Freewill Guitar Lesson - Rush

  • Published: 30 October 2019
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    In this Freewill guitar lesson video, I will show you how to play this Rush classic note-for-note.

    The tuning is standard tuning. E A D G B E

    Alex Lifeson conjured up some killer guitar parts for Freewill. His riffs include scale runs, single note riffs, his signature arpeggiated riffs and rapid triads that skip around the fretboard very quickly.

    I will tackle each section of the song in the order that they appear on the original recording.

    Alex Lifeson's solo incorporates a lot of whammy bar work, natural harmonics, pinch harmonics, triads and some very fast alternate picked licks.

    Have fun tackling this one guys! #freewillguitarlesson #rush #guitarcovers

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Comments • 97

  • Jamison C
    Jamison C  2 weeks back

    2:13 Descending intro
    3:41 “This”
    5:25 Triads
    8:05 Verse
    9:57 Planning it out
    11:25 Pre-chorus
    14:27 Chorus
    20:03 2nd chorus resolve
    20:24 Bridge
    22:32 Solo
    39:20 Chorus alteration

    Another great one!

    • Dylan Stankewicz
      Dylan Stankewicz  6 days back

      You should do a lesson on one of the songs off of Rush's - A Farwell to Kings.

      • Thallis Santos neves
        Thallis Santos neves  1 weeks back

        Bruce Dickinson - abduction —— king in crimson

        • Aidan Wray
          Aidan Wray  1 weeks back

          OMG another Rush video! This is awesome, especially the pre-chorus and chorus! Please do Red Barchetta or Subdivisions next!

          • Joost ten Cate
            Joost ten Cate  2 weeks back

            Can you make a tutorial on The Prophet's Song by Queen? I love the intro. Or do you not take requests?

            • meatrain 3010
              meatrain 3010  2 weeks back

              My man Carl, you need to give us a lesson on floods by Pantera

              • Lava Blazer
                Lava Blazer  2 weeks back

                I request 4am by avenged sevenfold

                • fabbbyu
                  fabbbyu  2 weeks back

                  Awesome dude, congrats!

                  • Jay Dee
                    Jay Dee  2 weeks back

                    Thanks for all these great lessons you put out here

                    • James Fewell
                      James Fewell  2 weeks back

                      wow..these 9 thumbs down really dont know what true guitar playing is about rush was one of the first metal to start and people dont know is most metal copy alex's many..many licks 2112 is my rock on 365..i finally get to learn sum free will awesome song...😎👍

                      • Александр Басилая

                        Guys, pls, make a full lesson of telegraph road. Sorry fur my english

                        • Comrade #284
                          Comrade #284  2 weeks back

                          This comment might be offtopic, but do you always have to use your pinky when playing?

                          • Tyler Lynn
                            Tyler Lynn  2 weeks back

                            Lesson for Roswell’s Spell by Chevelle please

                            • VenomxShocker
                              VenomxShocker  2 weeks back

                              I request a lesson for Testify by Rage Against The Machine!!

                              • K00TSTRA
                                K00TSTRA  2 weeks back

                                Hey carl ive been watching your videos for years and wanted to know if you can teach us to play Your the only good thing in my life by cigarettes after sex

                                • Jesse Pöysti
                                  Jesse Pöysti  2 weeks back

                                  Can you PLEASE do helloween: I want out next?

                                  • Michael Connell
                                    Michael Connell  2 weeks back

                                    please PLEASE make a tutorial on TSO O Come All Ye Faithful/O Holy Night because I cant find any tutorial on it in the entire internet

                                    • Brady Guerin
                                      Brady Guerin  2 weeks back

                                      please do my michelle by gnr

                                      • 1976RUSHfan
                                        1976RUSHfan  2 weeks back

                                        Nirvana 😂

                                        • syed numan
                                          syed numan  2 weeks back

                                          Please can you make lesson for lightning strikes by judas priest?

                                          • Simon Cheng
                                            Simon Cheng  2 weeks back

                                            I bought a Gibson Alex Lifeson Axcess guitar recently because he inspires me...

                                            • Shadow
                                              Shadow  2 weeks back

                                              Will you teach scream soon plz

                                              • Robert Candelaria
                                                Robert Candelaria  2 weeks back

                                                Carl you are so talented, I’m only 14 learning the guitar. I hope to be as talented as you are in time

                                                • Iván Mandujano Ballas
                                                  Iván Mandujano Ballas  2 weeks back

                                                  Can you iearn the solo from "face the truth" by john norum?cheers man!

