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Main Theme (Metal Gear Solid 2) Guitar Tab

Submitted: May 11, 2012 by N0Stars (Last updated: Dec 24, 2013)

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Game: Metal Gear Solid 2
Composer(s): Harry Gregson-Williams
Style: Arrangement, Fingerstyle, Natural harmonics, Percussion

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Metal Gear Solid 1,2,3 - Theme (Four Variations)

Composed by Iwase Tappi / (Georgy Sviridov?)

Arranged for Guitar by N0Stars

Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'Untitled'

  Q=120
 4/4
  Gtr I
  Q   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   e.  e.  E E E E E
|---|-----------------|-----------------|----------------------|
|---|-----------------|-----------------|----------------------|
|---|-----------------|-----------------|----------------------|
|---|-----------------|-----------------|----------------------|
|---|-----------------|-----------------|-2---2---3-2-0--------|
|-0-|-0-0---0-0-0---0-|-0-0---0-0-0---0-|-0---0---0-0-0---0----|


  E E E E E E E E   e. e. E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|-----------------|-2--2--3-2-0-----|--------------------|
|-0-0---0-0-0---0-|-0--0--0-0-0---0-|-0-0---0-0-0---0----|


 4/4
  Gtr I
  <                   <
  e. e.  E e. e.  E   e. e.  E e. e.  E
|-------------------|-------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------|
|-------------------|-4--4---4-4--4---4-|
|-2--2---2-2--2---2-|-2--2---2-2--2---2-|
|-0--0---0-0--0---0-|-0--0---0-0--0---0-|


  <
  e. e.  E e. e.  E   E. E.  E E E E E
|-------------------|-2--2---2-3--------|
|-------------------|-0--0---0-0--------|
|-0--0---0-0--0---0-|-0--0---0-0--------|
|-4--4---4-4--4---4-|-4--4---4-4--------|
|-2--2---2-2--2---2-|-2--2---2-2--------|
|-0--0---0-0--0---0-|-0--0---0-0-0---0--|


  E E E E E E E E
|--------------------||
|--------------------||
|--------------------||
|--------------------||
|--------------------||
|-0-0---0-0-0---0----||


  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E    E E E E E E E E
|-----------------|-----------------|------------------|-----------0------|
|-0---------------|-------------0---|-0----------------|-0-----------3-0--|
|---------2-------|-0---------2-0---|-----2-------0-2--|-------------0----|
|-----------------|-2-----------2-2-|-------------0----|-------------2----|
|-----------------|-2---------------|-3-3---3-3-3---3--|------------------|
|-0-0---0-0-0---0-|-0-0---0-0-0---0-|------------------|-3-3---3-3-3---3--|


                                                        <
  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|---------------0-|-3---------2-3-5-|-3---0---------0-|-2-----3-2-0-----|
|-------------0---|-0---------------|-1---1-------3---|-3-------------3-|
|-0---2-----------|-0---------------|-0---0-------0---|-2---------------|
|-0-0---0-0-0-2---|-2---------------|-----------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
|---------------2-|-2---------------|-3-3---3-3-3---3-|-----------------|
|-----------------|-0-0---0-0-0---0-|-----------------|-----------------|


  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-0---------------|--------------------||
|-2-------3-------|-2-----------0------||
|-2-------2-------|-2-------------2----||
|---------2-------|-2------------------||
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----||
|-----------------|--------------------||


  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------0--------|
|-------------0---|-0---------------|-0-----------3-0----|
|-0---------2-0---|-----2-------0-2-|-------------0------|
|-2-----------2-2-|-----2-------0---|-----0-------2------|
|-2---2-----------|-3-3---3-3-3---3-|--------------------|
|-0-0---0-0-0---0-|-----------------|-3-3---3-3-3---3----|


  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|---------------0-|-3---------2-3-5-|-3---0---------0-|-2-----3-2-0-----|
|-------------0---|-0-----------0---|-1---1-------3---|-3-------------3-|
|-0---2-------0---|-0-----------0---|-0---0-------0---|-2---------------|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-2---|-2---------------|-2---2-------2---|-0-0-x-0-0-0-x-0-|
|---------------2-|-2---2-----------|-3-3---3-3-3---3-|-----------------|
|-----------------|-0-0---0-0-0---0-|-----------------|-----------------|


  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E    E E E E E E E E   E E E S S E E  E E
|-0---------------|-----------------||-----------------|-0------------------|
|-2-------3-------|-2---------------||-0---------------|-0-----3-1-0--------|
|-2-------2-------|-2---------------||-0---------------|-0------------------|
|---------2-------|-2---------------||---------2-------|----------------2---|
|-0-0-x-0-0-0-x-0-|-0-0-x-0-0-0-x-0-||---------2-------|----------------2---|
|-----------------|-----------------||-0-0-x-0-0-0-x-0-|-0-0-x-0---0-0--x-0-|


