How to Play Rebel Yell by Billy Idol (Guitar Lesson)

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Steve Stevens

Rebel Yell

Steve Stevens teaches the Billy Idol classic "Rebel Yell". Released on Rebel Yell in 1983, this song was named the the 79th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.

Taught by Steve Stevens in Billy Idol Songs With Steve Stevens seriesLength: 20:00Difficulty: 2.5 of 5

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huffyhuffy replied on June 17th, 2017

This is an awsome lesson! Big THUMBS UP!

hendrixmarshallhendrixmarshall replied on June 11th, 2017

The band called out Rebel Yell last week...thought to myself Steve Stevens is not going to be easy. Saw a short video on youtube for the intro..."looks like a jamplay lesson"...sure enough, found it. The breakdown has helped me a lot. The guys are going to be surprised for sure...Thanks Steve!

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axemaniacaxemaniac replied on May 25th, 2015

The sounds cuts out of the section 6 video ("The Solo") after 01.07. What's up with that? Otherwise, great lesson and it's really awesome to learn the song from Steve Stevens himself.

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on June 30th, 2015

Hi, I checked the videos at the spot you mentioned and I didn't notice an audio drop out. Is anyone else having an issue?

taffeltaffel replied on January 17th, 2015

will not play on my computer

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on June 30th, 2015

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vtkombatvtkombat replied on April 2nd, 2014

In scene three beginning, he plays a much longer riff than the one he teaches. What do I do after the 5th string E5 chord?

vtkombatvtkombat replied on April 3rd, 2014

N/M the supplemental content took care of my question :)

pattydpattyd replied on January 5th, 2014

Steve is an excellent instructor. His explanation and break down on this song is stellar. He makes it so clear and understandable. Thanks Steve.

huffyhuffy replied on April 22nd, 2013

Wow! what a fantastic lesson by Steve Steven's. I was a great fan of Billy Idol and didn't know who Steve was at the time when this song was a huge hit. But what a great Rock song this is, and full credits go out to Steve on an awesome lesson and insight to this great rock song. Great job Jam Play for organising this lesson pack by Steve.

clickonceclickonce replied on January 26th, 2013

brilliant... epic rock song

sweetdude5000sweetdude5000 replied on January 3rd, 2013

my top reason for being on here is for this.. saw you guys a couple years ago in concert in MS out of all places and it was incredible

javierjjavierj replied on December 19th, 2012

From Spain my admiration for Steve Stevens.

VoodooBlueVoodooBlue replied on December 15th, 2012

Just revisiting. Never enough. Thanks!!

bruunmbruunm replied on October 26th, 2012

one of my favorite players and a reason I play today!! I heard TopGun as a kid and loved it! But I did not understand the true brilliance of it!! Same with the IDOL stuff that my uncles force fed me... I just knew i had to play guitar :-D Thanks Steve, you rock!!

mrscaryzmrscaryz replied on September 19th, 2012

Always loved this song gosh I was in HS when this came out heard it all the time good stuff. :)

janrob14janrob14 replied on September 11th, 2012

I often wonder what made the 80's have so many great hits. I want to thank Jam Play for bringing such a great artist to teach us this awsome song.

VoodooBlueVoodooBlue replied on September 10th, 2012

This is great. Thanks Steve for sharing this. Really enjoyed this and your previous lessons.

dearlpittsdearlpitts replied on September 8th, 2012

wow what a treat having you show us the ins and outs of this song-and love hearing the insights you give as to how these songs came about.more please.

Mighty.MikeMighty.Mike replied on September 8th, 2012


ben_oben_o replied on September 7th, 2012

awesome!!!! love this song!! :D

dshowdshow replied on September 6th, 2012

Yeaaah, Thanks Steve! Time to refresh that stuff.

mike nashmike nash replied on September 6th, 2012

Pure Awesome! Thanks Jam Play & Steve - Steve, you are one the most awesome, sometimes under appreciated, guitar greats! Your playing approach is genius and inspiring! Thanks a Ton for Sharing.

f3l18ipsk8ermf3l18ipsk8erm replied on September 5th, 2012

one of my all time favorite songs to get drunk to

Billy Idol Songs With Steve Stevens

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Billy Idol Songs With Steve Stevens

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Length: 20:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Rebel Yell

Steve Stevens teaches the Billy Idol classic "Rebel Yell". Released on Rebel Yell in 1983, this song was named the the 79th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.

Length: 20:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Steve Stevens View Full Biography Steve Stevens is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for playing for his years playing with Billy Idol but is also involved in solo efforts, collaborations, and is an in-demand session guitarist

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