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In this The Kids Aren’t Alright guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this smash hit from The Offspring note-for-note.
The tuning is standard tuning, E A D G B E.
The opening riff to “The Kids Aren’t Alright” is a challenging riff that uses fast muted downstroke picking. Along with the muting, Noodles will also lets some of the notes ring out depending on the dynamics he is wanting at that moment. The riff is great for developing dynamic control with rapid repeated downstroke riffs.
For most of the rest of the song, the rhythm guitar parts are quite a bit easier. Most of them are just simple power chord based riffs. There is also a main theme that is heard a couple of times in the song that is a single note riff. I will cover each riff in the order that each appears on the original recording.
After the riffs are covered, I will then show you how to play Noodles’ guitar solo note-for-note. The are some challenging unison bends in this one, but it is a great solo to learn.
Have fun learning this 90’s classic! Carl…
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