  E E E E E E E E   E E E S  S  E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E S S E E E E
|-0---------------|-3-----2--0----------|-----------------|-0-----------------|
|-0-------0-------|-------------4-------|-0---------------|-0-----3-1-0-------|
|-0-------0-------|-----------------4---|-0---------------|-0-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------4---|---------2-------|---------------2---|
|-----------------|---------------------|---------2-------|---------------2---|
|-3-3-x-3-3-3-x-3-|-3-3-x-3-(3)-2-2-x-2-|-0-0-x-0-0-0-x-0-|-0-0-x-0---0-0-x-0-|


  E E E E E E E E   E E E S S E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-0-------7-------|-5-----3-2-0-------|--------------------||
|-0-------5-------|-7---------2-------|--------------------||
|-----------------|-----------2-------|--------------------||
|-----------------|-------------------|--------------------||
|-----------------|-0-0-x-0---0-0-x-0-|-0-0-x-0-0-0-x-0----||
|-3-3-x-3-3-3-x-3-|-------------------|--------------------||


  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   e. e. E E E E E
|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-2--2--3-2-0--------|
|-0-0-x-0-0-0-x-0-|-0-0-x-0-0-0-x-0-|-0--0--0-0-0-x-0----|


    E  E E E E E E E   e. e. E E E E E     E  E E E E E E E
|-<12>---------------|-----------------|-----------------------|
|--------------------|-----------------|-<12>------------------|
|--------------------|-----------------|-----------------------|
|--------------------|-----------------|-----------------------|
|--------------------|-2--2--3-2-0-----|-----------------------|
|---0--0-x-0-0-0-x-0-|-0--0--0-0-0-x-0-|---0--0-x-0-0-0-x-0----|


  <                 <
  e. e. E e. e. E   e. e. E e. e. E
|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-2--2--3-2--2--3-|
|-2--2--3-2--2--3-|-2--2--3-2--2--3-|
|-0--0--0-0--0--0-|-0--0--0-0--0--0-|


                          H.=H
  <
  e. e. E e. e. E   e. e. E +H       +W
|-----------------|-2--2--3-(3)----|-(3)----||
|-0--0--1-0--0--1-|-0--0--0-(0)----|-(0)----||
|-----------------|-0--0--0-(0)----|-(0)----||
|-2--2--3-2--2--3-|-2--2--2-(2)----|-(2)----||
|-2--2--3-2--2--3-|-2--2--2-(2)----|-(2)----||
|-0--0--0-0--0--0-|-0--0--0-(0)----|-(0)----||


  Q=90
  H    H      Q  Q  E E E E   Q   Q  E  E  E  E   Q  Q  E  E  E  E
|-7----5----|-3-------5-7-0-|-7-----------------|-7-------12-10----|
|-----------|-0-------------|-0--10----10--8-10-|-0-------------12-|
|-----------|-0-------------|-0-----------------|----0--------0----|
|-----------|----4----------|-------------------|-------0----------|
|-----------|-------7-------|--------7----10----|------------------|
|-0---------|-0-------------|-8-----------------|-3----------------|


   Q   Q  Q    E    E     E  E   E    E    E   E  E  E
|-----------------<12>-|-15-------------------14-15-17-|
|-----10-----<12>------|------------<12>---------------|
|-12---7---------------|-------<12>--------------------|
|--0-------------------|----14-------------------------|
|---------0------------|-------------------------------|
|----------------------|--0--------------<12>----------|


   E   E    E    E    Q    E  E    E  E  E  E  E  Q   E
|-15------<12>------------10-12-|-14-------15-14-12--10-|
|--------------<12>-------------|----------10-----------|
|---------<12>------------------|-------11--------------|
|----<12>-----------------------|----12--------0--------|
|-10----------------------------|--9--------------------|
|-------------------<12>--------|-----------------------|


                                  H=H
                                   <
   E  E E  E  E  E E  E    E  E E  E  Q    Q
|-12-12---12------------|------------------------||
|-14---------15-15---15-|-14-14---14-------------||
|-14---------14---------|-14---------------------||
|------------14---------|-14-------------<12>----||
|--0----------0---------|--0---------14--<12>----||
|-----------------------|------------------------||


  Q=120
  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------0--------|
|-------------0---|-0---------------|-0-----------3-0----|
|-0---------2-0---|-----2-------0-2-|-------------0------|
|-2-----------2-2-|-----2-------0---|-----0-------2------|
|-2---2-----------|-3-3---3-3-3---3-|--------------------|
|-0-0---0-0-0---0-|-----------------|-3-3---3-3-3---3----|


  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|---------------0-|-3---------2-3-5-|-3---0---------0-|-2-----3-2-0-----|
|-------------0---|-0-----------0---|-1---1-------3---|-3-----3-------3-|
|-0---2-------0---|-0-----------0---|-0---0-------0---|-2-----2-------2-|
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-2---|-2---------------|-2---2-------2---|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
|---------------2-|-2---2-----------|-3-3---3-3-3---3-|-----------------|
|-----------------|-0-0---0-0-0---0-|-----------------|-----------------|


  E E E E E E E E   E E E E E E E E
|-0---------------|--------------------||
|-2-------3-------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-0------||
|-2-------2-------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2----||
|---------2-------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2----||
|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0----||
|-----------------|--------------------||


