Bad Penny Guitar Lesson – Rory Gallagher

In this Bad Penny guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this great Rory Gallagher song note-for-note.

The tuning is standard tuning, E A D G B E.

There are only two chord progressions to learn for Bad Penny. They are pretty simple and shouldn't be much trouble for the intermediate level guitarist. I will demonstrate how to play both of those progressions.

However, we aren't here for the chord progressions now are we? Haha... Rory Gallagher had such a great melodic blues rock guitar style that you can just sing his solos. He isn't one of those blues based players that will just rehash the same old tired blues licks again and again. Rory's playing is full of melody and passion and is a lot of fun to play.

I will cover all four of Rory's solos in "Bad Penny" note-for-note. But along the way, I will also demonstrate what scale patterns he favored and how he liked move in and out of them. That way, you will have a better understanding as to how he constructed these solos and what he would employ when improvising live. Hopefully this will enable you to create your own improvisations over the chord progressions found in "Bad Penny".

If you want to learn more about this style of blues rock improvisation, check out my Blues Guitar Bootcamp Course!

Have fun learning this great song! Carl...

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Bad Penny Guitar Lesson - Rory Gallagher


  1. Bob W on June 25, 2022 at 7:15 am

    Thanks for covering a Rory song! He is, and has been, one of my favorite guitar players. I was lucky enough to see him four times (I am old enough to have seen him with Taste when they opened for Blind Faith at the international amphitheatre in Chicago). You are spot on. His songs always had some great chord progressions and his solos so melodic.

  2. Michael on March 14, 2023 at 11:01 am

    Rory is an all time great!
    Have you thought about doing shadow play as a lesson, great intro and solo

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