Haim – Want You Back (Chords and Tab)

Haim – Want You Back (Chords)

It was Glastonbury the other weekend. The one time of year British music fans get the same value from the license fee as sports fans do all year. The standout performances I caught were Songhoy Blues (the whole show is here if you’re in the UK) and Haim. I’m not ruling out a Songhoy Blues tab in future but for today it’s Haim’s latest.

Suggested Strumming

You can go very minimalist and just do one strum per chord. The only thing that might trip you up is some of the timing. I’d definitely recommend counting the bars to get a feel for the chord changes.

The progression at the end of each verse has the first two chords lasting a beat and half each. Followed by the F lasting the final beat of the bar plus the whole of the next bar.

With a metronome it sounds like this:

Strum 1

That rhythm continues into the chorus but with the addition of a couple of chord changes:

Strum 2

And the second half of the first chorus adds in an extra chord:

Strum 3

Halfway through the second chorus the rhythm switches. Here you have a chord that lasts three beats then switches on the final beat of the chord. So if you were counting the bar you’d change on the 4. This rhythm lasts until the end of the song.

Strum 4

Twiddly Bits

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Here’s the little descending riff in the second half of the verses:

And the funky riff in the choruses. I’m muting the strings with the underside of my picking hand here to keep the notes short (more on that in a future post).


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