Lessons / Articles

HOW TO PLAY “SWEET CHILD OF MINE”

Sweet Child of Mine Guitar Tab RiffOn this post we will try and learn the intro riff of the most famous Guns n Roses song (at least on my opinion) – Sweet Child of Mine.

How to Play Sweet Child of Mine



The image/tablature that you see on the left is the accurate and actual tab of the song.

If you will look closely at the tablature, you will notice that there is a pattern to the guitar riff. But first, let us take a look at the chords and the chord progression of the song.

Imagine playing the notes of the D major chord but instead of playing it on the open position, it is an octave higher on the 12th fret.

d-chord-diagram

 

 

 

 

 

The intro note pattern repeats for the 3 remaining chords and only the base note, the root note changes.

Know How to Play Sweet Child O’Mine By Guns N’ Roses

The band Guns N’ Roses made a mark during the early 1990s and they were well known for their highly rebellious, punk attitude. The band’s songs usually were based on hard rock, heavy metal, punk rock and blues rock genres. Their composition style were strongly influenced by The Rolling Stones and Rose Tattoo.

The original band members sustained for a short period before the new group took over the name and released the highly successful album Appetite for Destruction. The team lineup continuously changed over the years but their lead singer Axl Rose, one of the original member stayed with the band despite the changes.

What Makes Sweet Child of Mine a Great Song?

  1. The song has an infamous riff which got popular over time and is unforgettable.
  2. It is one of the most popular songs composed by the band Guns N’ Roses.
  3. The song is a popular composition among fans who ardently follow the band.

Why Sweet Child of Mine by Guns N’ Roses is Classified Hard on Guitar?

The song Sweet Child of Mine poses some challenging lead guitar techniques which will be a great practice for intermediate and advanced guitarists. It has a strong rhythm guitar section which is good choice for beginners who can sing along as well while learning the techniques.

Learn More About Guns N’ Roses

The American rock band Guns N’ Roses was formed in Hollywood, California before they went through many changes in their lineup. The group made a great impact during the late 1980s which continued during the 90s as well. The band has successfully sold over 100 million albums around the world with Appetite for Destruction being the highest, at 28 million copies sold.

The Album Sweet Child of Mine Came From

The song Sweet Child of Mine belongs to the band’s successful album Appetite for Destruction. The album by Guns N’ roses was released in 1987 and became a popular number in the American Billboard 200 chart. The album had many songs written by band members even before they joined the team. It also beat Boston’s debut album titled Boston with its worldwide sales record.

Below is the guitar chords of Sweet child of Mine:

The Chords to Play Sweet Child of Mine

The main chords used to the play the song begins with A open and continues with B7 open, C open, D open, Em open and G open variation2. The step by step information provided will make it easy for guitarists to understand the chords.


SWEET CHILD O' MINE
GUNS N' ROSES
APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION

D
SHE’S GOT A SMILE AND IT SEEMS TO ME
Cadd9
REMINDS ME OF CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
G D
WHEN EVERYTHING WAS AS FRESH AS A BRIGHT BLUE SKY
D
NOW AND THEN WHEN I SEE HER FACE
Cadd9
SHE TAKES ME AWAY TO THAT SPECIAL PLACE
G D
AND IF I STEARED TOO LONG I’D PROBABLY BREAK DOWN AND CRY

A C D
WHOA, WHOA – SWEET CHILD OF MINE
A C D
OH, OH , OH – SWEET LOVE OF MINE

D Cadd9 G D

D
SHE’S GOT EYES OF THE BLUEST SKIES
Cadd9
AS IF THEY THOUGHT OF RAIN
G
I HATE TO LOOK INTO HOSE EYES
D
AND SEE AN OUNCE OF PAIN
D
HER HAIR REMINDS ME OF A WARM SAFE PLACE
Cadd9
WHERE AS A CHILD I’D HIDE
G
AND PRAY FOR THER THUNDER AND THE RAIN
D
TO QUIETLY PASS ME BY

A C D
WHOA, WHOA – SWEET CHILD OF MINE
A C D
OH, OH, OH – SWEET LOVE OF MINE

D Cadd9 G D C G D

A C D
WHOA, OH, OH, OH – SWEET CHILD OF MINE
A C D
OOH, WHOA OH, OH, OH – SWEET LOVE OF MINE
A C D
WHOA, OH, OH, OH – SWEET CHILD OF MINE
A D
OOH, YEAH-HEH, OOH – SWEET LOVE OF MINE

GUITAR SOLOS:
( Em C B7 Am Em C B7 Am ) x2
( Em G A C D Em G A C D ) x2

Em G
WHERE DO WE GO? WHERE DO WE GO NOW?
C C D Em
WHERE DO WE GO? OOH, WHERE DO WE GO?
G A
OOH, WHERE DO WE GO NOW?
Em
WHERE DO WE GO?
G A C D
OOH, WHERE DO WE GO NOW?
Em G A
AY, AY, AY, AY – WHERE DO WE GO NOW?……etc

About Riff (150 Articles)
Riff Richard is an IT person, a husband, a dad, a couch potato and a passionate guitar player

Leave a comment