Transcribing Notes From John Neil (Head Transcriber)
Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys – Song Breakdown
A song about a ‘complicated’ relationship, with the range of C3 to A4. There are lots of grace notes and notes that slide down, as well as plenty of syncopated passages.
There isn’t much keyboard in this recording, other than what sounds like a piano octave on the beats at the bridge until the end. For the rest, I doubled the guitars and gave it the distorted droning octave guitar part – reminiscent of the Robert Fripp ebow sounds in David Bowie’s “Heroes,” which occurs in the pre-choruses & choruses. In a live performance I found, the keyboardist plays this with an organ, which would work as well.
This part doubles the rhythm guitar main riff in most of the song, but with a 6-string. For the pre-chorses & choruses I have it add a 2nd signal with the overdriven sound through a tremolo as well (which sounds like another guitar track in the recording). I also have it play the repeated guitar line in the bridge to the end.
This is the basic electric 12-string guitar part of the song, and drives the whole thing. I based the fretting etc. off of a live video on YouTube. You’ll want a nice overdrive tone for this one. It also splits into a separate signal with tremolo when the lead guitar starts the lines from the bridge to the end.
There isn’t a strum guitar part in this song, so a part was made up for that. There are lots of different 16th note strum patterns to keep it lively & keep you on your toes (or hands as it were).
Nice bass guitar part that follows the guitar riff pretty closely. Looks like it’s played with a pick, according to one live video I found. And it has a nice bassy fuzz tone to it, with fuzz, but retaining lots of low end. The fretting for this part was also taken from a live video.