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Much trickier than first appears, but once you get the picking pattern it all falls in
to place. As with all of Ben's songs it's fun to play and is in an awkward tuning.
Because of the strange capo positioning all notes are NOT relative to the capo 
positioning, but to nut, i.e. 0th fret. Hope that makes sense and enjoy!
P.s. All thanks to Tom Wheeler who sent me off with the basics to refine!

Diamonds - Ben Howard
Tabbed by: Callum Arnold
Tuning:CGCGGc and capo covering the bottom five strings on the 7th fret.

[Intro]
c|-----------------------|-----------------------|----------------------------|
G|-----------------------|-----------------------|----------------------------|
G|-------7-------7-----7-|-------7-------7-----7-|---------7---------7------7-|
C|---9-------9-------9---|---9-------9-------9---|----9---------9---------9---|
G|-7---7---7---7---7-----|-7---7---7---7---7-----|----------------------------|
C|-----------------------|-----------------------|-12---12---12---12---12-----|

c|----------------------------|----------------------------|----------------------------|
G|----------------------------|----------------------------|----------------------------|
G|---------7---------7------7-|---------7---------7------7-|---------7---------7------7-|
C|----9---------9---------9---|----9---------9---------9---|----9---------9---------9---|
G|----------------------------|----------------------------|----------------------------|
C|-12---12---12---12---12-----|-11---11---11---11---11-----|-11---11---11---11---11-----|

c|----------------------------|----------------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|----------------------------|----------------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|---------7---------7------7-|---------7---------7------7-|---7---7---7---7-|---7---7---7---7-|
C|----9---------9---------9---|----9---------9---------9---|---9---9---9---9-|---9---9---9---9-|
G|----------------------------|----------------------------|-7---7---7---7---|-7---7---7---7---|
C|-10---10---10---10---10-----|-10---10---10---10---10-----|-----------------|-----------------|

c|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-----------------|-----------------|
G|---7---7---7---7-|---7---7---7---7-|
C|---9---9---9---9-|---9---9---9---9-|
G|-7---7---7---7---|-7---7---7---7---|
C|-----------------|-----------------|

[Verse 1]
c|-----------------------|-----------------------|----------------------------|
G|-----------------------|-----------------------|----------------------------|
G|-------7-------7-----7-|-------7-------7-----7-|---------7---------7------7-|
C|---9-------9-------9---|---9-------9-------9---|----9---------9---------9---|
G|-7---7---7---7---7-----|-7---7---7---7---7-----|----------------------------|
C|-----------------------|-----------------------|-12---12---12---12---12-----|

c|----------------------------|----------------------------|----------------------------|
G|----------------------------|----------------------------|----------------------------|
G|---------7---------7------7-|---------7---------7------7-|---------7---------7------7-|
C|----9---------9---------9---|----9---------9---------9---|----9---------9---------9---|
G|----------------------------|----------------------------|----------------------------|
C|-12---12---12---12---12-----|-11---11---11---11---11-----|-11---11---11---11---11-----|

c|----------------------------|---------------------|--------------------------|
G|----------------------------|---------------------|--------------------------|
G|---------7---------7------7-|----7----7----7----7-|-------12-------10-----10-|
C|----9---------9---------9---|----9----9----9----9-|---9--------9--------9----|
G|----------------------------|---------------------|-7---7----7---7----7------|
C|-10---10---10---10---10-----|-10---10---10---10---|--------------------------|

c|--------------------------|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
G|--------------------------|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
G|-------12-------10-----10-|---------12---------10------10-|---------12---------10------10-|
C|---9--------9--------9----|----9----------9----------9----|----9----------9----------9----|
G|-7---7----7---7----7------|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
C|--------------------------|-12---12----12---12----12------|-12---12----12---12----12------|

c|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|----------------------------|
G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|----------------------------|
G|---------12---------10------10-|---------12---------10------10-|---------7---------7------7-|
C|----9----------9----------9----|----9----------9----------9----|----9---------9---------9---|
G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|----------------------------|
C|-11---11----11---11----11------|-11---11----11---11----11------|-10---10---10---10---10-----|

c|----------------------------|
G|----------------------------|
G|---------7---------7------7-|
C|----9---------9---------9---|
G|----------------------------|
C|-10---10---10---10---10-----|

