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Are You Gonna Go My Way by Lenny Kravitz


    The opening riff is a remnant of something Jimi Hendrix might do. All notes on the 2nd frets can be played with the 2nd finger. Use your 4th finger to fret the notes on the 3rd frets at the end of the riff:

    Here it is played at normal speed (128bpm):

    After the above riff is played twice it is doubled by a second guitar playing a variation an octave higher (up 12 frets):

    Below is what both parts sound like playing together. Add a little snare beat and you have a fair reproduction of the song’s intro:


    The verse starts off where the intro left off. The riff played is just a variation of the 1st riff in the intro, except for a minor change. It’s played 3 times:

    After the above riff is played 3 times we shift up to a varition of the same riff over G instead of E.

    Here’s what both guitar parts sound like together:


    This is a great little riff. In the song it comes in after the second chorus. After it is played on it’s own 4 times, it is played underneath the guitar solo 7 times.

    This is what it sounds like being played normal speed:

    It’s a good idea to try to play it at a slower speed at first and slowly build up the speed to the normal speed. When picking it you can use all downstrokes, or you can try a down, down, up, down, up, down, down, up, down, up pattern.

    Solo Part One

    Riff Resources

    Complete Transcription To “Are You Gonna Go My Way” (PDF)

    Complete Transcription To “Are You Gonna Go My Way” (Power Tab)