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Dire Straits tabs for Romeo and juliet

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Composer / Writer : Mark Knopfler
Album: Making Movies
Transcriber: Timo Tattari (Timbo@sci.fi)
(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
                             X
--5--5--5--5---5-3-0-1--1--1--0--1-3-5--
-------------6--------------------------
-----5------5------------3--------------        Repeat two times and on
----------------------------------------        second time when you get to
----------------------------------------        X jump to the tab below..
----------------------------------------

--0--1--5--
-----3--6--
-----3--5--
-----3--7--
-----------
-----------

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

Have phun!

WWW: http://www.sci.fi/~timbo/

====

>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.

Group: Dire Straits
Album: Making Movies

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

    F(D-struct)                                  A chord diagramBb majorBb (strum a few times)
E---5------------------5-------------5--3--0-----1--------------------
B---6----------6-------6----------6--------------3--------------------
G---5-------5----------5-------5-----------------3--------------------
D---7----7------------------------------------------------------------
A---------------------------------------------------------------------
E---------------------------------------------------------------------

Now pick on the E-string back up to the D-struct. A chord diagramFF chord and pick those
first 3 notes again, then strum. Now quickly move to a downward sweep pick
on the A chord diagramFF 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...)
--0h1--3----5----------------5------------------1-----0----1---------
------------6----------6-----6---------------1--------------3---------
------------5-------5--------5------------2-----------------3---------
------------7----7---------------------3------------------------------
------------------------------------3---------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------


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

            F(D-struct)                                  Bb(strum...)
--0h1--3----5------------------5-------------5--3--0-----1------------
------------6---------6--------6----------6--------------3------------
------------5------5-----------5-------5-----------------3------------
------------7---7-----------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------


This time on the way back up to the D-struct A chord diagramFF we play the A chord diagramA augmentedA and A chord diagramG+G notes
on the E-string. Then do the D-struct A chord diagramFF thing again, then do a quick
downward seep-pick on the open A chord diagramC majorC chord, with the high A chord diagramG+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 A chord diagramFF for the start of the lyrics:

            F(D-struct)                              Bb(strum/pick...)
--5--3------5-------------5------------------3---0---1-------0h1--3--- etc
------------6---------5---6---------------1----------3----------------
------------5------6------5------------0-------------3----------------
------------7---7-------------------2---------------------------------
---------------------------------3------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------------------------------



F(Dstruct)                 A chord diagramDmDm (open)                     C(open)  F(1st fret)
A chord diagramA augmentedA lovestruck Romeo         sings a ...

F(1st fret)           C(open)  Dm(open)              A chord diagramBb majorBb
Laying everybody low              with the love ...

C(barre 3rd fret)    A chord diagramBb majorBb  C(3rd fret)       F(1st fret)
Finds a streetlight       Steps out of the ...

A chord diagramBb majorBb                     C(3rd fret)
you and me, babe...

Then add that nice little riff:

--0--0-----------
--------3--1-----  Followed by strumming F(1st fret).
--------------3--

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

C(open) F(1st fret)                C(open) Dm(open)           A chord diagramBb majorBb
        He's underneath the window,  ...

C(3rd fret)              A chord diagramBb majorBb C(3rd fret)               F(1st fret)
Shouldn't come around here, singing up ....

A chord diagramBb majorBb                            C(3rd fret)
  Anyway, what you ...

   F(1st fret) C(3rd fret)     Dm(5th fret)  C(3rd fret)   A chord diagramBb majorBb
Juliet            the dice was load...

    C(3rd fret)  F(1st fret)  C(3rd fret)    Dm(5th fret)  C(3rd fret)  A chord diagramBb majorBb
And I            bet               and you ...

      A chord diagramC majorC   A chord diagramFF     A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramBb majorBb   Dm(open)       A chord diagramBb majorBb
And I forget, I forget,      ...


  A chord diagramG minorGm                            A chord diagramFF    A chord diagramBb majorBb            A chord diagramC majorC        A chord diagramBB  A chord diagramC majorC   A chord diagramFF
--3--  When you gonna realize it was ...
--3--
--3--

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 A chord diagramFF 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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