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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