You're My best Friend Guitar Lesson

You’re My Best Friend by Queen (Fingerstyle Guitar Lesson)

You're My Best Friend was written by John Deacon for the legendary rock band Queen. The song appears on the band's 1975 album A Night at the Opera and Deacon wrote it for his wife. 

In this lesson we're going to be learning a fingerstyle arrangement of You're My Best Friend. There are lots of twists and turns in this one and there's so much to learn, it really goes to show how much of a great writer Deacon is. He's also responsible for other massive hits, including Another One Bites the Dust and I Want to Break Free. 

OK, let's start learning You're My Best Friend!

Song Details:

  • Key - C major
  • Tuning - standard 
  • Tempo - 119 bpm
  • Difficulty - advanced

You're My Best Friend (Performance)

As you learn to play this fingerstyle arrangement of You're My Best Friend, be sure to frequently return to the performance as a good reference point and guide.   

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Intro & Verse of You're My Best Friend Lesson

In this first video lesson we learn the short four bar intro and the verse to You're My Best Friend. There are really just two simple chords for these two sections - C and F6/C.

You'll quickly notice that the C note in the bass continuously plays quarter notes throughout. This really helps to drive the song along, just like it does in the original. 

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How to Play the Chorus 

When the chorus comes along lots of new chords are introduced, thankfully none of them are particularly advanced. Having said that, they do move by at quite a speed.

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How to Play the 1st Bridge

The Bridges in You're My Best Friend are probably the hardest sections to play. This isn't because the chords are any harder, it's because of the melody. Freddie could really hit the high notes!

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2nd Chorus of You're My Best Friend

The 2nd chorus is pretty similar to the 1st but there are a few changes and they can be pretty challenging to play. It certainly took me quite a long time to work out some of the parts in this chorus. 

Brain May's Solo 

There's an awful lot going on in this section. Playing the lead guitar solo and chords simultaneously is almost always a very difficult thing to do; however, it's probably the most fun part to play once you've cracked it. 

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Outro Lesson

Just the outro now. If you've made it this far you're not going to struggle with this section.

Let me know what you thought of the lesson in the comments section below. Say what you found hard/easy, what level you're at and what your fingerpicking goals are. 

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  1. jean francois bonet darcy left a comment on 5th May 2020 at 5:57 am

    Thanks Chris for another awesome fingerstyle interpretation of a killer tune by Queen. I am finding this song to be a hell of a challenge to play, but it is worth it.

    • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 8th May 2020 at 10:09 am

      Thanks, yeah this is certainly not an easy one! Really great fun to play though once you’ve got it learnt.

      • jean francois bonet darcy left a comment on 9th May 2020 at 6:04 pm

        Agree……..Do you think you will make a guitar arrangement for the song………Son of a preacher man ? That is an awesome tune . Michael Langer produced an excellent arrangement if you have a chance to listen to it.

        Be well

        • Six String Fingerpicking left a comment on 14th May 2020 at 9:23 am

          That is a great song. I can’t promise anything though, I get dozens of requests every day.

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