How to play "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry on guitar; get professional tips and instruction from an expert on reading and playing guitar tablature in this free music lesson video.
JOE WILES: We're going to take a look at number 11 on our countdown, which is Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode." Let's take a look. All right, to start this song off, we're going to use our middle finger and we're going to slide up to the 7th fret of the G string right here, okay? Then we're going to use our index finger on the 6th fret of the B string, then our ring finger on the 8th fret of the B string. Okay? Then we're going to use the pad of our index finger on the 5th fret of the B and the E strings to slide. We're going to hit it and then slide up to the 6th fret. It looks like this. That's what the slide looks like. The actual riff part sounds like this. One-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three. Do that three times in a row. So far, it sounds like this with the whole introduction. Then we bring our ring finger up to the 9th fret of the B string. We're going to walk down from the 9th, 8th to 7th, okay? With our ring finger, middle finger and index finger, which is already in place. Then kinda roll your index finger over to the 6th fret of the G string, hit it, use your middle finger to hammer on to the 7th fret right there of the G string, and then use your ring finger to the 8th fret of the D string and hit it twice. All together, this part of the riff sounds like this. Our next phrase is going to be on the 8th fret of the A and the D strings, okay? Use your ring and pinkie for this. It will be a quicker transition if you just put that there from the note that we were just previously at. And you just do that in the same method that you were sliding before, One-two-three, one-two-three, okay? So far, we're here. Then we're going to slide back into the very first note on the 7th fret of the G string, then we're going to hit that note along with the 6th fret of the B string, then the 8th fret of the B string, back to the 6th fret. Then we bring where our middle finger is on the 7th fret of the G string. We're going to slide it down to the 5th fret. Use your pinkie to come up to the 8th fret of the D string, then our index finger to the 5th fret of the D string. That part sounds like. So far, I want you to play along with me. It sounds like this. To speed, that same riff sounds like this. In our next segment, we're going to talk about the second half of the introductory solo. I'll see you there.