TK's Sleater-Kinney pages

TK's Sleater-Kinney pages

Was It A Lie?

All Hands on the Bad One, "Was It a Lie?"

Two things attracted me to this one.  First was Riff 1.  I liked it right off but it seemed even odder than the average S-K riff.  Then there is the break, Riff 4.  I love it.  It's another 2-bar out of nowhere rocking riff that reminded me of the "Can you feel it riff" in "Step Aside."  As I was tabbing it out, I played it 150 times in a row, once for each setting on my stomp boxes.  Advice: Learn to play it slowly first.

Riff 1 was a multi-part challenge for me.  Why is it so odd?  I think it's because the main riff starts on the "&" after the "1" beat (1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &).   It's most disorienting at the very beginning because the first note is on the "&."  "Words and Guitar" does that too.  And "One Beat," the song. doesn't start on the "1" either.  I don't know how they do it live, the songs are just fine coming in on the 1.  But, S-K took some care to do it on the albums.

The other problem for me was where to play it on the fret board.  My guitar skill is very limited.  It may be that tuning the guitar down might make Riff 1 more straightforward.  I finally did most of it way up the neck on the A and D strings.

The 2nd guitar part on Riff 1 is vital too.  The rhythm contrasts with guitar 1, it not just 8th notes.  Harmonically it begins with a sus4 chord and ends with a major chord.  Nothing tricky, it just makes for a very cool and complex sound.

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

  • Quarter note = 150 or so.
  • Standard tuning.
  • Tabbed where it felt good on the fretboard but there are alternatives.


Was it a Lie Riff 1

2 & 3

Was it a Lie Riff 2 and 3

4 whoa!

Was it a Lie Riff 4


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