Under Pressure Guitar Lesson – Queen

In this Under Pressure guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play all the chords to this classic by Queen and David Bowie.

There is a couple different ways that Brain May plays "Under Pressure", so I will cover them in this lesson.

I will also quickly cover the opening bass line that dominates the song if you feel you would like to play that on the guitar.

There is a pretty big difference between the intro riff on the recorded version of "Under Pressure" and how Brian may performs it live. In reality he freely switches between the recorded way of playing the arpeggiated triads and the easier live version. After learning both, you can freely mix them up yourself.

As the dynamics pick up in the song, you will find the guitar chords getting a bit easier to play and the rhythms very straightforward.

I keep the guitar tone clean during a lot of the bigger dynamic parts since I am trying to help you hear all the notes within the chord better in order to assure you are playing them correctly. Of course, when playing this song yourself, you may want to kick in the distortion in those particular sections.

Have fun with this classic by Queen featuring David Bowie!


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Under Pressure Guitar Lesson - Queen


  1. Laurent Reymond on May 31, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Awesome lesson Carl !
    My 3 years old son is completelly possessed by Queen, and I’m kinda rediscovering it then since he only wants to hear that (and Jimi Hendrix and Rainbow for some reasons) and I wasn’t listening too much to Queen those past 15 years !

    By the way here’s many Queen requests :

    Acoustic (you have to do those 2, they must be very interesting) :
    -Love Of My Life

    Electric :
    -Now I’m Here
    -Keep Yourself Alive
    -Hammer To Fall

    • Laurent Reymond on May 31, 2018 at 5:17 am

      Oh and Let Me Entertain You and Dragon Attack would do for rare gems ! 😉

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