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Here is how I play the intro to this Chuck Berry song Johnny B Goode. This style of guitar playing has lots of sliding notes. I also show a typical Chuck Berry guitar lick at the end of the video. Back To The Future!
Please note: this my version of this song - it is not exactly how Chuck played it.

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Comments on this video lesson:

Kostillio said...

Thanks from Russia.

Comment added on October 22, 2010
caleb cook said...

hey man thanks for the free video it was very helpful.ive been printing this tab trying to learn this song and i dident learn it untill this video so thanks

Comment added on December 24, 2009
Pete said...

Like everyone else, I'd really like to get tab for this and what happens after the D chord?

Comment added on May 23, 2009
Jens said...

Where can i find this tab? Do you have it? If yes, can you send me them to:

Comment added on March 03, 2009
Richard said...

Could you show us how to play the part after the intro. Where it comes in on the D chord

Comment added on February 09, 2009
Gonçalo said...

can you please send me the tabs?
you really can play

Comment added on November 05, 2008
Robert said...

Hi Michael, no sorry I don't have the complete thing. I was just showing one way to play the intro part.
I use my own backing tracks - I am working on a whole new batch of simple backing tracks, which will be for sale on this site in the future.

Comment added on October 30, 2008
Michael said...

Do you have the complete Johnny B Goode? What do you use for backing tracks for your blues lessons?
You are great player. Thanks for helping many closet players like myself.

Comment added on October 30, 2008
gben said...

Someone commented that the great thing is how easy you make it look. I think that's the worst thing. I hate that. After spending a month trying to learn the opening to House of the Rising Sun a few decades ago, I decided to become an engineer.

Comment added on October 23, 2008
Karl said...

Were can I get the whole video tutorial for johnny be goode

Comment added on September 03, 2008
The Dude said...

What stuns me is how much control you have over your instrument! Like every great guitar player should, you make this stuff look easy, and the way you break it down makes it at least manageable for me. Thanks for the great lesson!

Comment added on August 16, 2008
Jim said...

Good Job

Comment added on June 08, 2008
paddy maxwell said...

could you take the lesson a litttle bit further as many tab this in B flat thanks paddy

Comment added on May 14, 2008
bert said...

Great stuff please tab out johnnt b good for me and email me. And i will be glad to send u Handsome Donation

Comment added on April 09, 2008
Lindsay said...

I think this is the intro to"Roll Over Beethovin," yet another great Chuck Berry song.Great lessons!Thanks!

Comment added on February 26, 2008
Pat said...

This was a awesome lesson. I am so impressed at your teaching method, but also your skill. I can only hope to play it as good one day ;). Please keep the videos coming, and would love to see if you have any lessons on "Money for Nothing" from Dire Straits. That's another rocking riff.

Comment added on February 05, 2008
Johnny Humbucker said...

Thanks all the great lessons, I thinny nk you really enjoy teaching and you explain concepts well. Thats a pretty unique strat-style guitar in the Johnny B Goode video! It looks like it has a set neck. Too bad we couldn't see the rest of the guitar in the video. Thanks again for the awesome web-site and lessons. -Johnny Humbucker

Comment added on February 05, 2008
Robert said...

Gene, that is great to hear! It is very inspiring to hear my videos are helpful. Thanks again.

Comment added on January 23, 2008
Gene said...

This is my first time on your website but I discovered your video on YouTube of instructions on playing the intro to Johnny B Good and I am so pleased to tell you that I followed your instructions for about 4 or 5 replays and now I can play this great tune after practicing a few times. To me, this tune is one of if not the best guitar tunes of all times. Chuck Berry was one of my all time favorite guitarists.
Thank you so much for a great instructional video. Now I want to learn how to play the lead break on this song. Keep those good videos coming.

Comment added on January 12, 2008

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New Course - Comping with Triads -

Learn 6 common chord progressions.

NEW - T-Bone Walker Lesson

"You are simply the best teacher on the internet. Always cool, explain things well, and relevant stuff for beginners to advanced players. Even my kids are into your lessons now!"

I was chosen as the 2013 Next Top Guitar Instructor at Truefire!