Romeo And Juliet By Dire Straits

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Artist: Dire Straits
Composer / Writer : Mark Knopfler
Album: Making Movies
Song: Romeo & Juliet
Transcriber: Timo Tattari (
(Some inspiration from the James Reese tab)

Guitar used: National Duolian, effects & amp unknown

Right, this is a beginners-only tabulature, not 100% transcript
but easy to play, and even sounds like the real thing!

Tuning: Normal
Capo: None
-----5------5------------3--------------        Repeat two times and on
----------------------------------------        second time when you get to
----------------------------------------        X jump to the tab below..


And then play the song with the chords found on the James Reese tab (below)

Have phun!



>From jreese@leland.Stanford.EDU (james reese)

This is the version that I figured out, after listening to the song about
12,000 times. It's not nearly as rich as the one that Mark Knopfler does,
but it certainly makes it recognizable. And it's fun to play. Any
corrections/additions are quite welcome.

Song: "Rome and Juliet"
Group: Dire Straits
Album: Making Movies

The intro starts out with a D-structured F chord: strum and then pick out
the first three notes, then strum again. Next, pick the last three notes
of the F chord and slide the picking down the E-string to a Bb chord:

    F(D-struct)                                  Bb (strum a few times)

Now pick on the E-string back up to the D-struct. F chord and pick those
first 3 notes again, then strum. Now quickly move to a downward sweep pick
on the F chord barred at the first fret (plus the unfretted E-string note),
which leads back to the Bb:

            F(D-struct)             F(barred,1st fret)      Bb(strum...)

Now it's back up the E-string to the D-struct F for more of the same
(the rest of the band kicks in here and starts to obscure things).

            F(D-struct)                                  Bb(strum...)

This time on the way back up to the D-struct F we play the A and G notes
on the E-string. Then do the D-struct F thing again, then do a quick
downward seep-pick on the open C chord, with the high G note added (1st
string at 3rd fret). An open E-string then leads to the Bb.
Then it's up to the D-struct F for the start of the lyrics:

            F(D-struct)                              Bb(strum/pick...)
--5--3------5-------------5------------------3---0---1-------0h1--3--- etc

F(Dstruct)                 Dm (open)                     C(open)  F(1st
A lovestruck Romeo         sings a ...

F(1st fret)           C(open)  Dm(open)              Bb
Laying everybody low              with the love ...

C(barre 3rd fret)    Bb  C(3rd fret)       F(1st fret)
Finds a streetlight       Steps out of the ...

Bb                     C(3rd fret)
you and me, babe...

Then add that nice little riff:

--------3--1-----  Followed by strumming F(1st fret).

F(1st fret)                    C(open)  Dm(open)
Juliet says, "Hey, it's Romeo!          you ....

C(open) F(1st fret)                C(open) Dm(open)           Bb
        He's underneath the window,  ...

C(3rd fret)              Bb C(3rd fret)               F(1st fret)
Shouldn't come around here, singing up ....

Bb                            C(3rd fret)
  Anyway, what you ...

   F(1st fret) C(3rd fret)     Dm(5th fret)  C(3rd fret)   Bb
Juliet            the dice was load...

    C(3rd fret)  F(1st fret)  C(3rd fret)    Dm(5th fret)  C(3rd fret)  Bb
And I            bet               and you ...

      C   F     C  Bb   Dm(open)       Bb
And I forget, I forget,      ...

  Gm                            F    Bb            C        B  C   F
--3--  When you gonna realize it was ...

And now you can do the downward sweep-picking on the F(1st fret) to get
to the Bb, then pick up the E-string to get to the D-struct F again. That's
about it (at least, that's as much as I'm able to do).

Hope this helps. Again, any corrections/additions/suggestions are welcome.

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