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  • Christian J. Triola

How to Play "Whip It" by DEVO on Guitar

In this lesson, I’ll show you how to read “Whip It” by DEVO in two different ways! First, we’ll read it as you might in a method book (in open position). Second, we’ll take a look at how DEVO actually performed it on their album, where it moves from fifth position to open position and back again. (The notation is provided in the video, as well as the PDF, and TABed versions are included in the PDF below).

View/download the PDF here:

In this lesson you’ll learn . . .

  • How to read the riff to “Whip It” 2 different ways!

  • How the same notes in different regions of the guitar neck effect the sound.

  • Other features:

  • Grace note slides

  • Key of G

  • Review of reading the guitar’s lowest notes (in standard tuning)

For more on note reading, be sure to check out The Missing Method for Guitar Note Reading Series.

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