This is a great song for just about any level of guitar player to learn. It is simple to play but also contains a lot of guitar layers that add up to create a very cool musical sound without being difficult to play.
The song opens with a little sliding riff that won't be very difficult to get your hands around, but may need to be practiced a bit to get the timing of the notes correct. This same riff is also used throughout the entire verse.
A guitar layer employing distorted double-stops played in a tight rhythmic style joins the opening riff after the drums comes in. Make sure you do to the proper muting here like I describe in the lesson in order to make this rhythm pop-out correctly.
After the vocals start, you will hear a quick little muted guitar lick that crosses strings rather quickly. I also think this little guitar lick would make a great exercise. The highest pitched note of this lick should not be muted in order to let it ring out over the more muted notes.
The chorus contains two distinctive guitar parts. There is an octave based riff underneath everything that along with the bass holds everything together. However, the star of the show during the chorus is the cool guitar melody that soars over the chorus.
This guitar melody employs a lot of open-string double-stops and unison bends to create a very musically effective statement. This guitar melody perfectly compliments the vocal melody during the chorus.
There is also a quick little bridge that is based around an octave melody and some quick muting. The second half of the bridge is simply the same guitar melody found in the chorus.
So I hope you enjoy learning the song that brought Kings Of Leon international fame, "Sex On Fire"!
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