Sweet Child O’ Mine

by Guns N' Roses on Guitar

    You’re watching HowToPlayAnySong.com. My name is Joe Wiles with the Rock and Roll Conservatory and today we’re looking at Guns N’ RosesSweet Child of Mine.” The cool thing about this song is slash wrote the main riff of this song while goofing around at a practice with drummer Steven Adler. It was suppose to be a joke but it just caught on. It is one of the most memorable guitar riffs of all time. 


    I guess it goes to prove, you never know what people are going to like. In this video segment we’re going to be looking at the introduction to the song as well as the chorus riff to this song, which is a little bit different arrangement of the same notes. Lets take a look at it.    






    Now before we begin, I want to tell you that on the recorded version of this song, the studio version, the guitars are tuned to a flat.  It’s actually instead of E, A, D, G, B and E, it’s E flat, A flat, D flat.  


    It’s just as if they’d put another fret back here.  They tuned their guitars down.   I’m going to keep it in standard tuning for this, so you’ll be able to play along if your guitar’s in standard tuning as well.  


    But if you want to play along to the studio record, either – you know, look up on the Internet how to tune your guitar down a half step, okay?  


    All right.  Let’s get this started.  We’re going to be on the 12th fret of the D string with your index finger.  Put your ring finger on the 15th fret of the B.  Then your middle finger on the 14th fret of the G.  


    Now with your index finger, I want you to be padding the 12th fret of the D and the G, okay?  Because we’re going to release this finger, and we’re going to get at that 12th fret.  Sounds like this.  Like this.


    And then when we bring our fingers back down, I’m going to bring my middle finger back to where it was on the 14th fret, but instead of putting my ring finger on the 15th fret of the B, I’m actually going to put it on the 15th fret of the high E.  Then I’m going to slide my ring finger down to the 14th fret like this.


    And I’m going to repeat that riff twice.  The next thing I’m going to do is with my middle finger, I’m going to pad the 14th fret of the D and the G.  


    And then I’m going to play kind of the same riff.  Hit the B string, keep your middle finger on the 15th fret of the B.  


    Hit the 14th fret of the G, lift your finger up, and when you put it back down, put it back down to that same spot, 15th of the high E and 14th of the G.  


    For the next one, I’m going to relax this finger a little bit.  Just move it to the 12th fret of the G, and I’m going to start everything there.  


    The 12th fret of the G, the ring finger on the 15th fret of the B, and then 14th fret of the B with our middle finger, lift up our middle finger, then that same answer.  


    Then back to the first one.  Now slowly all together, it kind of sounds like this.  And then you repeat.  All right, let’s try that to speed.  Here we go.  One, two, one, two, three, four.






    Now the chorus riff that slash does is the same note we were playing before but in a different order. We’re actually going to start with the second riff then go to the third riff and then resolve to the first riff. 


    So we start with the 14th fret of the D string, pad across the 14th fret of the G, use our ring finger on the 15th fret of the B string here. Keep this one anchored back here because we’re going to use it with the 12th fret of the D and G here. Sounds like this.


    If you learned the first riff you’ll remember that answer phrase there. Again that sounds like this. Then we’re going to go to the third riff that starts on the 12th fret of the G, and then back to the actual first riff of the song.


    That sounds like this. Lets play that to speed, one, two, one, two, three.


    Thanks for watching I hoped it helped. . Make sure you send us requests for the songs you want to learn. I’ll see you next time. 

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