Topic: If Heartaches Were Nickels

I'm attempting to work out the chord sequence behind If Heartaches Were Nickels and I'm a little stumped.

The CD version (to my ear) sounds like it's using G#, C# and D# but from the live video on YouTube it looks like he's playing in A (which could very well be A down a half step). When playing the G# version my bridge doesn't sound right, but against the live version the little bridge (A B C D B) sounds okay.

Can anyone untwist my brain?

Re: If Heartaches Were Nickels

I think it's pretty safe to say that the song is tuned down a half step, or the recording is a little slow. Not many rock musicians (especially a guitar player) would write a song in G#.  You lose all your first position/open string options.

Re: If Heartaches Were Nickels

Yeah it is tuned down a half step.

Intro - Dm Am D Eb E
Verse - Am Dm Am Dm Am Dm7 Am Am/G# Am/G F#7b5 Fmaj 7 D5 C/E Fsus2 G5
Bridge - Dm7 Am Dm7 d#5 E5Am Gass4/B C Dm C/E C D F9 E9 Am Dm Am D Eb E
Solo

Etc etc etc

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Re: If Heartaches Were Nickels

InspiredbyJB wrote:

Yeah it is tuned down a half step.

Intro - Dm Am D Eb E
Verse - Am Dm Am Dm Am Dm7 Am Am/G# Am/G F#7b5 Fmaj 7 D5 C/E Fsus2 G5
Bridge - Dm7 Am Dm7 d#5 E5Am Gass4/B C Dm C/E C D F9 E9 Am Dm Am D Eb E
Solo

Etc etc etc

I think I've got sun stroke.

Hi
I've just finished a cover of this and I played it in Ab (G# if you prefer!) and I found the scales just as straightforward and nice when you get to the end of the 'Zeppelin-esque run to hit a huge Emaj.

You can check my version out here: http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7645476

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Re: If Heartaches Were Nickels

I figured out the live version the other day its really simple.
I will post a video of me playing it soon

Re: If Heartaches Were Nickels

Further to InspiredbyJB's summary, who's more or less nailed it, it works well if you play the intro and the first part of the verse through the first chromatic run with the Am barred at the 5th fret then going to F at the first fret for the rest of it.

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Re: If Heartaches Were Nickels

There is tab for this on the internet.

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Re: If Heartaches Were Nickels

I also made a whole GTPro tab for it but it's not finished yet (have to complete the solo).
Bailz, if you want to I can send you a pdf of the rhythm guitar...

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Re: If Heartaches Were Nickels

JBJHJM wrote:

I also made a whole GTPro tab for it but it's not finished yet (have to complete the solo).
Bailz, if you want to I can send you a pdf of the rhythm guitar...


Pweatty Pwease send me an copy of the Guitar pro tab of this!

I've looked under every internet rock there is to look under, but i cant find 1 tab of the solo for this song.

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Re: If Heartaches Were Nickels

http://treecebirch.myzen.co.uk/songs/he … ickels.doc

did that a while back sounds pretty close to me..

Re: If Heartaches Were Nickels

InspiredbyJB wrote:

Yeah it is tuned down a half step.

Intro - Dm Am D Eb E
Verse - Am Dm Am Dm Am Dm7 Am Am/G# Am/G F#7b5 Fmaj 7 D5 C/E Fsus2 G5
Bridge - Dm7 Am Dm7 d#5 E5Am Gass4/B C Dm C/E C D F9 E9 Am Dm Am D Eb E
Solo

Etc etc etc

I think I've got sun stroke.

That looks right to me.  Here is our stab at it

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1434201694045

Re: If Heartaches Were Nickels

Does anybody has GPro tab ?