She Sells Sanctuary Guitar Lesson – The Cult

In this She Sells Sanctuary guitar lesson video, I will show you note-for-note how to play all of guitarist Billy Duffy's extremely melodic guitar parts to this much loved classic by The Cult.

We will be using standard tuning just like the original recording.

Billy Duffy's effects laden intro to "She Sells Sanctuary" is a good pre-curser to the melodic riffing found through the rest of the song. This intro appears multiple times in the song as well.

When the band kicks in we continue with very melodic riffing consisting of melody notes played on the G string with the open D string underneath.

There is also an overdub of a G chord at the end of the riff. How Billy Duffy plays the song live is to not play that G chord until later in the song in order to let the dynamics build.

The main difficulty will probably be the fact that many of the riffs are very similar since they use the same style of playing. Your best bet is to listen to the song enough times so that you will be able to simply hum those melodies coming from the guitar. That will make it much easier to play along with the original recording and follow along with this lesson as well.

Hope you guys enjoy this one! It is a lot of fun to play!


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She Sells Sanctuary Guitar Lesson - The Cult


  1. Wesley Wang on June 21, 2019 at 4:49 am

    thanks so much for this lesson!!!, amazing song and well explained!

  2. Laurent Reymond on October 12, 2019 at 4:44 am

    We need more The Cult lesson !! 🙂

    By the way, I’d like to improve my game by getting stronger fondation with the blues, learn some more chord progression and shuffles and add some key licks to my leads and maybe also get some stuffs from the rock section while I’m at it.

    Can you go on the academy with the first month discount, to try it out, and then order a package ?

    Cheers from France !

    • Carl Brown on October 12, 2019 at 8:36 am

      Hey Laurent, you can purchase the subscription at the first month discount. You can contact me whenever you want to cancel your subscription. However, there is no package to buy.

      The entire academy requires an active subscription to access the lessons. In other words, you won’t be able to buy one of the courses to use offline.


  3. Luis Filipe Benedy de Sousa on January 16, 2020 at 11:30 pm

    Hey Carl, amazing lesson!!!
    May I ask you for more lessons from The Cult hits?
    It would be something like “Love”, “Rain”, “Fire Woman”, “Heart and Soul”, etc,..
    Thanks a lot!!!

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