Thanks - Kirby
On this page I'd like to explain to you how to play Jumpin Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones.
Check out my acoustic demo clip and grab the free tab in the left hand menu.
This song was written by The Rolling Stones and recorded in 1968 and released that same year. It's been included in many films over the years. The song peaked at #1 in three countries and at #2 in many others.
Richards and Jagger wrote the song apparently from an incident while staying at Keith Richards country home. They were both awakened by a gardener named Jack ... and when Mick asked what was that noise?, Richards replied it was Jumpin Jack.
Bassist Bill Wyman who played with the Stones from 1962-1992 claims he came up with the riff while messing around on an organ. But he was given any credit apparently.
I'm told that Keith Richards plays this in open G tuning with a capo on the fourth. Something you could try I suppose. Here Im playing this in A, D, C and G with no capo and standard tuning.
For rhythm on this one you'll play mostly all down strokes. The opening riff can be played with Drop D tuning if you'd
like as I mention at the end of the demo clip below, but I left that out.
Instead Im playing that main riff on the bottom couple of strings and simply doing a hammer on pull off on the D string. Once we get to the chorus, the song moves into the C, G, A and back to the A chord (see free tabs).
In the break once again it's all rhythm with no lead picking but a walk down on the A string.