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Lesson: How to Play The Rolling Stones' "Paint It, Black"

Here's a cool lesson from our friends at Alfred Music.

This one teaches you how to play multiple guitar parts from the Rolling Stones' classic "Paint It, Black."

Originally released by the Stones on May 13, 1966, as the first single from the U.S. version of their fourth album, Aftermath, the song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Although originally titled without a comma, the release version was styled "Paint It, Black." Richards has stated that the comma was added by the record label, Decca.

The single reached No. 1 in the U.S. and the U.K. charts in 1966. In 2004 it was ranked No. 176 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In the U.S. and U.K., it was the first No. 1 single to feature a sitar.

This lesson opens with a great overview of the electric guitar part (That's a Vox guitar, by the way) then moves to the acoustic guitar part around 5:50. You can play along to the whole thing at 9:19.

Check out official matching tab for this lesson at This song also can be found in collections found on

And now, get your Stones on!

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Acoustic Nation is written by Laura B. Whitmore, a music industry marketing veteran, music journalist and editor, who has contributed to, Guitar World, and others. She has interviewed hundreds of musicians and hosts the She Rocks Podcast. As the founder of the Women’s International Music Network, she advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, making the world safe for guitar exploration everywhere! A guitarist and singer/songwriter, Laura is currently co-writing an album of pop songs that empower and energize girls.