Hey, everybody. This is Darrin Goodman from guitarcontrol.com, bringing you this video lesson. Today, I want to show you three intros from three songs from the 1980s. These are kind of aimed at the beginners. In the ’80s, and, well, lots of eras, but in the ’80s especially, the intros on songs were kind of an iconic thing, so you’d hear that intro and you knew what song it was that you were hearing and stuff, because the intro wasn’t a… Like, they didn’t start off by playing the riff from the verse, or the chorus, or something. It had it’s own little separate thing. Be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs, and let’s get close up and take a look at what we got going on here.
All right, so the very first one we’re going to look at is My Michelle, by Guns N’ Roses. This is fairly simple to play. All right, so starting off, you simply start off with an A major chord, so I’m just going to take my first finger and I’m going to barre it across the fourth, third, and second strings of the second fret. Normally, you’d play the fifth string open, but in this case, it’s over C#, so we’re going to play the fourth fret of the fifth string, and I’m using my third finger. We’re going to play this. We’re going to go five, four, three, two, three, four, five, four.
Then, moving to the second measure, we just flatten that note on the fifth string to the third fret, so I’m going to use my second finger, and we play five, four, three, and then the second string open. Then we move that note on the fifth string from the third fret to the second fret, so now I’m just going to barre all the way across here, so I’m barring the fifth string, fourth string, and third string at the second fret, and again, the third string, or excuse me, the second string will be open. So those first two measures…
Then we go from there to an F# minor, so I’m just going to take my first finger and move it from the fifth string to the sixth string, so I’m on the second fret, and then I’m going to be on the fourth fret of the fifth string with my third finger, and the fourth fret of the fourth string with my fourth finger. My first finger is barring, so it’s going to also get to the second fret of the third string, and we simply go six, five, four, three, four, five, six, five. And the fourth measure is the same. So that whole sequence, slowly… It simply repeats. Whoops.
So, it just does that same sequence. It repeats like four times, I believe, and on the last time, it’s just slightly different. On the very last time, you go… On that third measure, you just strum that whole F# minor.
All right, next we’re going to look at the intro for Wild Child by W.A.S.P. This one is really, really easy, but this was a really cool riff, I thought, and whenever you heard it, you just knew what song it was. We’re going to go up to the sixth fret of the third string with your second finger, the fifth fret of the second string with your first finger, and the seventh fret of the second string with your third finger. The note on the second string switches back and forth between the fifth and the seventh, so this way, all’s we have to do is just lift and lower our third finger.
Starting on the seventh fret, we play the second string, then the third, then the second, then the third. Then we take our third finger off, second, third, second, and then back to the seventh, back to the third, back to the second, back to the third, take our third finger off, so we’re on the fifth fret, second, third, second. The whole thing with this is eighth notes, so it’s one-and two-and three-and four, or excuse me, one-and two-and three-and four-and, so on the -and of four, we put our third finger back on the seventh fret of the second string, and that’s tied to the down beat of the next measure, so that would be like… It would be the duration of a quarter note.
Then back to the third string for -and of one, two-and three-and four. Then that riff just simply repeats. It repeat, I don’t remember exactly how many times exactly it repeats, because there’s like power chords going on behind it, you know? You go… Something like that. So, the whole riff up to speed. Pretty simple.
All right, and then finally, we’re going to look at the intro for Shook You All Night Long by AC/DC. This one is a little bit more complicated, but I still consider this to be somewhat of a beginner riff. We start off, we’re going to be playing the fourth and third strings open, but we’re going to be playing at the third fret of the second and first strings. In this case, I’m using my second finger on the second string and my third finger on the first string. Then I’m going to take my first finger, and I’m going to put it on the second fret of the first string, and I’ll show you why here in just a second.
So we start off, we just strum strings four, three, two, and one. Then you’re going to take your fourth finger and you’re going to move it up to the fifth fret of the first string. Then you’re going to strum just strings three, two, and one. When you do this first one, the first strum, it is beats one, two, and three, and the down beat of four, and then it’s on the -and of four where you move up to the fifth fret with your fourth finger. Then that is tied to the down beat of one of one of the next measure.
Then you take your fourth finger off, and on the -and of one, you strum just strings three, two, and one. You do that on the -and of one, the down beat of two, and then on the -and of two, you take your third finger off of the first string, so that way, now it’s playing that note that you were playing with your first finger on the second fret. Back to the third fret, back to the second fret, then you just hit the second and then the third string. So we have…
Now you’re going to take your first finger and move it from the second fret of the first string to the second fret of the third string, like you’re playing a D, and you’re just going to stream strings four, three, and two. Then, you’re going to take your third finger, and you’re going to go to the third fret of the fourth string, and you’re going to hit that note. This is on the down beat of four, and then you’re going to take it off and hit that same D5 again. This is like four-and, and that’s tied to one, and that’s a dotted quarter note, so it’s beat one and then the down beat of two.
Then on the -and of two, you’re going to take your third finger, put it back onto the third fret of the fourth string. You’re going to pick that, and slide to four, hit the second string, whoops, which your second finger is on the third fret of. Then you’re going to move your third finger back to the third fret of the fourth string, hit that note again, and pull off to the open string. So that’s the first four measures.
Then moving on to the fifth measure, it just basically starts over again, except this time, instead of doing what we did on measure three and four, we just switch to the D5. You just strum that, and it’s a whole note, and then it’s tied to a dotted half note on the next measure, so it basically gets seven beats, so… Then you rest on the fourth beat, and then that’s where I would actually go into the song.
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