Slash’s opening lick from Sweet Child O’ Mine helped turn the song into a major hit for Guns N’ Roses. In this video lesson, Matthias Young will take you step by step through playing that iconic intro lick. The guitar tab is on-screen and easy to read so you can keep up with the instruction. Matthias is playing the lick in standard tuning, but it was originally recorded a half step down. If you want to play along with the record, you can learn how to tune down a half-step with our free lesson.
In addition to Sweet Child O’ Mine’s status in rock history, this lick doubles as a great exercise for working on alternate picking. Practice the lick until you are picking and fretting each note clearly.