#1
Hi all,

I am relatively new to playing the guitar and want to play Opeth's April Ethereal with the following, only tabs i found so far:
http://www.guitartabs.cc/tabs/o/opeth/april_ethereal_tab.html

I tuned my guitar to the standart EADGBE but even the first note
|--
|-3
|-4
|-4
|-2
|--
sounds totally different, much lower than in the original song. On Youtube i saw someone playing exactly this riff and it was definitely not the sound that I have. However, other songs I played sound normal. Do I have to tune my guitar in another way?

Thanks in advance,
Max
#2
Nope, "April Ethereal" is in standard tuning (eBGDAE).

In case you want it, here's the tab i made while watching them play the song in the "In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall" DVD:

Opeth - April Ethereal

Standard tuning

Intro
|---------|
|---------|
|-7-7-7-7-|
|-7-7-7-7-|
|-5-5-5-5-|

Riff A                                           _
|----------------------------------------------|  |
|----------------------------------------------|  |
|----------------------------------------------|  |
|-9--9-9-9-9-9--9-9-9-9-9--9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-9-|  |
|-9--9-9-9-9-9--9-9-9-9-9--9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-9-|  |
|-7--7-7-7-7-7--7-7-7-7-7--7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-7-|  \
                                                   > x5,75
|--------------------------------------|          /
|--------------------------------------|          |
|--------------------------------------|          |
|-4--4-4-4-4-4--4-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-7-7-|          |
|-4--4-4-4-4-4--4-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-7-7-|          |
|-2--2-2-2-2-2--2-2-2-2-2--5-5-5-5-5-5-| _________|

Riff B
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-9--9-9-9-9-9--9-9-9-9-9--9-9-9-9-9--9-9-9--9-9-9-9--------------| x4
|-9--9-9-9-9-9--9-9-9-9-9--9-9-9-9-9--9-9-9--9-9-9-9--13--7--4--7-|
|-7--7-7-7-7-7--7-7-7-7-7--7-7-7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7-7---x--x--x--x-|
|---------------8-8-8-8-8--7-7-7-7-7--7-7-7--7-7-7-7--11--5--2--5-|

Play Riff A x3,25

Interlude 1
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|-4~~--4~~-----------------------|
|-4~~--4~~--5-5~--4--------4-----|
|-2~~--0~~----------3-3--3---3-3-|

Riff C
|---------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------11-11-11--------11-/-13--------11-11-11----------------|
|--------10-10-10--------10-/-12--------10-10-10----------------| x4
|---------8--8--8---------8-/-10---------8--8--8--5-5-----------|
|-7-7--7----------7-7--7---------7-7--7-----------4-4--6--2-2-2-|
|-0-0--0----------0-0--0---------0-0--0----------------5--1-1-1-|

Riff D
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-12-12121212-121212-9-9999-999-5-5555-555-14-14141414-11-11111111-| x6
|--x--x-x-x-x--x-x-x-x-xxxx-xxx-x-xxxx-xxx--x--x-x-x-x--x--x-x-x-x-|
|-10-10101010-101010-7-7777-777-3-3333-333-12-12121212--9--9-9-9-9-|
|------------------------------------------------------------------|

Interlude 2                                       1.2.3.        4.
|---------------------------------------|--------------|---------|
|---------------------------------------|--------------|---------|
|---------------------------------------|--------------|---------|
|---------------------------------------|--------------|-2-----2-|
|-7------------7------------7-----------|-----2-3-2----|-2-----2-|
|---6-5--0000----6-5--0000----6-5--0000-|-0h5-------4~-|-0-000-0-|
         ....         ....         ....                    ...   P.M.

|-------------------|
|-------------------|
|-------------------|
|---5---6~~---------|
|--4---5------------|
|-3---4------3-2--0-|

Riff E                                                _
|-7--7-7-7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7---7--7-7-7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|  |
|-8--8-8-8--8-8-7-7-7-7-7---7--7-7-7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|  |
|-9--9-9-9--9-9-9-9-9-9-9---7--7-7-7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|  |
|-9--9-9-9--9-9-9-9-9-9-9---9--9-9-9--9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|  |
|-7--7-7-7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7---9--9-9-9--9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|  |
|---------------------------7--7-7-7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|  \
                                                        > x6
|-5--5-5-5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5--5--5-5-5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|  /
|-6--6-6-6--6-6-5-5-5-5-5--5--5-5-5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|  |
|-7--7-7-7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7--5--5-5-5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|  |
|-7--7-7-7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7--7--7-7-7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|  |
|-5--5-5-5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5--7--7-7-7--7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|  |
|--------------------------5--5-5-5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5--| _|

