Weekend riff: Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine (intro riff)
In the first of TG's new online series of video lessons you can learn Slash's twisty little guitar riff from GnR's planet-busting hit, Sweet Child O' Mine.
Most of this riff is based on a two-bar pattern that repeats starting on one of three different notes. Learn the basic two-bar pattern, keep track of those starting notes, and you've got most of the riff covered. There are just two other bars of music to learn
Picking-wise, you can use standard 'down-up' style alternate picking. You may prefer to switch to upstrokes on the first string notes; and downstrokes in between. This will keep you picking in the direction of the next note.
Finally, on the original recording Slash tuned his guitar down a semitone to Eb, but we've stayed in standard tuning for convenience.
'Sweet Child O' Mine'
© 1987. Guns N' Roses
Tutor: Chris Bird
Videographer: Martin Holmes
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