Civil War Guitar Lesson Pt.2 – Guns N’ Roses – Electric Riffs and Verse Solos

Civil War Guitar Lesson Pt.2 - Guns N' Roses - Electric Riffs and Verse Solos

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As one of the standout tracks from Guns N’ Roses’ two Use Your Illusion albums, “Civil War” continues to be a fan favorite and also a heavily requested lesson at GL365.

In this Civil War guitar lesson I will teach you the entire song note-for-note through 3 video lessons.

In the first lesson, I will cover all of the acoustic guitar parts, both the chords and picking patterns. The arpeggio picked pattern of the opening acoustic part has a really nice sounding quality about it. This intro is also a great picking exercise.

In the second video lesson we will cover all of the electric guitar riffs and chords in detail. I will also show you the two short solos Slash performs on the verse chords.

In the third video lesson, we will finally make it to Slash’s killer main guitar solo and outro solo. Slash really shines on these as I am sure you can hear from the original recording. These solos are filled with nice melodic playing and blisteringly fast blues licks. Fun stuff!!


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  1. Great Job man.

  2. keep up the good work buddy you're our hero

  3. Sorry but I'm pretty sure there Is a picking pattern leading into the main riff on the e power chord and it would be awesome if you could show us it ^^

  4. very nice indeed. thank you !

  5. hi carl please tell me exactly what i need to sound like gnr

  6. Timoleon Hinzenstein

    What did you play at around 8:00? 

  7. Great lesson! BTW what effects are you using on this song? THANKS!

  8. Your videos are really superb, man.

  9. Please do full song for acoustic as Slash played at MAX session 2010 

  10. you should really add an amp settings part to your videos, your tone is amazing

  11. Please it's a good song and your such a great guitarist 

  12. Desperados waiting for a train the highwayman

  13. Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you
    I mean for the reply and for every videos ,
    God if I were affluenced i would have given you millions of dollars for sure :P

  14. Hey Carl, I love your channel, but there's one thing I do not understand. How come for some videos for example, you'd make Part 1, and then you revisit it after like a few months and do Part 2? This isn't for all, but it is for some.

  15. November rain pleasee 🙁
    You don't even reply to comments now :(

  16. I love this song I can play the 1st 2nd intro and the 1st solo but u are basically the only one on u tube that is teaching the whole song 

  17. That Axe-FX sounds incredible

  18. Awesome lesson. Thanks 

  19. Luis Victor Souza Araujo


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