Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child o' Mine - Solo

This article is part 21 of 39 in the 2022 music project series.

Even though the opening is the most iconic part of Guns N' Roses' Sweet Child o' Mine, I wanted to test the limits of my wah pedal so I covered the solo instead. The softer, first solo is pretty straightforward, and the harder, second one is mostly a series of pentatonic bends and (in my opinion) overly-gratuitous use of the wah pedal.

Of all the guitar solos I've covered (so far), I definitely spent the most amount of time practicing this one. The initial two bars required a metronome, and the succession of 16th triplet hammer-ons/pull-offs and bends near the end was by far the most difficult part. It doesn't even sound that hard, but it's one of those paradoxical sounds-easy-but-difficult-to-play passages.

I did okay.

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Sweet Child o' Mine solo from Guns N' Roses' 1987 debut album Appetite for Destruction

Recording

Cover of Slash's solo from Sweet Child o' Mine

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Screenshot of my Ardour/Hydrogen setup