On this page I want to explain how to play Back On The Chain Gang by The Pretenders. Also on this page is my acoustic demo
so you can see the Back On The Chain Gang chords Im playing. In the lower left column you'll also find the
tabs for this song.
The song was on the 1983 album "Learning To Crawl" but was released as a single in 1982 on its own that peaked at #5 on Billboard. The song is sung of course by Chrissie Hynde so was meant for a female vocalist. For a guy singing this in the original key / chord, you'll likely need to sing this low.
This song starts in D and moves thru the following chords in no particular order ... A7, Em, Dm, E, A, B7. Near the end in the last verse the song shifts from the D chord to the E chord and moves thru the E, A and B7 chord sequence.
You can play this two different ways. The first way is not to blend any bass notes in the rhythm. If you go
that route you'll want to use what I call a rake pattern.
So you'd play note-dn-up-note-up-dn-up where the first dn-up is a slight delayed slow rank on the down stroke followed by a quick up stroke followed by the rest of the pattern.
But in this demo Im playing the bass notes within the rhythm. So my right hand is in a steady up and down motion as I play two bass notes on the D and A chords and again doing some slide on the A and B7 chords in that last verse. There are also a few other riffs within the song. All of this is fully explained in the full instructional tutorial.
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