   S S   S S  S S S  S   S S   S S  S S S     S   S S   S S  S S S  S   S S   S S  S S S  
--11p-10-------8p-6-----11p-10-------8p-6-----|--11p-10-------8p-6-----11p-10-------8p-6-----|
---------7h-10------7----------7h-10------7---|---------7h-10------7----------7h-10------7---|
----------------------8---------------------8-|----------------------8---------------------8-|
----------------------------------------------|----------------------------------------------|
---8------------------------------------------|---8--------------------11--------------------|
---9------------------------------------------|---9--------------------11--------------------|


  ^                 T   T                     T   T     ^                T   T  ^                T   T   
  S  S   S  S  E    S   S   S   S   E    E    S   S     S  S   E    E    S   S  S  S   E    E    S   S   
--3-------------------------3------------------------|--3-----------------------6-----------------------|
--3------------5----------------3--------------------|--3-----------------------3-----------------------|
--5---------5-----------------------5----------------|--5-----------------------5-----------------------|
--5------5-------------------------------------------|--5-(5)-(5)-------(5)-(5)-5-(5)-(5)-------(5)-(5)-|
--3-(3)-(3)--------(3)-(3)-(3)-(3)-(3)-------(3)-(3)-|--3-(3)-(3)--(3)--(3)-(3)---(3)-(3)--(3)--(3)-(3)-|
--3-----------(3)---x---x---------------(3)---x---x--|--3----------(3)---x---x-------------(3)---x---x--|


  ^                    T   T                         T   T   
  S  S  S  S   S   S   S   S   S   S  S  S   S   S   S   S   
------------------------------------------------------------|
--3------------5---------------3----------------------------|
--5--------5-----------------------5------------------------|
--6-(6)-6-------------(6)-(6)-(6)-(6)-6-------------(6)-(6)-|
--3-----------(6)------x---x----------------(6)------x---x--|
--3-------(4)-----(4)--x---x------------(4)-----(4)--x---x--|


  ^                      T   T  ^                      T   T     ^                  PH  PH  PH  PH  PH  PH  PH  PH  PH  
  S  S   S   S   S   S   S   S  S  S   S   S   S   S   S   S     S  S   E    E      S   S   S   S   S   S   S   S   E   
--------------------------------4-----------------------------|--3------------------------<>6---------<>6---------<>6--|
--3-----------------------------3-----------------------------|--3-----------------------------------------------------|
--5-----(5)-----(5)-------------5-----(5)-----(5)-------------|--5----------------<>7-<>8-----<>7-<>8-----<>7-<>8------|
--6-(6)-(6)-----(6)-----(6)-(6)-6-(6)-(6)-----(6)-----(6)-(6)-|--5-----------------------------------------------------|
--3-(6)-(6)-(6)-(6)-(6)-(6)-(6)---(6)-(6)-(6)-(6)-(6)-(6)-(6)-|--3-(3)-(3)---------------------------------------------|
--3---------(4)-----(4)--x---x------------(4)-----(4)--x---x--|--3----------(3)/---------------------------------------|


  ^                  PH  PH  PH  PH  PH  PH  PH  PH  PH    
  S  S   E    E      S   S   S   S   S   S   S   S   S S   
--3------------------------<>6---------<>6---------<>6----|
--3-------------------------------------------------------|
--5----------------<>7-<>8-----<>7-<>8-----<>7-<>8--------|
--5----------------------------------------------------6/-|
--3-(3)-(3)-----------------------------------------------|
--3----------(3)/-----------------------------------------|


     PH   PH   PH   PH   PH   PH   PH   PH   PH   PH   PH   PH   PH   PH   PH   PH 
     S    S    S    S    S    S    S    S    S    S    S    S    S    S    S    S  
--<>10-<>11------<>10-<>11------<>10-<>11------<>10-<>11------<>10-<>11------<>10-|
------------<>10-----------<>10-----------<>10-----------<>10-----------<>10------|
----------------------------------10----------------------------------------------|
-------------------10----------------------------10-------------------------------|
----10----------------------------------------------------------10----------------|
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|


  ^                      T   T                           T   T      ^   T            T          T            T        
  S  S   S   S   S   S   S   S   S   S   S   S   S   S   S   S      S   S   S   S S  S   S S S  S   S   S S  S   S S  
--8-------------------------------------------------------------|----------------------------------------------------|
--8-------------------------------------------------------------|---8-------------8----------8------------8----------|
--8-----(8)-----(8)-----(8)-----(8)-----(8)-----(8)-----(8)-----|--10h-12s-15s-12---12p----8---12s-15s-12---12p----8-|
--6-(6)-(6)-----(6)-----(6)-(6)-(6)-(6)-(6)-----(6)-----(6)-(6)-|--10-------------------10----------------------10---|
--6---------(6)-(6)-(6)--x---x--------------(6)-(6)-(6)--x---x--|---8------------------------------------------------|
------------(6)-----(6)--x---x--------------(6)-----(6)--x---x--|---8------------------------------------------------|


   ^   T            T          T            T                                                                       
                                                                                |--3--|  |--3--|  |--3--|  |--3--|  
   S   S   S   S S  S   S S S  S   S   S S  S   S S     S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  
----------------------------------------------------|-----------------------------------------------------------13-|
---8-------------8----------8------------8----------|--15----15----15----15----15-------15-------15-------15-------|
--10h-12s-15s-12---12p----8---12s-15s-12---12p----8-|--------------------------------13----------------13----------|
--10-------------------10----------------------10---|-----------------------------------------15-------------------|
---8------------------------------------------------|-----13----13----13----13----13-------13-------13-------13----|
---8------------------------------------------------|--------------------------------------------------------------|


