Michael Jackson – Beat It Video Guitar Lessons

In this video guitar lesson you will learn how to play Michael Jackson's classic "Beat It" note-for-note.

The opening guitar riff to this song is known by literally billions of people around the world. Who knew the King Of Pop would also write one of the most memorable guitar riffs of all time. All of the rhythm guitar parts to this song can be attempted by ANY level of guitarist. This song is just so accessible to anyone.

Of course the guitar solo is a whole different story. 😀 The epic guitar solo for "Beat It" was performed by Eddie Van Halen. About 4 seconds into the solo, anyone would know that. Eddie Van Halen performed this solo free of charge as a favor to Michael Jackson. He probably didn't realize at the time that it would go down as one of the greatest guitar solos ever written. Of course, that is all in a days work for the great Eddie Van Halen.

Eddie Van Halen really does pull out all the tricks in this solo, from the tapping, to the wide stretches, whammy bar work and tap harmonics, it is all here broken down in an easy to understand format. Have Fun!!

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  1. Dennis Mohney on May 13, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    That was really well done, Carl! Loved it!

  2. Tom McKewan on January 16, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Hey Carl, I asked moments ago whether you taught this solo. Spoke too soon! Looks a finger buster.

  3. JJ Rechel on October 10, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    do you do live guitar lessons

    • Carl Brown on October 12, 2022 at 8:30 am

      Hey JJ, I don’t do live private lessons anymore. I do go live with my academy members every Saturday to answer any questions they may have. So I guess that is the closest to live I get. It just isn’t a one-on-one thing. 🙂

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