Drive Guitar Lesson – R.E.M

In this Drive guitar lesson video you will learn R.E.M.'s acoustic hit note-for-note in it's entirety.

Drive was the lead off single and first track on R.E.M.'s 1992 album Automatic For The People.

Drive is quite simple in it's layout and won't provide very many challenges despite what your playing level may be.

I start off this Drive guitar lesson by taking a look at the little arpeggiated picking sequence that is played throughout most of the song.

This arpeggiated picking lick that revolves around a D minor chord is probably the trickiest part of the entire song, but if you break it down you will find it quite simple to play.

From there I will demonstrate all the chord progressions as well as the guitar solo.

The guitar solo is very straightforward and shouldn't present any difficulties whatsoever.

In this Drive guitar lesson I will break the solo down so you will be able to see just how repetitive and simple it is.

Drive is one of R.E.M.'s biggest hits so be sure to take your time with this lesson so you can give the song the treatment it deserves. 🙂

Thanks! Carl..

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Drive Guitar Lesson - R.E.M.


  1. star on April 21, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Great Song ,,,,,,,,,,,, Carl.

  2. Jimmy Hatfield on February 11, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Very good lesson..i’m a beginner so i think by getting this one down it improved my confidence and helped me expand my playing..thanks..:)

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