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Dire Straits tabs

Brothers In Arms guitar tab

From: Kenny Winningham <>
Artist: Dire Straits
Album: Bros. In Arms
Song: Bros. In Arms
Key: B major

(Note: I've indicated numbers above the tab to tell when to play each riff.)

Intro:

0:37            0:44                    0:50                  0:55
---------------|-----------------------|---------------------|--------|
---------------|-----------------------|---------------------|--------|
-4-6-8p6-6h8-6-|-------------------8---|-(8)-----------------|-4/6----|
---------------|-8h9-11p9-8-------9-11-|----11-9-8-------8---|----6-6-|
---------------|-----------11-9h11-----|----------11-9h11-11-|--------|
---------------|-----------------------|---------------------|--------|

First Verse:

1:11         1:24      1:37   1:48   1:52
------------|---------|------|------|------------------------|
------------|---------|------|-4/5--|------------------------|
------------|-8p6-6h8-|------|----6-|------------------------|
-13p11p9h11-|---------|-11p8-|------|-9p8h9-11-9-8-----------|
------------|---------|------|------|-------------11-9-11-11-|
------------|---------|------|------|------------------------|

1:58
----------------------|
----------------------|
------------------8---|
-11-9-8----------9-11-|
-------11-9-11-11-----|
----------------------|

Second Verse:

2:14        2:18          2:26        2:38         2:42          2:50
-----------|-------------|-----------|------------|-------------|------|
-----------|-(4)-(5)-(7)-|-----------|------------|-------------|-4/5--|
-8p6-6-----|-------------|-11p9p8h9--|-11p9p8h9-8-|-(4)-(6)-(4)-|----6-|
------11p8-|-------------|---------8-|------------|-------------|------|
-----------|-------------|-----------|------------|-------------|------|
-----------|-------------|-----------|------------|-------------|------|

2:54                       3:00
--------------------------|--------------------------|
--------------------------|--------------------------|
-8-11BU13-11-8------------|----------------------8---|
--------------11-9-8------|-8h9-11-9-8----------9-11-|
--------------------11-11-|-----------11-9-11-11-----|
--------------------------|--------------------------|

Bridge:

3:13         3:20          3:26         3:33
------------|-------------|------------|-----0-|
------------|-------------|------------|-----0-|
--------8---|-3-3h4-3-4-6-|-9-8----8---|-----0-|
-----8-9-11-|--------6----|----11-9-11-|-14 -2-|
-9/11-------|-------------|------------|-14 -2-|
------------|-------------|------------|-12 -0-|

Solo:

3:37                 3:43                                  3:48
--------------------|-------------------------------------|-------------------
--------------------|-------------------------------------|-------------------
------11BU13BD11-9~-|-11BU13-11-8-8-11/13-13BU15BD13-11-9-|-8h11p8h11p8-11/13-
-----9--------------|------------9------------------------|-------------------
-9-11---------------|-------------------------------------|-------------------
--------------------|-------------------------------------|-------------------

                    3:53                4:01
-------------------|-------------------|---------------------|
-------------------|-------------------|---------------------|
-11-9-8------------|-4h6-x-6h8-4---8---|-(8)-(6)-(4)-(3)-(1)-|
-------9-8-6-4-6-6-|--------------9-11-|---------------------|
-------------------|-------------------|---------------------|
-------------------|-------------------|---------------------|

Third Verse:

4:10    4:15          4:21                 4:26             4:33
-------|-------------|--------------------|----------------|-------------
-------|-(4)-(5)-(7)-|-9BU11BD9BU11-7h9p7-|----------------|-9BU11-9-7-9-
-4-4h6-|-------------|--------------------|-8------8-9-8---|-------------
-------|-------------|--------------------|--8-9-11-----11-|-------------
-------|-------------|--------------------|----------------|-------------
-------|-------------|--------------------|----------------|-------------

                            4:43
---------------------------|----------|
-9BU11BD9BU11-9-9BU11BD9-7-|-5-4-4/5--|
---------------------------|--------6-|
---------------------------|----------|
---------------------------|----------|
---------------------------|----------|

End solo:

4:50                       4:56                              5:02
--------------------------|---------------------------------|---------------
--------------------------|--9------9-11-9--9--9------------|-7---7-7-7-7-7-
-11BU13-11-8--------------|-8-11BU13------11-11-11-9-8------|-6h8-8-6-4-6-6-
------------9-8-----------|---------------------------11-11-|---------------
---------------11-9-11-11-|---------------------------------|---------------
--------------------------|---------------------------------|---------------

          5:06                      5:14
---------|-------------------------|---4-6-7-7-------------------------------|
-7-7-5-5-|-------------------------|--4--------------------------------------|
-4-4-4-4-|-4-6BU8BD6-4-4-6-6BU8BD6-|-4----------------13-15-16-16-13--16BU18-|
---------|------------6-6----------|-----------6/13-13--------------16-------|
---------|-------------------------|-----------------------------------------|

Legend:
h= hammer-on
p= pull-off
/ = slide up, slide down
BU BD= bend up, bend down
~= vibrate note
()= volume swell
[]= false harmonic
<>= handwalk
x= deaden string
{}= natural harmonic

That's all I know. I'll figure out the rest (someday).
I hope you find this useful!
Kenny Winningham
---------|-------------------------|-----------------------------------------|




Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits

Key: B maj.


A ">" means that the transition between the two notes should be smooth.
Do it the way you want (pull off, hammer on, string bend) I'm not good enough
to precisely figure out what he does.

