THE ROLLING STONES – YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT – Harmonica and Guitar Lesson

by George on October 29, 2011

in Beginner Guitar Songs, Guitar Lessons, Music Lessons, Play Songs On Guitar and Harmonica, Song Lessons

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Lesson on Guitar and Harmonica – Guitar Chords, Harmonica Tabs, Lyrics, Sheet Music, MP3 Downloads and More



Quick Facts

  • Recorded in November, 1968 at Olympic Sound Studios in London and released on the 1969 album, Let It Bleed
  • Jimmy Miller, the Stones producer, plays drums on this track
  • Al Kooper plays the french horn part as well as piano and organ

Musical Instruments and Recording Setup

Harmonic Gear

In this video, I’m playing a Hohner Special 20 Harmonica, Key of G mounted in a Hohner Harmonica Holder
You can get either by clicking on the images.

Fender Acoustic Guitar
Fender FA-130 Acoustic-Electric Guitar Pack, Black


I’m playing my Fender F65 road trip guitar in this video. I bought this guitar in 1983 in Fort St. John, BC and have taken it to many happy campfires since. Fender simply make great guitars that last and sound great.
If you’re looking to get started playing for a really great price, you won’t go wrong with the Fender FA-130 Acoustic-Electric Guitar Pack pictured below. This is Amazon’s best selling Acoustic Electric and comes complete with FenderĀ® SA-10 Acoustic Guitar Amplifier, Gig Bag, Guitar Cable, Strap, Instructional DVD, Strings, Picks and String Winder.
I play a Fender and I love it.

The gear below very closely matches my setup for creating this video


Sheet Music

There’s no problem finding great sheet music for The Stones. Their music is very well covered. Here are a couple of excellent Stones songbooks. One covers the album, Let It Bleed, exclusively while the other covers early hits recorded in London and re-released in the box set, The Rolling Stones Singles Collection: The London Years

The Rolling Stones- Let It Bleed (Guitar Tab Edition) (Alfred’s Classic Album Editions)
Arranged for Guitar Tablature & Standard Notation With Lyrics, Chord Names & Frames. Matching songbook to the 1969 classic Stones album.
Contents:
* Let It Bleed
* Love In Vain
* Midnight Rambler
* Gimme Shelter
* You Got The Silver
* You Can’t Always Get What You Want
* Live With Me
* Monkey Man
* Country Honk

The Rolling Stones Singles Collection: The London Years / Guitar Tab Edition
This album-matching folio features transcriptions, complete with tab, to 58 of The Stones’ greatest early hits. Includes:
* You Can’t Always Get What You Want
* Jumpin’ Jack Flash
* Honky Tonk Woman
* Wild Horses
* Brown Sugar
* Sympathy for the Devil and 52 more — over 300 pages of music.


Guitar Chords, Lyrics, and Harmonica Tabs

You Can’t Always Get What You Want music and lyrics are property and copyright of their owners and provided for educational purposes and personal use only.
The following is my transcription of my version of this awesome song. If you want how the author intended, check out the links above.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Jagger/Richards
On this song, I am playing with Open G tuning and using a G harmonica.
Tune your guitar to the following:
6th string lowered to D
5th string lowered to G
4th string stays at D
3rd string stays G
2nd string stays B
1st string lowered to D

The Rolling Stones play this song in C, so putting a capo on the 5th fret and playing as I show you will allow you to play along with the original recording but you’ll need to use a C harmonica.

Chords for Verses
Gadd9 open tuningG chord open tuningCadd9 open tuning
Chords for Chorus
Gadd9 open tuningG chord open tuningCadd9 open tuningA Open tuningAsus4 Open tuning
Chords for Bridge
A Open tuningAsus4 Open tuningB open tuningC Open tuningCsus4_open tuningGadd9 open tuning

Harmonica Intro
4 -5 -6 6
-6 6 4 -4 -4 5
-5 5 5 -4 4

1st VERSE
I saw her today at the reception
6 8 8 8 8 -8 7 -8 -6

A glass of wine in her hand
6 8 8 8 -8 7 -8 -6

I knew she would meet her connection
6 8 8 8 8 8 8 -8 7 -8 -6

At her feet was a footloose man
6 6 8 8 7 8 -8 -8 -6

CHORUS
You can’t always get what you want
6 8 8 8 8 -8 7 -8 -6

You can’t always get what you want
6 8 8 8 8 -8 7 -8 -6

You can’t always get what you want
6 8 8 8 8 -8 7 -8 -6

But if you try sometime you’ll find
6 6 6 8 -8 -6 -6 7

You get what you need
7 8 8 8 8 7

2nd VERSE
I went down to the demonstration
To get my fair share of abuse
Singing, “We’re gonna vent our frustrations
If we don’t we’re gonna blow a 50-amp fuse”

