Learn to play Thriller on guitar * Part 2 * Lead Guitar Lesson * Michael Jackson *

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Halloween is upon us! Learn to play Thriller on guitar right now so you can nail it for that Halloween party or just to entertain the trick-or-treaters.  Be sure to watch the corresponding “Part 1″ lesson which teaches some of the other aspects of this classic Halloween hit well.  Together, these two video guitar tutorials provide a foundation from which you can either play “as-is” or use as a framework upon which you can build an even more thrilling arrangement.  😉

Interested in seeing more 80s hits broken down, piece by piece, all by professional instructors?  Then check out this page –> Learn 80’s hits on guitar in step-by-step videos presented by pro-instructors!


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Some Thriller facts (from Wikipedia):

  • Thriller was composed by Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones.
  • It is the 7th and final single from Michael Jackson’s album of the same name.
  • Released: November 12, 1983 in most countries and January 23, 1984 in the United States.
  • The song, which has a voice-over from actor Vincent Price had originally been titled “Starlight”.
  • In the song, sound effects such as a creaking door, thunder, feet walking on wooden planks, winds and howling dogs can be heard, and the lyrics contain frightening themes and elements.
  • Thriller was adapted by American Werewolf In London director John Landis into a highly successful music video, known independently as Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
  • At 14 minutes long, the music video is substantially longer than the song, which ties together a narrative featuring Jackson and actress Ola Ray in a setting heavily inspired by horror films of the 1950s.
  • In the video’s most iconic scene, Jackson leads other actors costumed as zombies in a choreographed dance routine that has come to be known as The Zombie.
  • Although the song itself was a huge success commercially, the video outshone its popularity.

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