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This is a free guitar lesson that is going to teach you how to play "Sweet Child 'O Mine" by Guns 'N Roses.
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What’s up everyone, this is Mike Deiure from Rock Guitar Power. And in this video, we’re going to learn how to play “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns and Roses.
Okay, so now we’re going to take a look at the intro. Before we check out the real famous melody, we’re just going to look at the basic chord progression that happens and it’s real simple. So, we’re going to do a D power chord for two bars, and then we’re going to do a C power chord for two bars, a G power chord for two bars and then back to a D power chord for two more bars. Okay, so here is our intro melody to Sweet Child of Mine.
There are three things that we want to keep in mind that are really crucial when we learn this. Number one is in our left hand, in our fretted hand. We want to make sure we stick to the exact fingerings that I’ll show you, it’s going to make it easier to play and it will keep it consistent when you learn it. The second thing is in my right hand, I want to make sure I do strict alternate picking. So, if I pick a note down the next note, I pick is up all the time without exception. And the third thing to keep in mind is that you want each note to be played individually, so when I play a note and then I play the next note, I need to make sure I come off of the other note. I will illustrate this as we go.
So, we’re going to star out at the 12th fret on the D string with our first finger and then we’re going to use our pinky on 15th on the B string. And then were going to use our ring finger on the 14th fret of the G string, then were going to go to the 12th fret on the G string, so up until there.
Now, we’re going to use our pinky on the 15th fret of the E string, middle finger on the 14th fret of the G string, ring finger on the 14th fret of the E string and then back to the middle finger on the 14th fret of the G-string.
Okay. So, as you could see while I play, my left hand, each finger comes off and then it plays the next note. I don’t want to lay them down together, because then they’ll ring out into each other and you’ll end up getting a little bit of a dirty tone when you do that. So as you first learn this you might want to kind of bounce up and down. And also remember to learn it really slow. So, it does that sequence for two bars or two times through then the only thing that changes is that you start off in the next progression with you’re middle finger on the 14th fret of the D string, everything else is the exact same.
All right, it does that twice. And now the third one is that, again, the only thing that changes is that now the first note is going to be the 12th fret of the G string. So, this is identical to the first part except the first part you just play it on the D. Now, we’re going to start on the G string, the whole rest of the lick is exactly the same.
Okay, so the fingering is the same and everything. So, and then after you do that, you go back to the D for two and that’s you’re whole intro lick. So here’s the way it looks nice and slow.
Okay, so that’s the whole eight bar loop in the beginning. Now just to end this whole thing and bring in the verse, there’s a little variation that we do. And what we’re going to do is play the 12th fret on the E string and then the 14th fret on the G string. What we’re going to do is keep coming back to this note. And then, we put the 15th fret on the B string and then back to 14th on the G and then back to 12th. Now, 14th on the E string, back to 14th on the G, 15th on the E string, back to 14th on the G and then 14th on the E, 14th on the G, 12th on the E, back to 14th and so up until there.
And then, it ends with 15th on B and 14th on G. And that’s you’re whole intro lick. So, here’s the whole sequence that ends it to bring in the verse.
Okay, you just tack on to the end of the intro and then you’re good to go right into the verse. So it repeats that, I believe twice and then you end it and then you’re into the verse. So remember, it kind of jump the notes around, you want to make much acoustic at first, you don’t want the notes to bleed into each other, keep very strict alternate picking, learn it slow and then starts speeding it up. So, that’s intro melody to Sweet Child of Mine, now let’s check out the verse.