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Message In A Bottle Tab

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message in a bottle by the police

tuning:standard

tabbed for bass,lead,rythym
 the rythym guitar is basicly like the bass every time you hit the
2 note on the bass the rythym guitar does a chord for example

G||-----------------------------------------||
D||o----------------------------4-4--------o||
A||o--4-4---------------2-2----------------o||
E||-------------5-5-------------------------||


e||--------------------------------------||
B||o-------------------------------------||
G||------------------------------6-6-----||
D||---6-6-----------------4-4----4-4-----||
A||o--4-4-------7-7-------2-2------------||
E||-------------5-5----------------------||

listen for timing and how many times you have to do the particular verse or chorus


lead
e||-----------------------------------------||2x
B||o---------4----------------2------------o||
G||------------------4----------------------||
D||------6--------2--------4-----------6/7--||
A||o--4--------0--------2-----------4------o||
E||-----------------------------2-----------||

lead                                            x8
e||---------------------------------------------||
B||o--------4-----------------2--------------o--||
G||------------------4--------------------------||
D||------6--------2--------4-----------6/7------||
A||o--4--------0--------2-----------4------o----||
E||-----------------------------2---------------||
 | bass
G||-----------------------------------------||x8
D||o----------------------------4-4--------o||
A||o--4-4---------------2-2----------------o||
E||-------------5-5-------------------------||

rythym
e||--------------------------------------||x8
B||o-------------------------------------||
G||------------------------------6-6-----||
D||---6-6-----------------4-4----4-4-----||
A||o--4-4-------7-7-------2-2------------||
E||-------------5-5----------------------||


Chorus 1a:both lead and rythym do the same chords
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-----------------7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-|
D|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-|
A|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------|
 |
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-----------------5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------|

here both guitars dong do the same.the lead does the D5 but the rythym does a d chord instead
e|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---|
D|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---|
E|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------------------|
 |
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5|
E|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------------------|

e|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|----------------------------|
D|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-7-|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-7-|
E|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--5-5-5-5-5-|
 |
G|----------------------------|
D|----------------------------|
A|----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-|
E|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2------------|

Chorus 1b:rythym does this
e|-4----------5-------4----------5-------4----------5----------|
B|-5----------5-------5----------5-------5----------5--------2-|
G|-6----------6-------6----------6-------6----------6--------2-|
D|-6----------7-------6----------7-------6----------7--------4-|
A|-4----------7-------4----------7-------4----------7--------4-|
E|------------5------------------5------------------5--------2-|
 |
G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-4-4-4--4-----------4-4-4--4-----------4-4-4--4--------------|
E|------------5-5-5-4------------5-5-5-4------------5-5-5-4--2-|
 |lead does this little solo
e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------7b8---7--5---7b8------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------6-|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|

Verse 2:

lead
e||-----------------------------------------||x8
B||o---------4----------------2------------o||
G||------------------4----------------------||
D||------6--------2--------4-----------6/7--||
A||o--4--------0--------2-----------4------o||
E||-----------------------------2-----------||

 |
G||-----------------------------------------||x8
D||o----------------------------4-4--------o||
A||o--4-4---------------2-2----------------o||
E||-------------5-5-------------------------||
rythym
e||--------------------------------------||
B||o-------------------------------------||x8
G||------------------------------6-6-----||
D||---6-6-----------------4-4----4-4-----||
A||o--4-4-------7-7-------2-2------------||
E||-------------5-5----------------------||

Chorus 2a:both guitars
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-----------------7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-|
D|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-|
A|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------|
 | bass
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-----------------5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------|

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---|
D|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---|
E|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------------------|
 |
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5|
E|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------------------|

e|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|----------------------------|
D|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-7-|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-7-|
E|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--5-5-5-5-5-|
 |
G|----------------------------|
D|----------------------------|
A|----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-|
E|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2------------|

Chorus 2b:rythym does this
e|-4----------5-------4----------5-------4----------5--------|
B|-5----------5-------5----------5-------5----------5--------|
G|-6----------6-------6----------6-------6----------6--------|
D|-6----------7-------6----------7-------6----------7--------|
A|-4----------7-------4----------7-------4----------7--------|
E|------------5------------------5------------------5--------|
 |
G|-----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-4-4-4--4-----------4-4-4--4-----------4-4-4--4------------|
E|------------5-5-5-4------------5-5-5-4------------5-5-5-4--|
 |lead does this solo
e|-----------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------7b8---7--5---7b8--7-|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|


e|-4----------5-------4----------5-------4----------5-------|
B|-5----------5-------5----------5-------5----------5-------|
G|-6----------6-------6----------6-------6----------6-------|
D|-6----------4-------6----------4-------6----------4-------|
A|-4------------------4------------------4------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|
 |
G|----------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-4-4-4--4-----------4-4-4--4-----------4-4-4--4-----------|
E|------------5-5-5-4------------5-5-5-4------------5-5-5-4-|
 |
e|----------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------5-7-7b8-5--------------------------5|
G|--------------------6-----------6--------------------4h6--|
D|----------------------------------6\4--2----------4h6-----|
A|-------------------------------------------4--------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|


