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Gimme Shelter intro

Jeff Michael

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How do you play this? Do you make the C# chord minor? Do you raise the sus4 on the A chord? My answers have always been 'yes' and 'no', but other peers have brought these decisions into question.

So how do you play it?

JAM
 
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I just play the C# and the octave and then the little walkup thing on the turnaround thingy.

Oh, I'm just the bass player.
 

rob2001

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The only way i've ever really nailed the vibe of that one was with an alternate tuning. I forget which one.
 

MikeMcK

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The only way i've ever really nailed the vibe of that one was with an alternate tuning. I forget which one.
Open E... 90% of the "Stones vibe" on guitar is due to open tuning (usually open G without the low string).

This is all done starting from a barred 9th fret:
I'm pretty sure the C# is major (the suspension in the intro is the C# & F going to D# & F#. Move the whole thing down two frets and do it again (but add an F# by playing the barred 'B' string, then down two more frets to the 5th fret.

On the 5th fret, the alternating parts in the 3rd & 4th strings are alternating between 5th fret and 7th frets on both strings. The power chord part becomes REALLY easy and "right-sounding" with just one finger barring different frets.

During the verses, use a 6-string barre at each fret to alternate between barring all strings with your index finger, then go to the IV chord by playing a 7th shape. IOW, in open E tuning, barre the 9th fret, then pretend you're playing a C#7 on the 9th fret. You'll hear "that Stones sound" in an instant.
 

rob2001

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Open E... 90% of the "Stones vibe" on guitar is due to open tuning (usually open G without the low string).

This is all done starting from a barred 9th fret:
I'm pretty sure the C# is major (the suspension in the intro is the C# & F going to D# & F#. Move the whole thing down two frets and do it again (but add an F# by playing the barred 'B' string, then down two more frets to the 5th fret.

On the 5th fret, the alternating parts in the 3rd & 4th strings are alternating between 5th fret and 7th frets on both strings. The power chord part becomes REALLY easy and "right-sounding" with just one finger barring different frets.

During the verses, use a 6-string barre at each fret to alternate between barring all strings with your index finger, then go to the IV chord by playing a 7th shape. IOW, in open E tuning, barre the 9th fret, then pretend you're playing a C#7 on the 9th fret. You'll hear "that Stones sound" in an instant.

Ya, thats seems right, and I highlighted your last comment because it's really true. A lot of stones stuff can be done with regular tunings but that vibe just jumps out with the alternate tunings.
 

MikeMcK

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OK, good. I realized my comments seemed a little scattered, and also just realized that my new laptop has a camera on it. I just threw together a little video that may explain it better.

If you want it, pm me and I'll try to mail it. It may be too big, though at about 8Mb. I really don't want to go through the hassle of a YouTube account, and besides, I just woke up, so the playing is super-sloppy.
 

DGDGBD

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I play it in standard tuning but it is difficult to really nail the vibe. I don't know what the exact names of the chords are, but i think it starts in something similar to a C#minor.[edit-no sorry, not minor.]
 
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