Red Hot Chili Peppers – I Could Have Lied (Tabs)

Red Hot Chili Peppers – I Could Have Lied (Tab)

RHCP’s I Could Have Lied was written by Anthony Kiedis after Sinead O’Connor broke up with him. Who would have thought that relationship wouldn’t last?

Blood Sugar Sex Magik is packed with great riffs and this one is no exception. It works nicely on the uke too. Well worth learning it even if you’re not learning the whole song.

The intro and the verse are all played with thumb and two finger picking. With the exception of the rapid notes on the E-string, 3rd fret in bar 10 where I’m using alternate picking to keep up the speed. The part I struggled with here is the pull-off between bars 10 and 11. It involves holding a note on the C-string while pulling off on the A-string. For an easier version, you can skip the note on the C-string.

The chorus is fairly straightforward with most of it being chord strums apart from the riff.

The solo uses a few elements from the original. But I’ve changed it up to suit my own playing and I suggest you do the same.


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