Ivy frequently has stunning rhythm guitar parts–a little bit of extra texture, a little melody. Two examples: “Blame In On Yourself” from Long Distance, and Apartment Life’s “Quick, Painless, and Easy” The latter I’ve been casually wondering how to play for some time so I finally sat down and figure it out.
Ivy “Quick, Painless, and Easy” (rhythm guitar)
First, raise the B string to C so C and E can ring open together (it’s possible with standard tuning but the E+ is a pain to get your fingers in and out of). Everywhere but the chorus the A string quiet drones. The named chord is the effective harmony with the electric bass in the recording (how you might play it on piano, etc.)
Tuning = E-A-D-G-C-E (raise B to C) Intro/Verse Amaj7 x-0-6-6-4-0 Cmaj7/G x-0-5-4-0-0 Fmaj7 x-0-3-2-0-0 E+ x-0-2-1-0-0 Am7 x-0-7-5-7-0 Cmaj7/G x-0-5-4-0-0 Fmaj7 x-0-3-2-0-0 Cmaj7/G x-0-5-4-0-0 Pre-chorus (twice) Amaj7 x-0-6-6-4-0 Cmaj7/G x-0-5-4-0-0 D6add9/F# x-0-4-4-2-0 Fmaj7 x-0-3-2-0-0 Chorus C 3-3-2-0-0-0 D x-0-0-2-2-2 C 3-3-2-0-0-0 D x-0-0-2-2-2 C 3-3-2-0-0-0 D x-0-0-2-2-2 Fmaj7 1-3-3-2-0-0 G6add4 3-5-5-4-0-0