Beat It

By: Michael Jackson

Original Artist: 
Michael Jackson
Release Date:
1983
TITLE:
Beat It
Tuning:
1/2 Step Down

Beat It Free Lesson Video

Hey guys!  Thanks for requesting this awesome MJ hit and this is definitely my favourite tune by him not only because it rocks but because it has an amazing Eddie Van Halen guitar solo in there.  RIP Eddie.

Steve Lukather played the rhythm parts in this tune and I wanted to double check on his positioning.  You can check out what he’s doing here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu1wBu9CbbI.  I will have to note that he’s sliding the second part of this riff (the rhythmic double stops) near the end of the video, however in the studio recording, I’m hearing it being picked each time.

One thing I tried to get when tabbing this solo was the crooked whammy bar release at the start of this solo.  Which was one of the tougher parts for me.  And also getting the second tap harmonic because I’m not using an amplifier cranked (I’m using Amplitube with headphones on).  Whammy bar dives, Pinch Harmonics, Tremolo Picking, fretboard tapping, this solo has all the cool techniques and it is also amazingly phrased.  Even if you get everything right, it’s really hard to sound like Eddie Van Halen.  And it’s crazy to think that he could do all that and at the same time, run around on stage and do back flips and whatnot.  

Have fun with this!  And if there are any other MJ tunes worth noting, please do so below!

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Backing Track Video

Here is the backing track video for Beat It, with my main rhythm and solo tracks removed. This will make it easier to jam along with the Michael Jackson cover recording lesson, and still be allow you to read the guitar tab. For even more control, check out the Beat It isolated tracks below. 

Beat It was recorded in 1/2 Step Down tuning.
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Tone ScreenSHots

All of the guitar tones for this Beat It lesson were created with IK Multimedia Amplitube. I tried matching the solo and rhythm section tones from Michael Jackson recording as closely as I could.  If you haven't already, download Amplitube and give it a try.

Guitar Solo

         

Crunch Guitar

           

Clean Guitar (Verse)

           

Clean Guitar (Chorus)

               
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Isolated TRACKS (mp3)

Here are the drums, bass and other background tracks to jam along to Beat It. I've also included all of my isolated guitar tracks in case you really want to hear what's going on. Isolated tracks are normally very difficult to find online, and can be very helpful in cracking a difficult solo tab.
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