Bad company

Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love

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You’re in good company here as Jon Bishop tabs this hugely popular rocker from the 80s. But was it open C or open G tun­ing?

Can’t Get Enough was re­leased in 1974 and was fea­tured on Bad Company’s epony­mous de­but al­bum. The open­ing gui­tar part, per­formed by Mick Ralphs, is one of those clas­sic riffs and it is a lot of fun to play.

The song uses two clas­sic, blues style, three-chord tricks. The open­ing riff, verse and bridge use F, Bb and C - the I, IV, and V chords in the key of F. The cho­rus is C, F and G - another I, IV, V, this time in C. Feel-wise it’s a shuf­fle with all the qua­vers swung. The tempo moves around a bit, so for the GT record­ing we have se­lected a happy medium and set an easy tempo of 124bpm for the whole piece.

Per­haps the most in­ter­est­ing thing from our per­spec­tive is the gui­tar tun­ing. Mick Ralphs orig­i­nally wrote Can’t Get Enough in open G tun­ing. Singer Paul Rodgers liked the song but re­quested the key be changed from G to C. To make this pos­si­ble Ralphs tuned all the strings up a 4th, which re­quired the fit­ting of lighter strings due to the dra­mat­i­cally in­creased ten­sion on the neck. How­ever, we have cho­sen to tab the song in open G tun­ing so as to be ac­ces­si­ble to all gui­tarists with­out the need to change set­ups. It will also help to pre­serve the gui­tar necks of the na­tion and make all the lead and rhythm work playable in one per­for­mance. To re-tune from stan­dard tun­ing sim­ply drop the sixth, fifth and first strings down a tone. If you strum the strings from the fifth string up, the chord of G ma­jor is pro­duced; you can now add melody notes to this G ma­jor foun­da­tion with rel­a­tive ease.

Many styles use open G tun­ing in­clud­ing the Hawai­ian ‘slack key’ and Delta blues slide gen­res. Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is also a fan of open G for gen­eral riff ac­tion (think of Brown Sugar and Start Me Up), as

As a one fin­ger barre is all that’s re­quired to play a ma­jor chord with the Open G tun­ing, the other fin­gers are free to play melody notes.

are Fran­cis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Sta­tus Quo (Down Down etc). The rhythm gui­tar on Can’t Get Enough is very much in this vein.

A one-fin­ger barre is all that’s re­quired to play any ma­jor chord on the neck, so the other fin­gers are free to play melody notes on top. the song will sound great with your bridge pickup se­lected and a gritty, over­driven tone.

There is a fair bit of lead work to nav­i­gate at the end of song. This has also been ar­ranged to be played on a gui­tar tuned to open G so you can play the whole song from start to fin­ish with the back­ing track. In a two-gui­tar band the solo can be per­formed on a stan­dard tuned gui­tar and it will work fine, as all of the notes fall on the ‘un-de­tuned’ strings.

As the solo­ing only comes over the cho­rus chord pat­tern of C, F and G, Bad Company axe man Mick Ralphs uses the tried and tested blues trick of mix­ing the C Ma­jor and C Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic scales. There are some tips of the hat to blues­men like Al­bert King who com­bine sim­ple sig­na­ture licks with string bend­ing and vi­brato. There are also some tone-and-a-half bends to nav­i­gate, so be sure to warm up be­fore at­tempt­ing such hero­ics. Singer­gui­tarist Paul Rodgers played the har­monised first solo along with Ralphs.

The audio fea­tures a recre­ation of the orig­i­nal track, and a back­ing track with all the tran­scribed parts re­moved for you to prac­tice with. Our track has the same count-in as the orig­i­nal, which goes one, two, one, two, three.

Fi­nally, many thanks to Pete Ri­ley for record­ing and per­form­ing the drums!

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