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In this guitar lesson video, I will break down the Arctic Monkeys’ smash hit “Do I Wanna Know?” in it’s entirety.
This Do I Wanna Know guitar lesson is a fun one because it is completely riff driven. There aren’t any chords to deal with at all, just single note guitar riffs throughout.
I think “Do I Wanna Know?” is a great song to learn for the beginning guitarist because these single note riffs will help develop coordination and rhythm skills without the burden of playing chords.
The riffs are very repetitive but can be a little bit confusing since they are all pretty similar. So I think it is essential that you be very familiar with the original recording before attempting the learn the song on the guitar. If you do this, you ear will guide you through the riffs a lot easier, allowing you to focus on the music and not the numbers of the frets.
Pay especially close attention to the verse and chorus riffs. They are almost identical except for one very small part. That part can be easy to miss so I make sure that I cover it in the video lesson thoroughly.
All-in-all, this is a great riff driven guitar song that has a lot of interesting things about it. It certainly isn’t your standard big rock song. However, the catchy riffs are pretty much singable after only a couple of listens and that says a lot about the song writing prowess of the Arctic Monkeys. Enjoy!