In this lesson brought to you by our friends at Alfred Music, you'll learn the main riff and rhythm guitar parts for the classic Grateful Dead song, "Friend of the Devil."
Dig in and then at the end of the lesson, you can play along with a recording of the song.
The music for "Friend of the Devil" was written by Jerry Garcia and John Dawson and the lyrics are by Robert Hunter. It is the second track of the Dead's 1970 album American Beauty.
The song was introduced in concert on February 28, 1970 at the Family Dog in San Francisco.
Later in the band's history, the song slowed down significantly in live performances. Loggins and Messina, whose version of the song was slowed down, might have inspired the Dead to do the same.
In more recent history, Phil Lesh with Phil's band Phil Lesh and Friends do a more up-tempo version similar to the original.
"Friend of the Devil" has also been covered by a diverse group of artists including Elvis Costello, Counting Crows, Lyle Lovett, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, John Mayer and many more.
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And now...try it out!