Rescue Me Guitar Lesson And Backing Track

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Full playthrough of ‘Rescue Me’

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How to play Rescue Me

In the first video lesson, you saw me play ‘Rescue Me’ from beginning to end. In the course, I’ll go through each section of the song in detail.

There are four lessons and nine videos in total, as well as TAB, and loops to practise along to.

Step by step, you’ll learn not just how to play the song, but also how to map out the fretboard with barre chords and pentatonic scales.

After practicing all sections individually, I play the full song from beginning to end, in an improvised way. This way you can see all ideas and concepts applied.

The final stage is for you to play with the band.

Chord progression

The chord progression of ‘Rescue Me’ may appear simple at first glance, there is actually a very clever key change in there.


||: A | D :|| D C#m Bm A | E |


||: A | D | G | Em :||

The verse progression doesn’t have only chords from the key of A, it temporarily switches to a different key.

Find out more about this, as well as how to play all the chords, all over the neck in the course.

Rhythm guitar parts using slides, extra rhythms, and pentatonic licks

When you can play all the chords in all shapes, the next step is to decorate the chords with some slides and licks.

When sliding into a chord you create tension. How fast you slide in or how many strings you use from what shape, is best discovered by improvising over the Backing Track.

Similarly, when adding more rhythms and pentatonic licks, you create excitement. This too should be practised with the band, not in isolation, to really find out what the best part is.

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