Timing indications (e.g. 0'35") are from my CD player. 

Intro solo (starts at about 0'35"):

 -------------------------------------------------------------
 -------------------------------------------------------------
 -------------------------------------------8------6>8--------
 -4-6-8>6--6>8>6---8>9-11>9--------------9-----11-------11-9--
 ----------------------------13>11>9>11-----------------------
 -------------------------------------------------------------


 ------------------------------------
 ------------------------------------
 ------------------------4>6---------
 -----------------------------6-6----
 -13-11-9-11>13>11-11----------------
 ------------------------------------

I indicate (approximatively) when to play what by putting lyrics fragments
under the tab. Bars are just here to provide convenient seperations,
not to indicate the beat.

 	-------------------|------------------|-----------------------------
 	-------------------|------------------|-----------------------------
 	-------------------|---------8>6-6>8--|-----------------------------
 	-------13>11>9>11--|------------------|-----------11>8-8------------
 	-------------------|------------------|-----------------------------
 	-------------------|------------------|-----------------------------

 ...mountains               ...lands          ...return to

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 ---4>5-----------------------------------------------------------------------
 ---------------6--------------------------------------------------------8----
 ----------------------9>8>9-11-9-8-----------11-9-11-9-8------8------9-----11
 ------------------------------------11-9-11---------------11-----11----------
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

...brothers in arms

 ---------------------------|----------------------------
 ---------------------------|---------4>5>7--------------
 --------------8>6-6--------|----------------------------
 ---------------------11-8--|----------------------------
 ---------------------------|----------------------------
 ---------------------------|----------------------------

...destruction               ...of fire

 ------------------------|---------------------|---------------------------
 ------------------------|---------------------|---------------------------
 -----------11>9>8>9-----|--------11>9>8-9-8---|--------------4-6-4--------
 ---------------------8--|---------------------|---------------------------
 ------------------------|---------------------|---------------------------
 ------------------------|---------------------|---------------------------

...suffering             ...so bad             ...fear and alarm

 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 --4>5----4-----------9------------------------------------------------------
 -------------6----8----8-------------------------------------------8--------
 --------------------------11>9>8---------8>9-11-9-8------8------9-----11----
 ----------------------------------11-11--------------11-----11--------------
 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

..brohers in arms

 --------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------
 --------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------
 -------------------8------|-------------------------|---------9<8--------8----
 --------------8-9----11---|--------8>9>8------9-11--|--------------11-9-----11
 --------9>11--------------|---------------11--------|-------------------------
 --------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------

...worlds                  ...suns                   ...one world

 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 --------------------------------9--------------9-9>11>9-------------------9---
 ------------------11>13-11-9-9----11-8----8-11----------11-9--9-11-9-11-9-----
 ----------------9----------------------11-------------------------------------
 -----------9-11---------------------------------------------------------------
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
       Em
...ones

 -------------------------------------------------|------------|-----------
 -11-9--------------------------4-----------------|------------|----4>5>7--
 ------9>8----8-----4>6-8>6-4-4---6---8>6>4>3>1---|------------|-----------
 ----------11---11--------------------------------|--------6-6-|-----------
 -------------------------------------------------|------------|-----------
 -------------------------------------------------|------------|-----------

						  ...hell      ...high

----------6---------|------------------------|-----------6-4---4-6--6-4---6-4--
------------9>7>9>7-|------------------------|---------------7----------7-----7
--------------------|------8--------8>9-8----|---------------------------------
--------------------|--------8-9-11-------9--|---------------------------------
--------------------|------------------------|---------------------------------
--------------------|------------------------|---------------------------------

...farewell         ...die		     ...starlight and every line...

-----------------------------------
----5---4------------4>5-----------
-------------------------------6---
-----------------------------------
-----------------------------------
-----------------------------------

...make war on our brothers in arms


What follows is only a part of the ending. It ends up at about 6'15".
(right before the fade out).
Some parts are really just guesses (actually, the whole thing is, but I really
wouldn't be suprised at all if anyone would come up and tell me these parts are
totally wrong). I underlined them with "?".

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
-9-----------------------9>7-7>9>7---9-7-9-----------------------------------
---11-8----------------9-----------9-------11-9-8--------8-------------------
--------9-----------------------------------------11-11----11-9-11-11-9-9----
-----------11>9-11-11--------------------------------------------------------
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------11-12-12------
-------------------------------------------------8-11---------------
-9-11-13>11>9-9-11>9-9-11-11>13-11-11>9-9-9-9--9--------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------
              ???????????????????????


-------------------9--9-------------------------------------------------
---------9-12-12-9------12-11-9-----------------------------------------
-4>8-8-8------------------------9-8-11-8----------------4>6-8>6>4-8>6>4---
-----------------------------------------9-11-9-8-------------------------
---------------------------------------------------11---------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                       ????????????????????????????


--------------------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
---------------9-------8-----11-9-8---------------------------------------
-11-11>9-9-11-----9-9---------------11-9---------9--4-6-4-6-4>6>4-6-6>4---
-----------------------------------------11-9-11--------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
                              ^This is played too softly for me to hear

----------------------------------11-9------------11-9--------------
---------12-14-14-12----12-14-12-------12>11>9-12-------------------
------11-------------11---------------------------------------------
----9---------------------------------------------------------------
-11-----------------------------------------------------------------
--------------------------------------------------------------------

-9>11>9----11----9----
--------12----12---12-
----------------------
----------------------
----------------------
----------------------

Ok, let's end the slaughtering here.

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