[Verse 2]
c|-----------------------|-----------------------|----------------------------|
G|-----------------------|-----------------------|----------------------------|
G|-------7-------7-----7-|-------7-------7-----7-|---------7---------7------7-|
C|---9-------9-------9---|---9-------9-------9---|----9---------9---------9---|
G|-7---7---7---7---7-----|-7---7---7---7---7-----|----------------------------|
C|-----------------------|-----------------------|-12---12---12---12---12-----|

c|----------------------------|----------------------------|----------------------------|
G|----------------------------|----------------------------|----------------------------|
G|---------7---------7------7-|---------7---------7------7-|---------7---------7------7-|
C|----9---------9---------9---|----9---------9---------9---|----9---------9---------9---|
G|----------------------------|----------------------------|----------------------------|
C|-12---12---12---12---12-----|-11---11---11---11---11-----|-11---11---11---11---11-----|

c|----------------------------|---------------------|
G|----------------------------|---------------------|
G|---------7---------7------7-|----7----7----7----7-|
C|----9---------9---------9---|----9----9----9----9-|
G|----------------------------|---------------------|
C|-10---10---10---10---10-----|-10---10---10---10---|

[Bridge]
c|-----------------|
G|-----------------|
G|---7---7---7---7-|
C|---9---9---9---9-|
G|-7---7---7---7---|
C|-----------------|

[Chorus 1]
(I've just written the chords played, as the strum pattern is easy enough to figure out)
c|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7-------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7-------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7-------|
C|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-9-------|
G|-9--------|-7--------|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-7--------|-9--------|-9--------|-7-------|
C|-4--------|-7--------|-0--------|-0--------|-4--------|-7--------|-0--------|-0--------|-6-------|

c|-7-----7----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7-----7----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
C|-7-----7----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-11----9----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7-----7----|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|
C|-7-----7----|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|

c|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
C|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-12-------|-12-------|-12-------|-12-------|
C|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|

c|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
C|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-12-------|-12-------|-12-------|-12-------|
C|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|

[Chorus 2]
c|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7-------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7-------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7-------|
C|-9--------|-11-------|-7--------|-7--------|-9--------|-11-------|-7--------|-7--------|-9-------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-9--------|-9--------|-7--------|-7--------|-9--------|-9--------|-7-------|
C|-6--------|-7--------|-0--------|-0--------|-6--------|-7--------|-0--------|-0--------|-6-------|

c|-7-----7----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7-----7----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7-----7----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
C|-11----9----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7-----7----|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|
C|-7-----7----|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|

c|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
C|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-12-------|-12-------|-12-------|-12-------|
C|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|

c|-7--------|-7-----7----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7-----7----|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7-----7----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7-----7----|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7-----7----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7-----7----|-7--------|
C|-9--------|-11----9----|-7--------|-7--------|-9--------|-11----9----|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7-----7----|-9--------|-9--------|-7--------|-7-----7----|-9--------|
C|-6--------|-7-----7----|-0--------|-0--------|-6--------|-7-----7----|-0--------|

c|-7--------|-7--------|-7-----7----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7-----7----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7-----7----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
C|-7--------|-9--------|-11----9----|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-9--------|-7--------|-7-----7----|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|
C|-0--------|-6--------|-7-----7----|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|

c|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
C|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-12-------|-12-------|-12-------|-12-------|
C|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|

c|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7------7--|----7----|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-12-----11-|----9----|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7------7--|----7----|
C|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7------7--|----7----|
G|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-12-------|-12-------|-12-----11-|----9----|
C|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0------0--|----0----|

