In this We Are The Champions guitar lesson videos series, I will show you note-for-note how to play Brain May's killer guitar work for this legendary song by Queen.
In this first video lesson we will take a look at a relatively easy guitar arrangement of the opening piano part. This is based around only 3 different chords so it shouldn't be that difficult to get under your fingers. I like to use a fingerstyle approach to this verse section, but I will also show you how you can play it with a pick.
After that I will show you that awesome chorus that contains some very interesting and creative guitar work.
In the second video lesson things will really get fun! That is where I will show you all of the second chorus with all of it's amazing guitar solos. This isn't too much of a challenge to play and is a lot of fun. I mean, literally every human on Earth knows this song, so it is pretty much required for any competent guitarist to have this in his or her repertoire. People love to sing along!
Besides being loads of fun to play, "We Are The Champions" is a great study into the guitar style of the legendary Brian May. Everything he does is just so musical and inventive. He isn't trying to be flashy, even when he is, everything he plays is there simply to bring the song to a higher level. He pretty much hits a home run every time.
So get these licks under your finger but also take some time to analyze all the different dynamics or playing styles that Brian May incorporates into "We Are The Champions". This is a how to craft a great guitar track! Enjoy!
We Are The Champions Guitar Lesson Pt.1 - Chords & Riffs - Queen