Romeo And Juliet was written by Mark Knopfler for Dire Straits in 1981 and appears on their album 'Making Movies'. Knopfler recorded the song on a resonator but it sounds just as beautiful on an acoustic guitar if you ask me.
It's a pretty difficult song to play at times with some awkward chord changes and tricky picking patterns going on. Having said that, it does become very comfortable with practice and a real joy to play. Once you've mastered it it'll likely become a song you continue to play for many years to come as it's just so much fun!
- Capo - 3rd
- Tuning - open G (D G D G B D)
- Tempo - 87 bpm
- Difficulty - intermediate - advanced
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The hardest part of the intro to Romeo And Juliet is the arpeggiated F chord in bars 3 and 7. Really take your time with this part because it will likely require some work.
The good thing is that there's just three simple chords to deal with in the fretting hand.
Each verse of Romeo And Juliet follows the exact same chord progression; however, Knopfler plays many nuances and subtle changes throughout the whole song. The nuances are written on the tab but really the best way to learn them is from listening carefully to the song and replicating the sounds on your guitar.
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Into the chorus of Romeo And Juliet now and there's no new chords to deal with other than the Gm7. If you haven't already, I'd recommend watching Knopfler playing this song as his right hand technique is incredibly unique.
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