                                                  • Jeff
                                                    Jeff  2 weeks back

                                                    Rush is always a great welcome!

                                                    • Ruslan Alomar
                                                      Ruslan Alomar  2 weeks back

                                                      Avenged sevenfold more, please🙈

                                                      • logan brewer
                                                        logan brewer  2 weeks back

                                                        Please do some metallica stuff like leper messiah or some kill em all

                                                        • Jen S
                                                          Jen S  2 weeks back

                                                          RUSH AAAAA! :D Thank you so much for putting the time into these vids - they make such a valuable difference to my guitar practice. May I make a request? Where the Wind Blows by Blacktop Mojo? Thanks again! <3

                                                          • Aaron Hull
                                                            Aaron Hull  2 weeks back

                                                            Hi Carl could you do the rest of smooth by Santana?

                                                            • Skylar Shreds
                                                              Skylar Shreds  2 weeks back

                                                              Hey do you think you could teach how to 'Deus in Absentia' By Ghost?

                                                              • Reaper Animations
                                                                Reaper Animations  2 weeks back

                                                                You should do a tutorial for moonlight sonata 3rd movement

                                                                • Jethro Tull
                                                                  Jethro Tull  2 weeks back

                                                                  Can you do The Analog Kid?

                                                                  • Moogi
                                                                    Moogi  2 weeks back

                                                                    More rush!!

                                                                    • Moogi
                                                                      Moogi  2 weeks back

                                                                      AUDIBLE GASP WHEN I SAW THIS

                                                                      • Pins 0311
                                                                        Pins 0311  2 weeks back

                                                                        Yes, RUSH!! "Passage to Bangkok" next, if you please sir.

                                                                        • F. P.
                                                                          F. P.  2 weeks back

                                                                          Wow, I 'm about to finish the 'Villa Strangiato' lesson, now this !!!! Now all I need is 'Red Barchetta' with all the harmonics and I can die happily :-)

                                                                          • Alan Patterson
                                                                            Alan Patterson  2 weeks back

                                                                            Great, but could you be the first to do Scorpions We'll burn the sky, cannot find anyone that has done it.

                                                                            • T Stacks
                                                                              T Stacks  2 weeks back

                                                                              2112 👀

                                                                              • Ds Eldridge
                                                                                Ds Eldridge  2 weeks back

                                                                                🎵🌄🍻 A GLEAMING ALLOY AIR CAR SHOOTS TOWARDS ME 2 LANES WIDE🎶 RACE BACK TO THE BARN TO DREAM W/MY UNCLE BY THE FIRESIDE ~ SO AMAZINGLY CLASSIC ~ SHEAR GENIUS ⛥🏞🎸🌟🎵🤘🌌🏛🌈😎✨

                                                                                • zoysgig
                                                                                  zoysgig  3 weeks back

                                                                                  more RUSH is needed. and thank you.

                                                                                  • Wonderboy
                                                                                    Wonderboy  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Civilian by Wye Oak

                                                                                    • Jacob Reimels
                                                                                      Jacob Reimels  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Thanks so much. Rush is my favorite band and way underrated and under represented in lessons among all teachers on YouTube

                                                                                      • Matt Jones
                                                                                        Matt Jones  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Thank you for making this lesson! Can't ever seem to find the right way to play it.

                                                                                        • Todd Courage
                                                                                          Todd Courage  3 weeks back

                                                                                          One word.... RUSH

                                                                                          • Michael Connell
                                                                                            Michael Connell  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Hey can you please make a tutorial on how to play oh come all you faithful/O holy night by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

                                                                                            • Robert GL
                                                                                              Robert GL  3 weeks back

                                                                                              I will love that yo do Nightwish Gethsemane, it is giving me trouble! Help! Thank you

                                                                                              • Mr.Irish
                                                                                                Mr.Irish  3 weeks back

                                                                                                Nirvanas gonna get some of these copy rights nice lmao

                                                                                                • Phobia Keidan
                                                                                                  Phobia Keidan  3 weeks back

                                                                                                  Hi can you do dystopia by megadeth i love this song