Moonlight Mile by The Rolling Stones | acoustic
An acoustic guitar lesson on how to play "Moonlight Mile" by the Rolling Stones from their album "Sticky Fingers" released in 1971.
This has to be one of the most under rated Stones ballads. I think it's a great song and I put it right up there with Angie and Wild Horses.
It was the last song recorded for Sticky Fingers and is the last song on the album. It was put together by Mick Jagger and Mick Taylor. They pulled an all-nighter in the studio and developed the song from a short demo that Keith had come up with that he'd labeled as "Japanese Thing".
The main acoustic guitar part is played by Mick Jagger with Mick Taylor on electric. It was Taylor's idea to have it orchestrated which was done by Paul Buckmaster who had worked with Elton John. Keith does not appear on the track.
I tried to get the first couple of minutes as close to the album as I could. After that I played some of the melody lines and jammed out that catchy guitar bit that Mick Taylor came up with. I cut out the second verse for my demo but it still wound up being four minutes long. That's one of the things about slow songs, they take longer to play!
I really like the song stripped down and played just on acoustic guitars. Although I like the version on the album, when you strip it down the pureness of the song comes through I think.
The song is in open G tuning, but with a twist.
I see a lot of people play it around the fifth fret on the A and D strings but after watching this live video of the Stones from 2015, Mick is playing it mostly at the twelfth fret. The only way to make that work is if you tune the low E string up to G. So the final tuning is G-G-D-G-B-D.
I had a great time working on this one. It put me in a good mood all week!
I hope that you get something out of it. Cheers
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