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Beast Of Burden by The Rolling Stones

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BEAST OF BURDEN
Keither Richards/Mick Jagger
>From the "Some Girls" LP
Transcribed by Scott Buckner

THIS ENTIRE WORK IS SOLEY MY OWN, AND IS PROBABLY SCREWED UP AND HARD TO
FOLLOW BECAUSE IT WAS LEARNED FROM Chord diagramA augmentedA SCRATCHY OLD 45RPM RECORD 20 YEARS AGO.


The trick to playing the very first chord of this song is to start your
chord as a barred Chord diagramBB on the seventh fret and, immediately when you strum it,
shift to a barre Chord diagramE MajorE chord on the seventh fret. Listen to the record for the
following chord changes:

B-E (barred seventh) Chord diagramBB  Chord diagramC# minorC#m  Chord diagramA augmentedA  Chord diagramE MajorE

then thereafter just play

Chord diagramE MajorE  Chord diagramBB  Chord diagramC# minorC#m  Chord diagramA augmentedA  Chord diagramE MajorE
for the rest of the main body of the song ad infinitum.

But BUT BUT a there’s a little pull-off hammer-on with the little finger
(when form your C#m-A chords) which provides the (basically) optional
transition note between these two chords, regardless of whether you're
listening to the version by the Stone, Better Midler or Buckwheat Zydeco.
This takes some listening to the record to figure out where this comes in.
But basically, you go from E-A-C#m, but after you get to the Chord diagramC# minorC#m (formed as
a barre at the fourth fret) and you’ve strummed it a few times, you pull
off -- and then hammer on -– the little finger of your Chord diagramC# minorC#m chord when
forming the Chord diagramC# minorC#m chord on the fourth string. Then you go into the Chord diagramA augmentedA chord
and strum it twice to finish off the rest of the measure.

So basically, for the main body of the song you're playiing:

Chord diagramE MajorE Chord diagramBB Chord diagramC# minorC#m Chord diagramA augmentedA

with all the rest of the little hooky extras on the B-E and Chord diagramC# minorC#m thrown in.

The chorus is chorded as follows:

       Chord diagramC# minorC#m
Chord diagramA minorAm I hard enough?
      Chord diagramE MajorE
Chord diagramA minorAm I rough enough?
     Chord diagramC# minorC#m
Chord diagramA minorAm I rich enough?
    Chord diagramE MajorE
I'm not too blind
     Chord diagramBB
To see-eeeeeee


Then just continue with E-B-C#m-A for the main body of the song until you
get to the additional choruses or your lead guitarist keels over from a
lead guitar playing god hard-on. You lead guys on on your own. I’m a rhythm
guitarist.

Scott

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