Skid Row – Youth Gone Wild Guitar Lesson

In this Youth Gone Wild guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play all of this awesome hard rock classic by Skid Row note-for-note.

The tuning is standard tuning.

Guitarists Dave "The Snake" Sabo and Scotti Hill came up with some of the greatest guitar riffs and solos ever heard in hard rock/metal. "Youth Gone Wild" is not only one of my favorite songs by them, but one of my favorite hard rock songs period.

The opening riff was an instant classic and is a lot of fun to play once you get it under your fingers. It moves around quite a bit though so get ready for a challenge.

After this main riff, the verse section dials it back a bit with some simple diads. Make sure you check out the cool legato lick that ends the verse.

The pre-chorus is also one of the funnest parts of the song. It starts with some heavy chugging on an F5 chord but then launches into a really cool series of double-stops and a descending pinch harmonic laden riff.

But of course, the real stars of the show here are the guitar solos.

Dave Sabo comes out of the gate first with some absolutely face melting guitar licks. From cross-string arpeggios to rapid pedal-point licks, he crams a lot of notes into a very short space but keeps it all pretty much singable. A truly great guitar solo.

When the solo switches to a lower register, that is now Scotti Hill playing. He goes for a different approach with some really cool blue infected licks with a bunch of pinch harmonics to accent the notes. The end of the solo dissolves into whammy bar madness, a perfect ending of chaos after such a melodic yet intense couple of guitar solos.

Be sure to check out the last chorus as well after the solo tutorial. That chorus has a slight variation in it that you won't want to miss.

Have fun with this hard rock/metal classic!


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Skid Row - Youth Gone Wild Guitar Lesson


  1. Fritz Lindenlaub on April 13, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Hi Carl,

    Monkey business from Skid Row would also be
    a very good song / lesson 🙂

    All the best from Germany

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