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Aerosmith, the grand daddies of rock has a number of great songs including Dude Looks Like a Lady, Sweet Emotions, Pink, Angel and lots more. But they are very well known for the Armageddon hit – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, and of course that song that put them in the lime light and in the mainstream – Walk This Way. It peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1977, part of a string of successful hit singles for the band in the 1970s.
On this post we will break down each important part of this song and teach you those 3 important guitar riffs in the song.
How to play “Walk This Way”
Album: Toys In The Attic
Charted: No. 10 in the US Charts
How to Play Walk This Way
Let me bring this out straight, this is not an easy song to play for a beginner. I mostly uses 8th notes so for a beginner guitarists this is a little faster than usual.
It also has mutes, palm mutes and dead strings that is most of the times difficult to play and master for continuous strumming.
The song open up with a few bars of the drum beat. After that enter Joe Perry classic guitar riff played over the open position of the E and/or A.
How to Play Intro Riff
Below is the image or tablature of the first part of the intro. You should repeat this a second time but for the second time the last notes is the A Power Chord.
Most notes are 8th notes, so each beat will get 4 notes (except for the second beat and the last beat – quarter note).
The riff starts with the open A string followed by the Bb note (1rst fret A string) and B note (second fret A string). The playing finger then lie down to bar the next note which is the E on the D string.
For the next set of 8 notes, the first one is a rest followed by the same sequence of A, Bb, B and E. After that we finger the 3rd fret of the E string followed by a pull-off to an open E string.
As mentioned before – You should repeat this a second time but for the second time the last notes is the A Power Chord.
How to Play the Verse Riff
The verse starts immediately after the intro riff. Below is the tablature of that verse riff. This is the same throughout the song so it is very important to play this perfectly.
Toys In The Attic track listing:
|1.||“Toys in the Attic”||Steven Tyler, Joe Perry||3:07|
|2.||“Uncle Salty”||Tyler, Tom Hamilton||4:09|
|4.||“Walk This Way“||Tyler, Perry||3:41|
|5.||“Big Ten Inch Record”||Fred Weismantel||2:16|
|1.||“Sweet Emotion”||Tyler, Hamilton||4:34|
|2.||“No More No More”||Tyler, Perry||4:34|
|3.||“Round and Round”||Tyler, Brad Whitford||5:03|
|4.||“You See Me Crying”||Tyler, Darren Solomon||5:12|