Billy Idol – Rebel Yell Guitar Lesson

Billy Idol - Rebel Yell Guitar Lesson

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In this Rebel Yell guitar lesson video, I will show you all of the guitar parts for this 80’s hard rock classic from Billy Idol, note-for-note.

There is a lot of cool stuff that guitarist Steve Stevens throws at us in “Rebel Yell”. The guitar solo even includes a toy ray-gun effect. ­čÖé

We will start the song with a a little fingerpicked technique that was probably originally recorded as two separate guitar parts. Steve Stevens played these parts together when performing live, so I will show you how to play it like that as well in this lesson. You can use fingerpicking or hybrid picking and I will show you both ways you can play it.

The riffs used throughout “Rebel Yell” move around quite a bit. I have done a lot of research to try and nail down exactly where on the fretboard Steve Stevens played the guitar parts on the original recording. These days, he seems to vary how he pays the parts quite a bit, so I focused mostly on older performance footage from around the time “Rebel Yell” was originally released.

Steve Stevens’ guitar solo became an instant classic. Not only is it full of really cool guitar licks, but also includes the use of a toy ray-gun placed near the pickups. There isn’t much you can do when that effect occurs. I simply do some fast muted strums to recreate the rhythmic effect of the toy ray-gun, but you can choose what you want to do there as well.

A little later in the song there is a cool repeated keyboard melody. I have decided to transcribe that for guitar as well since it is pretty easy to play and will sound great if you are performing the song and don’t have a keyboard player in your band.

I hope you enjoy learning this hard rock classic from the 80’s with tons of cool licks by the great Steve Stevens!



  1. Just in case you still wanted to know he uses an actual toy ray gun that he hold up to his guitar to make that ray gun noise. You could probably find a small toy ray gun at Walmart if you wanted to try it out :)´╗┐

  2. Hey what kind of guitar is that? I see Ernie ball but what type´╗┐

  3. Hopefully Carl is not affected by the censorship of YT and demonitization´╗┐

  4. Very┬ádetailed and in depth lesson. Thanks mate. It always beats me how Billy Idol scored big in the mid 80s with Rebel Yell & White Wedding, then Mony Mony a few years later, then more or less┬ámade no more good songs. He should almost be called Billy Idle haha´╗┐

  5. Can't find a good lesson for Buckcherry's Borderline: solo and little fills; the rest of the song is easy. Please!´╗┐

  6. Can you do working man by rush plzzz´╗┐

  7. Slash – Godfather Theme´╗┐

  8. Great Lesson as always ­čÖé Can you please finish 18 & life´╗┐

  9. Could you make a lesson on Styx – Renegade?´╗┐

  10. c'mon carl do the four horsemen by Metallica´╗┐

  11. please make one for firehouse's here for you´╗┐

  12. Since your doing a 80s jam, how about the Stray Cat Strut?´╗┐

  13. i know you probably won't see this but could you do some lessons on disturbed or breaking benjamin or ffdp?´╗┐

  14. Cheers Carl, great lesson. I've been looking for easy to follow Billy Idol/Steve Stevens lessons on here for ages. If you decided to do any more off the Rebel Yell album, I wouldn't complain :)´╗┐

  15. Can you cover "again" by Alice in chains?´╗┐

  16. Please finish Battery by Metallica´╗┐

  17. Wind in our sail by Weezer please´╗┐

  18. Can you do Blood on Blood by Bon Jovi please?´╗┐

  19. Anthrax – Indians please !!!
    Thank you for your lessons Carl, you are the best teacher!´╗┐

  20. Carl,would you please do a lesson of When a blind man cries´╗┐

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