Rooster Guitar Lesson – Alice In Chains

In this guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play all the chords for Alice In Chains' massive hit "Rooster".

Released in 1992 off of their Dirt album, the unique sound of "Rooster" shot this incredible song to the top of the rock charts.

In this Rooster guitar lesson I will not only take you through all of the chords, but also the riffs and Jerry Cantrell's guitar solo note-for-note.

Guitarist Jerry Cantrell is one of those few guitar players that have a knack for creating highly original yet musical guitar parts. Probably the most musically striking things in "Rooster" would be the strange chord voicings used during the verse and pre-chorus section.

Those chords are very easy to play if you are comfortable with basic bar chords, however, the sound they create can be pretty dissonant. But you will find that Jerry Cantrell and the rest of the guys in Alice In Chains make it work very well.

The dynamic contrasts found in "Rooster" do a great job of keeping things interesting throughout the entire song. Even the chorus riff is highly original and effective.

Jerry Cantrell's laid back solo contains an octave shape throughout, played off of the 6th string. You will also hear a wah pedal in the octave guitar solo as well. I won't be using a wah in the video lesson though, I will just be showing you the notes.

Hope you guys enjoying learning one of the greatest hits from the 90's!

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Rooster Guitar Lesson - Alice In Chains


  1. remi st pierre on February 16, 2016 at 4:41 am

    very easy but very fun …thanks carl..more chains would be much obliged!very fun stuff

  2. remi st pierre on February 16, 2016 at 4:42 am

    donation sent

  3. remi st pierre on February 16, 2016 at 4:44 am

    love your teaching,,..been playing 25 years on and off but been spending the last 3 months 3hrs a day with you and I’m getting way better thanks to you.

    • Carl Brown on February 17, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      That is awesome! Keep on rockin’ man. I will keep putting new stuff out there as well!

  4. ERIC ADELMAN on July 20, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Hey Carl yes I know I know I can’t stop requesting. I love your videos. I can’t keep my hands off my guitar thanks to you.

    Can you do more alive in chains unplugged, and in general? Thanks 🙂

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