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You’re My Best Friend (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

Queen

SONG DETAILS

DIFFICULTY:

5

TUNING:

Standard

TEMPO:

119 BPM

KEY:

C major

You’re My Best Friend was written by John Deacon for the legendary rock band Queen. The song appears on the band’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera and Deacon wrote it for his wife.

In this lesson we’re going to be learning a fingerstyle arrangement of You’re My Best Friend. There are lots of twists and turns in this one and there’s so much to learn, it really goes to show how much of a great writer Deacon is. He’s also responsible for other massive hits, including Another One Bites the Dust and I Want to Break Free.

OK, let’s start learning You’re My Best Friend!

Learn To Play You're My Best Friend

You're My Best Friend (Performance)

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of You’re My Best Friend, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.

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Intro and Verse of You're My Best Friend Lesson

In this first video lesson we learn the short four bar intro and the verse to You’re My Best Friend. There are really just two simple chords for these two sections – C and F6/C.

You’ll quickly notice that the C note in the bass continuously plays quarter notes throughout. This really helps to drive the song along, just like it does in the original.

How to Play the Chorus

When the chorus comes along lots of new chords are introduced, thankfully none of them are particularly advanced. Having said that, they do move by at quite a speed.

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How to Play the 1st Bridge

The bridges in You’re My Best Friend are probably the hardest sections to play. This isn’t because the chords are any harder, it’s because of the melody. Freddie could really hit the high notes!

2nd Chorus of You're My Best Friend

The 2nd chorus is pretty similar to the 1st but there are a few changes and they can be pretty challenging to play. It certainly took me quite a long time to work out some of the parts in this chorus.

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Brian May's Solo

There’s an awful lot going on in this section. Playing the lead guitar solo and chords simultaneously is almost always a very¬†difficult thing to do; however, it’s probably the most fun part to play once you’ve cracked it.

Outro Lesson

Just the outro now. If you’ve made it this far you’re not going to struggle with this section.

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