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This song features many layers of distorted acoustic guitars that create a wall of sound. We'll teach a composite of all the guitars into one distinct guitar part using a basic chord progression that can be played all the way through. The acoustic guitar is tuned to Open D Tuning (like the original recording), but we'll also include a bonus lesson that will teach you how to play the song in standard tuning.

The original recording features an acoustic guitar sound that is distorted through the preamp of an old tape machine. We'll teach the song on acoustic guitar, as any acoustic guitar is suitable to learn this tune. That said, the Stones have always played this song live using electric guitars, so if you prefer, you can play this tune on electric just as easily.

The tune starts off with an acoustic guitar strumming the basic progression that forms the backbone of the tune. The verse section features a vocal melody that closely follows the chord changes on the guitar. The chorus moves to a different chord progression, and uses some suspended voicings - a Stones trademark. The tune ends off with a climactic outro that eventually fades out.

In the following lessons, we'll talk about open D tuning, one finger chords, chord suspensions, and some aggressive acoustic guitar strumming. We are in the key of C major, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 128 BPM.

Open D tuning: (low to high) D A D F# A D

Lesson Info
Instructor Mike Olekshy
Street Fighting Man