This main riff is probably best played using hybrid picking. If you have never really used hybrid picking before this Dream On guitar lesson could be a good starting point for you. The hybrid picking is actually very consistent and I think the easiest way to play this riff.
The chord forms used in the intro riff can be a little bit awkward. They include some pretty large stretches at one point, and it is best to just take your time with this section of the riff.
Besides the intro riff, I also teach you the little guitar fill that happens right before the first verse in the first video lesson. This little guitar lick is quite fun to play and moves around quite a bit. However, this short guitar fill does have a lot of consistent techniques in it that are used over and over. It it has two main licks that are sequenced up and down the scale repeatedly.
So I would put this lesson at an intermediate level due to the fact that we use hybrid picking and have some pretty decent chord stretches with some bigger jumps as well as the guitar fill at the end.
Take your time with all this stuff and try to break it down into little parts. These chord voicings that Joe Perry and Brad Whitford are using could also perhaps inspire your own chord work that uses those voicings.
Whenever I learn a riff I like to take some of the more unique elements about it and expand upon them and try to create my own thing in that style. You will learn a lot more from the riff that way and eventually be able to take things like this and make them your own.
In the second video lesson we will pick up from the very first verse in the song and learn all the guitar parts throughout the rest of the song (including the guitar solo) note-for-note.
I open this video lesson with a full performance of the guitar solo then go back and break down all the verses, chorus and fills found throughout the song. At the end of the lesson, I will show you how to play Joe Perry's killer guitar solo phrase-by-phrase.
This solo isn't too much of a challenge. Joe Perry keeps everything pretty musical and accessible so once again I think an intermediate level player would do well with it. 🙂
Okay, on to the videos! Carl...
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