How To Play Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”

How To Play Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”

Apart from the solo section, there are really only 2 parts in this song:

  1. The main riff: this is the guitar part played in the into and chorus
  2. The verse: power chords.

Steve Lukather played all the rhythm guitar parts on “Beat it”.
He’s one of my top-10 favorite guitar players.

Here’s how to play the iconic Beat It riff.

Verse rhythm guitar part

The funky rhythm part right before Eddie Van Halen’s solo.

These are all the rhythm guitar parts for the song.
Come in for a lesson anytime if you would like to master Eddie Van Halen’s killer guitar solo in no time.

Here’s a quick video showing all the above parts.


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