Slash – Anastasia Guitar Lesson

In this lesson series we will be taking an in-depth look at all of Slash's guitar parts to the ripping "Anastasia" off of his Apocalyptic Love album.

"Anastasia" is an absolute tour-d-force of killer guitar riffs and licks. In this Anastasia guitar lesson, I will cover all of them note-for-note. 🙂

It is gonna take a few video lessons to do this song justice so I hope you will stay in there for the long haul and make it through all of them. It will be well worth the effort I assure you.

"Anastasia" contains everything from a classical guitar influenced finger-picked acoustic section, an Yngwie Malmsteen inspired sequence that is kind of uncharacteristic of Slash's style, and then of course there will be tons of Slash's trademarked riffs and scorching bluesy influenced solos. We have a lot to cover so let's get to it.

Make sure you tune your guitar down one half step to Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb in order to follow along with this lesson and the original recording.

In the first video lesson I will cover the finger-picked acoustic intro. This part of the song might be a pretty big challenge for those players without a lot of finger-picking experience. I use a nylon string acoustic in the lesson video since that is what is used on the recording, but you can just as well use an electric guitar with a clean setting like Slash does live.

The chords in this acoustic intro also move around pretty quickly which will increase the difficulty level substantially.

In the second video lesson we finally make it to the full band section with Slash playing a fast pedal point sequence that sounds like it could be on an Yngwie Malmsteen album. This kind of lick requires a lot of coordination between the picking and fret hand so make sure you take your time and get it right before trying to take it to warp speed.

After that section we will also be covering the main riff, chorus, bridge and all the fills played up until Slash's first solo in the second video lesson.

For the remainder of the lessons we will be covering Slash's solos note-for-note. Slash really pulls out all the stops for these solos and they are full of his blistering trademark licks and musical phrases.

We will also touch on the chorus that happens later after the solo since Slash starts to throw a lot of stuff in there to keep it interesting.

Good Luck with this one guys! Let me know how you do with it!


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Slash - Anastasia Guitar Lesson Pt. 1 - Acoustic Intro

Slash - Anastasia Guitar Lesson Pt. 2 - Riffs/Chords

Slash - Anastasia Guitar Lesson Pt. 3 - First Solo

Slash - Anastasia Guitar Lesson Pt. 4 - Outro Solo


  1. Kay Andersen on July 1, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    can’t wait for the Slash – Anastasia Guitar Lesson – Outro Solo.
    When will it be available at guitarlessons365 ?
    Bye Kay

    • Carl Brown on July 2, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Hey Kay, really sorry for the delay in getting the outro solo lesson up. I got a little bit off of my schedule after being in LA for a week. I will get to work on it and hopefully have it completed and on the site sometime next week.

  2. Kay Andersen on July 8, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Hey Carl, thank you for your fast feedback. That would be cool. Great Job your doing! Kay

  3. brett heming on July 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Carl great job ive realy learned alot from you your song lessons are far superior to anything else available online . I was just wondering if you would consider doing a lesson for Give into me by Michael Jackson and Slash

  4. Kris Manfredini on August 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Hey Carl, is there any chance of doing Mean Bone by Slash’s Snakepit? You’re the one teacher I learn from the best and I’d appreciate it. It was off his 2000 album Ain’t Life Grand.

    Thank you!

  5. Carlos Miranda on October 28, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Would you teach us Obsession Confessions?

  6. Nathan Elliott on January 17, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Any chance of some more Slash lessons soon? I would love to see you teach Back From Cali, Starlight, or By The Sword.

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