  E. E. E E E E E   E. E. E E E E E   E. E. E E E E E   E. E. E  E E E E
|-0-------0-------|-----------------|-----------0-----|----------------2----|
|-0-------0-------|-0-------0-------|-0-------0-0-3-0-|--------------3-3----|
|-0--0--0-0-2-4---|-0--2--2-0-2-0-2-|-0--0--0-0-0-0-0-|-0--2--2--0-2-2-2----|
|-2--2--2-2-2-2-2-|-2--2--2-2-2-2-2-|-0--0--0-0-0-0-0-|-0--0--0--0-0-0-0----|
|-2--2--2-2-2-2-2-|-3--3--3-3-3-3-3-|-x--x--x-x-x-x-x-|-5--5--5--5-5-5-5----|
|-0--0--0-0-0-0-0-|-----------------|-3--3--3-3-3-3-3-|---------------------|


  E. E. E E E E E   E. E. E E E E E   E. E. E E. E. E   E. E. E  E. E. E
|-3-------3-2-3-5-|-3-------0-----0-|-2--2--3-2--0----|-0--0--0-------------|
|-0-------0-0-0-0-|-1-------1---3-5-|-3--3--3-3--3--3-|-2--2--2--3--3--3----|
|-0--0--0-0-0-0-0-|-0--0--0-0-0-0-0-|-2--2--2-2--2--2-|-2--2--2--2--2--2----|
|-2--2--2-2-2-2-x-|-2--2--2-2-2-2-x-|-0--0--0-0--0--0-|-2--2--2--2--2--2----|
|-2--2--2-2-2-2-2-|-3--3--3-3-3-3-3-|-----------------|-0--0--0--0--0--0----|
|-0--0--0-0-0-0-0-|-----------------|-----------------|---------------------|


  E. E. E  E. E. E   E. E. E  E. E. E
|-------------0--2-|-3--3--3--5--5--5--|
|-2--2--2--2--2--2-|-0--0--0--0--0--0--|
|-2--2--2--2--2--2-|-0--0--0--0--0--0--|
|-2--2--2--2--2--2-|-2--2--2--x--x--x--|
|-0--0--0--0--0--0-|-2--2--2--2--2--2--|
|------------------|-0--0--0--3--3--3--|


  E. E. E   E.  E.  E      W         +W
|-7--7--7--10--10--10--|-<12>----|-(<12>)----*|
|-0--0--0---0---0---0--|-<12>----|-(<12>)----*|
|-0--0--0---0---0---0--|-<12>----|-(<12>)----*|
|-x--x--x---x---x---x--|---------|-----------*|
|-7--7--7--10--10--10--|---------|-----------*|
|-7--7--7--10--10--10--|-<12>----|-(<12>)----*|


Duration Legend
---------------
W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura
+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the
duration for.  Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests.  Multi-
bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for.  Low
melody durations appear below the staff

Tablature Legend
----------------
 h   - hammer-on
 p   - pull-off
 b   - bend
 pb  - pre-bend
 r   - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
 /\  - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
 s   - legato slide
 S   - shift slide
  - natural harmonic
[n]  - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
 ~   - vibrato
 tr  - trill
 T   - tap
 TP  - trem. picking
 PM  - palm muting
\n/  - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
 \n  - tremolo bar down
 n/  - tremolo bar up
/n\  - tremolo bar inverted dip
 =   - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
 <>  - volume swell (louder/softer)
 x   - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
 o   - on rhythm slash represents single note slash

Misc Legend
-----------
 |  - bar
||  - double bar
||o - repeat start
o|| - repeat end
*|  - double bar (ending)
 :  - bar (freetime)
 $  - Segno
 &  - Coda
Tempo markers -  = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths


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3 comments on Main Theme

Great Theme Variations

5

Always loved the MGS theme, and this does it great justice. The way differences between the four variations and how they're worked into one coherent piece with varying tones is well done.

I would just say that having no notes, and just enjoying the ring of the melody occasionally would've been a nice variation - the driving baseline or arpeggios are present throughout the entire piece.

You might be right...

c-style said

I would just say that having no notes, and just enjoying the ring of the melody occasionally would've been a nice variation - the driving baseline or arpeggios are present throughout the entire piece.

I was thinking about doing something like that for variation 3, but I threw it out in favor of the one I based off of the Gregson-Williams remix. I made a couple of new variations that might replace the third: a minimalistic one and a combination between a minimalistic one and the third variation. Which do think fits better?

Tough Call

Your minimalistic one really fits what I had in mind, that kind of feeling where the theme is played by the strings in a soaring/contemplative/reflective kind of mood to make a starker contrast against the driving rhythm you've set up before and after it.

Your combo arrangement emphasizes the moving notes very well without it feeling busy, but I'd need to practice it a bit to sustain the melody properly - though the same can be said for your current version :p

Really, both are very good as well as the Theme #3 currently published, and it just comes down to the type of contrast you want to make with your 3rd variation. I'd personally lean towards the greater contrast, but you can just emphasize the difference with any of the variations by how you perform it.