Masters of Melody / Slash: “Estranged” Guitar Lesson

This is Part 1, Part 2 is available here:
Learn where the special notes from his melodies come from. Look for themes, and test your knowledge of music with this break down of “Estranged” By Guns and Roses

When you’re talkin’ to yourself
And nobody’s home
You can fool yourself
You came in this world alone

So nobody ever told you baby
How it was gonna be
So what’ll happen to you baby
Guess we’ll have to wait and see
One, two

Old at heart but I’m only twenty eight
And I’m much too young
To let love break my heart
Young at heart but it’s getting much too late
To find ourselves so far apart

I don’t know how you’re s’posed to find me lately
An what more could you ask from me
How could you say that I never needed you
When you took everything
Said you took everything from me

Young at heart an it gets so hard to wait
When no one I know can seem to help me now
Old at heart but I musn’t hesitate
If I’m to find my own way out

Still talkin’ to myself
And nobody’s home

So nobody ever told us baby
How it was gonna be
So what’ll happen to us baby
Guess we’ll have to wait and see

When I find out all the reasons
Maybe I’ll find another way
Find another day
With all the changing seasons of my life
Maybe I’ll get it right next time
An now that you’ve been broken down
Got your head out of the clouds
You’re back down on the ground

And you don’t talk so loud
An you don’t walk so proud
Any more, and what for

Well I jumped into the river
Too many times to make it home
I’m out here on my own, an drifting all alone
If it doesn’t show give it time
To read between the lines

‘Cause I see the storm getting closer
And the waves they get so high
Seems everything we’ve ever known’s here
Why must it drift away and die

I’ll never find anyone to replace you
Guess I’ll have to make it through, this time – oh this time
Without you
I knew the storm was getting closer
And all my friends said I was high
But everything we’ve ever known’s here
I never wanted it to die

Written by (usa 2) Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff Mc Kagan, Darren A Reed, Matt Sorum, W. Axl Rose • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group


  1. I heard "Summer Breeze" by Seals and Croft in that arpeggio.

  2. The first part of the melody makes me think of Summer Breeze by the Isley Brothers – don't know if that's just me!

  3. Jinkies… You're a swell teacher, Mr. Stich… And… now I have the Grinch song stuck in my head… 🙂

  4. New favourite series to watch already

  5. This is hands down the best guitar video on the internet! Thank you, good sir!

  6. Gusdogbrownlab

    Love it! great track and teaching to match but I would struggle with this one at the moment. I'll come back to this later after a lot more practice. Thanks again, a great new series here.

  7. Amazing teacher… Thumbs up. And yes Slash is an absolute genius melody and riff writer

  8. handsome scout

    I play by eat, but watching your fingers go where they belong is quite helpful.

  9. Been playing with this all day but i found the main riff was easier if i slide up to the f# 16th on D then14g , leaves you right on top of the C# and you can use your 2nd finger to get a lot stronger bend and then use the E at 17b part 2 here i come!

  10. another proof you're an amazing teacher. You take any stuffs and bring them to the level of everyone.
    just one word : i would like (desperately WANT) MORE of this melody thing.
    so many thanks again and keep going

  11. Not Right Music

    Nice and clear breakdown of a timeless riff!
    Need Slash's rig to get his sound as well.

  12. Master Beernuts

    Just a minor thing – mr hudson's vibrato is much slower. So much vibrato on this vid where it wasn't needed – was a little distracting tbh. Thanks so much for the lesson though stitch – very cool.

  13. Master Beernuts

    i thumbsed this up before it even started. Any study of Slash is worthy of praise! Nice one buddy!!!

  14. Cornholioliolio

    The intro sounds like that Summer Breeze song, at least when you play it slow.

  15. perfect song/songwriter for that series introduction!!!

  16. This and part 2 may be the 2 vids that I repeatedly watch of yours. If it was vhs, I'd wear it out like an old porno tape! Slash doesn't just play melodies or lead. He makes the music sound like an extension of language and his lead speaks to a deep part of your soul.

  17. Personally, I think Slash's (and Axl?) biggest melodic composition is the final solo of November Rain. To me, it always sounded like Slash's guitar was actually (gently) weeping.

    For a true master of melody, look no further than Tom Scholz of Boston. 'A Man I'll Never Be' is by far the best solo in the catalogue.

  18. Someone did a thumbs down? Really? Loved it myself. I'm getting a lot out of your videos. Keep them coming!

  19. Station 2Station

    The guitar work on this song – the sheer melody – always raised the hairs on my forearms. What kind of genius writes this stuff? Not a huge G-n-R fan but you want to be in the room when Slash came up with that melody. Channeling something other-worldly. For those unfamiliar with the actual recording, check it out. Thanks Ian.

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