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Andy Summers is well known for adding the ninth to riffs as can be heard in

`Message In A Bottle' (see `The Guitar Magazine' Vol 2 No 8) from `Reggatta De


Blanc' (1979). `At that point I was starting to get into this whole approach of
taking out the major third and the minor third from chord progressions,' he
reveals. `It partly comes out of intellectually wanting to de-emotionalise the
quality of chord progressions and it also comes out of the fifth being one of the
basic rock patterns you get into very early on in guitar playing. It just seemed like
one of the elements that would really work and you didn't really need the third.
Sticking the third in - particularly the major third - tends to muddy the sound
especially if you start playing louder with a bit of distortion when it creates a
harmonic overtone that you don't want. So it arose unconsciously and
consciously when you suddenly think, "I know why I'm doing this." It worked its
way into a lot of the music that we did and it became a sort of hallmark of The
Police's style. Historically it goes back to Gregorian chants I'd studied at college.'

The major 9th chord riff in `Every Breathe You Take' (see `The Guitar Magazine'
Vol 2 No 8) from `Synchronicity' (1981) was supposedly inspired by Bartok String
Quartet... "Yeah. When I did `I Advanced Masked' with Robert Fripp between
`Ghost In The Machine' and `Synchronicity', we were both into Bartok. A bit
earlier on I had worked on some Bartok violin duos and Fripp and I did one
where we kind of emulated that kind of writing. I had a lot of that in my head
and I was looking for these sort of open, fifth, ninth things. That was just one riff I
had and that lucky moment came up where `Every Breathe You Take' arose and I
was able to push the riff into that song.'

A proficient and innovative rhythm guitar player, Andy's also no slouch when it
comes to soloing: check out `Peanuts', `Driven To Tears' and `Landlord' from his
Police days for starters. `Any solo needs to be built on certain formulae like
tension and release and it obviously depends on what's being playing
underneath. I certainly like to play outside - if a guy is playing in `E' I don't mind
playing in `F' minor which you can relate to the flat 9th or raised 5th of the
chord. But if you're going to play `F' minor over `E' you have to release back to
the `E' at some point otherwise it just gets unbearable! So I think you always
have to play inside and outside but you do have to learn that stuff both
intellectually and physically on the guitar so you get beyond thinking. When
you're playing at high speed over progressions you need to have it reduced
down into certain patterns. It becomes very visual and I definitely see the guitar
as a visual instrument.

`If you take an `E' flat chord you could play over it in `C' minor or `G' minor. Or
you could play a half-whole diminished scale over it which I particularly like [the
diminished scale consists entirely of alternated half-step and whole step
intervals]. I also like some of the melodic minor scales. You don't need to play
every single scale otherwise you sound like a student or end up just playing licks.
And there's another consideration above and beyond that - I think the better
soloing is when you try to create a melodic line which may or may not fall inside
one of those scales. You really ought to think in terms of space and line - more
like how Miles Davis might have thought of a solo, if he thought about it at all!
But that's all part of soloing and you go on doing that for the rest of your life
and the moment you're onstage... It all goes out the window anyway [laughs]!'

This interview was originally published in `The Guitar Magazine' Vol 6 No 3 February
1996.

Every breath you take

(the Police)

Tone: A+

Tabbed by Fabio (Lux)

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------6-----------------6---------|
d|------9-----9---9-------9-----9---9---| A+
a|----7---7-----7-------7---7-----7-----|
E|--5-----------------5-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------2-----------------2---------|
d|------6-----6---6-------6-----6---6---| F#-
a|----4---4-----4-------4---4-----4-----|
E|--2-----------------2-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|------5-----------------7-------------|
g|----------7-----------------9-----9---|
d|----7-------7---7-----9-------9-------| D+ ... E+
a|--5-----5-----5-----7-----7-----7-----|
E|--------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------6-----------------6---------|
d|------9-----9---9-------9-----9---9---| A+
a|----7---7-----7-------7---7-----7-----|
E|--5-----------------5-----------------|

Every breath you take... every move you make... etc...

