The Who – Pinball Wizard Video Guitar Lesson

In this free video guitar lesson we will take a look at the classic "Pinball Wizard" by The Who.

It's hard driving acoustic guitar rhythms are instantly recognizable to virtually every classic rock fan. Those rhythms are a great study in pick hand strumming technique.

I teach the entire lesson on acoustic guitar even though there are a few electric guitar overdubs, but for the most part the entire foundation of the song is on acoustic. It is played throughout the song exclusively except for a couple sections when the acoustic is doubled by the electric guitar. Other than that the electric parts are just the occasional overdub.

Hope you enjoy this one, it is a blast to play and one of The Who's biggest hits. Have fun! Carl..

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The Who - Pinball Wizard Video Guitar Lesson


  1. Daniel Schram on October 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Carl, great lessons! I’m enjoying learning. Could you do some more southern rock from Lynyrd Skynyrd and others like Molly Hatchet maybe (Dreams I’ll never see) and others from Blackfoot, Allmon Brothers, etc.

  2. Piergiorgio Traversin on August 26, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Hi Carl, very good lesson, as usual.
    I would like to see a lesson for the Blonde Redheads: they play very interesting and unusual rhythm guitar patterns, very often on open tunings.
    My favourite song is “I still get rocks off” (I think it is on open Eb minor tuning), where in the bridge they do something similar to the Pinball Wizard main riff. I have never been able to track it down though.

  3. RDavis902 on March 27, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Excellent lesson! Always wondered how that was played!

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