Painkiller Guitar Lesson – Judas Priest

In this Painkiller guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this incredibly powerful Judas Priest track note-for-note.

The tuning is standard tuning.

I probably don't have to tell you that playing this song is pretty intense. It takes a lot of endurance to get through it.

The main riff that opens "Painkiller" uses fast muted downstrokes to create a riff that just kills. They never let up from there and throw a ton of killer riffs at you throughout the song. I will demonstrate each riff in the order that each appears in the song.

There are also two guitar solos that I will cover note-for-note. The first solo is played by Glenn Tipton and is a LONG exercise in shred guitar pyrotechnics. From six string sweeps with tapping, rapid alternate picking, whammy bar abuse and legato licks, you can find it all in this solo.

Towards the end of "Painkiller", K.K. Downing gets his turn at bat. His solo is much shorter but still packs quite a punch with his selection of rapid alternate picked licks and sweeps.

Congratulations to anyone that completes this lesson! It is a monster! 🙂


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Painkiller Guitar Lesson - Judas Priest


  1. Jason T Cunningham on April 7, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    So insanely sick Carl, you are the man and thank you!!!!

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