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------6-----------------6---------|
d|------9-----9---9-------9-----9---9---| A+
a|----7---7-----7-------7---7-----7-----|
E|--5-----------------5-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------2-----------------2---------|
d|------6-----6---6-------6-----6---6---| F#-
a|----4---4-----4-------4---4-----4-----|
E|--2-----------------2-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|------5-----------------7-------------|
g|----------7-----------------9-----9---|
d|----7-------7---7-----9-------9-------| D+ ... E+
a|--5-----5-----5-----7-----7-----7-----|
E|--------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------2-----------------2---------|
d|------6-----6---6-------6-----6---6---| F#- (opened eyes!)
a|----4---4-----4-------4---4-----4-----|
E|--2-----------------2-----------------|

Every single day.. every words you say... etc...

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------6-----------------6---------|
d|------9-----9---9-------9-----9---9---| A+
a|----7---7-----7-------7---7-----7-----|
E|--5-----------------5-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------2-----------------2---------|
d|------6-----6---6-------6-----6---6---| F#-
a|----4---4-----4-------4---4-----4-----|
E|--2-----------------2-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|------5-----------------7-------------|
g|----------7-----------------9-----9---|
d|----7-------7---7-----9-------9-------| D+ ... E+
a|--5-----5-----5-----7-----7-----7-----|
E|--------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------6-----------------6---------|
d|------9-----9---9-------9-----9---9---| A+
a|----7---7-----7-------7---7-----7-----|
E|--5-----------------5-----------------|

Oh.. can't you see...

e|------------------------------------------|
b|------5-----------------------------------|
g|----------7----------------7----5---------|
d|----7-------7---7--------7--------7---7---| D+ ... D7
a|--5-----5-----5-----5(?)-----5------5-----|
E|------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------6-----------------6---------|
d|------9-----9---9-------9-----9---9---| A+
a|----7---7-----7-------7---7-----7-----|
E|--5-----------------5-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------------|
g|-----------8--------------------8-----------|
d|------11-----11---11-------11-----11---11---| B+
a|----9----9------9--------9----9------9------|
E|--7--------------------7--------------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|------7-----------------7-------------|
g|----------9-----------------9-----9---|
d|----9-------9---9-----9-------9-------| E+
a|--7-----7-----7-----7-----7-----7-----|
E|--------------------------------------|

Every move you make... every vow you brake... etc...

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------6-----------------6---------|
d|------9-----9---9-------9-----9---9---| A+
a|----7---7-----7-------7---7-----7-----|
E|--5-----------------5-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------2-----------------2---------|
d|------6-----6---6-------6-----6---6---| F#-
a|----4---4-----4-------4---4-----4-----|
E|--2-----------------2-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|------5-----------------7-------------|
g|----------7-----------------9-----9---|
d|----7-------7---7-----9-------9-------| D+ ... E+
a|--5-----5-----5-----7-----7-----7-----|
E|--------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------2-----------------2---------|
d|------6-----6---6-------6-----6---6---| F#-
a|----4---4-----4-------4---4-----4-----|
E|--2-----------------2-----------------|

Since you've gone I've been lost without a trace


I dream at night I can only see your face

fret: 8 fret: 10

e|--o----- || e|--o----- ||
b|--o----- || b|--o----- ||
g|--o--o-- || g|--o--o-- ||
d|--o--o-- || F+ d|--o--o-- || G+
a|--o----- || a|--o----- ||
E|--o----- \/ E|--o----- \/

I look around but it's you I can't replace


I feel so cold, and I long for your embrace

fret: 8 fret: 10

e|--o----- || e|--o----- ||
b|--o----- || b|--o----- ||
g|--o--o-- || g|--o--o-- ||
d|--o--o-- || F+ d|--o--o-- || G+
a|--o----- || a|--o----- ||
E|--o----- \/ E|--o----- \/

I keep crying baby, baby...

e|--o----- ||
b|--o----- ||
g|--o--o-- ||
d|--o--o-- || F+
a|--o----- ||
E|--o----- \/

