This week’s new lesson is on a very popular Rock n Roll song, Johnny B Goode. I remember the first time I heard this song was in Back to the Future, when Marty McFly played it on stage. The song stuck with me ever since, and it was probably one of the first fast paced I learned when I was a beginner
I don’t have any statistics, but I’d be willing to bet a considerable amount of money that this is one of the most well known songs of all time. It might not be played much today, but everyone knows it instantly when they hear it.
It is also one of those songs that was covered by a very large number of artists and bands, which just goes to show you the popularity of Johnny B Goode.
Our guitar lesson on Johnny B Goode will teach you how to play the ever popular main riff, as well as the chorus. You’ll notice that I play it very fast in the demonstration of the song, but you don’t have to play it that fast yet. I play it at tempo, but trust me, it took me a very long time to be able to do that. Just keep it at your own pace, and you’ll speed up with practice.
It’s also important to note that the original song is played in the key of Bb, but in the lesson, I teach it in the key of A. Why? Watch the lesson and I’ll explain.
The backing track to Johnny B Goode is also in the key of Bb, which means you’ll need to transpose the fingerings if you want to play along with the track. You can do this 2 ways:
- Just play everything up by 1 fret.
- Tune up all your strings by 1 semitone, so you can keep the fingering.
That’s pretty much it, now go play some Rock n Roll!!