Rock You Like a Hurricane Guitar Lesson – Scorpions

You are in for a treat with this one. This note-for-note Rock You Like a Hurricane guitar lesson series will teach you how to play this smash hit by the Scorpions in it's entirety.

Released in 1984 off their Love at First Sting album, "Rock You Like a Hurricane" shot to the top of the charts and greatly contributed to the band's success.

The success of this single was due in part to it's opening guitar riff which is one of the most memorable in the history of hard rock music. It is simple but extremely effective.

In this first video lesson, I will demonstrate how to play all of the chords and riffs in "Rock You Like a Hurricane", and I will also do a note-for-note breakdown of the intro guitar solo as well.

They use pretty much basic power chords throughout so if you can confidently play those you shouldn't have much trouble. The solos in "Rock You Like a Hurricane" are a whole different story though.

The intro solo contains a lot of harmony guitar work. I will be teaching the main harmony line in those sections so you can play this with just one guitar and it will still sound great.

There is some tricky licks in there to contend with including fast legato, large bends, alternate picking sequences and an ending lick out of the blues scale that is extremely fast.

The entire second video lesson is dedicated to a note-for-note breakdown of the amazing main guitar solo.

In this solo we start with a unison bend that leads into a long drawn out bend. After that though, we are off to the races! Lots of guitar pyrotechnics abound in a fun, catchy, yet very challenging guitar solo.

This solo contains trills, pick tapping w/slides, tremolo picking, bluesy bends, double-stops, pinch harmonics, an extremely fast legato sequence that covers the entire fretboard, high position playing, string skips, rapid alternate picking and more. Whewww!!

All of this does sound very technical and it is. However, the solo is so musical that you won't get bogged down in the learning process. It is actually very fun to play!

Simply learn it phrase-by-phrase like I teach it in the video lesson and you will be fine. And if you are into 80's era hard rock soloing, you can't do much better than this. ๐Ÿ™‚



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Rock You Like a Hurricane Guitar Lesson Pt.1 - Chords & 1st Solo

Rock You Like a Hurricane Guitar Lesson Pt.2 - Main Solo


  1. GEORG on January 11, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks, Carl. At last a song from a group of my native country. The Scorpions made a lot of great ballads (always somewhere, winds of change and many more). Hopefully you’ll teach us more of this group. Too bad though that another German group called BAP is not very well known outside Germany. Their guitarist Klaus Heuser created many wonderful riffs during the group’s heyday in the 80ies. (are you giving private lessons if I send you some songs??)
    Speaking of hurricane, will you tackle Neil Young’s Like a hurricane some day?

    • Carl Brown on January 12, 2015 at 11:08 am

      Hey George, currently the only private lessons I am giving is the Premium Plus video responses. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. kperry on January 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    This is great! I was hoping to see some Scorpions lessons show up ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Giacomo Bergonzi on July 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Hello Carl, i have a request for you… again. I’d really love to learn No One Like Youd by Scorpions, it’s a song i always wanted to learn, and now i have the chance to jam it live with some friends of mine (i could never find a singer who fancied it in the past), and i can’t trust anyone but you to teach it because, you’re simply the best online teacher… I also think a lot of people would enjoy learning it, it was quite the hit at some point wasn’t it? I’d also love to learn Oh Well by Fleetwood Mac, i got the main riff down but the solos are pretty hard for me…. meaning i don’t even know where to start, and it’s a great song for guitarists in my opition. Please just let me know if you think you can and want do one of these, so i know what to expect ๐Ÿ˜€ I know i’m asking a lot, i’m already incredibly grateful to you for what i’ve learned so far, and i wish i had a decent job to give you some money too… i’ll do that someday anyways, it’s just i’m on a struggle with money right now. Rock On! If you ever happen to travel to Italy please let me know i want to buy you a beer and thank you personally….

    • Carl Brown on July 21, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Hey Giacomo, I can definitely see doing “No One Like You” in the near future. I will have to check out the Fleetwood Mac song. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Giacomo Bergonzi on July 22, 2015 at 4:45 am

        Thank you again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Eddie Pardo on March 31, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Hello Carl, Love your guitar lessons and your teaching style! Wanted to see if you were going to be doing, “No One Like You” soon? Anxiously awaiting this one! Thanks again!

  5. Codrin Diac on June 23, 2018 at 10:17 am

    HI Carl, could you please do ‘ Wind of change ‘ by Scorpions?

    • Tom Arne Brandsegg on September 26, 2018 at 2:15 am

      I would very much like to learn this song as well! Can you please do Wind of Change :).
      PLEASE ๐Ÿ™‚
      Kind Regards

  6. Tim on February 14, 2023 at 8:47 pm


    Hey man.. why no Eagles? Love all of your lessons


    • Carl Brown on February 22, 2023 at 8:10 am

      I used to have a bunch of Eagles lessons. But they are not very kind to people putting YouTube lessons up of their music so I was forced to take them all down to avoid a bunch of copyright strikes from them. Hopefully, that will change someday.

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