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Vai's "Butler's Bag" questions

Hi guys. I've lost my trusty transcriptions of Butler's Bag from the movie Crossroads. It seems the latest trans. of these don't include Butler's Bag, which is one of my favorites...I'm sure some here will agree! I've been scouring the web looking for a good tab of it, and of course, some are good and some aren't. Here's my question:

The intro to the tune, the very first thing "Jack" does, during the "WOOO!!" scream the woman makes is, from all the tabs, this: (bottom 4 strings here)


...but for years, due to the fact I didn't really have a version of this tune other than the VHS tape, I couldn't check for authenticity!....and this tab has never really gotten that sweet intro feel that it has in the movie (the Light and Sound CD version is similar, and easier to isolate, but it's very close to the movie, even though the rest on the CD is not )it always sounded like there were too many, I did my best and as far as I can tell, this is what Steve is playing:


..or, if you wanna play it up in the 5th pos. and not have the stretch:


I know this is nitpicky, but does my version sound more accurate to your ears?...I'm sure there's a ton of Vai fans here. This is one of my fave solos, and even after all these years I find cool stuff in it, even though it's relatively in Vai terms!

Any comments?..thanks!
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