Joel Hoekstra teaches you how to play the intro and opening solo to Whitesnake’s Shut Up and Kiss Me

by GuitarDomain

Hello everyone, and welcome back to my column, School of Rock! As always, it is my hope that these lesson will inspire your playing while also expanding your musical horizons on the guitar.

In this column, I’d like to focus on the intro riff and intro solo I play in Shut Up and Kiss Me, from the latest Whitesnake album, Flesh & Blood. The song is played in the key of E, with a chord sequence and intro solo based on the notes of the E minor pentatonic scale: E, G, A, B, D.

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The intro begins with a long finger slide, or gliss (glissando), down the low E string, from a random starting point high up on the neck, followed by two-note powerchord accents played alternately against the palm-muted open low E string, as shown in FIGURE 1

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