Message In A Bottle – The Police

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Message in a Bottle The Police

Copyright (c) 1979 G.M. Sumner

This arrangement Copyright (c) 2016 G.M. Sumner

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Message in a Bottle The Police

With “Message In a Bottle” we will explore Sting’s creative use of intervals to create rich, complex harmonies and riffs that demand the listener’s attention. You will learn interval naming in much greater detail and how you can use intervals to construct rich harmonies in the style of The Police and others. Its time you shared your own message in a bottle!

“Message in a Bottle” was recorded by English rock band The Police. It was released as the lead single from their second studio album, Reggatta de Blanc  in 1979. Written by the band’s lead singer and bass player Sting, the song is a story of a castaway on an island, who sends out a message in a bottle to seek love. A year later, without any response, he despairs, thinking he is destined to be alone. The next day, he sees “a hundred billion bottles” on the shore. The song was the first of the Police’s five UK number one singles. Rolling Stone ranks it as number 65 on its list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time”.