Mississippi Queen Guitar Lesson – Mountain – Riffs & Intro Solo

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In these Mississippi Queen guitar lesson videos, I will take you note-for-for through this classic of early seventies hard rock as played by the great Leslie West and his band Mountain.

As I mention in the video lessons, the tuning is slightly sharp on the recording but otherwise, it is simply standard tuning.

In the first lesson I will demonstrate all of those well known guitar riffs and the intro solo as well. The intro solo is so identifiable and uses some cool staccato techniques along with some seriously bluesy bends.

Towards the end of the first video I will also show you the guitar licks being playing during the second verse.

In the second video lesson I will demonstrate note-for-note how to play the main guitar solo. This solo has a lot in common with the intro solo, however, Leslie West develops it much more and takes us on a longer ride with his hard rockin’ blues magic.

This song would be great for the intermediate level guitarist looking to add not only a classic song to his/her repertoire, but also some cool guitar licks as well. However, there isn’t really anything too daunting to learn in “Mississippi Queen”. If you have some decent soloing chops, you should have everything under your fingers rather quickly.

I think Leslie West, as much as he is still respected, is still a very underrated guitarist. Hopefully this lesson series will help expose his playing to a new generation of players. Enjoy!

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  1. Mississippi queen

  2. Eh. Carl just has begginers luck Luck luck luck luck….

  3. This guy is awesome

  4. And the last guitar solo? 🙂

  5. what a fun youtube channel

  6. this song is a lot of fun to play!

  7. 357CLOUDY Black Feather

    Thanks! How'd you get the sound?

  8. No chords?

  9. Very underrated band

  10. I'm proud to say that my second song I have learned was this beautiful masterpiece. Thank you Carl

  11. you explain things like a very intelligent and educated individual. You speak to beginner and savant alike with clear and easily understood explanations. I do not see how anyone could do this any better. I can only thank you. so… rock on with your bad self and as soon as I can I'll buy a t-shirt to send you some support. oh rah

  12. Garrett Bonneville

    What key is it in

  13. Just wanted to say thanks, for posting all the great lessons, Carl. Yours are top shelf, really the best and clearest. I’ve learned a lot from you. Thank you, sir.

  14. Apartman Yöneticisi

    what is your acord (hain-bass-treble-middle)

  15. Maybe sometime you could elaborate on the effects used…thxxxx

  16. What pedals are you using?

  17. What drive are you using?

  18. Sandra Fernandes

    so faltou legenda em portugues , muito bom ,mas deu para entender

  19. Can you do a lesson on his best song. NEVER IN MY LIFE Please!!!!!

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