Guns N' Roses 'You Could Be Mine' lesson (TG216)

After keeping this ace up their sleeve for years, Guns N' Roses gave us both barrels in 1991 with 'You Could Be Mine'.

Pick up Total Guitar issue 216 (on sale 10 June to 7 July) for an exclusive interview with cover star Slash about the making of the song, not to mention a backing track, a guide to nailing the guitar tones and the scales and chord diagrams from the tune.

Part One: Intro

Part Two: Intro solo

Part Three: Intro riff

Part Four: Verse

Part Five: Chorus 1

Part Six: Interlude solo

Part Seven: Bridge

Part Eight: Solo

Part Nine: Middle 8

Part 10: Outro Riff

Part 11: Outro solo

Composed by Izzy Stradlin, Duff Rose McKagan, Axl Rose, Matt Sorum, Slash and Darren A Reed
Tutor: James Uings
Audio: Steve Allsworth
Videographer: Martin Holmes

In the mag:

Read it!
Every song has a story. Where possible we speak to the musicians and studio technicians to explore the inspiration, as well as the writing and recording processes behind your favourite songs.

Get the sound!
As well as a backing track, every song comes with easy-to-read illustrated settings for amps and effects. This enables you to not only play classic riffs, solos and tunes, but to replicate the tone, too.

Backing tracks!
Every song you learn in the magazine comes with a backing track on your CD, so you can play the guitar parts along with a full band. The CD is just that, a CD of music, so you can play it anywhere and easily transfer the songs to your PC or MP3 player.

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.