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                             Better Strangers - Royal Blood
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Tabbed by: Joe McKie
E-mail: joe@joemck.ie

Tuning: Drop C


WITHOUT BASS

[Intro]
D|--------------------   ----------------------|
A|--------------------   ----------------------|
F|-------------------- X ----------------------|
C|-------3-------3---- 3 -------3-----3--------|
G|---3/5---5\3/5---5--   ---3/5---5-4----------|
C|-0------------------   -0-------------6-5-3\-|

BASS ON
2 bar bridge:
D|--------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------|
F|--------------------------------------------------|
C|---17-17b-----3-------3--------------3-------3----|
G|----------3/5---5\3/5---5\-------3/5---5\3/5---5\-|
C|-0-----------------------------0------------------|

Main riff:
YMMV with the harmonic as it’s on a bass, play around with the note!

Brother beat me blue
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
F|---8+---------------------------------------------------------8+-------------------|
C|----------3-------3----------3-------3---------3-------3-------------3-----3-------|
G|------3/5---5\3/5---5\---3/5---5\3/5---5---3/5---5\3/5---5\------3/5---5-4---------|
C|-0---------------------0-----------------0------------------0----------------6-5-3-|


[Chorus]
Hollow hollow
D|------------------------------------------------------   ------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------   ------------------------|
F|------------------------------------------------------ x ------------------------|
C|------17-17b-------17-17b----------------------------- 3 ------17-17b-----17-17b-|
G|------------------------------5p3-5p3---5p3---5p3-----   ------------------------|
C|-8-8----------5-55----------0---------0-----0-----3/--   --8-8--------5-5--------|

2 bar bridge:
The slide at the end is some weird portamento whammy, but sliding up the neck sounds fine
D|-----------------------|
A|-----------------------|
F|-----------------------|
C|-------3-------3-------|
G|---3/5---5\3/5---5--5/-|
C|-0---------------------|


[2nd verse:]
Bass amp is only active on the low C’s and the last 2 notes
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
F|---8+----------10-----------10-------8+------------------------------------|
C|---------10/12----12~-10/12----12~-------------3-----3---------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------3/5---5-4-----------------------|
C|-0-----0---------------------------0-----0-------------6-5---3\------------|


[2nd Chorus:]
Ending slightly different
D|------------------------------------------------------   ---------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------   ---------------------------|
F|------------------------------------------------------ x ---------------------------|
C|------17-17b-------17-17b----------------------------- 3 ------17-17b-----17-15~----|
G|------------------------------5p3-5p3---5p3---5p3-----   ---------------------------|
C|-8-8----------5-55----------0---------0-----0-----3/--   --8-8--------5-5------- 0/-|


[Solo]
Major amp switching here using the line selector
D|------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------|
F|----------------------------------------------17-16\--|
C|-------17-17b--------17-----------17------------------|
G|------------------------17~----------17~--------------|
C|-0-00-----------8-88---------5-55--------5-55---------|

D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
F|-------17-17b--------15-14\---------------------19-----------------|
C|----------------------------------19-17~-15-17b----17-15-17/19-15~-|
G|--------------------------~----------------------------------------|
C|-0-00-----------8-88---------5-55----------------------------------|

                                        Break these notes up with your thumb
                                        like a pinch harmonic
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
F|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
C|-------17p15------------------15b------17b-pb17-17-17-17-17 17br---|
G|-------------17~--------15-17~-------------------------------------|
C|-0-00--------------8-88-----------5-55---------------------------0-|

Small drum/vocal break then:
BASS OFF                                      BASS ON              
D|-----------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------|
F|-8+--------------------------------------------------|
C|-------3-------3----------3-----3--------------------|
G|---3/5---5\3/5---5\---3/5---5-4----------------------|
C|--------------------0-------------6-5---3---2--1/----|


[3rd Chorus:]
D|------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------|
F|------------------------------------------------------| x
C|------17-17b-------17-17b-----------------------------| 4
G|------------------------------5p3-5p3---5p3---5p3-----|
C|-8-8----------5-55----------0---------0-----0-----3/--|


[Ending:]
D|-----------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------|
F|-----------------------------------------------------|
C|------17-17b---------17-17b-------17-15~------17-15~-|
G|-----------------------------------------------------|
C|-8-8-----------10-10---------5-55--------5-55--------|

D|---------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
F|---------------------------------------------------------|
C|------17-17b-----------17-17b-------17-15~------17br-15~-|
G|---------------------------------------------------------|
C|-8-8------------10-10----------5-55--------5-55----------|

D|-------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------|
F|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|------17-17b-----------17-17b-------17-15~------17-15\-|
G|-------------------------------------------------------|
C|-8-8------------10-10----------5-55--------5-55--------|

D|---------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------|
F|---------------------------------------|
C|------17-17b-------17-17b--------------|
G|---------------------------------------|
C|-8-8-----------3-3---------10--------0-|
 
************************************

| /   slide up
| \   slide down
| h   hammer-on
| p   pull-off
| ~   vibrato
| +   harmonic
| x   Mute note
| b   Bend
| pb  Pre-bend
| br  Bend release
| pbr Pre-bend release
| brb Bend release bend

************************************

            
            
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DeafPolka 181 Oct 11, 2014 12:58 PM

Excellent tab, the only thing I would say is that in C standard tuning you can achieve the harmonic perfectly on the 7th fret of the Eb string (G string in E standard tuning)

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JoeMcKie 52 Oct 12, 2014 02:04 AM

Oh actually that might be what I play, I did it from memory and I could have remembered the note wrong! The tuning is definitely drop C though, check the live version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao0DzllEVek

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robert.goodall. 69 Oct 27, 2014 12:05 AM

Could you tell me what pedals to use? sounds really similar to Mike's...

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