8 Classic Guitar Licks

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Do you want to know what really good guitar is?  This page lists 8 of the greatest guitar leads of all time. They are a refreshing challenge for beginner to intermediate players.

1. “Brown Eyed Girl”

This riff is fun to play. Begin the first measure and the third measure ( they are identical ) by placing your 1st finger on the seventh fret on the “high E” string, and place your 2nd finger on the eighth fret on the “B” string. Play that once, and then move your 1st finger to the eighth fret on the “high E” string and your 2nd finger on the tenth fret on the “B” string. Move both of those fingers down to the tenth and twelfth frets on the same strings, and then play the beginning part of the measure just as you did before, but this time, just reverse the chord placements.

The second measure is pretty much the same idea. Place your fingers just as you did in the first measure, but just on the different frets that are shown on the tablature.

The fourth measure is the only real different measure in the intro. Play this measure by placing your 1st finger on the fifth fret on the “high E” string. Place your 3rd finger on the seventh fret on the “G” string. Play those together, using your fingers to pick, and then you can either use your 3rd finger again for the “B” string, or you can use your 2nd finger. Play the seventh fret on that string, and then move to the eighth fret with either finger. Play the fifth fret with your 1st finger again, and the intro riff is finished!

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2. “Crossroads”

Here’s a few licks from Eric Clapton from the song “Crossroads”.

Lick 1

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Lick 2

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Lick 3

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3. “Johnny B. Goode”

This classic riff will be a load of fun to play. It is considered intermediate because of the speed and the slides that you will be playing. It is a strong challenge for beginners, but with a lot of practice you should begin making some progress with it.

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4. “One”

Here’s a fairly easy part. It may not be something you can pick up right away, but with a little practice you should be able to get it pretty close to the original song.

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5. “Pride and Joy”

This one is not physically hard to play, but pay close attention to the timing and rhythm. It is a carefully constructed lick from the blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan that closes out the instrumental opening to “Pride And Joy”.

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6. “Stairway To Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

This one is tougher than the rest.  After all, it has fast passages, wailing bends and intricate phrasing.  It’s a fun challenge. Give it a go!

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7. “Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits

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8. “Bell Bottom Blues” by Derek and the Dominos

Both lead guitar parts rest during the first 3 measures
and play only in the 4th measure (using the rhythm part as
a guide).

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Begin this riff by barring your 4th finger on the “high
E” string on the thirteenth fret and also on the “B” string
on the thirteenth fret. Play in order shown on the tablature,
and then use your 2nd finger on the “B” string
on the eleventh fret. Next, you will be performing a full
bend. You will need to bend it by using your 3rd finger on
the twelfth fret on the “G” string. Next, use your
1st finger on the “high E” string on the tenth
fret. To finish the measure, use your 2nd finger on the 12th
fret on the “B” string. Perform a little vibrato
by shaking the string rapidly. You can see the fingerings
above the tab in the the picture below:

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Begin this part of the lead guitar by barring your 4th finger
on the thirteenth fret on the “high E” and the “B” string.
Play that about twice, and then with your 1st finger play
the eleventh frets barred on the “high E” and “B” strings
as well.

Bend the 12th fret with your 2nd finger. Next, use your
3rd finger on the “B” string on the thirteenth
fret. Play that once, and then use your 2nd finger on the “G” string
on the twelfth fret to pre-bend up one full step (bend it
up before you strike the note) then release the bend. Add
a bit of vibrato to end the measure. You can see the fingerings
above the tab in the the picture below:

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