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. 🙂
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