Man I truly miss the 80's. There were so many great bands and just about all of them had a guitar virtuoso. It is that era that made me want to play guitar in the first place so it would make sense that some of those bands still resonate with me. Of all of them, I would say Def Leppard is my favorite.
In this Photograph guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play all of this Def Leppard classic note-for-note. "Photograph" is many Def Leppard fan's favorite song because of the driving guitar riffs, melodic soloing and unbelievable vocal harmonies.
In the first video lesson I will tackle all of the riffs and chords played by guitarists Steve Clark and Phil Collen. The opening riff is one of the most identifiable of the era so you will want to make sure to get it right! 🙂 There is actually a slight rhythm variation in this riff that differs between the intro and verse. I think a lot of guitar players that I see play "Photograph" miss this variation. In any case, I will show you how to easily play both versions of this riff.
The pre-chorus uses a lot of open power chords in a very tight AC/DC rhythm style. The chord changes happen fast and the rhythm has to be very precise.
The chorus has a very unique riff that requires special attention to a couple of different elements. First, you will want to make sure your fingers are properly arched so the open G string can always ring out. Second, you will need to slightly mute some of these arpeggiated notes in order for them to pop-out over the mix. It only requires a very very slight mute though.
In the second video lesson I will demonstrate both the main guitar solo and outro solo as played by Phil Collen. The main solo is full of some really nice melodic playing with a few flashy guitar licks thrown in for good measure. This is a great solo to analyze if you want to know how to write a great guitar solo. There is a definitive beginning, middle and end which makes for a very complete musical statement and not just a bunch of random guitar licks thrown together.
The outro solo is similar in that is contains mostly melodic content with a few fast licks. You will still need to make sure you get those bends in tune though!
So have fun learning this incredible song from the legendary Def Leppard!
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