Here's how to play You Really Got Me by The Kinks on guitar!
This song uses power chords to play the entire song and is an essential electric guitar riff to learn!
This video is party of the Andy Guitar Band Program where after following the tutorial below you can jam along to a full live band with Andy in the video!
This aims to help those who struggle to jam along to full songs and to also help those who have the ambition to play in a band one day. I hope it helps!
Let's get started!
The Kinks played this song using the opening chords of F and G, which is required to play the solo just like the original Kinks recording (covered at 11:19 in the tutorial video). We play it using F sharp and G sharp (in tune with Van Halen version) and I improvised my own solo in the live band take to show how YOU can do your own improvised solo and however you want. Apologies for any confusion!
We play the main riff using the power chords F sharp and G sharp and also cover various techniques to make the quick change easy!
In the live and video below, I improvised my own solo with inspiration from the original. This is something I advise ALL aspiring lead guitarists to do. Yes- learn the original, but also learn to improvise your own solos to these kinds of songs!
Beginner Friendly Tutorial!
For a more beginner friendly tutorial of this great song (in the original key using the chords F and G for the main riff) check out this older tutorial video of Andy's HERE
Andy Guitar Band - Live cover of You Really Got Me
Here's the live cover alone so you can jam along to the live band without having to search through the tutorial video. Use this video to practicing jamming along to full songs - enjoy jamming along!
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