“What It’s Like” by Everlast

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Difficulty: Easy

Composer – Erik Schrody

Where to find this song – Whitey Ford Sings the Blues track
# 4

Release Date – January 1998

Once best known for his time in the rap unit House of Pain, Everlast
successfully reinvented himself in 1998 with the best-selling Whitey
Ford Sings the Blues, a largely acoustic, hip-hop-flavored effort in
the genre-crossing mold of Beck. Born Erik Schrody, Everlast first
surfaced in Los Angeles as a member of Ice-T’s Rhyme Syndicate Cartel.

Main Riff



This song is fun to play. There are a few pull-offs in the riff. Remember,
a pull-off is when you go from a higher note to a lower note, only
striking the first note(s).

Begin the first measure by using your 1st finger on the second fret
on the “G” string. Place your 3rd finger on the third fret
on the “B” string, and your 4th finger on the third fret
on the “high E” string. Play that according to the tablature,
allowing the “D” string to remain open at the beginning.
Next, use your 1st finger to play the “high E” string on
the first fret. Use your 3rd finger to play the third fret on the “high
E” and then, keeping your 1st finger where it was, let off of
the third fret and then play the “high E” again with your
1st finger still in place. To end the measure, just use your 3rd finger
to pull-off from the third fret to the open position on the “B” string.

To play the second measure, begin with your 3rd finger on the third
fret on the “D” string. Place your 2nd finger on the second
fret on the “G” string, and place your 1st finger on the
first fret on the “B” string. For the next part of the measure,
simply move your 2nd and 3rd finger to the “A” string and
the “D” string on the same frets. Play according to the tablature
and you are finished!!!

Riff Resources

Complete Transcription To “What
It’s Like” (PDF)

Complete Transcription To “What
It’s Like” (Power
Tab)