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Backing Track
Lesson Sheet

[There is a YouTube Tutorial for this piece]

 'Smoke on the Water' 

  • Probably the MOST iconic guitar riff in rock music! Now it's ours as well!

  • If there are 2 or more people playing then one person could play the 'bass line' chord. could record the bass line chord along with the backing track on a mobile phone or tablet, then play over the top of that!!

The Bass Line:
  • First make a normal chord of C.
  • Then, keep your third finger down and lift up the other two.
  • Next, place your second finger on the second string in the third fret - next to your third finger.
  • Great chord, great sound for ROCK!


The Lead Line:

  • The main riff is played on the G, or 4th string for us. (Originally on the electric guitar it's played on the G AND D strings.)

  • If you're unsure about reading tab notation then take a look at Tab Time 1 and Tab Time 2 for a little practice

G --0--3--5-----|--0--3--6-5-----|--0--3--5-----|--3--0----------||

  • Sorted? GREAT! LET'S ROCK!


Now if you'd like more of a challenge then hop on over to the advanced website and check out the version on UkuleleRocks!MORE!

(Deep Purple c.1969)


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