“Burning For You” by Blue Oyster Cult

oyster solo

Riff Rundown

Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate

Intro Solo

In this lesson I will teach you how to play the solo from intro to
the song “Burning For You”.

solo guitar

solo guitar tab

Here’s what it sounds like looped at the normal tempo of 132 bpm:

Here are the suggested fingerings for the first part:

fingers

Begin the solo riff from this popular song by placing your 2nd finger
on the eighth fret on the “B” string. Hold that note for a
measure, and then go to the “high E” string with your 2nd
finger on the eighth fret. Here you will be performing a pull-off to
the seventh fret. Remember that a pull-off is when you go from a higher
note to a lower note, only striking the first note(s). Pull-off from
your 2nd finger on the eighth fret to your 1st finger on the seventh
fret on the same string. Then, go back to the eighth fret on the “B”
string with your 2nd finger and barre both the “B” string
on that fret and the “high E” string on the eighth fret. That
will prepare you for the next note. After you have played the eighth
fret on the “high E” string, use your 1st finger and hammer-on
the ninth fret on the “G” string. Next you will use your 2nd
finger to play the tenth fret on the same string. A hammer-on is when
you go from a lower note to a higher note, only striking the first note(s).
After you have hammered-on, use your 1st finger to play the eighth fret
on the “B” string to finish the measure.

Begin the third measure by keeping your 1st finger on the eighth fret
on the “B” string. Then, you will need to play the tenth fret
on the “G” string with your 2nd finger. Next, use your 1st
finger to play the ninth fret on the same string. To end this measure,
use your 2nd finger on the tenth fret on the “A” string. Let
that bleed into the fourth measure a bit.

For the fourth measure, use any two fingers and play the fifth fret
on the “high E” string and then the seventh fret on the same
string.

Here’s the video:

Here are the suggested fingerings for the 2nd part:

more fingers

The first measure of the second part of this solo begins with you needing
to place your 3rd finger on the eighth fret on the “B” string.
Then, use your 1st finger on the fifth fret on the same string, and
then immediately use your 3rd finger again to play the eighth fret on
the same string.

For the second measure, barre your 1st finger on the fifth fret on
the “high E” string, the “B” string ( but you will
not be using it ), and the “G” string. That will allow you
to play the notes shown at the beginning. Play those notes, and then
use your 3rd finger to play the seventh fret on the “G” string
once. To end the measure, use your 1st finger on the fifth fret on the
“B” string.

The third measure is a little challenging. Begin it by placing your
1st finger on the ninth fret on the “G” string. Then, barre
your 3nd finger on the “B” string, the “G” string,
and the “high E” string. That will help you in playing the
next part. With your 3rd finger barred, play the notation in order UNTIL
you get to the “high E” string. Once you have gotten there,
place your 4th finger on the twelfth fret on the “high E”
string once, and then remove that finger. Play the “high E”
with your finger still barred on the tenth fret. To end the measure,
move your 1st finger to the twelfth fret on the “G” string.

For the fourth measure, begin by placing your 2nd finger on the twelfth
fret on the “G” string just as you did at the end of the third
measure. Then, use your 4th finger to slide to the fifteenth fret on
the “high E” string. That is it for the solo riff!!

Here’s the video:

Here’s a Backing Track to practice the solo over: