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Will Ripley

Triad Based Slash Licks

These are some great "shapes" to get into your playing that are a very signature part of Slash's sound. Both easy and effective, you'll be getting ever closer to the Slash sound!

Taught by Will Ripley in Style of Slash seriesLength: 6:13Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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Slipin LizardSlipin Lizard replied

I LOVE this lesson... the lick is easy and fun to play. There's so many options on how you could use this kind of idea. These are the kind of Jamplay lessons I really like... showing a fairly simple concept that you can then incorporate immediately into your own play style. Nice job Will!

Style of Slash

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

One of the greatest guitarists to emerge from the 80's, Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Slash presents a challenging style and sound to emulate. Join Will Ripley as he dissects what makes Slash such an influential guitarist! Will tackles everything from Slash's tone and gear, to his unique way of approaching solos and lead guitar playing.



Series IntroductionLesson 1

Series Introduction

There's no doubt that Slash is one of the most influential guitarists to come out of the decade of the 80's. In the series introduction, Will gives you a sneak peek of what you can expect from this rockin'...

Length: 4:04 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Things You Should Know About SlashLesson 2

Things You Should Know About Slash

To start out this series, Will is going to go over some key elements to Slash's style, including how he gets his iconic tone.

Length: 12:16 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Riff In the Style of Paradise CityLesson 3

Riff In the Style of Paradise City

Here's a classic sounding riff from Will done in the style of the song "Paradise City". This is a great riff for beginner and intermediate players alike!

Length: 9:14 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Chord Elements In the Style of Paradise CityLesson 4

Chord Elements In the Style of Paradise City

We've learned the riff, now Will takes a look at some chord elements done in the style of the song "Paradise City". Open power chords and arpeggios highlight this lesson!

Length: 15:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
The Slash Lesson 5

The Slash "Lick"

Here's a Slash style lick that will get you out of the pentatonic mindset, and get you using the minor scale. Will also shows you how to make the adjustment to use it in a major context as well.

Length: 7:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Slash's TechniquesLesson 6

Slash's Techniques

In this lesson, Will takes a closer look at some of Slash's expressive techniques. Vibrato, bending and legato playing is at the top of the list!

Length: 16:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lead Licks and Solo in the Style of Paradise CityLesson 7

Lead Licks and Solo in the Style of Paradise City

Now that Will has shown us a couple of Slash licks and techniques, we return to the track done in the style of Paradise City, and get a really cool Slash style solo going!

Length: 12:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Triad Based Slash LicksLesson 8

Triad Based Slash Licks

These are some great "shapes" to get into your playing that are a very signature part of Slash's sound. Both easy and effective, you'll be getting ever closer to the Slash sound!

Length: 6:13 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
More Slash Style Licks, Part 1Lesson 9

More Slash Style Licks, Part 1

Here are even more Slash style licks that you can integrate into all of your playing, not just Slash songs. If you can master these, you'll be a rock god!

Length: 8:02 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
More Slash Style Licks, Part 2Lesson 10

More Slash Style Licks, Part 2

Will continues in this lesson showing us more licks in the style of Slash. Learn a sweeping lick, as well as how Slash uses double stops and intervals!

Length: 13:58 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Chords and Rhythm in the Style of Welcome to the Jungle/Night TrainLesson 11

Chords and Rhythm in the Style of Welcome to the Jungle/Night Train

Heavy power chord riffs and modulating changes highlight this track done in the style of iconic Guns 'n' Roses songs Welcome to the Jungle and Night Train. In this lesson, Will breaks down the chords and...

Length: 16:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lead Licks in the Style of Welcome to the Jungle/Night TrainLesson 12

Lead Licks in the Style of Welcome to the Jungle/Night Train

This lesson along with upcoming lessons gives major insight into how Slash approaches licks and soloing. It all starts with analyzing the tonality of the chords of the song.

Length: 18:33 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Slash's Solo ApproachLesson 13

Slash's Solo Approach

In this lesson, Will gives us a bird's eye look at how Slash approaches his solos. SPOILER ALERT: You need to know what chords you're playing over!

Length: 18:34 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Single Note Riff In the Style of Sweet Child of MineLesson 14

Single Note Riff In the Style of Sweet Child of Mine

Here's a riff that really captures the Slash, Guns 'n' Roses vibe. A single note melody that follows chord shapes comes right out of the Slash repertoire!

Length: 15:40 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Solo and Lead Licks in the Style of Sweet Child of Mine, Part 1Lesson 15

Solo and Lead Licks in the Style of Sweet Child of Mine, Part 1

Slash frequently plays in such a way that is just slightly outside of the normal blues/rock tonality. In part 1 of this lesson, Will takes a closer look at what is going on that gives Slash his unique...

Length: 11:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Solo and Lead Licks in the Style of Sweet Child of Mine, Part 2Lesson 16

Solo and Lead Licks in the Style of Sweet Child of Mine, Part 2

In this lesson, Will clues us in to some scales and hot zones to play over the first part of the SCOM style solo.

Length: 13:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Solo and Lead Licks in the Style of Sweet Child of Mine, Part 3Lesson 17

Solo and Lead Licks in the Style of Sweet Child of Mine, Part 3

Part 3 of this lesson culminates with the fury that is the minor pentatonic scale unleashed! Will shows us how to ramp up the intensity to a fiery fast fever pitch! But before all of that, you've got...

Length: 16:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Will Ripley

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Will Ripley is a passionate guitarist who performs, teaches, and manages a successful music business. His wild stage presence and undeniable guitar skills transcend vibe and waveforms of the highest levels of energy.. His talents however, are directly related to years of staying “on the grind” and “paying his dues”. He has played with many bands, produced, composed and collaborated both solo and with top level musicians. He is a sought-after studio musician and works creatively with other musicians.



Coming from a blues and classic rock background, Ripley discovered 90?s rock in his late teens. Ripley’s style is unique. He’s been described as combining the blues guitar playing of Albert King and Jimi Hendrix with big riffs that are reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine with the booty shaking rhythms of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and N.E.R.D. Ripley also has a soft place in his heart for pop music ranging from The Beatles to Stone Temple Pilots to Kelly Clarkson.

In addition to creation and production of music, Ripley teaches guitar using a method he developed through his education and over countless sessions with learners of all ages and levels. This led to the development of a successful series of recorded lessons called Guitar Goals available from his website. As the founder of the Will Ripley Guitar School he has begun expanding as a franchise into other cities which has 1 location currently – the Vancouver Guitar School. Students the world over can learn guitar using this effective, rewarding, and enjoyable style at their own pace – with epic results!

Ripley seeks participation in authentic, professional-level music, with like-minded, enthusiastic, high-achieving musicians. With dreams of creating legendary songs, Ripley is open to new band mates, songwriting partners, and recording opportunities.

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