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How to Play Under My Thumb Chords by The Rolling Stones on Guitar

Under My Thumb is a classic rock song by The Rolling Stones, released in 1966 on their album Aftermath. The song features a distinctive marimba riff played by Brian Jones, and lyrics that express the narrator’s dominance over his lover. Under My Thumb is one of the most popular and controversial songs by The Rolling Stones, and has been covered by many artists, such as The Who, Social Distortion, and La Roux.

If you want to learn how to play Under My Thumb on guitar, you will need to know some basic chords, a capo, and a strumming pattern. Here are some tips and resources to help you master this song.

Chords

[Intro] x2
 
           F#m F#m             E E             D D             D D
E|----------------|----------------|--------------------------------|
B|----------------|----------------|--------------------------------|
G|----------------|----------------|------0--2------------0--2------|
D|----------------|----------------|-0--4------0-0---0--4------0-0--|
A|----0--2--4-----|-------0--2-----|--------------------------------|
E|--2---------2-2-|--0--4------0-0-|--------------------------------|
 
 
[Verse]
 
                F#m
      Under my thumb's
           E
      The girl
           D
      Who once had me down
                F#m
      Under my thumb's
           E
      The girl
                 D
      Who once pushed me around
 
 
[Chorus]
 
                   A
      It's down to me
           D                  B
      The difference in the clothes she wears
                  F#m
      It's down to me
                      E
      The change has come
             D         A
      She's under my thumb
 
      (Ain't it the truth babe)
 
 
[Verse]
 
                F#m
      Under my thumb's
           E
      A squirming dog
           D
      Who just had her day
                F#m
      Under my thumb's
      E
      Girl
               D
      Who has just changed her ways
 
 
[Chorus]
 
                   A
      It's down to me (yes it is)
           D                  B
      The way she does just what she's told
                  F#m
      Down to me 
                     E
      The change has come
             D         A
      She's under my thumb
 
      (It's all right)
 
 
[Verse]
 
                  F#m
      Under my thumb's
          E
      A siamese 
               D
      Cat of a girl
              F#m
      Under my thumb 
                        E
      She's the sweetest pet
             D
      In the world
 
 
[Chorus]
 
                   A
      It's down to me
           D
      The way she talks 
           B
      When she's spoken to
                  F#m
      Down to me
                     E
      The change has come
             D         A
      She's under my thumb
 
      (Take it easy babe)
 
 
[Instrumental]
 
SOLO over the VERSE chords
 
F#m E D F#m E D
 
 
[Chorus]
 
                   A
      It's down to me
           D
      The way she talks 
           B
      When she's spoken to
                  F#m
      Down to me
                     E
      The change has come
             D         A
      She's under my thumb
 
       (It's all right)
 
 
[Verse]
 
                  F#m
       Under my thumb
            E
       Her eyes
                D
       Are just kept to herself
                 F#m
       Under my thumb
                              E
       Well, I -- I can still look
           D
       At someone else
 
 
[Chorus]
 
                   A
      It's down to me
           D
      The way she talks 
           B
      When she's spoken to
                  F#m
      Down to me
                     E
      The change has come
             D         A
      She's under my thumb

Strumming

The strumming pattern for Under My Thumb is fairly simple and consistent throughout the song. You can use a down-up-down-up-down-up-down-up pattern for each chord, or vary it slightly to add some accents or syncopation. You can also mute some of the strings with your palm or fingers to create a percussive effect.

You can watch this video lesson by Marty Schwartz to see how he strums the song with a capo on the second fret. He also explains how to play the marimba riff on guitar, which is optional but adds some flavor to the song.

Conclusion

Under My Thumb is a fun and easy song to play on guitar, as long as you know some basic chords and a strumming pattern. You can use a capo to transpose the song to a more comfortable key, or play it in the original key of F# minor. You can also try to play the marimba riff on guitar, or just focus on the chords and vocals.

Under My Thumb is a great song to practice your rhythm and chord changes, as well as your singing skills. You can also learn more about the history and meaning of the song by reading some articles or watching some documentaries about The Rolling Stones. Enjoy playing Under My Thumb and rock on!

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