Regarded as one of Keith Richards' most signature riffs, the intro to "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones is a classic example of how a relatively simple riff can have a HUGE impact!
First things first, you will need to follow the tuning notes I give at the beginning of this Start Me Up guitar lesson video. Keith Richards is employing open G tuning in this riff (which he does quite often).
For our part at least, we will only be using the four middle strings to play this riff which only requires you to tune your A string down a whole step to G.
The riff itself is comprised of just two basic chord shapes. The most important thing to focus on here is the rhythm. The rhythm rotates between a syncopated feel and straight 8th note feel ala Chuck Berry.
Dynamics of course are very important here as well. You can hear how he slowly opens the sound up a bit towards the end of the 8th note rhythms. Pay close attention to that because that is really what gives the riff it's cool vibe.
Have fun with this Stones classic! Carl..
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