How do you play the riff to "Suspicious Minds"?

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by chet, Aug 25, 2005.

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  1. City Sirens

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    So I was close. I was only missing the hammer-on. Thanks!

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    gtroates,
    thanks. excellent job, very clear.
     
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    The question of "How do you play it?" has been addressed nicely, so I'll go with "How do YOU play it?".

    I have a copy of the Elvis track around here somewhere, but I have to admit that I haven't listened in ages. With my duo, I do sort of a punk-folk, ultra-strummy arrangement, and I play it on a high string acoustic-electric guitar. For the I chord, I go G to C/G to G, with cowboy chords and hammers and pulls. For the IV, I use a garden variety open C chord with a G note on top, and sus the 4 and resolve it. For the V, I move the cowboy C shape up the neck a whole step, which yields that clustery D chord that contains both a 3rd and a sus4, and I hammer to the 4 (which eliminates the minor second cluster temporarily), and then I pull off of that, which brings back the cluster.

    The tune also contains iii and vi minor chords, as well as a nice bass movement under the V prior to the chorus. I can't remember if this is the case on the Elvis track, but prior to the bridge, I substitute B7sus4-B7 for the iii minor. A classic secondary dominant move, even if it's not on The King's track.
     
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    This song came out when I was in junior high school. On the cheesy transistor radio I had, I had no idea what the lyrics really were. I thought he as singing "We called in a tramp". LOL.
     
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