[Outro]
c|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
C|-9--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-9--------|-11--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-9--------|-9--------|-7--------|-7---------|-9--------|-9--------|
C|-6--------|-7--------|-0--------|-0--------|-6--------|-7---------|-0--------|-0--------|

c|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
C|-9--------|-11--------|-7--------|-7--------|-9--------|-11--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-9--------|-9--------|-7--------|-7---------|-9--------|-9--------|
C|-6--------|-7---------|-0--------|-0--------|-6--------|-7---------|-0--------|-0--------|

c|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
C|-9--------|-11--------|-7--------|-7--------|-9--------|-11--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-9--------|-9--------|-7--------|-7---------|-9--------|-9--------|
C|-6--------|-7---------|-0--------|-0--------|-6--------|-7---------|-0--------|-0--------|

c|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
C|-9--------|-11--------|-7--------|-7--------|-9--------|-11--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-9--------|-9--------|-7--------|-7---------|-9--------|-9--------|
C|-6--------|-7---------|-0--------|-0--------|-6--------|-7---------|-0--------|-0--------|

c|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|
C|-9--------|-11--------|-7--------|-7--------|-9--------|-11--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-9--------|-9--------|-7--------|-7---------|-9--------|-9--------|
C|-6--------|-7---------|-0--------|-0--------|-6--------|-7---------|-0--------|-0--------|

c|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7---------|
C|-9--------|-11--------|-7--------|-7--------|-9--------|-11--------|
G|-7--------|-7---------|-9--------|-9--------|-7--------|-7---------|
C|-6--------|-7---------|-0--------|-0--------|-6--------|-7---------|

c|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
C|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|
G|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-12-------|-12-------|-12-------|-12-------|
C|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0--------|

c|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7------7--|-7---7---7--|-7---7---7--7-|-7---7---7--|-7---------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7------7--|-12--11--9--|-12--11--9--7-|-12--11--9--|-14--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7------7--|-12--11--9--|-12--11--9--7-|-12--11--9--|-14--------|
C|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7------7--|-7---7---7--|-7---7---7--7-|-7---7---7--|-7---------|
G|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-9------9--|-12--11--9--|-12--11--9--7-|-12--11--9--|-14--------|
C|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-4------6--|-0---0---0--|-0---0---0--0-|-0---0---0--|-0---------|

c|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7------7--|-7---7---7--|-7---7---7--7-|-7-----7----|-7---------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7------7--|-12--11--9--|-12--11--9--7-|-12----14---|-16--------|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7------7--|-12--11--9--|-12--11--9--7-|-12----14---|-16--------|
C|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7------7--|-7---7---7--|-7---7---7--7-|-7-----7----|-7---------|
G|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-9------9--|-12--11--9--|-12--11--9--7-|-12----14---|-16--------|
C|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-4------6--|-0---0---0--|-0---0---0--0-|-0-----0----|-0---------|

c|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7-----7-----|-7----7----|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-12-------|-12-------|-12----11----|-9----7----|
G|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-12-------|-12-------|-12----11----|-7----7----|
C|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7--------|-7-----7-----|-7----7----|
G|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-9--------|-12-------|-12-------|-12----11----|-9----7----|
C|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-4--------|-0--------|-0--------|-0-----0-----|-0----0----|


c|-7--------|
G|-7--------|
G|-7--------|
C|-7--------|
G|-9--------|
C|-4--------|

[Structure]
[Intro]
[Verse 1] x2
[Verse 2]
[Bridge] x4
[Chorus 1]
[Verse 1]
[Bridge] x8
[Chorus 2]
[Outro]
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straca 10 Sep 25, 2011 03:36 PM

Great tab up until the chords, where some indicate for you to place your fingers on frets which are below the capo such as 4 and 6. I know there is a string which is left open and I assumed it was the top one. So why are there these strange chords? Cheers mate

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callum.arnold 83 Sep 25, 2011 05:50 PM

yep you've got it. They only go below the capo on the top string as it wouldn't make any difference on any other strings (probably guessed that yourself)! As to the ridiculously awkward chords, I'm afraid you'd have to ask Ben... if you watch any videos of him playing it, you'll see he goes below the capo. Hope that cleared a few things.

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straca 10 Sep 25, 2011 06:04 PM

But what I don't get is that it doesn't make any difference putting the 4th fret down for example if it's not going to make any difference to the sound of the chord as the bottom string is capoed down.... Thanks again

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