Red Barchetta Guitar Lesson – Rush

In this Red Barchetta guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this classic song from Rush note-for-note.

The tuning is standard tuning E A D G B E.

There is simply an incredible number of awesome riffs in this one.

From Alex Lifeson's atmospheric intro using natural harmonics, to the rather complex arpeggiated guitar parts and heavy rock riffs, there is an encyclopedia of guitar styles in Red Barchetta.

Pay close attention to the arpeggio sections during the verse as I will demonstrate probably a slightly different way to play it than what you will typically see. It is hard to hear, but the way Alex Lifeson plays that section is slightly different than what I usually see people play.

Alex's solo includes fast alternate picked lines and lots of cool melodic phrasing as well.

Have fun with this masterpiece from Rush. I did this lesson as a personal tribute to Neil Peart who lost his life a few days ago. LONG LIVE THE PROFESSOR!


Red Barchetta Guitar Lesson - Rush


  1. Jason Miles on January 15, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Thank you for another great lesson.
    I would love to see a lesson for Collective Soul – Shine

  2. Eric Anderson on January 19, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    No doubt, thanks for another fine song lesson! You have really been cranking them out recently. Keep ’em comin’!
    My dog usually ignores me when I’m playing my unplugged super-strat, but she shows great interest in the harmonic melody.

  3. Plastic Man on April 11, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Thanks for this song lesson. I too have been trying to hammer out Rush songs in memory of Neil and the band. There are lots of great ones in their catalog. Would love to see you do more of these, as you often provide insights that I miss or haven’t been able to properly transcribe.
    Thanks again!

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