In this Joker And The Thief guitar lesson, I will show you note-for-note how to play this guitar driven hit from Wolfmother.
You will need to tune your guitar to dropped "D" for this one. That will be starting from the 6th string D A D G B E.
The intro to "Joker And The Thief" is perhaps the most recognizable riff of the song and you will hear it constantly at sporting events all over the world. This riff sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is to play. In reality it consists of a simple hammer-on lick played on two adjacent strings over and over again.
This kind of a guitar lick can create a sort of hypnotic effect especially when the harmony comes in with the organ. It is a pretty cool effect as well.
The main riff of the song kicks in after this intro and consists of power chords played in a tight rhythmic fashion across the 4-6 strings. Pay close attention to the picking in this part of the lesson as well as the left hand muting to make sure you give this riff it's punchy sound. You will also want to make note of the two different endings of this riff.
Beyond these riffs I will also cover the guitar solo. This solo is pretty simple to play and is just a melodic figure that is then repeated an octave higher. The end of the solo is a bit more erratic containing some guitar overdubs. I will cover both of those parts as well.
I hope you guys enjoy this one!
If these free lessons help you, please donate to keep new ones coming daily. Thanks!! 🙂
Joker And The Thief Guitar Lesson - Wolfmother