Everybody Wants You by Billy Squier | rhythm
An electric guitar lesson on how to play the rhythm parts to "Everybody Wants You" by Billy Squier from his 1982 album Emotions In Motion.
After looking at "Lonely Is the Night" a couple of weeks back, I thought I should also do this one. I've always really liked this song. It's one of those super simple riffs that is a gas to play. Billy Squier had the knack for coming up with these. He wrote some great riffs.
I go over all of the parts in detail in the video. There are 2 main guitar parts as well as a ton of overdubs. The parts are split up and layered ala Jimmy Page.
At one point in my demo, I had 5 guitars on screen! Yeah, I know I got a bit carried away with this one, but the only way to get it to sound tight is by layering the parts.
Of course, if you're playing this live in a one guitar band, you just combine some of the parts and do the best you can. You can get away with stuff live that you can't when you record!
On their own, the parts are simple. It's the way they're recorded and layered that makes for such a huge sound. The only tricky bit is the second rhythm, the one in the left channel. You have to use the open A string along with the A on D7 to get it sounding right but with a bit of practice it's not too bad.
These kind of songs are great. It's more about getting a good sound and channeling that rock attitude than it is about being a virtuoso.
For me, as much as I love lead guitar, it's always been those songs with killer rhythm playing that I love the most. Unfortunately, many guitar players focus almost entirely on playing lead, but IMHO you'll NEVER be a great lead player until you're a great rhythm player.
I had a great time recording the demo for this. I hope that you enjoy the video and that it helps you to nail down this classic eighties rock song. Cheers
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