Highway Star Guitar Lesson – Deep Purple

In this Highway Star guitar lesson series, I will show you how to play all of this Deep Purple classic note-for-note.

The rhythm guitar parts will be covered in the first video and they are pretty simple and shouldn't be much of a challenge for the intermediate level guitarist. But, we are also dealing with Ritchie Blackmore here, so these easy guitar riffs are really just the calm before the storm. That storm is obviously the epic guitar solo.

One thing you will need to be able to do well to play all the rhythm guitar parts is play consistent fast downstroke rhythms without getting tired out. This means you will want to keep your picking hand wrist and forearm as relaxed as possible throughout.

In the second video lesson, I will break down guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's incredible guitar solo note-for-note.

This classically inspired guitar solo is consistently voted as one of the greatest solos of all-time. You will be playing a huge amount of techniques including bends, blues licks, arpeggios, unison bends, fast machine gun precise alternate picking lines and more. It is truly a challenge for even a quite advanced guitar player.

As I state in most of my lessons where a large amount of technique is required, it is best to learn solos like this one found in "Highway Star" phrase-by-phrase just like I teach it in this video lesson.

That will enable you to repetitively work on each challenging guitar part and make it sort of a guitar technique exercise. After you have all the parts mastered on their own, you can then begin to piece the solo together by combining all of those individual parts.

"Highway Star" is one of the giants of classic rock. The solo alone is one of the most important of the classic rock era, but the rest of the song is still very fun to play as well.

I hope you guys get a lot out of learning this one!


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Highway Star Guitar Lesson Pt.1 - Chords & Riffs

Highway Star Guitar Lesson Pt.2 - Solo


  1. george kerr on April 6, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    These are great songs by 1 of my personal favorite guitarists, Richie Blackmore. Thanks Carl, maybe if you like this group you should consider providing lessons on lazy or space trucking, and maybe for your pupils eradication listening to the live versions on Made in Japan would help too. That album showcases the isolated guitar without the doubling on the studio songs.

  2. Shane Williams on August 25, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Hi Carl, thanks for the great video.
    I love listening to the made in Japan version. Is there any chance of you doing a video showing the different intro?

  3. Justin Seong on June 5, 2020 at 1:39 am

    Hey Carl My name is Justin and I enjoyed your lesson video a lot. So nice to meet you I remembered that I message you on Facebook. When you are going to do more Deep Purple?

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