Andy McKee's Acoustic Arrangement of "Purple Rain"

About a year ago, acoustic master Andy McKee visited the Guitar World studio in New York City to perform his incredible solo-guitar arrangement of Prince's "Purple Rain"—and to discuss meeting and touring with Prince.

"About four years ago, my manager contacted me and told me Prince wanted to work together," McKee saaid. "He found me on YouTube and fell in love with my song 'Rylynn'."

McKee's unique Prince tale is pretty fascinating—and you can hear it all in the clip below. At the 7:35 point in the video, McKee provides a brief "Purple Rain" tutorial. Enjoy!

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.