Learn How to Play Thriller on Guitar * Part 1 * Michael Jackson

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Learn how to play Thriller on guitar in time for Halloween!  Be sure to check out the associated “Part 2” video posted here also which teaches some of the lead components of the song as well.  Together, these two guitar lesson videos will give you the basic framework which you can play on its own, or use as a foundation for a more intricate arrangement.

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Some fun Thriller trivia (from Wikipedia):

  • While the song was titled “Starlight”, the song’s hook lyrics were “Starlight! Starlight sun…”, but after the song was changed to “Thriller” the hook was rewritten to “Thriller! In the night…”
  •  Temperton commented: “Originally, when I did my Thriller demo, I called it Starlight. Quincy said to me, ‘You managed to come up with a title for the last album, see what you can do for this album.’ I said, ‘Oh great,’ so I went back to the hotel, wrote two or three hundred titles, and came up with the title ‘Midnight Man’. The next morning, I woke up, and I just said this word… Something in my head just said, this is the title. You could visualise it on the top of the Billboard charts. You could see the merchandising for this one word, how it jumped off the page as ‘Thriller”
  • While Temperton was writing “Thriller” he stated that he’d “always envisioned” a “talking section at the end” on the song, but did not really know what “to do with it”, until deciding “to have somebody, a famous voice, in the horror genre, to do this vocal.” Jones’ then-wife, Peggy Lipton, who knew Vincent Price, suggested Price for the vocal part, which Price agreed to do.

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