“Friend of the Devil” YouTube Guitar Tutorial

4/12 Update

Oh irony – I’ve been emailing with Sascha (mentioned below) and he let me know I had misgendered him. As a female named Connor, you’d think I’d be better about confirming this stuff. Apologies, Sascha! Sascha was also kind enough to provide an updated music sheet showing the dropped D tuning, which I’m posting below.

Hello! Thank you for all of the lovely messages. It’s so great to hear from everyone all over the world. Many of you have asked how to play my version of this song – here is a step by step guitar tutorial. Happy playing! xoxo Connor

When your fingers get sore, please enjoy this Spotify playlist featuring songs that inspired the cover, or find more of my music here.

Fellow strummer, Sascha shared this sheet music she made with me – feel free to use it if it helps you. As you can see, she plays it just fine using standard tuning. Thank you, Sascha!

Sascha V2

8 thoughts on ““Friend of the Devil” YouTube Guitar Tutorial

  1. I’m your mutha and I just have to say I’ve always known you’d do music. You’ve been singing since you could talk. What you’ve added, is not just fierce determination to perfect accompaniment: But a magnetic approachability that makes me truly proud. Congratulations! I loved watching this. And I love you, Mom

  2. Hi Connor. I heard your song on a tv series I was watching and all I could remember was Just might get some sleep tonight! After much googling and searching I discovered it was a Grateful Dead song and I said no way! However, with more searching I discovered you and my partner and I are just starting to learn it. The tutorial came up as I followed you on FB, just at the right time. I love what you have done with this song as I’ve never heard it before and, quite honestly, don’t like the grateful dead version! kind regards, lea.

    • Hi Lea,
      Thanks so much for finding me! I have definitely found songs by one lyric line before- but yours was a roundabout journey for sure. So great you and your partner are learning it together- you’ll be able to play the end part with two guitars ☺️ Let me know how it goes!

  3. Thank you Conner for generously sharing your technique and the beautiful way you crafted this tune.
    I also heard this track at the end of a TV series. I searched and found you. Your version of this song has been in my head for weeks. And now you’ve shown me the way you play it. Thank you. Keep playing your beautiful music

    • Hi Dave,
      Thank you so much for getting in touch and for your kind words. It’s always nice to hear when a song has touched someone, but especially a fellow musician 🙂 Happy to know you’ll be playing along- let me know how it goes! xx Connor

  4. Ha! Your “spoiler alert” is wonderfully hilarious, once you’ve seen the show. And, rather than a spoiler, I’d call what you wrote more a teaser.
    Great choice for your “Friend of the Devil” to carry the story out.

    • Hehe – thank you Jack! I take it you are a fellow Team America fan 🙂 When I wrote that post (which, incidentally is not this one but this one https://connordesai.com/friend-of-the-devil-netflix/ – sorry if WordPress got its wires crossed) I hadn’t watched the whole show yet. I wasn’t sure if the events in the ending montage would be obvious tied to one character vs. another. But you’re right – it did end up being more like a teaser! There was so much mischief afoot that it could have been any one of the characters doing those things!
      Glad you thought my cover was a good choice. And thanks for chiming in! – Connor

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