Slash – Anastasia Guitar Lesson Pt.1 – Acoustic Intro

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In this lesson series we will be taking an in-depth look at all of Slash’s guitar parts to the ripping “Anastasia” off of his Apocalyptic Love album.

“Anastasia” is an absolute tour-d-force of killer guitar riffs and licks. In this Anastasia guitar lesson, I will cover all of them note-for-note. 🙂

It is gonna take a few video lessons to do this song justice so I hope you will stay in there for the long haul and make it through all of them. It will be well worth the effort I assure you.

“Anastasia” contains everything from a classical guitar influenced finger-picked acoustic section, an Yngwie Malmsteen inspired sequence that is kind of uncharacteristic of Slash’s style, and then of course there will be tons of Slash’s trademarked riffs and scorching bluesy influenced solos. We have a lot to cover so let’s get to it.

Make sure you tune your guitar down one half step to Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb in order to follow along with this lesson and the original recording.

In the first video lesson I will cover the finger-picked acoustic intro. This part of the song might be a pretty big challenge for those players without a lot of finger-picking experience. I use a nylon string acoustic in the lesson video since that is what is used on the recording, but you can just as well use an electric guitar with a clean setting like Slash does live.

The chords in this acoustic intro also move around pretty quickly which will increase the difficulty level substantially.

In the second video lesson we finally make it to the full band section with Slash playing a fast pedal point sequence that sounds like it could be on an Yngwie Malmsteen album. This kind of lick requires a lot of coordination between the picking and fret hand so make sure you take your time and get it right before trying to take it to warp speed.

After that section we will also be covering the main riff, chorus, bridge and all the fills played up until Slash’s first solo in the second video lesson.

For the remainder of the lessons we will be covering Slash’s solos note-for-note. Slash really pulls out all the stops for these solos and they are full of his blistering trademark licks and musical phrases.

We will also touch on the chorus that happens later after the solo since Slash starts to throw a lot of stuff in there to keep it interesting.

Good Luck with this one guys! Let me know how you do with it!

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  1. Which is the second chord?

  2. Anyone knows a song that sounds like this? I'd love to learn a longer similar piece.

  3. Hazme un hijo carl y pagame el aborto

  4. The Great Monster

    Can u make Metallica version?

  5. Thank you soooooooo much! I really enjoy your lesson and Im so much appreciated ! Happy new year. rock on

  6. Carl, thank you so much for posting this tutorial. I absolutely love it. Keep rocking Brother!

  7. Thank you so much Carl! You're really an amazing teacher. Keep up the good work.

  8. Afinación Standard or #b?

  9. Can you please do by the sword by slash

  10. can you please do By the sword By slash

  11. Please anyone what guitar is that?

  12. When I was growing up learning to play we did not have the internet. We had to learn everything the hard way by ear and continually rewinding the cassette tape. I just wanted to say, you do a fantastic job and you are a blessing to guitar players. This generation is truly blessed to have such a great tool and resources like you to learn from.

  13. Thank you Carl so much!!!!!!

  14. Cool. Just learned that in about 10 min. Thanx.
    Just watched you play it in the intro. So thanx for putting that in there close up before all the slow teaching I didn't need.

  15. sir plz tell me briefly how to tune for this plz……

  16. You are the best of the best of the best of the best!!! I can keep going forever

  17. Easy and routine for classical guitar players. We always we the ring finger! There is nothing special about using the ring finger. The 3rd finger has the notation a, in the music score. p i m a, thumb 1st 2nd 3rd finger. Thats a pseudo classic composition. Thanks for the nice video and try to use always fingers.

  18. thanks for help to Anastasia

  19. Sebastian Morris

    What model guitar are you using?

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