Hard to Handle Guitar Lesson – The Black Crowes

"Hard to Handle" was The Black Crowes' breakout single off their debut Shake Your Money Maker album released in 1990. Their cover of this Otis Redding classic is full of awesome guitar solos and cool chords so let's get to work!

In the first Hard to Handle guitar lesson, I will demonstrate all the chords and rhythms used throughout the song. There are two distinct rhythm guitar parts so having another guitar player will be essential to making this sound like the album. Those two rhythm guitar parts compliment each other very well with one usually playing chords in a lower position while the other plays some challenging upper position chords.

Those upper position chords also move around at a pretty fast tempo, but they make for a great chord exercise! Isolate those chord movements and it will help you play barre chords swiftly across the fretboard in no time.

In the second Hard to Handle guitar lesson I will demonstrate note-for-note how to play the two killer guitar solos. These solos are about as catchy as it gets and really take the song to a whole new level. There are a few unorthodox licks thrown in there to challenge you, but nothing that an intermediate level player couldn't handle with a little bit of practice.

As with most solos, I find practicing each phrase individually by themselves in a loop (like I teach it in the video lesson) is the best way to truly master all the guitar licks before putting them together into one complete solo.

Hope you guys enjoy this one!


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  1. Giacomo Bergonzi on August 18, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Great to see you’re doing more by the early Black Crowes… i always felt like Jeff Cease had his own voice on the guitar, something i don’t feel with many other guitarists…

  2. Aldo Alfaro on August 19, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Hey Carl, I was wondering if you could the song Juke Box Hero by Foreigner. Awsome guitarlesson by the way

  3. Danny Elvey on July 29, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Good to see more Black Crowes etc

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