Hey, everybody. How’s it going? This is Darrin Goodman with guitarcontrol.com bringing you this video lesson. Today I want to show you some … it’s actually the first and second solo from Sweet Child of Mine. This is a lesson for the beginners out there who are just getting started with lead guitar, and these are a couple of cool, really recognizable solos that are pretty easy to play. Be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs, and let’s get close up and take a look at these.
All right, so we start off, we do a slide from nowhere to the 14th fret on the third string. If you’re not sure what a slide from nowhere is, let’s say that it’s like on your tabs, it showed a nine sliding to a 14, so you would start on the ninth fret and you’d pick and then slide to 14. A slide from nowhere, it doesn’t matter where you start because what you’re going to do is, instead of pick and then slide, is you’re just going to pick and slide simultaneously. You could start at the ninth fret. I mean, you could start at the second fret if you wanted to, but generally you want to be somewhat close, so that way you don’t miss your target note.
I’m going to start about the ninth or 10th fret, and I’m using my third finger. We slide to that 14, and then we go to the 12th fret with your first finger, and then to the 9th fret with your first finger. It does that twice. And then you do the same thing, the slide from nowhere to 14 and then 12, and then now we’re going to go to the ninth fret. We’re also going to do that twice. So first we’ve got to 11, and then to nine.
Then after you do that, then we do the slide to 14 to 12 again. Then we’re going to go back to the 14th fret with your third finger. You’re going to want to keep your first finger still on the 12th fret because we’re going to bend. It’s a lot easier, instead of bending with one finger, if you have your other fingers behind, you get this assisted bend. We’re going to bend a false step and release it, and then to 12.
Then we go back to 14 again, another full step, but this time we’re going to hold it, and then with your fourth finger, we’re going to grab the 15th fret of the second string with your fourth finger. And then to the 12th fret of the first string with your first finger, and then back to the 12th fret of the third string with my first finger. Then we’re going to pick and slide to 11. So, that whole solo.
All right, so that’s the first solo, and now let’s take a look at the second one. The second solo starts out the same way that the first one did, where we’re going to do the slide from nowhere to 14, 12, 11 twice. And then 14, 12, nine twice. Just like that. Then again, slide to 14, 12, and this time we’re going to let that 12 ring out, and then slide from nowhere to 14, 12 again, and then 12 slide to 11, and then a half step band. We’re going to hold that and then go to the 15th fret of the second string with with your fourth finger. Then back to the 11 where you’re already still bending, and then release.
You get that interval bend there. It kind of has that sound, it’s kind of country-ish sounding, like a pedal steel bend. Then after that, we do the slide from 14, 12, 11 again, and then immediately we follow that going to the 12th fret of the second string with your second finger. So we’ve got … whoops. Then we slide to 15. I use my second finger. Then 15 to 13, and then 13 slide to 17. Then after we slide to 17, then we pick 17, slide to 15, pick 15, slide to 13, and then 13, 12.
Okay, so there, this is where it gets a little bit tricky. When we do that, we’re on 13, and then we go to 12. We’re going to slide. Then, the next note is on the 13th fret, or excuse me, the 12th fret of the third string, and then the 12th fret of the fourth string. What you’re going to want to do is slide and then move your finger up so you can roll it across like this. Because you don’t want it sounding like a chord. You want the notes to be separate. So, by rolling your finger across, when I rolled from the second string to the third string, it mutes the second string. Then when I roll to the fourth, it mutes that third string to keep those notes separately.
Then, we go back to the third string, and you’re going to want to put your first finger on the 12th fret of the third string, and then your third finger on the 14th fret, and we’re going to pick and do a pull off, and then back to 14 for a full bend. Then we’re going to go to the 15th fret of the second string with your first, or excuse me, with your fourth finger, and you’re going to pick that and slide to the 17th fret.
Then we’re going to go back to the 15th fret with your first finger, and then you’re going to go to the 17th fret with your second finger and the 17th fret of the first string with your third finger, and we’re going to bend and hold the second string, and then pick the first string. That way goes, again, we have another one of these like pedal steel style bends. That’s the end of the second solo.
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