We Will Rock You Guitar Lesson – Queen

In this video lesson I am going to show you Brian May's classic guitar solo that ends "We Will Rock You" by the legendary Queen.

Undoubtedly, you have heard this song a millions times on the radio, at sporting events and in commercials.

So in this We Will Rock You guitar lesson video, you will finally learn how to play that climatic ending just like Brian May did it.

The solo comes in with a sustaining harmonic that launches into a simple power chord rhythm. I will break down the strumming hand for this part in addition to showing you the chords.

Brian May then takes everything up an octave to the 14th fret and the real fireworks begin. You will be playing two triads (A major & D major) by constantly hammering-on and pulling-off between the two chords. In between all of this there is some cool hybrid picking licks as well. I will break all of those lick down note-for-note.

The solo quickly comes to an end almost as suddenly as it begins, but within that short time there are some great guitar techniques to get under your fingers. Have fun!


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We Will Rock You Guitar Lesson - Queen


  1. Tommy Rad on March 27, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Hey Carl,
    Been a while since I last commented, but I just renewed and have continually used your site
    to jam, learn, and have fun with my guitar. I have been learning and re-learning all the Queen tunes, which I love to hear and play. Question; what do you use EFX wise to get such a similar tone to Brian May. I have the proper crunch gain, and tone, but it certainly sounds like an echo, or Delay, with perhaps some flange or chorus, maybe? Let me know brother.
    Tommy Rad

    • Carl Brown on March 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      I am probably not the best guy to ask tone questions to. 🙂

      I can’t really remember what I used for this lesson. Typically I try to get a somewhat usable tone for a particular song I am teaching and sometimes get lucky with it.

      However, Brian May has a very unique sound than some people love and others not so much. Have you done a search on his tone? I saw a lot of different articles on how to get his tone by guys a lot more knowledgable about it than me. 🙂

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