Hey, how’s it going this is Shawn Daniel with Guitar Control, today we’re learning an all-time Classic, one of the most iconic songs in the history of rock music and we’re going to do an easy acoustic representation of it, that you can play on solo while keeping some of the spirit of the original recording. The song is called “I can’t get no satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones.
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It’s all in the A-string where it’s 2, 2, 2, 4, 5, 5, 5, and 4, essentially you can play a couple different ways, but that’s most of it. Now we turn that into a chord progression. This is kind of a version that you can do, it’s only 3 chords super easy via E, A, B7, and back to E, then we’re going to jump back. First start with an E major chord; we’re essentially in the key of E. So it’s open E, little finger to a ring finger to D pointer finger 1G.
Now we’re going back and forth between E and A, for most of the song you want to go from this to this and back. So I’m playing this A major chord which is the next chord progression like this open A, 2D, 2G, 2B, open E, with my middle ring and pinky because it’s really easy to get back and forth between that E.
Let’s do a very simple strumming pattern without adding any kind of dynamics just to down, down, down, up, down, up, 1, 2, 3, and 4, and we just do that on E down, down, down, down, up, down, down, down, up, down, all right and whatever pace you want to do you use lower and move it to A and because we’re doing this version of an A and not this version of an A all you have to do is roll your middle finger and your ring finger back and forth, honestly even if you do it like E minor.
Essentially we just have a couple times around each of these 2, 3, 4, and the 2nd bar to A and the 2nd bar to A, and then back to E, back to A. For the next part we’re going to add new chord we have one time on E, one time on b7, back to E, back to A, so that last part, very bluesy were going from one bar down, down, down, up, down, up, 1, 2 3,and 4, and 5 to a b7.
This chord right here you’ll see it as a B on chord charts but in bluesy type songs and all the stone songs are pretty bluesy are b7, it’s going to be much easier way to use, that she kind of sounds more correct to. So b7 middle finger to A-string pointer finger, one on the B-string ring finger, to out the G-string (optionally) get your pinky on the high E-string if you want, not necessary but again it’s up to you.
So we’re going from E to b7, look how easy that transition is? All you have to do is, if you’re on an E major position your pointer finger you can stay it there and we just swap your ring finger and your pointer finger back and forth and then you can add your pinky go for it. Just really work this out, just like you want that to be as easy going back and forth.
So we got that E to b7, back to E, then down to A, then to the riff, but here’s the problem if you’re doing just an acoustic version it will sounds kind of puny almost like too thin, so what we want to do is we add that riff into chord form. This is where I first learned about all these Classic bands like the Stones and Zeppelin and stuff like everyone would refer them as “Blues Bands” and to me before I really knew this much, about music. I always thought about “Blues Being”, I think I had this misconception that it was just kind of boring music back in the day but then and it didn’t sound anything like the Stones, that’s not really a blues band but once we see the riff inside of an E major chord it makes a lot more sense. So we’re going to do add the low E string to the riff and then once you do that it takes that riff which sounds like a rock riff and then it’s such like okay well that’s where the Blues of it is now right there something super bluesy that doesn’t really sound like the stones. Now instead of just playing the riff like I said 2 2 2 4 5 5 4 we’re he a low E-string 2 to get open E and 2A the same time.
You can even use different fingers, I promote that you be able to stretch like that because this is a good practice but sometimes it’ll sound better if you go on your finger, and then pointer, pointer middle, that’s something you could. Another thing you can do is to dress the song up a little bit more or even makes that thicker (optional). What I mean by that, let’s take that E chord and I’m just taking the open E, A-string and E-string, going to open to 2, so whenever I have the two in IRF I play it like I never have before 2, 2, 2, 4, 5, then I move this, it sounds fuller. So when you have the riff, a cool acoustic arrangement like one of the stuff we do is like to 2, 2, 4, and 5. Everybody knows, that’s a good way to introduce the song and then you get into the song and goes through the chords. And back to the verse, for me that’s a more cohesive super easy acoustic guitar version of the song.
It’s all about whatever you want to add the kind of melody to it, another way that might be tempted to do is a power chords. You have a single note and you want to beef it up, I think the initial thought is to turn it into a power chord. You have this B note, I want to add its 5th, so its 2A and 4D to make a power chord to beef it up that way go for it. I personally think that when you do that it makes it sound more like a B minor chord when really as we’ve shown we have the key in there it’s really a bluesy extension of an E chord.
Adding the power cord makes seem like a B minor which again I don’t really think is the core of the song. One thing you can do is add octaves, sometimes that sounds pretty good that is pointer finger on melody the whole way 2, 4, 5, and then your pinky, your ring finger is going to grab the two strings down two frets down and then get that open E in there. again a lot of voice you can do this but the point is Classic song just because it is more of like a rock song it has the whole band kind of Ivan there’s no reason that you can’t turn it into a pretty cool acoustically arranged song.
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