Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine Sequence

This sequence is based on the awesome bass solo at the beginning of Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses.

Background

I can’t call myself a huge Guns N’ Roses fan, but Ive been listening to their music for as long as I can remember. My brother John is 6.5 years older than me, and I vividly remember the art from his Guns N’ Roses poster, CD cover, and T-shirt.

He was the first non-parent that I got to ride around with in the car, and in the late 90’s your music listening options were limited to which CD’s you owned. One of his favorites, and therefor my favorites, was Appetite for Destruction.

I can’t begin to imagine how many times I’ve sang along to Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, and Sweet Child O’ Mine.

BUT! Since I was only a fan by association, Guns N Roses faded from my life when my brother went off to college.

Step Brothers

Then, in 2008, the movie Step Brothers hit theaters, and Sweet Child O’ Mine jumped back into my life like a friend coming back from summer camp. For you younger folks, the car acapella scene might have been your first exposure to this song. Thank you Will Ferrell.

Sequence

The first time I played through this sequence, it was fairly accurate, but it didn’t have the right energy and feeling. Make sure to listen to the original to Dial in the Style (you are going to hear me say that a ton from now on). What was I missing? A little tempo, a little volume, a little articulation, and a little phrasing. Nothing huge, but each little bit added up to a huge difference.

Give these notes a nice clear front to match the plucked sound of a bass. Keep the intensity of sound up throughout and phrase through the groups of moving notes TOWARD each long note.

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