The Keith Richards guitar sound is probably the main reason The Rolling Stones are still together. He is a founding member of “The Stones” who are one of the very few superstar bands from the 1960’s. Who are still in existance and still recording.They’ve had an amazing incredible music career.
They are known as the “Worlds Greatest Rock”n”Roll Band”…Geez…who comes up with these names some guy who worked promotions for the circus?…But anyways….The Keith Richards guitar stylings are famous for his inovative rhythm guitar playing interspersed with lead guitar playing as well.And Keith along with MickJagger are the songwriters in the band too. Ever heard of “Satisfaction”,”Wild Horses”,”Angie”…the list of hits goes on and on and Keith has written a million of em….OK…maybe not a million,but it seems like it. And I”m sure his bank account reflects it.
And about Keith Richards songwriting a musician friend of mine said…”Yeah he’s written alot of hits…. but he’s been writing the same song over and over again for the last 45 yrs.”….I think he’s just jealous of Keith.And besides Keith hasn’t written the same song over and over again for 45 yrs…..he’s changed the words in each song…..I’m just joking….I’m a big fan of the Keith Richards guitar playing. Just keep him away from the drugs….joking again….Keith has been clean and sober for years and is the well-respected elder statesman of Rock”n”Roll.
And he really has a unique guitar style,a great rhythm,and great feel. In the early days of The Stones after the declining mental state of Stones Lead Guitarist Brian Jones left him less able to contribute to the band. Keith is credited with most of the recorded guitar parts,including slide,rhytmn,and Lead guitar etc…Another thing that makes Keith unique as a rhythm guitarist is that he uses open string tunings as well as standard tunings for some of his guitar intros. Songs like “Street Fighting Man,””Brown Sugar,” have a variation on the open G tuning of GDGBE with no bottom 6 string that’s why those Stones guitar intros get that open string ringing sound.