Lessons / Articles

TWO STEPS BEHIND BY DEF LEPPARD HOW TO PLAY

def leppard

Def Leppard - Two Steps Behind Guitar TabThis song was written in 1989 and sat on the shelve and gathered dust. Until Phil Collen, the band’s co-lead guitarist, suggested they re-do the song and make it more of an acoustic sounding. It was originally written to be a heavy electric guitar ballad.

They re-arranged the song in about 3 hours. It was released and included in a CD as a B-side. Then a Hollywood personality approached the band looking for a song for Last Action Hero.

They heard the song and said they would like to use it for the movie. And that’s it, it became on little hit for Def Leppard. The band never thought that “Two Steps Behind” will be that popular.

This song appears on the soundtrack to the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie The Last Action Hero. It also plays during the end of the VH1 biopic Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story movie, and is featured on several Def Leppard live albums and compilations. 

– From Songfacts.com

How to Play Two Steps Behind

In order to play this song, you must know the chords and strumming pattern. The chords for the verses and/or chorus are A5, A9, D, D9, G and some E.

The strumming pattern is Down, Down (2 eighth notes) then, Up-Down-Down (and eight and 2 sixteenth notes). You’ll repeat that twice in each bar for the verse.

For one bar, you will be playing the following chords, A5, A9, D, D9, G, back to D, D9. I highly suggest you watch the video tutorial more than once in order for you to understand what I am saying here.

The same chords and strumming pattern is used on the Chorus. Well, almost the same. You can check out the song for reference.

The pre-chorus or bridge has the following chords – F#m-D-E-G.. then you pause. That’s when the chorus comes in.

Again, please watch the video to better understand.

If you have any questions, please drop me an email or post a comment below.

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