I will be teaching the lesson using the original recording's tuning of Eb standard or (Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb).
There are some really cool talk box inflected riffs throughout the song. If you don't have a talk box you can come pretty close to the same sound by using a wah pedal, which is what I use during the lesson.
The opening riffs and melody are pretty easy to play, in fact, most of the song doesn't require much more than an upper beginner level of playing ability.
However, the real star of the show here is Jerry Cantrell's killer guitar solo. I think this solo is perhaps one of the best rock guitar solos recorded during the 90's. It definitely is one of the most fun to play.
The solo has a lot of tricky licks throughout, so you will find it much more difficult to play than the rest of the song.
It starts with a very long trill then jumps up the fretboard into a long bend tortured bend. There is also a lot of fast little blues licks thrown in there.
One big key to playing the solo in "Man In The Box", is getting the wah to complement the guitar lines. There are a couple of licks where this is very crucial and I will show you what to do with the wah pedal at those points.
I hope you guys enjoy learning this classic from the great Alice In Chains!
If these free lessons help you, please donate to keep new ones coming daily. Thanks!! 🙂