Roxanne Guitar Lesson – The Police

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Originally released in 1978, “Roxanne” was the first hit for The Police that brought them international fame. In this Roxanne guitar lesson, I will show you all of Andy Summers’ punchy guitar chords for this classic song.

“Roxanne” is an excellent guitar chord workout throughout it’s entirety. Even though most of the chords are basic major and minor chords, along with a couple of sus 4 chords thrown in there, things are made more interesting and challenging for the intermediate level guitarist because of how those chords are voiced around the fretboard. Of course there is that right hand rhythm to learn as well.

Speaking of that rhythm, I will spend some time at the beginning of the video lesson showing you how to properly achieve that tight punchy sound by using left hand muting. If you aren’t used to this type of technique it can take a little bit of time to get used to it. After that though, it will become second nature pretty quickly.

Most of the chords for the verse and pre-chorus use only 3 or 4 strings. This will require extra accuracy from your picking hand to hit the proper strings.

The chorus has more of a punk rock vibe to it with a straight 8th feel played with down-strokes. The chords also get a lot more simple in the chorus since all of them are simple power chord shapes.

Andy Summers is one of the few guitar players to come along to have an instantly identifiable guitar style. He employs interesting ways to play common chord types that not a lot of other guitar players have knowledge of.

Hopefully you also find something new to learn in this Roxanne guitar lesson that you can add to your own playing. At the very least you will be learning one of the greatest rock songs of the seventies! Enjoy!



  1. Wait what was F suspended 4 chord Again

  2. Trucker Kev The Paid Tourist

    can i ask ? Opening 3rd fret G thru E strngs to come onto Dmin is it easier to play 1st opening with ring finger barring 3rd fret

  3. Shouldn't the first chord, the triad, start a half-step flat and bend or something up?

  4. Can you please teach Fleetwood Mac's Big Love?

  5. Very nice!

  6. Okay, this is probably me betraying my ignorance, but that Fmaj on the 5th fret looks an awful lot like a Dmin7. Is it just because we're not playing the D on the A string? I need to re-read that section on chord construction in my 7,488 Guitar Chords book. Oh, yeah, excellent lesson, as usual.

  7. I would love some Devin Townsend in standard tuning. Those are really hard to come by, especially his new stuff like Casuaties of cool.

  8. The Other Half of Me by Born of Osiris! It's an amazing song, but idk if it's your style

  9. Great lesson Carl, Keep up the good work 🙂

  10. can you do nutshell by Alice in chains

  11. Hey could you do unforgiven ii ?? by Metallica

  12. Please teach either breaking free or I wanna live by tesla!

  13. Tyler MacNider

    unnatural selection by muse?

  14. Михаил Данилов

    hi! how about outro solo nightrain?????

  15. literally was just thinking of learning that

  16. literally was just thinking of learning that

  17. 2rd like

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