Everlong Guitar Lesson – Foo Fighters

In this Everlong guitar lesson I am going to teach you how to play all of this Foo Fighters smash hit in it's entirety.

Comprising of just a few different parts I think Everlong would be a great study for just about any level of guitarist.

Be sure to tune your guitar to "Dropped D" before starting the lesson so you can play along. If you don't know what "Dropped D" tuning is don't worry it is a rather simple altered tuning. All you have to do is tune your 6th string down a whole step from E to D. Every other string on the guitar remains the same.

By tuning down to "Dropped D" it makes playing the add 9 chords used throughout the song much easier to play.

You will see that some parts of this Everlong guitar lesson will demonstrate a riff that is played multiple times throughout the song but in a different fashion. What I mean by that is that at times you will learn a riff that is played with a big high gain guitar tone but then at another time the same part will be played on a quite muted guitar tone.

Don't be fooled by all of that. Just see it for what it is, the exact same guitar part simply played with a different amp sound or perhaps slightly muted.

Within the song we have an excellent chance to work on moving power chords around and playing octaves. The octave section especially is cool to practice due to all the open strings that you need to keep ringing and the quick change from an octave shape to a power chord shape.

If any section of the song gives you any trouble at all try to isolate where the problem is and just focus on that. It could be the change from just one chord to the next. If so, practice playing back and forth between only those two chords. That isolation of the problem area will help you get the move down much faster than always playing through the entire section every time you are practicing it.

In any case, Everlong is a fun song to play and I hope everyone enjoys rockin' out to it!


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Everlong Guitar Lesson - Foo Fighters


  1. David Kelly on January 17, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I know this is played electric with heavy distortion on the recording, but I also heard Dave G play a solo acoustic version on Howard Stern. I’m going to work this one out on my Taylor. Enjoyed the lesson!

  2. Paul Bentley on November 25, 2019 at 4:29 am

    Wow! Brilliant lesson, can’t believe I’m now playing one of my all tim favourite songs. WOW!!

  3. Mario on January 27, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Great job as always. Are you dine with Foo Fighters? Any chance you’ll be doing Hey, Johnny Park in the future?


  4. Bruce Broussard on June 26, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Great lesson – really well ;laid out. Thank you very much!

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