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Dirty Diana Tab

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This version is tabbed for Drop D tuning without the use of a capo, it also explains more of the chords used in the chorus section. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Michael Jackson
Dirty Diana
Bad (1987)

Drop D Tuning (DADGBE)

The song revolves around two main themes and may also suitable in D Standard tuning (DGCFAD) 

Tremolo used for outro solo

Adapted from a version by Tylerbag (Youtube)



[Intro]

Guitar volume knob back to 3/4

e|----------------------|
B|----------------------|
G|----------------------|x2
D|----------------------|
A|----------------------|
D|-5-------1----3---5---|


[Intro/Verse]

Slight staccato feel

e|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------|
G|---3-------------3----5-----------3--------------3----5---|
D|---3-------------3----5-----------3--------------3----5---| Repeat x6
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------5-3-5----------------5-3--------5--5-3-5-----------|


Same can also be played with added root notes between stabs:

e|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------3---------------3-----5--------------3--------------3----5---|
D|-------3---------------3-----5--------------3--------------3----5---| 
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------5-3-5---1-1---3-3--------5-3---------5-3-5--1-1---3-3----|


[Pre-Chorus]

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------/7-----------------------------------------------------|
A|-0-0---0----0-0-0---/5-----------------------------------------------------|
D|-0-0---0----0-0-0----------------------------------------------------------|


[Chorus 1]

Volume all the way up into distortion

e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------3------------------------3--------------------3---------------------3-------|
D|------3---3------5~~----------3---3------5~---------3----------5~---------3---3------5~---|
A|---/5---5---5--------------/5---5---5------------/5---5---5------------/5---5---5---------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
      p.m.....                pm.......            p.m...   .            pm....... 

Big bend at the end of 1st Chorus

e|-------------------------------|
B|-18b20-18b20-18b20~~~~~~~~18\--|
G|-------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------|


[Verse 2]

Volume knob down to 3/4

e|-------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------|
G|---3-------------3----5-----------3-----------3----5---|
D|---3-------------3----5-----------3-----------3----5---| Repeat x6 
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------5-3-5----------------5-3-----5--5-3-5-----------|


[Pre-Chorus]

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------/7-----------------------------------------------------|
A|-0-0---0----0-0-0---/5-----------------------------------------------------|
D|-0-0---0----0-0-0----------------------------------------------------------|


[Chorus 2]

Same as the 1st but with chords at the end of each section

Volume all the way up into distortion

e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------3------------------------3--------------------3---------------------3-------3---5-|
D|------3---3------5~~----------3---3------5~---------3----------5~---------3---3------5~---5---7-|
A|---/5---5---5--------------/5---5---5------------/5---5---5------------/5---5---5---------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
      p.m.....                pm.......            p.m...   .            pm....... 


e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------3------------------------3--------------------3---------------------3-------3---2-|
D|------3---3------5~~----------3---3------5~---------3----------5~---------3---3------5~---5---3-|
A|---/5---5---5--------------/5---5---5------------/5---5---5------------/5---5---5---------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
      p.m.....                pm.......            p.m...   .            pm....... 


[Solo]

Difficult to hear at first as it creeps up in the mix

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------18-18-18-18-----------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------17-17-17-17-----------------------------10----------------------|
D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------------0-0-0-0-10p0-12p0-10p0-12p0----12p10----12p10-------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------13-------13p10-|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  p.m.............             p.m....

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------18-18-18-18---------18-18-18-18-----------------|
G|-----------------17-17-17-17---------17-17-17-17-----------------|
D|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------------0-0-0-0-------------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
  p.m.............             p.m....



Crazy bend section, throw the note over a full tone bend, can also be achieved with a tremolo wiggle

e|-18-15--------------------------------------------------------------------------18b20~~~~~|
B|-------18-15------------------------------------------------------------------x-----------|
G|--------------17b20bd17p15----17b20bd17p15----17b20bd17p15---17b20bd17p15----x------------|
D|---------------------------17--------------17-------------17--------------17--------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                                                            x-Rake into


e|-------20-15---20-15----20-15----20-15----20-15-----20b22\-----------------|
B|-18-18-------18------18-------18-------18-------18-------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
         NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN


[Chorus/Outro]

e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------3------------------------3--------------------3---------------------3-------3---5-|
D|------3---3------5~~----------3---3------5~---------3----------5~---------3---3------5~---5---7-|
A|---/5---5---5--------------/5---5---5------------/5---5---5------------/5---5---5---------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
      p.m.....                pm.......            p.m...   .            pm....... 


e|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------3------------------------3--------------------3---------------------3-------3---2-| 
D|------3---3------5~~----------3---3------5~---------3----------5~---------3---3------5~---5---3-|
A|---/5---5---5--------------/5---5---5------------/5---5---5------------/5---5---5---------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
      p.m.....                pm.......            p.m...   .            pm....... 


[Outro Solo]

Tremolo bar the first rise D=dive

e|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------10------------18br20-15------------------------------------|
G|-2p0D--3p0D--5p0D--7p0D--8p0D--10p0D--12~~---12b14------------------17-15-------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------17-15-------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------17-5--------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------20-17-15-17-20-17~-|

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------3----------------15-15-------15-----------------15-15-------15------------------------------|
D|-----------5~~------17-17-------17-17-----17-------17-17-------17-17-----17--------------------------|
A|-----3-5---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-5-8-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------~-|
                      p.m...      p.m..              p.m..       pm...

e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------|
G|----------3-3-----3-------------3-3------3--------|Repeat until finish
D|------5-5-----5-5-----5-----5-5-----5-5----5~~~---|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------|



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| x   Dead note
| p   Pull-off
| b   Bend
| br  Bend release
| /   Slide up
| \   Slide down
| ~   Vibrato
| D   tremolo dive

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