Bringin’ On the Heartbreak Guitar Lesson – Def Leppard

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In this Bringin’ On The Heartbreak guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play all of this classic Def Leppard power ballad note-for-note.

Released in 1981 off of their High ‘n’ Dry album, “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” helped Def Leppard gain more success in the U.S. after MTV started to play the video in heavy rotation.

The song is dominated by guitarist Steve Clark’s killer guitar riffs and solos. We will be using the original standard tuning.

I will go through all the sections of the song as the appeared on the original recording. First up is the harmony guitar intro. I will demonstrate both parts starting with the lower harmony part.

From there we have the verse which contains a really cool arpeggiated chord progression . This riff can be a little tricly to get just right, but sounds really nice once you get it under your fingers.

The remaining rhythm parts of the song are pretty simple consisting of just power chords or single note riffs.

There are 3 guitar solos as well (not counting the harmony guitar intro). The first solo occurs after the first chorus and contains some unison bends and a quick little ascending blues lick.

After that we have the main guitar solo which will take you all over the fretboard. There isn’t anything overly flashy about this solo, but it is very melodic and musical throughout. It will be good for any intermediate level and above guitarist to play.

I will also cover the quick outro solo at the end of the video lesson.

I hope you guys enjoy learning this Def Leppard classic! #bringinontheheartbreakguitarlesson #defleppard #guitarcovers



  1. Kitte Decadesofmetal

    THANKS man. Very nice. Love it

  2. Yas thank you

  3. Thank you Carl

  4. One of the best teachers on the tube , hands down !!!

  5. Sixth Sanctum Media

    These are extremely accurate lessons. Well done and thank you.

  6. Like your videos!!! are you just using amp distortion or a pedal?

  7. Epic , timeless lick Steve Clark was influence of Jimmy Page you could just tell . yes you have an awesome ear for solos note for note . will work on this one i hope you keep Fleetwood Mac up for a while longer my daughter is getting married early next year . gotta learn landslide lol . i also learned the rover that song i have always wanted to learn . thanks again.

  8. well done brother … thank you

  9. Thanks Carl. As always note for note accuracy. I like how you waited til the end to dive bomb ha ! Go tune your axe now ha

  10. pls do scar def Leppard

  11. gevenn jay Rosalan

    Hi there Carl. I've watching your videos and I've learn a lot of those. But specifically on this video, what guitar effects that you use to play Bringin' on the heartbreak?

  12. Carl thanks for covering this song …one of the greatest hard rock tunes Cheers

  13. That is one of my favorite Def Leppard songs what a wonderful job excellent excellent playing your great guitar player

  14. Congratulations, stayed perfect. Can you tell us your setup to this song, please? Tks.

  15. O ! —found it;)–tysm!!

  16. U R Gorgeous:p lol!__ ^ but really love the lessons keep it up!*((Metallica pls ++ nothing else matters (intro) or whatever..! ))

  17. Hey Carl, what pedal are you using to go from that distorted sound to the clean?

  18. Steve Clark used the most interesting chord progressions.

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