You Got It Guitar Lesson – Roy Orbison

One of the catchiest songs of Roy Orbison's career was one of his last. In the months following Roy Orbison's death on Dec. 6, 1988, "You Got It" was released and quickly shot to the top of the charts all over the world.

It would be the first time Roy Orbison entered the top 10 on the Billboard charts in over 25 years.

In this You Got It guitar lesson I will demonstrate all of the chords and riffs played in this now classic song.

The rhythms are relatively simple, employing a straight 8th feel for the majority of the song. There are also a few quick 16th note bursts that are still easy to play, you just need to know where they occur and I will cover that as well.

The chord types used are basic open position chords, barre chords and a seventh chord. During the pre-chorus, I actually show you a couple of different way to play the chords. For this part of the song you will hear a guitar overdub that can still be performed along with the backing chord progression if you wish. Or you can just choose to play the backing chords and it will sound fine. I will demonstrate both options in the video lesson.

You will probably find the chorus to be the most challenging part of the song to play. It contains a couple quick barre chords and the changes keep coming pretty fast.

If you can comfortably play barre chords while maintaining a consistent strumming pattern, you probably won't have much trouble at all. However, if you are relatively inexperienced with barre chords, it might take you some time to get the chord changes up to speed. But it will also make for a great practice experience if that is the case.

I will also cover the cool little descending guitar riff that you hear at the end of the chorus throughout the song. Once again, this riff is relatively simple but compliments the chords very well

Depending on what section of the song you are at you will have to play that riff a different number of times. That is why it is always important to know the songs well that you are learning to play on guitar. 🙂

So have fun with this Roy Orbison classic!


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You Got It Guitar Lesson - Roy Orbison


  1. Rob Allare on May 31, 2023 at 3:48 am

    Really enjoyed this lesson. Thanks!

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