Sympathy for the Devil

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Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste

I’ve been around for long, long years I’ve stolen many a man’s soul and faith

I was around when Jesus Christ had His moments of doubt and pain

I made damn sure that Pilate washed his hands and sealed his fate

Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name, but what’s puzzling you, is

the nature of my game

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Learn How To Play The Rolling Stones: Sympathy For The Devil Guitar Chords

Sympathy For The Devil is one of The Rolling Stones’ most iconic songs, and as such, it’s a good one to have in your back pocket whenever you might find yourself in the position of playing guitar with or around others. Ever since its release on the Beggars Banquett album near the end of 1968, this was a standout track. It has remained in constant radio circulation. The track itself is fairly simple, especially for guitarists since the meat of the song is driven by the bass and piano.

That said, you can still have a lot of fun playing it on guitar. As many rock songs often do, Sympathy For The Devil largely revolves around four different chords. There are some other variations here and there, such as the suspended E chord thrown out by the piano, but if you hold your ground throughout the song by changing between E, D, A, and the occasional B, you’ll be able to keep up just fine.

sympathy for the devil guitar tabYou can play them either as full chords, or even simplified power chords where you only play the root note and then the seventh, which should be on the next string, two frets above the root. Your typical E power chord for example is played with an open low E and the 2nd fret of the A string. To make it sound even fuller, you can throw in the octave of the root note, which is always a fifth above the seventh, and the same fret as the seventh on the next string. So, adding to that E power chord, you’d also include the 2nd fret of the D string as well. You can apply the same finger position to pretty much any power chord. They’re very easy to play and switch between, hence their popularity in rock music. It doesn’t hurt that they sound fantastic through a loud, distorted amplifier!

The busiest you’ll ever be on guitar with Sympathy For The Devil is during the lead parts. The solos are fairly rough, obviously having been improvised in the studio. They largely mimic Mick Jagger’s vocal lines throughout most of the rest of the song. As you’ll find in many other rock songs, you can stick to the E minor pentatonic scale for the solos, playing in a box pattern revolving around the 12th fret on the three highest strings of the guitar. Your 15th and 17th frets on the high E will also be used, as will the 15th on B, and the 15th and 14th on G.

As loose as the soloing is on the recording, this is a perfect song to improvise over. Being able to add your own spin to a song is a useful skill to have as a musician, so be sure to practice it as much as possible. With all of that in consideration, you should have all you need to successful play Sympathy For The Devil on guitar.