Joe Satriani – Surfing With The Alien Guitar Lesson (Part 2)

Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien Guitar Lesson (Part 2)

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In this Surfing With The Alien guitar lesson video series,  I will show you note-for-note how to play this instrumental shred classic by the great Joe Satriani.

This awesome rock guitar instrumental was released in 1987 and contains highly melodic licks with incredible guitar acrobatics throughout.

In the first Surfing With The Alien guitar lesson below, we will only concentrate on the main melody which still provides lots of cool hooks and licks the sink your teeth into.

I do think this lesson could easily be approached by the intermediate level guitarist. We only have a couple of half-step and quarter-step bends to deal with that may be a bit tricky.

Other than that it is all about the groove and the cool melodic hooks. You will probably see during video lesson I had add a liberal amount of vibrato to the notes as well. Doing that helps make this melody sing.

Starting in the second video we will be turning up the difficulty level quite a bit. I will go back and show you the opening riffs and the rhythm guitar track under the 1st theme.

After that, we go straight into the first solo which contains fast pick tapped trills, a long Satriani signature legato run, fast bluesy licks, a very unorthodox and monster stretch legato lick and more.

I will demonstrate the solo phrase-by-phrase, to make it easier to get under your fingers.

In the third and final video lesson, I will show you the second version of theme number two, and the outro solo.

The outro solo starts with a very fast lick that is based around a consistent pattern. So I will focus on getting you to work on that pattern individually before playing the entire section. This section also requires the ability to perform very wide stretches.

The outro solo has lots of whammy bar madness, high octane blues based licks and more pick tapping trills and double-stops. There is a lot to work on here. 🙂

I hope you guys enjoy the learning this great instrumental and I appreciate your support in liking the first video enough to make the next two happen.


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  1. Rhyme of the ancient mariner…. Maiden

  2. Do mystical potato groove thing

  3. Richie Blackmore subbed to this

  4. Got hands like spiders lol
    Very good….excellent as always.

  5. George Washington Entertainment

    I requested this once, and I finally got it. YES!

  6. Will you please teach ten words by Joe satriani

  7. New Guitar???

  8. Guilherme Gomes

    Congrats for the excellent video, dude! But I can’t found the part1 video on your channel…

  9. Archiwum Johnego

    Can you do Toxicity by SOAD? my favourite song by them

  10. Can you do The girl by City and color please?

  11. Could you please teach crystal planet or mind storm

  12. Can you do a lesson on still in love with you by thin lizzy?

  13. You should definetely do 'Made of Tears' from Joe Satriani.

  14. Hey man great lesson, just wondering if you ever plan on doing some Pantera!

  15. New Guitar!

  16. A great lesson would be the instrumental Into The Arena by MSG.

  17. Awesome guitar I like the color

  18. Richard Littlewood

    Nice guitar, Carl! Would you consider doing ‘This Ain’t a Love Song’ by Bon Jovi?

  19. WTF!!! Carl, that is UNREAL!!! But I think I might have to leave this one for the experts like you and Joe. 🙂 I need a few more years before I can tackle something like this. Sounds awesome.

    But if you can do the solo for Blue Sky by Allman Brothers, that'd be a big help.

  20. Backtoshallabal

    Good luck to Carl teaching this song. Imagine him trying to teach arpeggios from hell..

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