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series is expertly taught by Neil Hogan teaching you some of the best guitar songs of the 1980's.

1) Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy Train 1980

Crazy Train was released in 1980 by Ozzy Osbourne on his first solo album Blizzard Of Oz. It is based on a simple riff that uses an alternating picking technique with power chords and a short scale-based run. This lesson is part of our Intros, Riffs and Licks Series, and really addresses only the opening riff. Level 4


2) Bob Marley - Redemption Song 1980

Redemption Song is one of very few songs he played solo with just acoustic guitar accompaniment. This makes it a great song for beginning and intermediate guitar players as it uses only open chords, a simple strumming pattern, and a basic opening melody picked out on the bass strings. Level 3


3) Stray Cats - Stray Cat Strut 1981

The Stray Cats came on the scene in the early 1980s with a sound that was more 1950s and brought new life to the Rockabilly style that was so popular then. They found better acceptance in the UK than the US before an American record company would talk to them but then had quite a string of hits over the next few years. Stray Cat Strut is one of their signature songs, and although Brian Setzer is partial to the electric guitar, it transfers very nicely to the 'unplugged' version that Neil does in this lesson. The lesson goes over the rhythm guitar accompaniment to the vocal sections, as well as acoustic versions of all the main leads. Level 8


4) Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun 1982

Blister In The Sun is from 1982, the Violent Femmes debut album. The song is a short, catchy riff in the key of G, with some fast strumming over easy chords. This is a good song to work on a relatively easy set of techniques that are made difficult because of the speed involved. Level 3


5) A-ha - Take On Me 1985

Many songs of the 80s were driven by keyboard riffs and a synthesized, electronic rhythm feel. A-Ha came out of Norway and added a pyrotechnic vocal element to the mix and produced Take On Me. This song, which only needs to be heard once to become unforgettable, is probably not one many people would think about playing on the guitar, and one segment discusses arranging keyboard pieces for guitar in general. The lesson includes a basic rhythm guitar accompaniment as well as a chord solo of the intro, which incorporates the rapid keyboard riff into a strumming pattern. Level 7


6) Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive 1986

One of the biggest bands of the 80s, Bon Jovi, featured some good songwriting and some great guitar playing, mostly from the team of Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Their 1986 album Slippery When Wet included Wanted Dead Or Alive, which had a very distinctive opening run played on a 12-string guitar. Other than that it is a pretty basic strumming song with some syncopated chord changes and a slightly bluesy fill played as part of the vocal hook. Level 4


7) Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn 1988

Poison was one of the glam/hair metal bands of the 80s who had their biggest hit with the power ballad Every Rose Has Its Thorn. Typical of attitudes and trends at the time, the song is a simple chord progression gently strummed with lyrics that can be interpreted many different ways. This 4-chord song is great for beginners as it starts introducing the technique of different strumming patterns in consecutive measures. Level 2


8) The La's - There She Goes 1988

The late 1980s brought us a one-hit-wonder out of Liverpool, The La's. You may not remember the band but There She Goes has appeared in numerous movies over the last 20 years. It is a good example of using lots of guitars to create a bouncy, jangly texture with the added plus of a catchy melody. In this short guitar lesson we look at strumming the rhythm guitar part as well as a segment on incorporating the opening lead into a strumming pattern. Level 4


9) Midnight Oil - Put Down That Weapon 1987

Put Down That Weapon is one of Midnight Oil's topical songs about the effects of war and was released in 1987 on their album Diesel And Dust. It is typical of their sound with a melodic, arpeggio intro, driving bass line through the verse and chorus, some full chord strumming sections, a catchy riff to close the chorus, and a crashing power chord interlude, all of which are covered in the lesson. This song is very special to MattB and MattM, and as such there are a few bonus segments- an intro by MattW, a Fly On The Wall with Neil and Matt working on the song, and a couple of Flip-Out videos of the two Matts going over it. Level 5


10) Metallica - One 1989

This short lesson on One, by Metallica goes over the opening riff and how it is incorporated into the rhythm guitar parts for the vocal sections of the song. It also includes the variations on the riff that occur later, the power chords used in the chorus, tab to the rhythm parts and some of the lead sections, as well a separate segment on a bit of the history of the band and the times. Level 2


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