CHORUS

3rd VERSE
I went down to the Chelsea drugstore
To get your prescription filled
I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy
And man, did he look pretty ill
We decided that we would have a soda
My favorite flavor, cherry red
I sung my song to Mr. Jimmy
And he said one word to me, and that was “dead”
I said to him

CHORUS

BRIDGE

4th VERSE
I saw her today at the reception
In her glass was a bleeding man
She was practiced at the art of deception
Well I could tell by her blood-stained hands

CHORUS


Jamorama - Learn Guitar


Video Transcription

Hi, George here. Welcome to this video where I show you how I play You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones on guitar and harmonica.
Ok, we’re going to through the tuning. It’s not standard tuning, it’s open G tuning so we’ll go through that. Then we’ll go through the chords, strumming pattern, harmonica part that I play, and then we’ll run through it – jam through it and I’ll put up the chords so that you can follow along.
So, let’s start off with the tuning.
You’re standard tuning is E A D G B E. You’re 6th string up here would be E, then A D G B E. Well that’s not what we’ve got. The 6th string is tuned down a full step to D. Then our 5th string is tuned down to a G. It’s dropped from an A to a G. Our 4th string stays D. That now matches our 6th string. Our 3rd string stays G and that matches our 5th string now. The 2nd string stays B and our 1st string is lowered to D. So that D matches our 4th and 6th strings. Ok, so that’s open G tuning. Once you have that tuned you can strum an open G chord. Ok, so that’s the tuning.
Mostly, there’s just two chords in the song – G and we have a C. It’s actually Cadd9. That’s a C chord and that’s a D. So we have a D in a C chord, not usually. That’s C and adding the 9th so that’s Cadd9. When we’re playing this, we’re also playing the Gadd9 as well. So let’s do that. Let’s play the first part.
What we’re doing is we are starting with the Gadd9. That’s open G and we take our 2nd finger and put it in the second fret, 3rd string and then we take that off.
So the strumming is 1 (2) 3 (4) 1 2 3 & 4 & . Play Gadd 9, off, on, off, on, off, on off to C.
Now with the C chord, we can do a little hammer on to add some interest. Take the 4th string open and then with the second finger hammering on to the second fret and then we play the 3rd string. So it’s play 4th string open, hammer onto the 2nd fret, then 3rd string open. Then we play the 3rd string, 2nd fret and then take that off. Pull it off or strum it off. That kind of idea. So let’s give this a go and do the first couple of bars here.
So, those 2 chords work through all the verse and then the chorus until we get to the ‘try some time’. Then it goes to A. Playing the string open is G, so if we put a bar across the 2nd fret, that’s A. Then go to C, to G.
With the A, you can sometime add the 9 (actually the 4). So that’s barring the 2nd fret and taking our second finger, putting it on the 2nd string, 2nd fret. Ok, that’s a little flavour you can add to that.
Now there’s a 3rd section that I don’t always play. It’s a bridge section and it comes in after the chorus which follows the “I went down to the Chelsea drugstore” verse. It starts in A, then goes to B, then goes to C, then it goes back to A and then to that alternate Gadd9, then to G.
Ok, that’s the bridge section.

Now, if you want to play along with how they are doing it on Let It Bleed, put your capo up on the 5th fret and do how I’m showing you here.

So for the harmonica, we are in G and I am playing a G harmonica which you can get at http://www.georgegoodman.com/georgesharpshop/.
At the beginning, I like to play the part that the french horn plays. If you listen to the Let It Bleed album they have a french horn at the beginning playing that nice little melody which I like to play with the harmonica. Then I’ll also play the melody to the chorus You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and then maybe just a little solo fill or something like that.

Alright. You Can’t Always Get What You Want, The Rolling Stones. That’s how I play it on guitar and harmonica. I hope you enjoyed the video. If you did, please share it on social media. Like it, send it to Twitter, all that good stuff. Alright, so have a great day, see you next time, peace.


{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

David Kahan July 12, 2013 at 1:03 am

Good. But what does Keith play on the very very first chord of the song ? there is a note added

Reply

joeyandmaggie July 6, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Always fasinates me to see someome play two instruments at once , hard enough two play one, Thanks for the lesson!

Reply

Peter Winnett May 1, 2013 at 9:59 am

Good Tuts George….regards, Pete

Reply

George Goodman November 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Nice. I’ve seen The Stones twice but not since the 80s. Enjoy the show. I’m a little envious.

