The Doors Light My Fire Guitar Lesson

Learn how to play the song “Light My Fire” by The Doors with this free acoustic guitar lesson by Marty Schwartz. This song was mostly written by Robby Krieger, lead guitarist, but credit for the song was given to the entire band.  It was recorded in 1966 and released in 1967.  It topped the charts reaching number 1 for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. This song made Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest songs of all time at #35 and rightly so.  It is by far one of the greatest classic rock songs ever written.  You can learn more about this song over at Wikipedia. 

This song is great for beginners even though it does contain a barre chord.  There is only one and it isn’t that bad.  So don’t click away from this page because I mentioned the dredded Barre Chord.  Why not give it a try?  You are going to have to eventually learn these more difficult chords if you want to progress as a guitarist.

So, if you are reading this, it means that you are a brave one and have decided to stick around and learn this song.  Excellent, let us resume then shall we?

There are two parts to this song, a verse and a chorus.  The verse is simply two chords repeating and those chords are Am (You can also substitute an Am7 here, which actually sounds better in my opinion.  It’s got more of a jazzy feel to it  and sounds more like the original.  It really is your call though.  Whatever is more comfortable for you.  Both chords sound fine.)  The other chord needed for the verse is an F#m7.  This is the dreaded barre chord I was talking about.

Next we move onto the chorus.  For the chorus you will need the following chords:  G Major, A Major, D Major, B7, E Major

Watch the video below for all the details!  I hope you enjoy.

Video Lesson from Marty Schwartz