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HOW TO PLAY “AMERICAN WOMAN” – LENNY KRAVITZ

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how to play american woman lenny kravitzWould you like to play this hard sounding guitar riff by Lenny Kravitz?

Well, actually this song was originally recorded by a Canadian group called The Guess Who in 1970 and was covered by Lenny Kravitz in 1998. The song is called “American Woman”.

How to Play American Woman



Check out the tab from a user contributed tablature at Songsterr.com

If you know your power chords already and is comfortable playing it, this is actually an easy song to play.. the intro part and verses at least.

You may want to watch the video above this post first before reading the details below.

The song uses power chords. The first one is C5 (or C power chords). The root note is on the 3rd fret of the 5th string and the 5th fret for the 4th and/or 3rd string.

Basically the first 2 beats you play the C power chord. The 3rd beat as shown in the image is a rest. The last beat is the B flat power chord. You hammer the first fret of the 6th string to the 3rd fret and then pluck/pick the first fret of the 5th and 4rth string as shown.

You then repeat the C power chord pattern and this time the little lick is on the 8th fret of the 3rd string hammering to the 10th fret and pulling it off again to get the 8th fret note.

Practice this good because this is a really cool song!

American Woman Tabs and Chords


American Woman Chords

American Woman

C F C – F C – F C – F
Huh!
C – F C
1. American woman, stay away from me !
F C – F C – F
American woman, mama let me be !
C F
Don’t come hanging around my door,
C F
I don’t want to see your face no more.
C F
I got more important things to do,
C F
than spend my time growin’ old with you.
C – F C
Now woman, stay away !
F C – F C – F C – F (4x)
American woman, listen what I say !
C – F C
2. American woman, get away from me !
F C – F C – F
American woman, mama let me be !
C F
Don’t come knocking round my door,
C F
I don’t want to see your shadow no more.
C F
Colored lights can hypnotize,
C F
sparkle someone else’s eyes.
C – F C – F
Now woman, get away !
C – F C – F
American woman, listen what I say !
C F C – F C – F C – F
Huh!
C – F C – F
3. American woman, I said get away !
C – F C – F
American woman, listen what I say !
C F
Don’t come hanging round my door;
C F
Don’t want to see your face no more !
C F
I don’t need your war machines,
C F
I don’t need your ghetto scenes
C F
Colored lights can hypnotize,
C F
sparkle someone else’s eyes.
C – F C – F
Now woman, get away !
C – F C – F
American woman, listen what I say !
C – F C – F
American woman, get away from me !
C – F C – F
American woman, mama, let me be
(Lenny Kravitz)

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1 Comment on HOW TO PLAY “AMERICAN WOMAN” – LENNY KRAVITZ

  1. i love love love the riff in this song!

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