In this Poison guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this smash hit by Alice Cooper note-for-note.
The opening riff is instantly recognizable, but requires a pretty large stretch to play. This riff moves around quite a bit as well and could be quite the challenge for even an intermediate level player.
Next up, we have the second half of the verse which is an arpeggiated picking sequence across some Sus2 chords. You'll want to make sure that these notes are palm muted so that that they think cut through the mix better.
The pre-chorus uses a ton of power chords and what will probably be one of the longest chord progressions you'll ever play in a rock song. These cords work perfect with the vocals and it is a really cool buildup to the chorus.
The course is very similar to the main intro riff except the ending is a little bit altered.
The main guitar solo uses a lot of whammy bar dives (sorry about it pulling the guitar out of tune during the first phrase of the solo). After that, the solo moves into a blues based lick followed by a fast ascending run. You will see this played a number of ways, but I chose to base my fingering of this lick off of the way Al Pitrelli played it on the tour for the Trash album.
Even though Pitrelli wasn't the guitarist on the original recording, I feel this is the closest we can get to how that lick is actually played.
I decided not to do a note-for-note lesson of the outro solo since it is not only long, but underneath the chorus anyway. For the outro solo, I recommend just improvising in D minor.
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Poison Guitar Lesson - Alice Cooper