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ST-376 • Sweet Child 'O Mine - Guns 'N' Roses [INTRO]

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So here we start this new series on the rock classic Sweet Child O' mine by Guns 'n' Roses.

This intro riff is one of the greatest in the history of rock and one of the first lessons I ever did on YouTube... but I taught it wrong. I taught it the way I'd played it which was the right notes but not the right fingering. Now I know how many of y'all going to watch the video I spend a lot more time researching the songs and in this series I'm giving it to you as close as I can get to the way it was orginally played.

Related lesson: Get yourself into Eb Tuning!

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Watch The Original Video Clip

The Series

It's such a mega song I decided to examine all the bits in a short series just on this song!

1 - The Main Riff (this lesson)
2 - Chords and arrangement of the whole song
3 - First Solo
4 - The Chorus Riff
5 - Second Solo
6 - The Main Solo - Part 1
7 - The Main Solo - Part 2 (only on the web site, not found on YouTube!)

Getting the Sound

Guitar
1979 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top - neck pickup!

Amp
Kemper Profiler running Top Jimi's AFD 100 profile.

You want to go for a Marshall type amp for this and don't overdo the gain! Settings wise, set everything to 12 o'clock and then you probably want to take out a little mid but otherwise you just need to ride (explore) the gain to get the right amount - it'll be different on every amp so I can't say how much for your exact amp!

Effects
Just a little reverb from the Stymon Big Sky.