In addition to being my favorite Journey song, Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) contains some killer guitar work by the great Neal Schon.
In this Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) guitar lesson, we will not only learn all the rhythm guitar parts, but also the opening keyboard melody that opens the track arranged for guitar.
You have probably seen this main guitar riff in Separate Ways played a little bit differently than you see me play it in this lesson. I researched videos of Neal Schon playing these riffs as far back as 1982, just before the track was released, all the way to videos from today. He consistently plays the riff in the way I demonstrate in this video lesson. If you listen to the recording very closely you will also hear the difference that playing the riff in this way creates.
That opening main riff which also serves as the verse is by the far the toughest riff to play in the song. Don't let the driving rhythm fool you, Neal Schon is adding a lot of fast muted strums to the mix which really kicks up the difficult level quite a bit. Add to that the quick harmonics that close out the riff each time and you have yourself a pretty tricky rhythm to play.
After watching how I break down this riff in the lesson, don't get to hung up on recreating every little nuance of the riff. That would be impossible to do even for Neal Schon himself. There are just some elements of it that are a bit random. However, you should be able to get pretty close and do a very convincing version of the riff if you break it down correctly.
There are also some really cool solos in Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) that are both extremely melodic with a bit of flashy guitar stuff thrown in. If you would like to learn the solos as well, just make sure you help this video get 600 "likes" on YouTube and I will then know enough people want to see those solo lessons. After it hits that 600 "likes" goal on YouTube I will get a video lesson up here teaching the solos in no time. 🙂
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In the meantime have fun playing all of the cool riffs to Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) by Journey. I hope to be back here very soon with the solo lessons as well. 🙂
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