Artist spotlight: Keith Richards

This Artist Spotlight features the Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards. This particular spotlight will be a bit different as we are going to look at two classic Stone’s tracks that feature Keith Richard’s common tuning of Open G.

If you are unfamiliar with this don’t panic as  it’s really easy to tune your guitar to Open G. Start off by putting the guitar in drop-D by lowering the low E down to D. Then lower the 5th string (A) down one step to G. Finally drop the 6th string (E) down one step to D. Playing all the open strings from the 5th string down will sound a G major chord.

Open tunings are often used when playing with a slide but Richards used these tunings for rhythm playing and created a style and sound all of his own.

Can’t you hear me knocking: Example#1

|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|-10--7--9p7-----------------7--------|--10p9--7--9p7-----------------7-----|
|-10--7--9p7--10p9--7--7--9--7--------|--10p9--7--9p7--10p9--7--7--9--7-----|
|-------------10p9--7--7--7-----------|----------------10p9--7--7--7--------|
|-------------------------------------|-------------------------------------|

Can’t you hear me knocking: Example#2

|--------------7--7--7--5-----------------|
|--------------7--7--7--5--7--5-----------|
|--5-----------------------7--5-----------|
|--5--------------------------------------|
|--5--------------------------------------|
|-----------------------------------------|

|------------------------------------|----------------------------|
|-----5-----0------------------------|----------------------------|
|-----5-----0------------------------|-10p9--7--9p7---------------|
|-----5-----0------------------------|-10p9--7--9p7---10p9--------|
|--5--------0------------------------|----------------10p9--------|
|------------------------------------|----------------------------|

Brown Sugar: Intro

||-------------------------||
||---13-12----5-5--6-6-5---||
||---12-12----5-5--5-5-5---|| x3
||---14-12----5-5--7-7-5---||
||---12-12----5-5--5-5-5---||
||-------------------------||

||-------------------------------------------------------||
||---8-8-8--8--8-8---5-6-6-6-5---1-1-1-3-3-3---6-6-6-5---||
||---8-8-8-10-10-8---5-5-5-5-5---1-2-1-3-5-3---5-5-5-5---|| x2
||---8-8-8--8--8-8---5-7-7-7-5---1-1-1-3-3-3---7-7-7-5---||
||---8-8-8--8--8-8---5-5-5-5-5---1-1-----3-3---5-5-5-5---||
||-------------------------------------------------------||
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