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The Black Keys

Tighten Up

Key

 b : Bend 
 r : Release
 / : Slide into
 \ : Slide out of
 h : Hammer on
 p : Pull off
(-): Ghost note
 v : Vibrato
 x : Mute
 T : Fret with thumb
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Intro/Verse

Guitar I

He doesn't hit the bass notes on the studio version, and only during the verse live.

  F#m               C#m7            Bm              C# 

e|----9------9-----|----9-----9----|----7-----7----|----9------9-----|
B|----10-----10----|----9-----9----|----7-----7----|----9------9-----|
G|----11-----11----|----9-----9----|----7-----7----|----10-----10----|
D|----11-----11----|----9-----9----|----9-----9----|----11-----11----|
A|9--------9-------|7-------7------|---------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|---------------|7-------7------|9--------9-------|
                                    T               T 

Guitar II


e|------------------|------------------|--------------------|
B|------------------|------------------|--------------------|
G|------------------|------------------|--------------------|
D|----4-----4-2-----|------------------|--------------------|
A|--------------4p2-|0---0-----2-0---0h|2v---2v---0h2-0---0-|
E|2-------2---------|--------2-----2---|----------------2---|


e|----------------------|----------------|
B|----------------------|----------------|
G|----------------------|----------------|
D|----------------------|----------------|
A|2/4---4\2---0h2---0---|----------------|
E|----------------------|2---------------|

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Bridge

On the studio record he uses either an overdub or an octave effect.

You can also hit the open A string in place of the bent note.


e|-----------------------|----------------------|----------------------|
B|5/7v---5h7v---5-7-5----|------5---------------|----------------------|
G|--------------------6\4|/6v-------6\4-2-4-2---|4v---4v---2h4-2-------|
D|-----------------------|----------------------|----------------4-2---|
A|-----------------------|----------------------|----------------------|
E|-----------------------|----------------------|----------------------|

                          
e|-----------------------|-------------------|
B|-----------------------|-------------------|
G|-----------------------|-------------------|
D|2h4v---2v---2----------|-------------------|
A|--------------4-2------|-------------------|
E|------------------5b---|2v-----------------|
                            
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Chorus


e|-----------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
B|/7v---7v---5h7-5-------|5/7v---7v---5h7-5-------|5/7v---7v---5h7-5-------|
G|-----------------6\4---|------------------6\4---|------------------6\4---|
D|-----------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
A|-----------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
E|-----------------------|------------------------|------------------------|
                                                

e|------------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------|
B|------------------------|/7v---7v---5h7-5-------|---/7-7v---5h7-5---------|
G|4/6v---6---6-4\2--------|-----------------6\4---|-------------------6\4---|
D|-------------------4-2--|-----------------------|-------------------------|
A|------------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------|
E|------------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------|


e|---------------5-------|-------------------|-------------------|
B|---/7-7v---5h7---7-5---|-------------------|-------------------|
G|-----------------------|/6-6v---4\2-4-2----|-------------------|
D|-----------------------|----------------4v-|-------------------|
A|-----------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
E|-----------------------|-------------------|(2)----------------|

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Breakdown

The rhythm of the last 2 chords vary.

  F#m            C#m                       A           B 

e|9----9----9-----------------------------|----------------------------|
B|10---10---10----------------------------|----------------------------|
G|11---11---11---9----9----9----9----9----|6---6-6-6---8---8---8-8-8---|
D|11---11---11---11---11---11---11---11---|7---7-7-7---9---9---9-9-9---|
A|9----9----9----11---11---11---11---11---|7---7-7-7---9---9---9-9-9---|
E|---------------9----9----9----9----9----|5---5-5-5---7---7---7-7-7---|
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chaotic donut 10 Sep 26, 2010 03:43 PM

the c#m7 doesnt sound right..

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danleary 853 Sep 26, 2010 06:55 PM

It's right, if something sounds off then you are doing something wrong. Are you using reverb? Are you in tune? Also be sure to mute it right after you strike it so it doesn't ring out.

Watch his hands in this video, you can see it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ojcl9dRRDs

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Soldier Poet 188 Nov 09, 2010 10:35 PM

Great tab, better than the other one.

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