                                                              PH    ^                            
                           |--3--|  |--3--|  |--3--|  |---3---|                                  
   S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S    S     S S E   S S S E  S E.  S E   
--15----15----15----15----15-------15-------15-------15----<>15-|----------10---8---------------|
-----------------------------15----------------15---------------|---7-------7---7-7-------------|
----------------------------------------------------------------|---8-------------7-------------|
--------------------------------------13------------------------|--10---------------------------|
-----15----15----15----15-------15-------15-------15----15------|--10---------------------------|
----------------------------------------------------------------|-----x-x-----x------x-x---x-x--|


                                       ^                               ^                                
  S S  S S  E   S  E.   S  E   E.      Q     E     S S S E.  S E.      S S E   E     S S S E.  S S E    
------10-8-10--11-13---11-10-------|---------------8---------------|-----------------8-------------6~--|
-------7----7--10-12---10-----10---|--------10brb------------------|----------10brb------------8-7-----|
-------7----7--10-12------12---7---|---8-------------8-------------|---8---------------8---------------|
-------8----------------8----------|--10---------------------------|--10-------------------------------|
-----------------------------------|--11---------------------------|--11-------------------------------|
----x------------------------------|---8---------------x-x---x-x---|---8-x-x-------------x-x-----------|


   ^                                                                                                         
   S S E   S S S E  S E.  S E     S S  S S  E   S  E.   S   E    E.      Q      E     S S S E.   E    S  S   
----------10---8---------------|------10-8-10--11-13---15S-18S--20---|----------------8---------18~--20-----|
---7-------7---7-7-------------|-------7----7--10-12-----------------|--15~----10brb--------------------15~-|
---8-------------7-------------|-------7----7--10-12-----------------|------------------8-------------------|
--10---------------------------|-------8-----------------------------|--------------------------------------|
--10---------------------------|-------------------------------------|--------------------------------------|
-----x-x-----x------x-x---x-x--|----x--------------------------------|--------------------x-x---------------|


                                   ^                                       
   Q     E     S S S E.  S E.      E   S   S   E    S   E.    S  Q      S  
---------------8---------------|------16p-15h-16~--15h-16~---15-----------|
---L----10brb------------------|---8--------------------------------------|
-----------------8-------------|--10----------------------------17~-----L-|
-------------------------------|--10--------------------------------------|
-------------------------------|---8--------------------------------------|
-------------------x-x---x-x---|---8--------------------------------------|


   S S  S   S   E    S   E     S   S   E.    E       S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  S  
-------16p-15h-16~--15h-18~-------16p-15~---13~--|--18----18----18----18----18----18----18----18----|
-------------------------------------------------|--------------------------------------------------|
---L---------------------------------------------|-----15----15----15----15----15----15----15----15-|
-----------------------------(17)----------------|--------------------------------------------------|
-------------------------------------------------|--------------------------------------------------|
-----x-------------------------------------------|--------------------------------------------------|


                                        ^              ^       ^                  
   S  S  S  S  S  S  S   S  H           H.             Q       W                  
--18----18----18----18\-----L--------|--3-------------------|-------------------||
-------------------------------------|--3------------<>5----|--L----------------||
-----15----15----15-----15\-L--------|--5------------<>5----|--L----------------||
-------------------------------------|--5------------<>5----|--L----------------||
-------------------------------------|--3------------<>5----|--L----------------||
-------------------------------------|--3-------------------|-------------------||




Duration Legend
---------------
W - whole
H - half
Q - quarter
E - 8th
S - 16th
T - 32nd
X - 64th
. - note dotted
|-n-|  - n-tuplets


Tablature Legend
----------------
L - tied note
x - dead note
g - grace note
(n) - ghost note
> - accentuded note
NH - natural harmonic
AH - artificial harmonic
TH - tapped harmonic
SH - semi harmonic
PH - pitch harmonic
h - hammer on
p - pull off
b - bend
br - bendRelease
pb - preBend
pbr - preBendRelease
brb - bendReleaseBend
\n/ - tremolo bar dip
\n - tremolo bar dive
-/n - tremolo bar Release up
/n\ - tremolo bar inverted dip
/n - tremolo bar return
-\n - tremolo bar Release down
S - shift slide
s - legato slide
/ -  slide into from below or out of upwards
\ -  slide into from above or out of downwards
~ - vibrato
W - wide vibrato
tr - trill
TP - tremolo picking
T - tapping
S - slap
P - pop
< - fade in
^ - brush up
v - brush down
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15 comments on Aquatic Ambience

This is pretty epic!

5

This is pretty epic! Unfortunately, I think it's a little too beyond my skill level at this point XD. It does make me wish I had better access to my higher frets, though D:

Anyways, amazing job!

This tab is beast.

5

This tab is beast.

O_O

5

O_O

I'm worried if I play this to

5

I'm worried if I play this too much my fingers will burn off. That's just the way i like it.

"An example would be the

5

"An example would be the intro to John Butler Trio's Ocean."

<3 great reference to drop. Will add this to my 'impossible, but keep trying' list!

(edit to add rating)

Whoa! Impressive.

5

Whoa! Impressive.

Great job. Will you put up a

5

Great job. Will you put up a recording of this?

In time, in time.

In time, in time.

Five years is enough time!

Five years is enough time!

:o

5

:o

Which fingers to use..

5

How is the base melody played? Has anyone figured this out :(?

I think read more carefully

I think read more carefully in his introduction about some technique used in this piece will help...

Someone HAS to make a

5

Someone HAS to make a recording of this, it would be ridiculously awesome.

december 15 my man

december 15 my man

amazing. I like to play this

5

amazing. I like to play this on electric guitar, probably because I haven't had the chance to play a nice acoustic for this piece.