Reply

73spain November 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm

So cool. Next sunday, I’ll see them live for my fouth time …. maybe, I’m the happiest man in the world… maybe

Reply

George Goodman October 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Cool. Appreciate it.

Reply

kammhron October 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Sweet! Nice version. Harp sounds good with this tune. Thanx.

Reply

George Goodman July 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

Thanks. Have fun

Reply

TheSk8circus June 29, 2012 at 1:33 am

theres a reason this has no dislikes. definitely the best tutorial on youtube. much appreciated George! im learning this one for my dad.

Reply

George Goodman April 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

I agree. I believe I make mention to that in the video that to play along with the version from Let It Bleed you need to put the capo on the 5th fret.

Reply

kharkhov April 21, 2012 at 9:13 am

Best way I found to play this was in open G but with a capo in the 5th fret.

Reply

00Dejv January 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Thank you very much! You are very good teacher…

Reply

00Dejv January 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm

[..YouTube..] Thank you very much! You are very good teacher…

Reply

George Goodman November 28, 2011 at 9:49 am

Thank you

Reply

GeorgeGoodmanDotCom November 28, 2011 at 9:49 am

[..YouTube..] @kharkhov Thank you

Reply

kharkhov November 28, 2011 at 7:19 am

Love your work George :)

Reply

kharkhov November 28, 2011 at 7:19 am

[..YouTube..] Love your work George :)

Reply

George Goodman November 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

Thanks Lowell. Yeah, Keith likes to play open tuning on a 5 string guitar.

Reply

GeorgeGoodmanDotCom November 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

[..YouTube..] @rastablues1 Thanks Lowell. Yeah, Keith likes to play open tuning on a 5 string guitar.

Reply

rastablues1 November 9, 2011 at 9:27 am

[..YouTube..] Very nice, George, as always…This lesson is particularly valuable, cuz it’s so difficult to figure out Keith’s stuff…

thank you.
Lowell in Florida

Reply

George Goodman November 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

Johnny! Thanks Man

Reply

GeorgeGoodmanDotCom November 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

[..YouTube..] @johnnyrockitman Johnny! Thanks Man

Reply

johnnyrockitman November 6, 2011 at 5:44 am

ANOTHER GREAT ONE FROM YOU! THANKS

Reply

johnnyrockitman November 6, 2011 at 5:44 am

[..YouTube..] ANOTHER GREAT ONE FROM YOU! THANKS

Reply

George Goodman November 5, 2011 at 11:29 am

Hi. I forgot to put the tabs for the harmonica intro on the website. I’ve got them there now and also here:
Harmonica Intro
4 -5 -6 6
-6 6 4 -4 -4 5
-5 5 5 -4 4
Cheers, George

Reply

GeorgeGoodmanDotCom November 5, 2011 at 11:29 am

[..YouTube..] @sibiu44 Hi. I forgot to put the tabs for the harmonica intro on the website. I’ve got them there now and also here:
Harmonica Intro
4 -5 -6 6
-6 6 4 -4 -4 5
-5 5 5 -4 4
Cheers, George

Reply

sibiu44 November 5, 2011 at 8:22 am

Superb video. What are the first two passages of harmonica notes (tab?) you are playing in the intro? It sounds great but not being a harmonica player I’m having trouble figuring it out.

Reply

sibiu44 November 5, 2011 at 8:22 am

[..YouTube..] Superb video. What are the first two passages of harmonica notes (tab?) you are playing in the intro? It sounds great but not being a harmonica player I’m having trouble figuring it out.

Reply

George Goodman November 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Right on, Ash. Have a great one. Cheers, George

Reply

GeorgeGoodmanDotCom November 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

[..YouTube..] @belleray2 Right on, Ash. Have a great one. Cheers, George

Reply

George Goodman November 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

You’re very welcome

Reply

GeorgeGoodmanDotCom November 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

[..YouTube..] @321novrain You’re very welcome

Reply

George Goodman November 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Thanks very much. I’m glad you like it.

Reply

GeorgeGoodmanDotCom November 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

[..YouTube..] @berlinm1088 Thanks very much. I’m glad you like it.

Reply

berlinm1088 November 1, 2011 at 8:46 am

Thanks for the video you do a great job

Reply

berlinm1088 November 1, 2011 at 8:46 am

[..YouTube..] Thanks for the video you do a great job

Reply

321novrain October 30, 2011 at 10:41 pm

VERY cool ! Thanks a lot man.

Reply

321novrain October 30, 2011 at 10:41 pm

[..YouTube..] VERY cool ! Thanks a lot man.

Reply

belleray2 October 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Good stuff George.Thanks a lot.

Reply

belleray2 October 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm

[..YouTube..] Good stuff George.Thanks a lot.

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: