The Astonishing

The Astonishing

“The Astonishing” is the thirteenth studio album by Dream Theater, released in 2016. This album is a double concept album, featuring a dystopian science fiction story set in a future where music is outlawed.

Below is the tracklist for this ambitious album:

DiscTrack No.TitleLength
11Descent of the NOMACS1:10
12Dystopian Overture4:50
13The Gift of Music4:00
14The Answer1:52
15A Better Life4:39
16Lord Nafaryus)3:28
17A Savior in the Square4:13
18When Your Time Has Come4:19
19Act of Faythe5:01
110Three Days3:44
212285 Entr’acte)2:20
22Moment of Betrayal6:11
23Heaven’s Cove4:20
24Begin Again3:54
25The Path That Divides)5:10
223Our New World4:12
224Power Down1:25

“The Astonishing” is a monumental work that showcases Dream Theater’s creativity and musical virtuosity. With its intricate storytelling and epic compositions, this album transports listeners to a vividly imagined world, making it a standout in the band’s discography.

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How to Read Bass Tab: A Beginner's Guide

1. Understanding the Basics

a. Strings:

Bass tab consists of horizontal lines representing the strings of the bass guitar. The lowest-pitched string (usually the E string) is at the bottom, and the highest-pitched string (usually the G string) is at the top.

b. Numbers:

Numbers on the lines indicate which fret to play on a specific string. For example, if you see "3" on the E string, it means you should press down the third fret on the lowest string.

2. Reading Bass Tab Example

In this tab:

  • Play the note on the 1st fret of the E string.
  • Play the open E string.
  • Play the 3rd fret on the A string.
  • Play the 1st fret on the A string.

3. Playing Techniques

a. Hammer-ons and Pull-offs:

Hammer-ons are represented by an "h" (e.g., 5h7 means play the 5th fret and hammer onto the 7th fret). Pull-offs are represented by a "p" (e.g., 7p5 means play the 7th fret and pull off to the 5th fret).

b. Slides:

Slides are often indicated by an "/" or "\\" between two numbers (e.g., 5/7 means slide from the 5th fret to the 7th fret).

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