Readers ask: How To Play Gimme Shelter?

Is Gimme Shelter in open G tuning?

Guitar Lesson for Rolling Stones’ “ Gimme Shelter ” | Open G Tuning.

What tuning does Keith Richards play Gimme Shelter in?

Gibbons in “Just Got Paid”, The Smiths’ “The Headmaster Ritual”, Hoobastank’s “Crawling In The Dark”, in The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”, lead guitarist Keith Richards uses Open E tuning, Derek Trucks usual open tuning “Midnight in Harlem” and the guitar on Blink-182’s “Feeling This” for example.

Who covered Gimme Shelter?


Title Performer Release date
Gimme Shelter Hawkwind and Samantha Fox April 13, 1993
Gimme Shelter New Model Army featuring Tom Jones April 13, 1993
Gimme Shelter Cud and Sandie Shaw April 13, 1993
Gimme Shelter Voice of the Beehive and Jimmy Somerville April 13, 1993


What songs are in open E tuning?

Here are some songs in Open E Tuning:

  • Statesboro Blues by The Allman Brothers Band.
  • Jumpin Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones.
  • Midnight in Harlem by Derek Trucks.
  • Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh.
  • Headlong Fight by Rush.
  • It’s So Easy by Guns N’ Roses.
  • Just Got Paid by Billy Gibbons.

What is the guitar tuning for Gimme Shelter?

You will need to tune your guitar to “Open E” in order to play all of the chords of this Stones classic. Starting from the 6th string, tune your guitar to E B E G# B E. Keith Richards employs open tunings throughout a lot of The Rolling Stones’ repertoire to great effect.

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