TK's Sleater-Kinney pages

TK's Sleater-Kinney pages

What If I Was Right

What If I Was Right, "Kill Rock Stars compilation (Jacksons Jukebox) and B-side on the CD single of You're No Rock 'N' Roll Fun"

It's a super song. It should have appeared on the Hot Rock CD. It sounds bright and happy. (I haven't paid any attention to the lyrics.) It's got everything: fast and slow, how and cold, call and response riffs, and intro and outro.  There is even and organ or something in the background. Riff 3 is spare and cleverly arranged between the two guitars, I don't don't know if I have exactly right. Riff 4 sounds bigger than it should with a dash of dissonance.

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

  • Quarter note = 160 or so.
  • Standard tuning. But tuning down 3 half on the low string helps for the Low D-flat on Guitar 2.
  • Tabbed where it felt good on the fretboard but there are alternatives.
  • Tuning down is required for authenticity but it sounds great in standard tuning.
  • Big slow images, please be patient.

Riff 1, intro and verse

What If I Was Right Riff 1

Riff 2, chorus:

What If I Was Right Riff 2

Riff 3 is part one of the bridge - low gear

What If I Was Right Riff 3


Riff 4 is the bridge in high gear

What If I Was Right Riff 4


Riff 5 Outro

What If I Was Right Riff 5

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