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


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