Riff F
 Guitar 1
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------| x8
|-5~------9~---------9p7------------------------------|
|-----------------------9~~-----10\7~--9/10~--12\9~---|
|-----------------------------------------------------|
 Guitar 2
|-----------------------------------------------------|
|-0~~-----0~~--------2~~--------0~~-----------2~~-----|
|-0~~-----2~~--------4~~--------2~~----0~~----4~~-----| x2, then
|-2~~-----2~~--------4~~--------2~~----2~~----4~~-----| x4 strummed
|-3~~-----0~~--------2~~--------0~~----2~~----2~~-----|
|--------------------------------------0~~------------|

|------0--------0------------2--------------------0---|
|----0--------0------------2-----------------------3--|
|--0--------2-----4p2----4----------2------9--------2-| x2
|----------------------4----------2------9------4-----|
|---------0----------2----------0------7------2-------|
|-0---------------------------------------------------|

Interlude 3 - strum E5

Riff G
 Guitar 1
|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|
|-8/9~-----9/12~-----12\6~-6/15-15\8--| x6
|-x-x------x--x-------x-x--x--x--x-x--|
|-6/7~-----7/10~-----10\4~-4/13-13\6--|
|-------------------------------------|
 Guitar 2                              x6
||-------------------------------------||--------|
||-------------------------------------||--------|
||o-----------------------------------o||--------|
||o-----------------------------------o||--------|
||-------------------7---------888-6~--||-1----1-|
||--00-0-0-----000-0---0--00-00666-----||-0--0-0-|

Riff H
 Guitar 1
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------| x6
|-5p4-44445p4-44445p4-44445p4-44444-4-555-7-7-777-4-4-444-4-4-444-|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
 Guitar 2
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------| 
|-----------------------------------------------------------------| x2
|-2-------2-------9---------------4-4-444-7-7-777-----------------|
|-2-2-222-2-2-222-9-9-999-109-999-5-5-555-5-5-555-9-9-999-9-9-999-|
|-0-0-000-0-0-000-7-7-777-7-7-777-----------------5-5-555-6-6-666-|

|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------4---------| x4
|----------------------------------------------------4-----5-4~---|
|-777777777777--1010101010------------------------2---------------|
|---------------------------7-7-7-7-5-5-55-1-1-11-----------------|

Interlude 4
|--------------------------------------2----------------|
|-----------------------------------------3-2~----------|
|--------4--------------4-----------------------5~------|
|----4------5-4~-----4-----5-4~-----4----------------4~-|
|-2---------------2--------------2----------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------|

Riff J - played 9 times, fading
 Guitar 1
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------7-7777-7-5-5555-|
|-4-4444-4-4-4-6--7-7777-7-7777-7-7777-7-7777-7-7777-7-6-6666-|
|-5-5555-5-5-5-7--9-9999-9-9999-9-9999-9-9999-----------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
 Guitar 2
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------4~------------2~--------------|
|-------------------------------4-------------2---------------|
|--------7---------0------------2-------------0---------------|
|-0-0000---00002-3---023~-------------------------------------|
Squier "VMC" Stratocaster
PRS SE Singlecut
tc electronic polytune
CMAT MODS Signa Drive
Blakemore Effects Deus Ex Machina
DIY gaussmarkov Dr. Boogey
EHX Small Clone
Mooer ShimVerb
DIY Beavis Devolt
T-REX Fuel Tank Chameleon
Ampeg GVT52-112
Last edited by Linkerman at Oct 3, 2011,
#3
Thanks very much Linkerman
That was exactly what I was looking for! I'm the happiest person in the world when I can play this song


Even though I am still confused why the other tabs sound so strange the way i play them.
#4
You're welcome.
The song is pretty easy, you'll nail it in no time.
Squier "VMC" Stratocaster
PRS SE Singlecut
tc electronic polytune
CMAT MODS Signa Drive
Blakemore Effects Deus Ex Machina
DIY gaussmarkov Dr. Boogey
EHX Small Clone
Mooer ShimVerb
DIY Beavis Devolt
T-REX Fuel Tank Chameleon
Ampeg GVT52-112