Slash’s Top 5 Queen [Brian May] Riffs



May 2014
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Slash has never kept it a secret how much he loves Queen, especially the timeless playing of one of his guitar idols, Brian May. But what exactly are Slash’s favourite Queen guitar riffs? As you’re about to discover, they’re a mixed bag. Surprisingly there’s not a Bohemian Rhapsody in sight…

Stone Cold Crazy: “I loved this riff before I even started to play guitar, that’s how cool it is.”

More Of That Jazz: “It’s actually one of the first songs I learned on my first ever one-string electric guitar.”

Tie Your Mother Down: “I actually performed this with Queen at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. It’s just one of the most instantly recognisable riffs ever.”

Let Me Entertain You: “It’s a very cool riff. I think it’s in parallel sixths. Brian May used the same idea later on The Hitman from the Innuendo album.”

Fat Bottomed Girls: “It’s in drop D, I think, and that riff is so big – it sounds like a big fat ass!”

Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls video lesson

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Brian May ©CATHAL-MCNAUGHTON/Reuters/Corbis

Taking your lead from Slash, now you can learn how to play the intro, verse and chorus of Fat Bottomed Girls for yourself with help from our sister publication Total Guitar:

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