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Billie Jean Tab

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Artist: Coldplay
Title: Billie Jean (cover)
Tuning: EADGBe  Standard

Listen to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpjibsEoR5Q

Because I couldn't find a tab of the Billie Jean cover by Coldplay, I watched a 
of Billie Jean
over and over again, until I got it.
The way Coldplay performs this song is in one word: Brilliant!
Leave a comment if you think something is wrong with this tab.

This is the part John Buckland plays:

Riff A

e|--------------------------|
B|--------------------------|
G|--------------------------|  Repeat 12 times.
D|--------------------------|  You can mute the notes if that sounds better to you.
A|---10----8-10-8-----------|
E|------10--------10-8-10---|


Then the next riff comes in, after Chris Martin sings: 'She said I'm the one' in the 1st verse.

Riff B

e|--------------------------|
B|--------------------------|
G|--------------------------|  Play this riff 2 times.
D|---10----8-10-8-----------|
A|------10--------10-8-10---|
E|--------------------------|

After Riff B, play Riff A again.


There is an other guitar (Will Champion, COldplay drummer) in this song. He strums a few 
while John plays the riff.


This is the part of Will in the verse:

     Bm   C#m     D  C#m
e|--------------------------|
B|----3---5-------7---5-----|
G|----4---6-------7---6-----|   Repeat the whole verse,
D|----4---6-------7---6-----|   Listen to the song for the rhythm.
A|----2---4-------5---4-----|
E|--------------------------|

OR

e|----2---4-------5---4-----|
B|----2---4-------5---4-----|
G|----2---4-------6---4-----|   Or you can play this. But I don't
D|--------------------------|   believe this is the way Will plays it.
A|--------------------------|
E|--------------------------|

The outro (solo) by John Buckland:
               FH               FH
e|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|
G|---5-5h7-5---5h7-|----5h7-5---5h7--|  Repeat 7 times.
D|-----------8-----|--8-------8------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|

e|---------------|
B|---------------|
G|-----5h7\\\\\--|
D|---8-----------|
A|---------------|
E|---------------|


h  = Hammer-on
FH = Fast Hammer-On
\\ = Slide down the neck


I hope you liked my tab of Coldplay's Billie Jean.

~Joris~


PS. Could somebody help me out with the chords for the Pre-chorus? That the only part 
missing in this tab ;)
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Jonny-Buckland wrote on October 17 2010, 05:57 am

Great ab dude :D i will try to help you with the missing parts i guess i am gonna listen by ear alot bot i will figure it out in a while :)
peace!

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Jonny-Buckland wrote on October 26 2010, 05:59 pm

Okay i found my tabs for the song. the chorus goes first with an speciel chord, its like this ithink this is a D#maj7 (365343) its like a 'C' in third fret, then you go to a Fm (355333) and you repeat that trough the chorus, but then there comes a couple of other chord in the end of every chorus its goes, 'F' (133211) and then to a chord i cant remember what is called (we will call a C5) :P its like this 'C5' x5453x so this is how it would sound.

'D#maj7'-'Fm' repeat til Chris sing: Be carefull what you do before lie becomes true. that point you will play 'F' and then the 'C5'

But i will highly recomend you listen by ear for the chord progresion.

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majorminus wrote on July 9 2011, 11:28 am

i think you'd better use "Eb"(x68886) and "Gm"(355333) and when chris martin sings "cause the lie becomes the ..." you play Dsus4(x57785) and at the word "truth" you play D(x57775)!

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