In this lesson, I am going to show you how to play “Rock You Like A Hurricane” by Scorpions. This is a fantastic song for newer guitar players. There are only 5 chords in the song and they are all played with the same moveable shape.
If you already know how to play power chords and you just want the Rock You Like A Hurricane tab, click here.
Here’s how I’m going to break down this song:
-We’re going to go over what power chords are and how they are played.
-I’m going to show you the 3 main riffs of the song: Chorus Riff, Verse Riff, Prechorus 2 & 3 Riff.
-Along the way of demonstrating the riffs, I’m going to point out some technique issues that you may need to be aware of.
-We’re going to chunk the song down into sections and then put those chunks in order.
-I will do a play through of the whole song with tab on screen so that you can see how all of the pieces fit together.
The first step in learning “Rock You Like A Hurricane” is to make sure that you know how to play all of the chords in the song.
The rhythm guitar parts of this song are all played with Power Chords. This is great news for beginners because power chords are played with a moveable shape.
I refer to power chords in 2 different ways:
1) “Normal/Regular” Power Chords
2) “Extended” Power Chords
Here’s the difference:
Power chords are made up of only 2 notes, the root note and the 5th (if you don’t understand that terminology, check out my Music Theory Bootcamp course). If only those 2 notes are played, I call that a “Normal/Regular” Power Chord. If the root note appears twice in different octaves, I call that an “Extended” Power Chord.
Whether it’s a “Normal/Regular” Power Chord or an “Extended” Power chord though, they get notated the same way as “5” chords.
So, if you see a chord labeled as an A5, that means you are to play an “A Power Chord”
How would you know when to use which version of the chord? You have to use your ears. Extended power chords have a more “fuller” sound. In this lesson, however, I’ll just tell you when they are regular vs extended.
In the diagrams above, I have notated that the “Extended” Power chords are played with 3 fingers (the index, ring, and pinkie)
You could also play those chords with 2 fingers (the index and the ring) and then use the ring to fret two strings simultaneously. This technique is called “barring.”
E5 Extended Power Chord With 3 Fingers
E5 Extended Power Chord With 2 Fingers
The “Chorus Riff” is the centerpiece riff of the song. It kicks the song off and is appears the most throughout the song.
It is played with extended power chords.
The “Verse Riff” is played with normal/regular C5, D5, and E5 power chords.
These chords are played using the strumming technique called palm muting.
What can be tricky for newer guitar players is that a lot of these chords change on upbeats. See the video above for explanation on what that means and how to practice that.
I call this next riff “Prechorus 2&3 Riff” because, well, it is found in the 2nd and 3rd instances of the Prechorus section.
It is very similar to the verse as it uses C5, D5, and E5 power chords, but this time they are extended and NOT palm muted.
Ok, now that you have learned the three main parts of the song, it’s a good idea to practice them in isolation.
Practice each riff until it is completely memorized and you don’t need to look at the tab or video.
If you have issues changing between 2 specific chords, isolate that chord change and practice it until you are confident.
Then, start practicing the riffs to a metronome. The tempo of the song fluctuates between 123 – 130 bpm.
Start slower and build up to those tempos.
As I stated earlier, there’s only three main riffs in the song (Chorus Riff, Verse Riff, and Prechorus 2 & 3 Riff).
However, there are a couple of instances where there’s slight variations to those riffs as we transition from section to section.
Here is the tab for each of those extra riffs and I labeled them by where they will appear in the song. If it doesn’t make sense now, it will when you go through the song structure.
You’ve got the chords.
You’ve broken the song down into sections.
Now, let’s put the whole thing together!
In the image below, I list out the order of the riffs.
One of the things you could practice away from the guitar is simply listening to the song and picture in your head the order of these riffs
If you enjoyed this lesson, if you have questions about how anything goes, or if you would like to request another song lesson…then hit me up in the comments section below and tell me so!
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