Difficulty: Level IIILevel IIILevel III
Length: 14:17
Sweet Child o’ Mine Wikipedia pageWikipedia page
Sweet Child o’ Mine music videoArtist website
Sweet Child o’ Mine music videoMusic video
With our guitar tutorial on Sweet Child o’ Mine, you will learn these guitar skills:
  • Hammer-ons
  • Minor scale
  • Power chords
  • Pull-offs
  • Slides
  • String bending
  • String muting

The Sweet Child o’ Mine electric guitar lesson is a huge lesson jam-packed with information that you must know, no matter whether you are into hard rock or not. You will learn many things related to lead guitar techniques, so don’t neglect this lesson!

The lesson starts off with the super famous intro riff, which is based on the minor scale and is a great string skipping exercise. The minor scale is a very important scale that you’ll eventually be using to improvise and make up your own licks and solos, just like Slash does in the song. You’ll also get a chance to practice power chords and power chord strumming and string muting, which is not the easiest technique, but is a must-know if you are serious about learning to play the guitar well.

To sum it up, this lesson will greatly improve your lead guitar skills, as you’ll be practicing basically every lead guitar technique there is. If you're an absolute beginner, you might find this lesson a bit challenging. Don't worry, you'll get there soon, have a go at one of our beginner guitar lessons until then.

Sweet Child o' Mine song details

Sweet Child o' Mine" by the Guns N' Roses was released on their debut album Appetite for Destruction in 1987. It became a number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988. The subject of the song is Axl Rose's girlfriend, Erin Everly.

The famous intro riff was made up by the band’s lead guitarist, Slash. It’s played on one scale, and supposedly he made it up just by fooling around on the scale to his fellow band members at a jam session. The result of this was that the song brought the band international fame, as well as top-of-the-chart listings. The song has been covered by many artists, including Sheryl Crow, Linkin Park, etc.

Sweet Child o' Mine awards and chart rankings

  • Billboard Hot 100: #1 (1988)
  • RIAA's list of the best songs of the 20th century: #210
  • Guitar World Magazine’s "100 Greatest Guitar Solos": #37
  • Blender's 500 Greatest Songs: #3
  • Rolling Stone Magazine’s  500 Greatest Songs of All Time: #196
  • Rolling Stone Magazine’s  40 Greatest Songs that Changed the World
  • Q magazine 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks: #6
  • Total Guitar magazine: reader-voted number-one riff of all-time

If you want to refine the skills you learned in Sweet Child o’ Mine, check out these lessons on songs by clicking these links:
/ / / / / /

Download tabs for Sweet Child o’ Mine

Sweet Child o’ Mine tablature download link Sorry, but you've reached a premium content area. The download of the Sweet Child o’ Mine tablature file is only available to premium members.

Download backing track for Sweet Child o’ Mine

Sweet Child o’ Mine backing track download link Sorry, the same goes for the backing track. To download the backing track to Sweet Child o’ Mine, please log in and revisit this page.

Please log in and revisit this page to download this song's tabs and backing track (along with hundreds more on the site).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.