TK's Sleater-Kinney pages

TK's Sleater-Kinney pages


All Hands on the Bad One, "Ironclad"

Another terrific song.  It open with the with a stripped down chorus riff.  They  pump up the chorus riff and they're off.  Riff 2 varies even more than a typical S-K riff - over twelve bars.

Riff 3 is wonderful.  It's like the "Youth Decay" bridge in that it's a calm, ringing, and etherial.  To be really authentic and to make it easier to play you need to tune down 3 half steps.  I did an alternate tab of Riff 3 so that you could see.  Try the alternate tabbing in standard tuning.  It's great just by itself.

As usual the guitar 2's rhythms are vital to the S-K sound.  It's still good if you don't get it just right.

I sure hope I've done this well enough for you to figure out.

  • Quarter note = 168 or so.
  • Standard tuning. But tuning down 3 half steps makes Riff 3 easier and more authentic.
  • Tabbed where it felt good on the fretboard but there are alternatives.


Ironclad Riff 1



Ironclad Riff 2


3 and 4:

Ironclad Riffs 3 and 4



Ironclad Riff 5

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