Learn how to play Hard To Handle on guitar.
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Hard To Handle Tab
/ = slide up
\ = slide down
h = hammer on
p = pull off
x = dead note
b = bend
~ = vibrato
with the bends in the solo you have to play the string while
you are still holding the bend. i will indicate this with a *
for this nex bit of the solo keep holding the bend on the 6th through the whole thing
Learn To Play The Black Crowes: Hard To Handle Guitar Chords
The Black Crowes’ biggest hit is undoubtedly “Hard To Handle.” The song is actually an Otis Redding song, which many people don’t realize. The Black Crowes is for better or worse the more popular of the two in modern pop culture, and it’s incredibly memorable for the rapid fire vocal break that introduces each chorus. Even so, the song was infused with a strong hard rock guitar backbone by The Crowes. Follow along in the following paragraphs as we go over how to get started if you want to learn the song for yourself.
The intro of Hard To Handle is a simple ascending pattern based on four notes rooted on the 7th fret of the E string. The 5th, 7th, and 9th frets of the A string comprise the ascending part of the riff. For the fluid sound found on the original recording, you want to start off the riff by sliding up into the 7th fret, and then also sliding one fret into the next as it progresses. You want to make use of the hammer on and pull off technique as well, where you’re already fretting both frets that you’re about to play and then simply throw another finger onto the next if its higher, or let go if its lower.
The verse riff is a very simple three chord pattern that is made up of power chords with some muted scratching thrown in between them for rhythm and groove. The chords are B (in the 7th position from the E string), A (in the 5th position on your A), and 7th position E starting on the A string. You can extend them out to full chords if you’d like, but basic, two note power chords and a moderate amount of distortion on your amp are all you’ll need for this part to sound great.
The most famous part of the song is next, and it’s interestingly the easiest to play! The entire bridge between the verse and chorus is played on a strumming F sharp power chord. Lock down on the 2nd fret of your E string, with the 4th frets of your A and D strings on top, and keep it going for a solid 8 count until finally accenting the end on a big B power chord that you mute just in time for the vocal break. You can keep your hand in the same position for the change; just move it up to the 2nd fret A and 4th fret D!
The first chorus is just a tease for the second. You let a D and G power chord ring out for a few measures, then throw out A, D, and B in a pattern that will ultimately mirror what comes in the chorus later. After essentially starting over from the verse, the next chorus is finally fully realized. There’s a slight pattern change however. The second chorus revolves around A, F sharp, and C sharp. That’s the basis for the entire rest of the song outside of the solo, which is rooted in B.