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Bon Jovi, I Ll Be There For You Tabs (ver.4)

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I Ll Be There For You Tabs (ver.4)

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                Okay, here is, probably, the closest thing to 100% accurate.  I've heard and
played this song so many times, I could probably play it with my eyes closed.
This is probably one of the best songs, if not the best, Jon and Richie have
written.  There's a lot of really cool guitar interludes in the verses.  However,
because of these interludes, so you may avoid confusion, I will have to identify
every time, verses and interludes.  Listen to the song for the timing.  Have fun!

Bon Jovi
I'll Be There For You
As performed on "New Jersey"
Written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora

Standard Tuning
h        hammer on
p        pull off
()       harmonics
PM       palm muting
X        muffled strings
b        bend
r        return
~        vibrating
s        slide
/ or \   pick scr*pe

Intro (x2)
e[-------------------------------------------------------
B[-------------------------------------------------------
G[-----5s7-7s9-9s12-12p11--------------------------------
D[-------------------------------------------------------
A[-------------------------------------------------------
E[-------------------------------------------------------

Verse
e[-------------------------------------------------------
B[-------------------------------------------------------
G[--9~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~------------------------------
D[--9~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~------------------------------
A[--7~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~------------------------------
E[--0----------------------------------------------------

Interlude 1
e[-------------------------------------------------------
B[---3s5-5s3-3-------------------------------------------
G[---2s4-4s2-2--2h4p2------------------------------------
D[--------------2h4p2--2h4----7~~~~~~--------------------
A[---------------------2h4----5~~~~~~--------------------
E[-------------------------------------------------------

Verse
e[-------------------------------------------------------
B[-------------------------------------------------------
G[--9~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-----------------------------
D[--9~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-----------------------------
A[--7~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-----------------------------
E[--0----------------------------------------------------

Interlude 2
e[---10~~~-5h7-5-7---------------------------------------
B[---10~~~-5h7-5-7---------------------------------------
G[-------------------------------------------------------
D[-------------------------------------------------------
A[-------------------------------------------------------
E[-------------------------------------------------------

Verse
e[-------------------------------------------------------
G[-------------------------------------------------------
B[--9~~~~~-----------------------------------------------
D[--9~~~~~-----------------------------------------------
A[--7~~~~~-----------------------------------------------
E[--0----------------------------------------------------

Interludes 3 and 4
e[-------------------------7h10-5-5h7-5h7----------------
B[--------3h5p3------------7h10-5-5h7-5h7----------------
G[-------------------------------------------------------
D[-------------------------------------------------------
A[--2h4p4------2h4p2-------------------------------------
E[-------------------------------------------------------

Interlude 5   Use the vibrato bar at the end of this interlude
e[--(19)-------------------------------------------------
B[------(19)---------(19)~~~~----------------------------
G[----------(19)--------(19)~~~~-------------------------
D[--------------(19)-------------------------------------
A[-------------------------------------------------------
E[-------------------------------------------------------

Interlude 6
e[------9------7----9~~~---------------------------------
B[-------------------------------------------------------
G[---7h9---6h7---7h9-------------------------------------
D[-------------------------------------------------------
A[-------------------------------------------------------
E[-------------------------------------------------------

Chorus (x2)  Make up a strumming pattern for the chorus
e[-----------------------------------------------------------
B[--3--------------------------------------------------------
G[--2-------------4------------------------------5-----------
D[--0-------------4----------5---------7---------5------5----
A[--0-------------2---2-2----5---------7-----xx--3--xx--5----
E[----------------2---2-2----3---------5-----xx-----xx--3----
                    PM... 

Play the intro once, and then procede into Verse 2

Verse
e[-----------------------------------------------------------
B[-----------------------------------------------------------
G[--9~~~~~~~~~~~~~~------------------------------------------
D[--9~~~~~~~~~~~~~~------------------------------------------
A[--7~~~~~~~~~~~~~~------------------------------------------
E[--0--------------------------------------------------------

Interlude 7
e[------10-----12-----14-----12---10-------------------------
B[-----------------------------------------------------------
G[--9h11--11h12--12h14--11h12--7h9---------------------------
D[-----------------------------------------------------------
A[-----------------------------------------------------------
E[-----------------------------------------------------------

Repeat Interlude 5

Bridge
e[-------------------------------------------------------------
B[-------------------------------------------------------------
G[-------------------------------------------------------------
D[--5-----7-----12-----9-------5---7---------------------------
A[--5-----7-----12-----9--9-9--5---7---------------------------
E[--3-----5-----10-----7--7-7--3---5---------------------------
                        PM...

Chorus

SOLO     This is my favorite part of the song
e[-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
B[-------------------------------------------------------------------10b12-10--
G[--9b11--9p7---7---9b11--9p7---7--------7-7-----7-7---9b11r9---9-7------------
D[------------9---------------9------7h9-----7h9-------------------------------
A[-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
E[-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

e[------------------------------------------------------------------------
B[------------------------------------------------------------------------
G[------------------------------------------------------------------------
D[------------------------------------------------------------------------
A[--7h9p7-------7h9--7-10-10-10-8-8----7h9----7---7h9p7-10-10-10-8-8------
E[--------10~~~---------------------10------------------------------------

e[------------------------------------------------------------------------
B[--10b12-12-10----------------10b12r10-----------------------------------
G[--------------10p9p7--10p9p7----------10p9p7--9~~~~~--------------------
D[------------------------------------------------------------------------
A[------------------------------------------------------------------------
E[------------------------------------------------------------------------

Repeat Bridge (only add a pick scr*pe in at the end), then play the Chorus.
You are going to play the whole chorus twice here.
The 2nd time you play the it, go one step higher from D to E, like so...
e[----------------------------------------------------------------------
B[----------------------------------------------------------------------
G[--9---------6---------------------7-----------------------------------
D[--9---------6-------7------9------7----7------------------------------
A[--7---------4-------7------9---xx-5-xx-7------------------------------
E[--7---------4-------5------7---xx---xx-5------------------------------

Outro Solo (x2)
Also one step higher
e[-----------------------------------------------------------------
B[-----------------------------------------------------------------
G[-----------------------------------------------------------------
D[-----------------------------------------------------------------
A[---9h11p9----9h11--9--12-12-12-11-11-----------------------------
E[----------12-----------------------------------------------------

Then this
e[-----------------------------------------------------------------
B[-----------------------------------------------------------------
G[-----7-----------------------------------------------------------
D[-----7----7------------------------------------------------------
A[--xx-5-xx-7------------------------------------------------------
E[--xx---xx-5------------------------------------------------------

And finally, you play the intro again, only one step higher
Outro (x2)
e[-----------------------------------------------------------------
B[-----------------------------------------------------------------
G[--7s9-9s11-11s14-14p13-------------------------------------------
D[-----------------------------------------------------------------
A[-----------------------------------------------------------------
E[-----------------------------------------------------------------

And you're done.
Here's the song structure:
Intro (x2)
Verse
Interlude 1
Verse
Interlude 2
Verse
Interludes 3 and 4
Interlude 5
Interlude 6
Chorus (x2)
Intro (x1)
Verse
Interlude 7
Interlude 5
Bridge
Chorus (x2)
SOLO
Bridge
Chorus (x2)
E Chorus (x2)
Outro Solo (x2)
Outro (x2)

That's it.  I've got more tabs on the way. Enjoy this one.
            
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