Eye Of The Tiger Guitar Lesson – Survivor

When "Eye Of The Tiger" by Survivor was written at the request of actor Sylvester Stallone to be the theme song for Rocky III, no one knew just how big of a smash hit it would become.

Due to it's iconic opening guitar riff and big rock anthem chorus, "Eye Of The Tiger" ended up topping the charts all over the world.

In this Eye Of The Tiger guitar lesson video I will demonstrate how to play the entire song note-for-note.

Luckily, those memorable guitar riffs are relatively easy to play so just about anyone gets to try to learn this one. It actually may challenge some beginner guitar players, but that is a good thing.

Throughout most of the song's verse and intro sections we have a constant 16th note pedal tone being played. That riff is just a guitar overdub though. You will want to play it between the chords in the opening riff to make it sound close to the recording, but if you are playing the song by yourself it will be impossible to recreate exactly due to that overdub.

After the initial power chord opening, the song moves into a triad version of the same riff. It creates a nice segue into the verse since this riff sounds more open and looser.

The chorus uses a couple barre chords, some diads that require a rather large shift and a short single note riff to close it out. Because of all these techniques, I would say the chorus will probably be the most difficult part to play for most players. That doesn't mean that it is very hard to play though. 🙂

Other than that I also cover the little guitar harmony section found during the second verse. I will demonstrate how to play that little harmony section of just one guitar.

So whether you are a diehard Rocky fan, want to show off for a few friends, or a beginner guitarist who wants a great challenge, learning to play "Eye Of The Tiger" should make for a quick and enjoyable experience.

OK that is enough talking for me! Enjoy the lesson!


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Eye Of The Tiger Guitar Lesson - Survivor


  1. GEORG P WEYAND on September 25, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Carl, thanks for teaching us this song and also for the ACDC songs, You’re the best

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