I ONLY WANT YOU by Eagles Of Death Metal
“I Only Want You” by the Eagles of Death Metal is a fun tune that can be super simple if you’re a beginner or, if you’re up for it, it can be a bit more advanced. Contrary to the band’s name, the song itself is somewhere in the alternative-indie genre, but there certainly is a roughness to it. Not quite “death metal” rough, but rough enough!
To start off with, if you really want to simplify this song, you can play just two chords, alternating between A and C. You’re going to play each chord for a full bar, strumming four beats per bar. To build up the energy and the heaviness, you can double up on your strumming hand by playing eighth notes.
For more advanced players, you can play something that is much closer to the original recording. If you’ve gone through my beginner’s course, hopefully you’ll be familiar with the rock and roll pattern we went over. This works with that a bit, but it also kind of feels like that standard blues rhythm that I’m sure you’ve heard before.
The riff combines a bar chord with some bluesy-rock rhythms and some power chords – and it comes together pretty nicely once you get it all working together.
If you want to get even closer to the original recording, it’s actually in Open G tuning, so you’ll have to grapple with that. Alternatively, what you could do instead is tune your A string down a tone to G and put a capo on the second fret. Once you do that, you can actually play the first part of that riff using just your first finger.
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