(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones

Difficulty: Easy

Composer – Jagger/Richards

Where to find this song – Out of Our Heads track # 7

Release Date – August 1965

The Band:

Mick Jagger – vocals, harmonica, guitar

Keith Richards – guitar

Ron Wood – guitar

Charlie Watts – drums

The Rolling Stones had pioneered the gritty, hard-driving blues-based
rock & roll that came to define hard rock. With his macho attitude
and extreme maliciousness, Mick Jagger became the stereotypical ( no
pun intended) rock frontman, tempering his macho showmanship with a
detached, lucid reality, Keith ( Keef) Richards surged forth as one
of rock music’s ” man you wanted to be” due to his rebelliously
intense guitar styling.

Main Riff

This is probablly the most recognized rock riff ever. It’s easy to
learn how to play, so pick up your axe and start playing along!

Here’s what it sounds like at the normal tempo of 137 bpm:


To play this riff, place your 1st finger on the second fret on the
“A” string. Play that twice, and then play it once more to
begin the end of this measure. Next, just use your 3rd finger to play
the fourth fret on the same string. Last, use your 4th finger to play
the fifth fret once.

The second measure has two pull-offs in it. A pull-off is when you
go from a higher note to a lower note, only striking the first note(s).
Use your 4th finger to play the fifth fret twice, and then pull-off
to the fourth fret with your 3rd finger. From your 3rd finger, pull-off
from there to the second fret with your 1st finger. That is it!!!!!


Riff Resources

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Complete Transcription
To “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (Power Tab)