... please

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------6-----------------6---------|
d|------9-----9---9-------9-----9---9---| A+
a|----7---7-----7-------7---7-----7-----|
E|--5-----------------5-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------2-----------------2---------|
d|------6-----6---6-------6-----6---6---| F#-
a|----4---4-----4-------4---4-----4-----|
E|--2-----------------2-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|------5-----------------7-------------|
g|----------7-----------------9-----9---|
d|----7-------7---7-----9-------9-------| D+ ... E+
a|--5-----5-----5-----7-----7-----7-----|
E|--------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------2-----------------2---------|
d|------6-----6---6-------6-----6---6---| F#-
a|----4---4-----4-------4---4-----4-----|
E|--2-----------------2-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------6-----------------6---------|
d|------9-----9---9-------9-----9---9---| A+
a|----7---7-----7-------7---7-----7-----|
E|--5-----------------5-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------2-----------------2---------|
d|------6-----6---6-------6-----6---6---| F#-
a|----4---4-----4-------4---4-----4-----|
E|--2-----------------2-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|------5-----------------7-------------|
g|----------7-----------------9-----9---|
d|----7-------7---7-----9-------9-------| D+ ... E+
a|--5-----5-----5-----7-----7-----7-----|
E|--------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------6-----------------6---------|
d|------9-----9---9-------9-----9---9---| A+
a|----7---7-----7-------7---7-----7-----|
E|--5-----------------5-----------------|

Oh.. can't you see...

e|------------------------------------------|
b|------5-----------------------------------|
g|----------7----------------7----5---------|
d|----7-------7---7--------7--------7---7---| D+ ... D7
a|--5-----5-----5-----5(?)-----5------5-----|
E|------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------6-----------------6---------|
d|------9-----9---9-------9-----9---9---| A+
a|----7---7-----7-------7---7-----7-----|
E|--5-----------------5-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------------|
g|-----------8--------------------8-----------|
d|------11-----11---11-------11-----11---11---| B+
a|----9----9------9--------9----9------9------|
E|--7--------------------7--------------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|------7-----------------7-------------|
g|----------9-----------------9-----9---|
d|----9-------9---9-----9-------9-------| E+
a|--7-----7-----7-----7-----7-----7-----|
E|--------------------------------------|

Every move you make... every vow you break... etc...

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------6-----------------6---------|
d|------9-----9---9-------9-----9---9---| A+
a|----7---7-----7-------7---7-----7-----|
E|--5-----------------5-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------2-----------------2---------|
d|------6-----6---6-------6-----6---6---| F#-
a|----4---4-----4-------4---4-----4-----|
E|--2-----------------2-----------------|

Every smile you fake... every claim you stake...


I'll be watching you...

e|--------------------------------------|
b|------5-----------------7-------------|
g|----------7-----------------9-----9---|
d|----7-------7---7-----9-------9-------| D+ ... E+
a|--5-----5-----5-----7-----7-----7-----|
E|--------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------2-----------------2---------|
d|------6-----6---6-------6-----6---6---| F#-
a|----4---4-----4-------4---4-----4-----|
E|--2-----------------2-----------------|

Every move you make... every step you take...


I'll be watching you...

e|--------------------------------------|
b|------5-----------------7-------------|
g|----------7-----------------9-----9---|
d|----7-------7---7-----9-------9-------| D+ ... E+
a|--5-----5-----5-----7-----7-----7-----|
E|--------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------2-----------------2---------|
d|------6-----6---6-------6-----6---6---| F#-
a|----4---4-----4-------4---4-----4-----|
E|--2-----------------2-----------------|
e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------2-----------------2---------|
d|------6-----6---6-------6-----6---6---| F#-
a|----4---4-----4-------4---4-----4-----|
E|--2-----------------2-----------------|

ENDING

I'll be watching you...


Every breath you take...
Every move you make...
Every bond you break...
Every step you take...

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------6-----------------6---------|
d|------9-----9---9-------9-----9---9---| A+
a|----7---7-----7-------7---7-----7-----|
E|--5-----------------5-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|------------------------5-------------|
g|----------2-----------------7---------|
d|------6-----6---6-----7-------7---7---| F#- ... D+
a|----4---4-----4-----5-----5-----5-----|
E|--2-----------------------------------|

I'll be watching you...


Every single day...
Every word you say...
Every game you play...
Every night you stay...

e|--------------------------------------|
b|--------------------------------------|
g|----------6-----------------6---------|
d|------9-----9---9-------9-----9---9---| A+
a|----7---7-----7-------7---7-----7-----|
E|--5-----------------5-----------------|

e|--------------------------------------|
b|------------------------5-------------|
g|----------2-----------------7---------|
d|------6-----6---6-----7-------7---7---| F#- ... D+
a|----4---4-----4-----5-----5-----5-----|
E|--2-----------------------------------|

etc...
etc...
etc...

(ad infinitum)

Bye!

Tabbed by Lux (Fabio)