Sweet Child Of Mine Easy Chords – An Easy Guns And Roses Guitar Lesson!

Yours truly! Will Ripley (Campfire Guitar Star)

Sweet Child O’ Mine

Another huge hit off the Guns N’ Roses “Appetite for Destruction” album with “Paradise City” was their third single, “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.

The song came about when Slash played the opening riff as a finger warmup exercise. Another band member from GnR started playing along and it became the only song of theirs to reach number one on the US charts! The studio version is played with the guitars tuned down a half step. This was something the band did often, possibly to accommodate Axl Rose hit those high notes and for the guitars to get a lower, fuller sound.

This is often referred to as the “classic folk strum pattern”.  We will also be using the bracketed upstroke.  This strum pattern is found in many songs including “Brown Eyed Girl” by CCR and “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. We teach these songs in our Acoustic Guitar Star program which is available through our website.

A Very Important D Chord Switching Technique:

It doesn’t introduce any new chords, but when you change from the D to the C add9 make sure you get that pinky finger on the high e string!

Step 1: Here we are strumming away on our D Chord:

Step 2: Here’s the position we will be in for the “bracketed upstroke”. So instead of removing your fingers and playing open strings like I’ve taught you in previous lessons, when you’re switching from a D chord to either a Cadd9 or G major, you’ll want to ADD your pinky finger on the final strum like this:

Step 3: Land on the Cadd9 or the G (depending on the song) for the first beat of the next bar.

Here are additional parts of the song:


Bridge (guitar solo happens over this part)

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