e|-4----------5-----------------2--------2-|
B|-5----------5-----------------2--------2-|
G|-6----------6-----------------2--------2-|
D|-6----------4-----------------4--------2-|
A|-4-------------------------------------2-|
E|---------------------------------------2-|
 |
G|-----------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------|
A|-4-4-4--4-----------4-4-4--4-------------|
E|------------5-5-5-4-----------2----------|
 |
e|-----------------------------------------|
B|------------9b10-------------------------|
G|-6----------11b12---9--------------------|
D|-----------------------11----------------|
A|-----------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------|


e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------|

Verse 3:
lead
e||-----------------------------------------||x8
B||o---------4----------------2------------o||
G||------------------4----------------------||
D||------6--------2--------4-----------6/7--||
A||o--4--------0--------2-----------4------o||
E||-----------------------------2-----------||

 |
G||-----------------------------------------||x8
D||o----------------------------4-4--------o||
A||o--4-4---------------2-2----------------o||
E||-------------5-5-------------------------||
rythym
e||--------------------------------------||
B||o-------------------------------------||x8
G||------------------------------6-6-----||
D||---6-6-----------------4-4----4-4-----||
A||o--4-4-------7-7-------2-2------------||
E||-------------5-5----------------------||


Chorus 3a:
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-----------------7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-|
D|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-|
A|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------|
 |
G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-----------------5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------|


e|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---|
D|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7---|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---|
E|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------------------|
 |
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5|
E|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------------------|

e|----------------------------|
B|----------------------------|
G|----------------------------|
D|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-7-|
A|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--7-7-7-7-7-|
E|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--5-5-5-5-5-|
 |
G|----------------------------|
D|----------------------------|
A|----------------5-5-5-5-5-5-|
E|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2------------|


Chorus 3b:rythym
rythym does this
e|-4----------5-------4----------5-------4----------5--------|x2
B|-5----------5-------5----------5-------5----------5--------|
G|-6----------6-------6----------6-------6----------6--------|
D|-6----------7-------6----------7-------6----------7--------|
A|-4----------7-------4----------7-------4----------7--------|
E|------------5------------------5------------------5--------|
 |

lead does solo
e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------9|
G|-----------------------------------------------------8-9-11--|
D|---------------------------------------------------11--------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|

G|----------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-4-4-4--4-----------------4-4-4--4-----------4-4-4--4-----------|
E|--------------5-5-5-4----------------5-5-5-4------------5-5-5-4-|
 |
e|----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-12-10-10-9---9b------------------------------------9-----------|
G|--------------11b-11-9-11--9-----------------------9----9-------|
D|------------------------------11---------------9-11--------11---|
A|---------------------------------------------11-----------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------------|

 |
e|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|-------------14--------------------------|
D|-------------11b12-11-11----9h11b12------|
A|-----------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------|

Ending

e||-----------------------------------------||x4
B||o---------4----------------2------------o||
G||------------------4----------------------||
D||------6--------2--------4-----------6/7--||
A||o--4--------0--------2-----------4------o||
E||-----------------------------2-----------||

                                      x4
lead
e||-----------------------------------------||x8
B||o---------4----------------2------------o||
G||------------------4----------------------||
D||------6--------2--------4-----------6/7--||
A||o--4--------0--------2-----------4------o||
E||-----------------------------2-----------||

 |
G||-----------------------------------------||x12
D||o----------------------------4-4--------o||
A||o--4-4---------------2-2----------------o||
E||-------------5-5-------------------------||
rythym
e||--------------------------------------||
B||o-------------------------------------||x12
G||------------------------------6-6-----||
D||---6-6-----------------4-4----4-4-----||
A||o--4-4-------7-7-------2-2------------||
E||-------------5-5----------------------||

 |
e||-----------------------------------------||
B||o--------19b21-19b21-19b21-19-17-16\14--o||
G||-----------------------------------------||
D||-----------------------------------------||
A||o---------------------------------------o||
E||-----------------------------------------||


lead
e||-----------------------------------------||
B||o---------4----------------2------------o||
G||------------------4----------------------||
D||------6--------2--------4-----------6/7--||
A||o--4--------0--------2-----------4------o||
E||-----------------------------2-----------||

 |
G||-----------------------------------------||
D||o----------------------------4-4--------o||
A||o--4-4---------------2-2----------------o||
E||-------------5-5-------------------------||
rythym
e||--------------------------------------||
B||o-------------------------------------||
G||------------------------------6-6-----||
D||---6-6-----------------4-4----4-4-----||
A||o--4-4-------7-7-------2-2------------||
 |

e||-----------------------------------------||
B||--10-12-12-12-10-12-12-12-10-12-12-12-14-||
G||-----------------------------------------||
D||-----------------------------------------||
A||-----------------------------------------||
E||-----------------------------------------||

(x)b(y)  bend x to y
   /     slide up
   \     slide down
enjoy!!!!  my band plays message in a bottle like this,it sounds right to me,to make the 
riff sound like it on the original recording add a bit of tremolo,i use the boss 
pedal to make the great sounds
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Shred King85 wrote on June 25 2009, 06:40 pm

I see I'm the first to comment on this tab. The 3rd note on the intro is a little off, but overall a good tab. The intro should be:
|------------------------------------|
|------------------------------------|
|-------8----------------------------|
|----6----------9-------11------6\7--|
|-4----------7-------9-------4-------|
|---------5-------7-------2----------| x10 or x8 or something like that.

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jiligier wrote on January 22 2014, 01:30 am

It sounds the same. Same notes, different fingering/fret. It's actually significantly easier to play in my opinion.

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