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Hi, I'm Mike with Guitar Tricks. In this tutorial we’re going to study the guitar tone & playing style of the legendary rock guitarist Pete Townshend.

Townshend’s guitar playing style and music has inspired many players. His song & riff writing, along with his arranging skills were key components of the instantly identifiable sound of The Who. Townshend’s playing was a great combination of powerful, aggressive, yet melodic rhythm playing, and simple but effective melodic lead lines. Townshend’s skill at writing and arranging earned him a spot on the list of legends from the British Invasion!

Today we're going to study Townshend’s playing style by breaking it down into several key factors, learn what makes it special and then learn to play riffs & licks in his style! After you work through this tutorial be sure to check out the GT lessons on the songs of The Who!