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HOW TO PLAY “ARE YOU GONNA GO MY WAY”

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are you gonna go my wayAfter the song American Woman, Are You Gonna Go My Way is our second song from Lenny Kravitz! I first ‘learned’ to play this song on the Guitar Hero Play Station game! Amazing, amazing game console! :)
Album: Are You Gonna Go My Way
Released: 1993
Charted: number4 in the UK

How to play “Are You Gonna Go My Way”



I suppose the hardest part of this riff is the strumming hand. As you can see there’s a lot of string skipping, and you don’t ever play the A string but you do play all the other strings.

Lenny Kravitz and Guns and Roses guitarist Slash attended the same high school.

How to Play Are You Gonna Go My Way Riff

This song has 2 guitar parts playing the main guitar riff pattern. One is playing on the Em pentatonic and the other one is over the A major pentatonic.

The tablature presented in the left is the high octave one.

Take note that this part is played on the 4rth or 3rd bar. On the first bar, the lower octave is played.

To see the complete tablature head on over to Songsterr.com by clicking the image on the left.

On the Em part, the first note is the A note on the 2nd fret of the 3rd string. You then bend it a whole step, release back to A note and pull off to get the G open string/note. This is immediately followed by the open E note on the low E string and also immediately followed by the last two notes on the D string – Open D, followed by the E note, that is the second fret on the D string.

Please watch the video to get a clearer idea of the instruction above. Thanks!

How to Play “Are You Gonna Go My Way”

I suppose the hardest part of this riff is the strumming hand. As you can see there’s a lot of string skipping, and
you don’t ever play the A string but you do play all the other strings.
Lenny Kravitz and Guns and Roses guitarist Slash attended the same high school.

 About the Album

The CD was released on March 1993. This is Lenny Kravitz third studio album and the single released is Are You Gonna Go My Way and it reached number 4 on the UK Charts.

The original edition of this album has 11 tracks. A bonus CD is included as will in vinyl with 8 more additional track.

Original edition

“Are You Gonna Go My Way” (Kravitz, Craig Ross)
“Believe” (Kravitz, Hirsch)
“Come On and Love Me” (Kravitz)
“Heaven Help” (Gerry DeVeaux, Terry Britten)
“Just Be a Woman” (Kravitz)
“Is There Any Love in Your Heart” (Kravitz, Ross)
“Black Girl” (Kravitz)
“My Love” (Kravitz, Ross)
“Sugar” (Kravitz)
“Sister” (Kravitz)
“Eleutheria” (Kravitz)

Vinyl edition bonus CD track listing

“Ascension” (Kravitz, Hirch)
“Brother” (Kravitz)
“Heaven Help” (acoustic) (DeVeaux, Britten)
“Someone Like You” (Kravitz, Ross, Hirch)
“All My Life” (Kravitz)
“Sister” (live) (Kravitz)
“For the First Time” (Kravitz)
“Believe” (acoustic) (Kravitz, Hirsch)

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