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In this guitar lesson, now available on, Claude Johnson teaches how to play “Walk on the Wild Side” by Lou Reed. TAB’s for this lesson are available at

In today’s rhythm guitar lesson, Claude teaches using four simple chords how to play “Walk on the Wild Side” by Lou Reed from the DVD course Ultimate Guitar Song Collection, also available at Claude teaches the four simple chords used in this song which are, F major, C major, F6, and D major. “If you do not already know these chords you can check them out at”, says Johnson. Claude explains that the strumming pattern is made up of what he refers to as “16th note pickups”, which is essentially eighth notes for the C and F6 chords (1 as a down stroke, the & of 1 as an upstroke, 2 as a down stroke, the & of 2 as an upstroke, 3 as a down stroke, the & of 3 as an upstroke, 4 as a down stroke, and finally the & of 4 as an upstroke). For the next part of the song, Johnson explains that the strumming pattern is made up of a combination of quarter and eighth notes. From C Major to D Major, it is two down strokes on C Major (beats 1 and 2) and then a quick upstroke (on the & of 2) and then two down strokes on D Major (beats 3 and 4), then repeat the same sequence but switch C Major for F Major.

Lou Reed, a native of Brooklyn New York, was an American rock musician. Best known for his work in The Velvet Underground, which did not do well during its inception in the late 1960’s, but later gained a cult following and is regarded as one of the most influential acts of its time. Reed was an active musician from 1964 until his death in October of 2013.

Claude Johnson
Claude Johnson, a native of Philadelphia PA, began playing guitar in 1990 after being inspired by players like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. He is the creator of and has helped 1000’s of people to learn to play the guitar with his critically acclaimed instructional DVD courses, all available at

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